Skip To Content

    Film Lovers Are Sharing The Most "Aesthetically Pleasing" Movies Ever Made, And My Eyes Are Eternally Grateful

    "It’s like you’ve eaten a pot brownie and woken up in a greeting card."

    Recently in a viral thread, redditor u/dilapidatedbunghole asked, "What is the most aesthetically pleasing movie you've ever seen?" and film lovers really came through with some truly satisfying responses!

    Walt Disney Studios

    So with that in mind, here are just a few of the most "aesthetically pleasing" pictures shared:

    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    The inside of the spaceship
    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

    "The framing, shot composition, color palette, design — even the special effects — are all immaculate."

    u/hiro111

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Via youtube.com

    2. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

    A landscape scene
    Toho / Studio Ghibli

    "Especially the garden scene."

    u/Caramel_Cappucino

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Toho / Studio Ghibli / Via youtube.com

    3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    Fox Searchlight / ©Fox Searchlight/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It’s like you’ve eaten a pot brownie and woken up in a greeting card."

    u/idrwierd

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox Searchlight / Via youtube.com

    4. The Fall (2006)

    Roadside Attractions / ©Roadside Attractions/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "This is one of my secret favorite movies. I say 'secret' because most people have never heard of it and it's criminally overlooked. It's gorgeously shot and has a beautiful story to boot!"

    u/Schneetmacher

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Roadside Attractions / Via youtube.com

    5. The Green Knight (2021)

    Eric Zachanowich / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It had really great cinematography!"

    u/_throwaway_2244

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    A24 / Via youtube.com

    6. The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)

    Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It's such a strangely beautiful movie."

    u/tsaroz

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Produzioni Europee Associate / Via youtube.com

    7. Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

    Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros / courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

    "It won an Oscar for cinematography!"

    u/graeuk

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com

    8. Hero (2002)

    Jet Li standing among soldiers
    Miramax / ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "The one with Jet Li. It's the first movie that came to mind."

    u/Green_Merlin6

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Miramax / Via youtube.com

    9. Annihilation (2018)

    Paramount Pictures / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection

    "The strange beauty is one of the best aspects of the movie. It gives the Shimmer this sort of 'devil may care' personality. The mutations occur in whatever way seems necessary for each life-form. On one hand, you get these beautiful deerlike creatures with flowering branches for antlers. On the other hand...you get scream-bear."

    u/Ellemshaye

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / Via youtube.com

    10. Marie Antoinette (2006)

    Sony Pictures / ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "I was in awe of just how gorgeous everything was. The costumes, the scenery, the food. I was enthralled by the beauty. It didn't really matter that it didn't have a compelling plot. I was so sucked into looking at everything that the story was so secondary."

    u/billyandteddy

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures / Via youtube.com

    11. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Two Spider-Men flying through the forest
    © Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

    "The art direction of that movie was great, like something straight out of a comic book."

    u/PlasmaGuy500

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Sony Pictures Releasing / Via youtube.com

    12. Amélie (2001)

    Miramax / ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "The color scheme is warm and welcoming, the storyline flows beautifully, and the soundtrack is brilliant and whimsical — not to mention how talented each actor is. This is my favorite movie."

    u/ItStillIsntLupus

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Miramax / Via youtube.com

    13. Dune (2021)

    Warner Bros.

    "Probably some recency bias here, but that movie is gorgeous. Every shot is like a painting."

    u/SingleFunction221

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com

    14. What Dreams May Come (1998)

    Polygram Filmed Entertainment / ©Polygram Filmed Entertainment/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "This film is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I don't understand why it's not as popular as other films."

    u/parallel-universe2

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Via youtube.com

    15. Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

    Focus Features / ©Focus Features/courtesy Everett Collect / Everett Collection

    "It was a beautiful movie, both visually and musically."

    u/drawfanstein

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Universal Pictures / Via youtube.com

    16. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

    Courtesy Everett Collection

    "I don’t care for long movies (or deserts) but it’s still very pretty."

    u/akaCatt

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / Via youtube.com

    17. Your Name (2016)

    Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Or any film by Makoto Shinkai. It's one thing to get aesthetically pleasing films with real actors and prop settings, but to do so with animation is just surreal and mind-blowing. The attention to detail to the cities, trees, petals, rain, etc. I still rewatch it every now and then because of how visually appealing it is."

    u/movin4call

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Funimation Films / Via youtube.com

    18. Interstellar (2014)

    Paramount / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "Plus, it has an absolutely phenomenal score."

    u/akaWillyDawg

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Paramount Pictures / Via youtube.com

    19. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

    DreamWorks / ©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett / Everett Collection

    "The first movie I recall where — even though I was young — I could still recognize the beauty of the scenes. I always return to it and pause the scenes I like the most."

    u/FairyAlpaca

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Dreamworks / Via youtube.com

    20. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

    Columbia Pictures / ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "The opening scene with the red flowing in the river captivated me."

    u/ohlalaexpatinfrance

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Columbia Pictures / Via youtube.com

    21. Ponyo (2008)

    Walt Disney Co. / ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection

    "I saw it as a kid and it's cemented in my memory. Especially the scenes where they float above the flooded road in water so calm, you can see everything underneath."

    u/Spyblox007

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Walt Disney Studios / Via youtube.com

    22. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

    Buena Vista Pictures / ©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It was just so visually unique and the slightly aged color tinting with the old music worked so well together."

    u/educatedpotato1

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Buena Vista Pictures / Via youtube.com

    23. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Focus Films / ©Focus Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It definitely makes slow strolling appealing."

    u/Imraith-Nimphais

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Focus Features / Via youtube.com

    24. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    20thcentfox / ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "I love Baz Luhrmann's aesthetic."

    u/SquirrelsandCrayons

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    20th Century Fox / Via youtube.com

    25. Midsommar (2019)

    A24

    "Hands down."

    u/quiashde

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    A24 / Via youtube.com

    26. The Shape of Water (2017)

    Photo Courtesy Of Fox Searchlight Pictures / Fox Searchlight / Everett Collection

    "I'm surprised I had to scroll down this far to find a Guillermo del Toro movie."

    u/Dark_sable

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    Fox Searchlight / Via youtube.com

    27. And finally, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

    New Line Cinema / ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It’s absolutely beautiful and yet (in my opinion) still falls just a tad short of the grandeur of how the book describes everything!"

    u/relevant__comment

    Watch the trailer here:

    View this video on YouTube

    New Line Cinema / Via youtube.com

    Okay so you've read their picks but now it's your turn! What's the most "aesthetically pleasing" movie you've ever had the pleasure of viewing? Share your pick(s) in the comments below!

    Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.