Top 10: Best Cinematography in Movie Franchises

No media website these days is complete without a few meaningless, perfunctory, entirely subjective listicles! This one combines one of my favourite things about the movie industry - great cinematography - with one of my least favourites - franchises - and makes a whole load of nothing out of the both of them. Read on for the top 10 best-shot movie franchises, according to me and me alone!



10. STAR WARS (1977-2018...)


Star Wars (1977) DP: Gilbert Taylor


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) DP: Peter Suschitzky


Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) DP: Alan Hume


Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) DP: David Tattersall


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) DP: David Tattersall


Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) DP: David Tattersall



Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) DP: Dan Mindel


Rogue One (2016) DP: Greig Fraser


Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) DP: Steve Yedlin


Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) DP: Bradford Young



9. THE EXORCIST (1973-2005)


The Exorcist (1973) DP: Owen Roizman and Billy Williams


Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) DP: William A. Fraker


The Exorcist III (1990) DP: Gerry Fisher


Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) DP: Vittorio Storaro


Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) DP: Vittorio Storaro



8. ALIEN (1979-2017...)


Alien (1979) DP: Derek Vanlint


Aliens (1986) DP: Adrian Biddle


Alien3 (1992) DP: Alex Thomson


Alien: Resurrection (1997) DP: Darius Khondji


AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) DP: David Johnson


Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) DP: Daniel Pearl


Prometheus (2012) DP: Dariusz Wolski


Alien: Covenant (2017) DP: Dariusz Wolski



7. INDIANA JONES (1981-2008...)


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) DP: Douglas Slocombe


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) DP: Douglas Slocombe


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) DP: Douglas Slocombe


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) DP: Janusz Kaminski



6. LONE WOLF AND CUB (1972-1974)


Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) DP: Makiura Chishi


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972) DP: Makiura Chishi


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972) DP: Makiura Chishi


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972) DP: Miyagawa Kazuo


Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973) DP: Morita Fujio


Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974) DP: Makiura Chishi



5. THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003)


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) DP: Andrew Lesnie


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) DP: Andrew Lesnie


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) DP: Andrew Lesnie



4. HARRY POTTER (2001-2011)


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) DP: John Seale


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) DP: Roger Pratt


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) DP: Michael Seresin


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) DP: Roger Pratt


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) DP: Slawomir Idziak


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) DP: Bruno Delbonnel


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) DP: Eduardo Serra