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

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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!

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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

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

u/hiro111

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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2.Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

A landscape scene

"Especially the garden scene."

u/Caramel_Cappucino

Toho / Studio Ghibli

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3.The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

<div><p>"It’s like you’ve eaten a pot brownie and woken up in a greeting card."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzobh5/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/idrwierd" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/idrwierd</b></a></p></div><span> Fox Searchlight / ©Fox Searchlight/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

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

u/idrwierd

Fox Searchlight / ©Fox Searchlight/Courtesy Everett Collection

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4.The Fall (2006)

<div><p>"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!"</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzu885/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Schneetmacher" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/Schneetmacher</b></a></p></div><span> Roadside Attractions / ©Roadside Attractions/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

Roadside Attractions / ©Roadside Attractions/Courtesy Everett Collection

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5.The Green Knight (2021)

<div><p>"It had really great cinematography!"</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmyhntv/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/_throwaway_2244" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/_throwaway_2244</b></a></p></div><span> Eric Zachanowich / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"It had really great cinematography!"

u/_throwaway_2244

Eric Zachanowich / © A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

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

<div><p>"It's such a strangely beautiful movie."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmyh8tk/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/tsaroz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/tsaroz</b></a></p></div><span> Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"It's such a strangely beautiful movie."

u/tsaroz

Courtesy Everett Collection

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7.Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

<div><p>"It won an Oscar for cinematography!"</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmyoecd/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/graeuk" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/graeuk</b></a></p></div><span> Warner Bros / ©Warner Bros / courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection</span>

"It won an Oscar for cinematography!"

u/graeuk

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

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8.Hero (2002)

Jet Li standing among soldiers

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

u/Green_Merlin6

Miramax / ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection

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9.Annihilation (2018)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmzkgl5/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Ellemshaye" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/Ellemshaye</b></a></p></div><span> Paramount Pictures / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection</span>

"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

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

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10.Marie Antoinette (2006)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hn02ll1/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/billyandteddy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/billyandteddy</b></a></p></div><span> Sony Pictures / ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

Sony Pictures / ©Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

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

Two Spider-Men flying through the forest

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

u/PlasmaGuy500

© Columbia Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection

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12.Amélie (2001)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmykejy/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/ItStillIsntLupus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/ItStillIsntLupus</b></a></p></div><span> Miramax / ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

Miramax / ©Miramax/Courtesy Everett Collection

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13.Dune (2021)

<div><p>"Probably some recency bias here, but that movie is gorgeous. Every shot is like a painting."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmyleb6/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/SingleFunction221" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/SingleFunction221</b></a></p></div><span> Warner Bros.</span>

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

u/SingleFunction221

Warner Bros.

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14.What Dreams May Come (1998)

<div><p>"This film is so beautiful and heartbreaking. I don't understand why it's not as popular as other films."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzwid7/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/parallel-universe2" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/parallel-universe2</b></a></p></div><span> Polygram Filmed Entertainment / ©Polygram Filmed Entertainment/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

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

u/parallel-universe2

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

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15.Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

<div><p>"It was a beautiful movie, both visually and musically."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzmggq/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/drawfanstein" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/drawfanstein</b></a></p></div><span> Focus Features / ©Focus Features/courtesy Everett Collect / Everett Collection</span>

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

u/drawfanstein

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

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16.Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

<div><p>"I don’t care for long movies (or deserts) but it’s still very pretty."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmzedhw/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/akaCatt" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/akaCatt</b></a></p></div><span> Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

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

u/akaCatt

Courtesy Everett Collection

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17.Your Name (2016)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmyx2sq/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/movin4call" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/movin4call</b></a></p></div><span> Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

Courtesy Everett Collection

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18.Interstellar (2014)

<div><p>"Plus, it has an absolutely phenomenal score."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmz3yv9/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/akaWillyDawg" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/akaWillyDawg</b></a></p></div><span> Paramount / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Plus, it has an absolutely phenomenal score."

u/akaWillyDawg

Paramount / ©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Collection

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19.The Prince of Egypt (1998)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmz5jsb/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/FairyAlpaca" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/FairyAlpaca</b></a></p></div><span> DreamWorks / ©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett / Everett Collection</span>

"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

DreamWorks / ©DreamWorks/courtesy Everett / Everett Collection

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20.Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

<div><p>"The opening scene with the red flowing in the river captivated me."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmzt6f1/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/ohlalaexpatinfrance" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/ohlalaexpatinfrance</b></a></p></div><span> Columbia Pictures / ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

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

u/ohlalaexpatinfrance

Columbia Pictures / ©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

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21.Ponyo (2008)

<div><p>"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."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmzosae/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Spyblox007" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/Spyblox007</b></a></p></div><span> Walt Disney Co. / ©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

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

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

<div><p>"It was just so visually unique and the slightly aged color tinting with the old music worked so well together."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hn0gqoh/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/educatedpotato1" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/educatedpotato1</b></a></p></div><span> Buena Vista Pictures / ©Buena Vista Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

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

u/educatedpotato1

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

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23.Pride & Prejudice (2005)

<div><p>"It definitely makes slow strolling appealing."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzmfsz/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Imraith-Nimphais" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/Imraith-Nimphais</b></a></p></div><span> Focus Films / ©Focus Films/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"It definitely makes slow strolling appealing."

u/Imraith-Nimphais

Focus Films / ©Focus Films/Courtesy Everett Collection

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24.Moulin Rouge! (2001)

<div><p>"I love Baz Luhrmann's aesthetic."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/comment/hmzjsjw/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/SquirrelsandCrayons" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/SquirrelsandCrayons</b></a></p></div><span> 20thcentfox / ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I love Baz Luhrmann's aesthetic."

u/SquirrelsandCrayons

20thcentfox / ©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection

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25.Midsommar (2019)

<div><p>"Hands down."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hmykqvb/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/quiashde" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/quiashde</b></a></p></div><span> A24</span>

"Hands down."

u/quiashde

A24

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26.The Shape of Water (2017)

<div><p>"I'm surprised I had to scroll down this far to find a Guillermo del Toro movie."</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hn0s8xp/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/Dark_sable" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/Dark_sable</b></a></p></div><span> Photo Courtesy Of Fox Searchlight Pictures / Fox Searchlight / Everett Collection</span>

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

u/Dark_sable

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

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27.And finally, the Lord of the Rings trilogy

<div><p>"It’s absolutely beautiful and yet (in my opinion) still falls just a tad short of the grandeur of how the book describes everything!"</p><p><b>—</b><a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/r7cufz/what_is_the_most_aesthetically_pleasing_movie/hn0a95i/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:u/relevant__comment" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><b>u/relevant__comment</b></a></p></div><span> New Line Cinema / ©New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"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

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

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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.

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