It's hard to overstate just how important visuals are to the quality of a film. The aesthetic of a film has to be thought out just as much as the screenplay as it is essential in setting the desired mood, just as in genres such as film noir, where the black and white visuals and use of shadows help establish the tone for the entire film. When taken to the next level, visuals can be more effective in telling a story than actual dialogue would be. Take Pixar's Up as an example, and the incredible wordless montage at the beginning of the film - try to imagine how it would have worked if the filmmakers had emphasized dialogue over visual storytelling. The result is hardly as inspiring as that utterly devastating sequence. The standards for this list included how well the individual films manipulated both natural scenery as well as special effects, how well a film incorporated set design, and the overall visual composition of the film. One caveat is that a director could only have one entry in order to prevent certain filmmakers from monopolizing the list. Crucially, the rankings didn't take into account how good the rest of the film as a whole was, although every movie on here is excellent, only the visuals and how they added to the movie were considered.