For 100 years (maybe longer than that, but I haven’t been around that long), films have been leaving us with certain images that linger in our minds long enough to make us think “Huh. My brain sure thought that was neat-o.”

Editor Jacob T. Swinney compiled the 100 most memorable or iconic shots in film over the past 100 years, and it is gorgeous. According to Swinney:

A journey through the past 100 years of cinema–the most memorable shot from each year (in my opinion). 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. If anything, I want this video to be a reminder as to why we all love cinema so much.

The compilation features shots from movies ranging from the obvious (2001: A Space Odyssey, Metropolis) to the not-as-obvious (300, Mission: Impossible). Looks like he used 100 films! (…please laugh).

Ultimately, Swinney’s video is a testament to the power of film. It’s a reminder that movies aren’t just idle popcorn background pictures and that films have influenced our culture for a long time. Movies have changed culture, and as the video shows us, culture has changed movies.

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