100 Milestone Films

(Above: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Source: ASC)

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), an organization of the film industry’s top Directors of Photography (DPs), has named its top 100 milestone movies from the 20th century.

Below are the ASC’s Top 10. To fully appreciate each film’s cinematic achievements, we also present high definition streaming options. All HD rentals start at $3.99:

Lawrence of Arabia (1962), shot by Freddie Young, BSC, and directed by David Lean. The film (pictured below) is available to rent from FandangoNow and other providers.

Lawrence of Arabia, ASC

Blade Runner (1982), shot by Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, and directed by Ridley Scott. You can rent it from Vudu and other services.

Apocalypse Now (1979), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. You can view it with a Netflix subscription; or rent it from Google Play and other outlets.

Citizen Kane (1941), shot by Gregg Toland, ASC, and directed by Orson Welles. It’s available to rent from Amazon and other providers.

The Godfather (1972), shot by Gordon Willis, ASC, and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It can be rented from iTunes and other services.

Raging Bull (1980), shot by Michael Chapman, ASC, and directed by Martin Scorsese. The film (pictured below) is available on numerous subscription streaming services, including Amazon Prime, Hulu, Sho.com and Tribeca Shortlist. It can also be rented from Vudu and other services.

Raging Bull, ASC

The Conformist (1970), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. It can be viewed with an Amazon Prime subscription; or rented from Vudu and other services.

Days of Heaven (1978), shot by Néstor Almendros, ASC, and directed by Terrence Malick. It is available via a Tribeca Shortlist subscription; and can be rented from iTunes and other providers.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), shot by Geoffrey Unsworth, BSC, with additional photography by John Alcott, BSC. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick. You can rent it from FandangoNow and other services.

The French Connection (1971), shot by Owen Roizman, ASC, and directed by William Friedkin. The movie can be rented from Google Play and other providers.

You can find the entire list of 100 films at the ASC website.

(All photos sourced from the American Society of Cinematographers)

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