25 of the Most Beautiful Films Ever Created

Movies are an art form that evokes emotions, inspires us, and transports us to different worlds. From the stunning landscapes of Lawrence of Arabia to the magical world of Pan's Labyrinth, these films transport viewers to new worlds, leaving them breathless.

Whether you are a film buff or appreciate beautiful art, these films are a must-see.

1 – Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

This classic film, directed by David Lean, tells the story of T. E. Lawrence and his experiences in Arabia during World War I. The sweeping desert landscapes captured on film are breathtaking and immersive.

2 – Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 Harrison Ford
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

A modern sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, features stunning cinematography. Interestingly, it also shows a beautifully rendered dystopian world.

3 – The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel Ralph Fiennes
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Wes Anderson's unique style and vibrant use of color and symmetry make The Grand Budapest Hotel a feast for the eyes. It is a quirky, charming comedy-drama set between two world wars in a fictional European country.

4 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey Movie
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Stanley Kubrick's epic sci-fi film is known for its mesmerizing visual effects, including the iconic “Star Gate” sequence. It is a true classic and a groundbreaking masterpiece that still stands the test of time.

5 – The Tree of Life (2011)

Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life (2011)
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Terrence Malick's experimental drama explores life and death themes. It also attempts to explain the meaning of existence through stunning imagery and poetic storytelling.

6 – The Red Shoes (1948)

The Red Shoes 1948 Moira Shearer
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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger directed this classic British film. It tells the story of a ballerina torn between her art and her love life and features some of the most beautiful dance sequences ever filmed.

7 – Amélie (2001)

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet's whimsical romantic comedy set in Paris is a visual treat filled with some of the most impressive cinematography. The beauty of the film will leave you in awe.

8 – The Fall (2006)

The Fall 2006
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Tarsem Singh's fantastical adventure film follows a young girl and a stuntman as they journey through a series of interconnected stories set in exotic locations. The stunning visuals are even more impressive because they were achieved with minimal special effects.

9 – In The Mood for Love (2000)

In the Mood for Love Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai
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Wong Kar-wai directed this romantic drama set in 1960s Hong Kong. It is known for its lush visuals, stunning costume designs, and hypnotic score.

10 – Days of Heaven (1978)

Days of Heaven 1985
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

The movie tells the story of a love triangle during the early 20th century involving a couple who pretend to be siblings. The film uses natural light and vast landscapes to create immersive scenes.

11 – Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Pan's Labyrinth Ivana Baquero
Image Credit: New Line Cinema.

Guillermo del Toro's dark fairy tale is visually stunning. It is about a young girl who escapes into a twisted fantasy world.

12 – The Thin Red Line (1998)

The Thin Red Line
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Here is a third film by Terrence Malick. The film has been praised for its poetic edge. It is a visually stunning war drama set during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II.

13 – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

Ben Stiller's adaptation of the classic James Thurber story is a visual delight. Its beauty is in its use of stunning landscapes and innovative cinematography.

14 – The Revenant (2015)

The Revenant (2015)
Image Credit: New Regency Productions.

This is a survival drama directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and set in the 1820s American wilderness, which features breathtaking scenery.

15 – The Conformist (1970)

The Conformist 1970
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

The political thriller set in fascist Italy is known for its striking visuals and symmetry. Bernardo Bertolucci directed it.

16 – Cinema Paradiso (1988)

CInema Paradiso
Image Credit: Miramax.

Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful and nostalgic film about cinema's power to unite people. The film tells the story of a young boy who grows up in a small Italian village where the local cinema becomes his second home.

17 – Barry Lyndon (1975)

Barry Lyndon Movie (1975)
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

The film is famous for its stunning cinematography, which gives it a look reminiscent of classical paintings. Its beauty is matched only by its masterful storytelling and powerful performances.

18 – Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha 2005
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.

Directed by Rob Marshall, this film tells the story of a young girl in pre-World War II, Japan, who is sold into slavery and trained as a geisha. The film captures the beauty of Japanese culture and scenery.

19 – The Bicycle Thief (1948)

The Bicycle Thief 1948 Gino Saltamerenda
Image Credit: Ente Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche.

The Bicycle Thief is a classic Italian neorealist film that tells the story of a man with a stolen bicycle, which threatens his ability to work and provide for his family. It is shot in a gritty and realistic style that brings the poverty-stricken streets of post-war Rome to life.

20 – Black Narcissus (1947)

Black Narcissus 1947 Kathleen Byron
Image Credit: General Film Distributors.

Black Narcissus tells the story of a group of nuns establishing a convent in the Himalayas. The film's beauty lies in its use of vibrant colors and breathtaking scenery, which creates a dreamlike world that is both ethereal and unsettling.

21 – The Red Violin (1998)

The Red Violin 1998 Samuel L Jackson
Image Credit: Lions Gate Films.

This film follows the journey of a rare and exquisite violin from its creation in 17th-century Italy to modern-day Montreal. The film is visually stunning, with breathtaking scenes of European cities and the Canadian countryside and a beautiful score by John Corigliano.

22 – Hero (2002)

Hero Jet Li
Image Credit: Miramax.

This is a Chinese martial arts film directed by Zhang Yimou, known for its breathtaking visual style and use of color. The film features stunning cinematography, intricate fight choreography, and an engaging story about an assassin tasked with killing the emperor of China.

23 – The English Patient (1996)

The English Patient Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas
Image Credit: Miramax Films and Buena Vista International.

This romantic war drama film was directed by Anthony Minghella and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje. It tells the story of a severely burned man — who is revealed to be a Hungarian count and explorer — and his relationship with his nurse, Hana, during World War II.

24 – The Shape of Water (2017)

The Shape of Water
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this film follows the story of a mute custodian named Elisa who forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature. Every shot in the film is carefully crafted to evoke a sense of wonder and magic, from the deep blues and greens of the underwater scenes to the warm, golden hues of the more intimate moments between Elisa and the creature.

25 – If Beale Street Could Talk(2018)

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Image Credit: Annapurna Pictures.

This Oscar-winning film tells the heartbreaking story of a young, pregnant woman who is trying to prove that her best friend and love didn't commit the crime he's being charged with.

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Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.