100 of The Most Iconic Shots In Film History

Anna Green

Over the last century, movies have bridged the gap between high art and popular entertainment, producing images that remain iconic and influential, even after the stories themselves fade from memory. In the short video “100 Years/100 Shots,” Jacob T. Swinney has created a tribute to some of those iconic images, choosing one perfect shot from each year since 1915.

Simultaneously a celebration of cinema and a survey of film history, the video shows how film has evolved over the last century. Showcasing technological and aesthetic shifts—the transition from black and white to color, the introduction of digital special effects—the video proves how far filmmakers have come technologically over the last century. But, at the same time, arresting images from decades past show that, even a century ago, filmmakers knew how to construct awe-inspiring shots.

“While many of these shots are the most recognizable in film history, others are equally iconic in their own right. For example, some shots pioneered a style or defined a genre, while others tested the boundaries of censorship and filmgoer expectations,” says Swinney. “If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much.”

Banner Image Credit: Jacob T. Swinney, Vimeo