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8 Visually Stunning Movies That Will Take Your Breath Away

Movie nights are essential. No questions asked. There really is no feeling like getting in your comfiest sweats, grabbing a large bowl of popcorn and settling in to watch a great film.

The list of movies below consists of visual masterpieces that explore art and cinema in adventurous waves, providing inspiration and entertainment for anyone watching. So whether you’ve seen them or not, take a moment to view an inspiring story told through the craft of some of our greatest movie makers.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Directed by Tom Ford, there’s no doubt that this film is a continuum of striking visuals from start to finish. This neo-noir thriller contains many art references such as sculptures and paintings, with the majority coming from Ford’s personal collection, and recreations of famous art pieces that were brought to life within the movie.

Moulin Rouge (2001)

The movie that needs no introduction, so if you haven’t seen it, then you’ve been missing out! Famous for its elaborate costumes and imaginative sets, this musical has no limits and sets the bar for visual magic. A bold film made even bigger through its director Baz Luhrmann, bringing an expensive vision to an ultimate love story.

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

The praised cinematography of Néstor Almendros tells a story of a fantasized romance between two shipwrecked children learning to survive on their own. This beautiful coming of age tale contains many capturing moments such as mesmerizing underwater scenes and the inclusion of local exotic animals.

The Fall (2006)

This loveable movie ties together the imagination of an innocent child and the unsettled mind of the man she befriends in a hospital. The dazzling must-see film contains mythical characters on an epic journey, accompanied by rich colours and scenery filmed in locations all over the world, stealing the hearts of whoever has seen it.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Any Tim Burton film is a masterpiece, his eye for detail and artistry will forever be celebrated, and Edward Scissorhands is another example of his talent. The quirky plot line alongside the bright unconventional exterior is a reflection of Edwards mind, as the film was meant to be seen through his eyes. An iconic movie purely for the creativity of characters and playful scenery also shows depth in the way of isolation and acceptance.

Moonlight (2016)

All anyone was talking about in 2016 was Moonlight, and there’s no question why. Barry Jenkins brought a personal flavour to his film and provided us with real performances delivered in a low-budget cinematic display. This film was nominated and won many awards including awards for best cinematography and editing, proving a large budget isn’t necessary for creating a stunning feature.

Amelie (2001)

This French romantic comedy displays fantastical imagery worthy of its success. Another film inspired by art, the theme colours (red, green and yellow) came from paintings by Brazilian artist Juarez Machado, and the whimsical effects match the beautiful storyline making a fascinating watch for anyone.

The Tree of Life (2011)

There is no denying this film captures your attention through its ongoing impressive imagery. The director, Terrence Malick, contacted Nasa for actual space footage for the cosmic sequence and was determined to only shoot in the available natural light. Exploring the wonders of our world as well as telling a story of childhood and loss, this film is like an art exhibition enchanting our eyes with visual poetry.

by Olivia Chan