Most visually stunning films: Eraserhead (1977), Dune (1984), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Inland Empire (2006)

The majority of directors on this countdown have expensive special effects and green-screens to thank for their visually stunning movies; David Lynch, however, sticks with his own peculiar ingenuity. On humble budgets, Lynch’s head-scrambling films are independently made sensations, confounding viewers with their rabbit-hole plots and creepy naturalism. And through such touches as digital video graininess (Inland Empire), image distortions that give the appearance of smudged paint, and ghoulish inserts into seemingly normal everyday life (severed ears on the ground, human-sized rabbits in suits, alien-like babies that disintegrate), Lynch’s strange brand of cinema stuns as a form as visual befuddlement.