Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

GDS 222 Graphic Design III
Creative Visual Movies List
(Extra Credit)

Instructor: Paul Young


To be inspired by the creative work of others. To expand your cultural horizons. To become independent lifelong learners.


Graphic designers are visual artists. Visual artists like to draw their inspiration from other visual arts. As a source of visual inspiration, movies are very important to graphic designers because they influence a large audience. The film medium is also one of the most potent creative mediums available, often influencing language and pop culture. While most people judge movies based on the quality of the writing, the acting or the direction of a film, visual artists look at movies a little differently. We draw inspiration more from production design, art direction, editing and cinematography rather than story or character development.

The following list of 100+ movies are arguably the most visual non-animated films ever made (with a heavy slant on non-mainstream, foreign, classic and "art house" titles). These movies aren't necessarily the best movies ever made. However, each and every one of these films can stand on its own merit as having made a powerful visual statement. By studying the films on this list, you'll also get to survey the work of some of the most creative and innovative "auteurs" in history.


If you want extra credit, watch any of the following movies and write a brief review when you post your weekly blog entry. In your review, talk specifically about how the visuals (i.e. composition, cinematography, lighting, style, design, editing, etc.) relate to the narrative (i.e. how the director might have creatively used irony, subversion, symbolism, subtext, contradiction, paradoxes, allegory, metaphor, etc.). Make a recommendation to your fellow classmates on whether this is a movie worth studying.

The Movie List

Your weekly blog post is due Tuesday at 11:30pm.

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