The 40 Most Beautiful Shots From The Movies of 2017

From the One Perfect Shot team and our followers, a collection of the most beautiful shots from the movies of 2017.

This is it. Our final entry in our annual Year in Review series the #2017Rewind. We’ve saved the best for last especially for our readers and followers who have long adored the work of One Perfect Shot. In the year-plus that we’ve been in charge of the One Perfect Shot brand, we’ve learned a great deal about what these followers love, hate, and believe in when it comes to celebrating the beauty of cinema. It’s important to recognize that this list below belongs as much to our wonderful followers — many of whom made suggestions for this list — as it does for us.

That said, it was up to the FSR/OPS team to finalize this list and we’re very happy with the results. Below you will find shots that represent standalone beauty in cinema, shots that recall specific emotions from some of the year’s most powerful films, and a few that you may not have seen before. We dug deep. But we also have a few disclaimers and stray observations:

  • Each film is limited to one shot for the purposes of this list. Otherwise, it would be a bunch of shots from Blade Runner 2049 drowning out everything else. That movie is beautiful.
  • We did not see every movie in 2017, so this is by no means a perfect representation of everything. We did see a lot of movies though, so it’s pretty comprehensive.
  • There are films from which the best shots aren’t currently available. For example, there’s a shot we love from The Last Jedi that is both not available to us and a massive spoiler. You know the one. We couldn’t have that one, so we picked another shot we love, instead. Phantom Thread is also in this category.
  • We are aware that a number of these shots include visual effects elements. Shout out to all the VFX wizards who made them possible.
  • The list includes plenty of the cinematographers we’ve long admired — Roger Deakins, Bill Pope, Larry Fong, Darius Khondji, Rachel Morrison. But it also includes a bunch of exciting newcomers, including Toby Oliver, Alexis Zabe, Elisha Christian, and Matthew Jensen. We can’t wait to see what these DPs do next.
  • We also can’t wait to chat with you about all of these picks. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we’re be sharing them all individually in the coming days.
  • We’re sure we missed a few and we know you’ll all be more than happy to tell us about it. 😉

47 Meters Down

DP: Mark Silk ⏐ Director: Johannes Roberts

A Cure for Wellness

DP: Bojan Bazelli ⏐ Director: Gore Verbinski

A Fantastic Woman

DP: Benjamin Echazarreta ⏐ Director: Sebastian Lelio

A Ghost Story

DP: Andrew Droz Palermo ⏐ Director: David Lowery

Baby Driver

DP: Bill Pope ⏐ Director: Edgar Wright

The Beguiled

DP: Philippe Le Sourd ⏐ Director: Sofia Coppola

Beauty and the Beast

DP: Tobias Schliessler ⏐ Director: Bill Condon

Blade of the Immortal

DP: Nobuyasu Kita ⏐ Director: Takashi Miike

Blade Runner 2049

DP: Roger Deakins ⏐ Director: Denis Villeneuve

Call Me By Your Name

DP: Syombhu Mukdeeprom ⏐ Director: Luca Guadagnino


DP: Matt Aspbury, Danielle Feinberg ⏐ Director: Lee Unkrich


DP: Elisha Christian ⏐ Director: Kogonada

Dave Made a Maze

DP: Jon Boal ⏐ Director: Bill Watterson

The Devil’s Candy

DP: Simon Chapman ⏐ Director: Sean Byrne


DP: Hoyte Van Hoytema ⏐ Director: Christopher Nolan

The Florida Project

DP: Alexis Zabe ⏐ Director: Sean Baker


DP: Giora Bejach ⏐ Director: Samiel Maoz

Get Out

DP: Toby Oliver ⏐ Director: Jordan Peele

Good Time

DP: Sean Price Williams ⏐ Director: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

DP: Henry Braham ⏐ Director: James Gunn


DP: Chung-hoon Chung ⏐ Director: Andy Muschietti

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

DP: Thimios Bakatakis ⏐ Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Kong: Skull Island

DP: Larry Fong ⏐ Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Lady Bird

DP: Sam Levy ⏐ Director: Greta Gerwig

The Lost City of Z

DP: Darius Khondji ⏐ Director: James Gray

Loving Vincent

DP: Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal ⏐ Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman


DP: Matthew Libatique ⏐ Director: Darren Aronofsky


DP: Rachel Morrison ⏐ Director: Dee Rees


DP: Ruben Impens ⏐ Director: Julia Ducournau

The Shape of Water

DP: Dan Laustsen ⏐ Director: Guillermo del Toro

Spider-Man: Homecoming

DP: Salvatore Totino ⏐ Director: Jon Watts

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

DP: Steve Yedlin ⏐ Director: Rian Johnson

Super Dark Times

DP: Eli Born ⏐ Director: Kevin Phillips

T2 Trainspotting

DP: Anthony Dod Mantle ⏐ Director: Danny Boyle


DP: Jakob Ihre ⏐ Director: Joachim Trier

Thor: Ragnarok

DP: Javier Aguirresarobe ⏐ Director: Taika Waititi

The Villainess

DP: Jung-hun Park ⏐ Director: Byung-gil Jung

War for the Planet of the Apes

DP: Michael Seresin ⏐ Director: Matt Reeves

Wonder Woman

DP: Matthew Jensen ⏐ Director: Patty Jenkins

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