Ridley Scott’s newest movie “Prometheus” — opening this Friday, June 8 — marks a return to the world of “Alien.” Although the marketing surrounding the film’s connection to the 1979 classic has been very hush-hush, the iconic imagery of “Prometheus” is an obvious throwback to the the days of Ripley: Dark gray corridors; big, slow industrial fans; beams of daylight that burst through the wall.

These motifs not only belong to the “Alien” universe, but Ridley’s entire cache of films. The director’s unique visual style has crafted a series of unmistakable moments that have burned themselves onto the eyes of movie lovers.

Scott’s visual track record — from “Blade Runner” to “Black Hawk Down” — boasts an overflow of awesome shots that should be studied by anyone who wants to pick up a camera. You can check out some of his best in the gallery below.


  • ‘Alien’ (1979)

    The reveal of the space jockey displays incredible production design. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/-TZlVQZFjvE” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a> </strong>

  • ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)

    The opening sequence is immediately mesmerizing. <br /> <a href=”http://youtu.be/YaR5wVL9x2I” target=”_hplink”><strong>Watch the scene here. </strong> </a>

  • Apple’s ‘1984’ Commercial

    Scott’s “Big Brother” created the most iconic piece of advertising ever. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/OYecfV3ubP8″ target=”_hplink”>Watch the commercial here.</a></strong>

  • ‘Legend’ (1985)

    The fantasy film that made unicorns real. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/PnV4cppL0WE” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here.</a> </strong>

  • ‘Alien’ (1979)

    Dallas’ hunt through the vents is one of the tensest scenes ever shot. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/431nGWVxXf4″ target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a> </strong>

  • ‘Legend’ (1985)

    The make-up effects for Lord Darkness and his goblins are still mind-blowing. <br /> <a href=”http://youtu.be/X7futPJdeOg” target=”_hplink”><strong>Watch the scene here. </strong></a>

  • ‘Black Rain’ (1987)

    The Michael Douglas thriller is the height of ’80s action style. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/aYzPUa-6BLE” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here.</a> </strong>

  • ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)

    Death has never looked more beautiful. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/4lj2ISTrfnE” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a> </strong>

  • ‘Thelma & Louise’ (1991)

    As if we could forget one of the most famous shots in all of film history. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/4z88U915uq8″ target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here.</a> </strong>

  • ‘1492’ (1992)

    The film may have been a bust, but Scott captured the gravity of Columbus’ first steps on land. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/o9W1G3Tn31A” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a></strong>

  • ‘Blade Runner’ (1982)

    We wish the director’s vision of future Los Angeles was happening now. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/IjO8wsjPqbg” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here.</a> </strong>

  • ‘G.I. Jane’ (1997)

    A classic Scott set-up shows off Demi Moore’s sculpted body. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/q7kWjf8Vm14″ target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a></strong>

  • ‘Gladiator’ (2000)

    The serene setting is one of the Oscar-winning film’s most lasting images. <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/UVTxl3cPbYU” target=”_hplink”>Listen to “The Wheat” from the “Gladiator” soundtrack. </a> </strong>

  • ‘Alien’ (1979)

    The kept-in-the-shadows monster is made more terrifying with this dental close-up. <br /> <a href=”http://youtu.be/KzRXrPl-OoA” target=”_hplink”><strong>Watch the scene here.</strong> </a>

  • ‘Hannibal’ (2001)

    A moment of Hitchcock-ian subtlety is appreciated in this hokey sequel. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/pt8RSCGfshA” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a></strong>

  • ‘Black Hawk Down’ (2002)

    In a movie filled with chaos, this final escape is tranquil and nerve-wracking at the same time. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm7T21ZFkMs&feature=youtu.be” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here.</a> </strong>

  • ‘Robin Hood’ (2010)

    The movie was a disappointment, but this arrow’s journey has a great payoff. <br /> <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/FbmnqGqWgc8″ target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a> </strong>

  • ‘Alien’ (1979)

    Ripley’s dread became one of the greatest scares in cinema. <strong><a href=”http://youtu.be/PLLK9QRkdhA” target=”_hplink”>Watch the scene here. </a></strong>

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