Alice's 500 Greatest Films

The goal in this compilation was to determine film history's definitive creme de la creme. The titles considered to be the greatest of the great from around the world and throughout the history of film.. So, after an in-depth analysis of respected critics and publications from around the globe, cross referenced and tweaked to arrive at the ranking of films representing, we believe, the greatest cinema can offer. Scroll, contemplate and enjoy..... Want a printable list of the 500 greatest to check off? Click here

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Director: John Huston
Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Marilyn Monroe

One of director Huston's most memorable efforts, this taut drama is a brilliantly stylized crime story about a group of hoods plotting a major heist.... Read more

Metropolis (Reconstructed & Restored) (1927)

Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Fritz Lang's masterwork, set in a towering city of the future whose populace is divided between the idle ruling class and the dehumanized workers who... Read more

Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane

Generally regarded as the greatest and most influential films of all time; Orson Welles directorial debut (he was only 25!) is the story of newspaper... Read more

Citizen Kane ( Blu-ray ) (1941)

Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Paul Stewart, Ruth...

Even people who have never seen Citizen Kane know it's the greatest film of all time. Orson Welles' debut has become an undisputed cultural benchmark... Read more

Orlando (1992)

Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world. Young nobleman Orlando is comma... Read more

His Girl Friday (1940)

Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Rosalind Russell

This must-see film has Cary Grant as a conniving editor and Rosalind Russell as a star reporter (and his ex-wife), with Ralph Bellamy as the mama's bo... Read more

Amelie (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, Isabelle Nanty, Domini...

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. Read more

Weekend (1967)

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

A mind-expanding anti-Western diatribe about one woman's road to guerrillahood is among Godard's more fully realised works, with a long traffic-jam se... Read more

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Blu-ray) (1977)

Director: George Lucas
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Voice O...

The story of a boy, a girl and a universe. Now a classic, this blend of pulp magazine sci-fi, comic book action, old fashioned cliff-hanger story and... Read more

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Blu-ray) (1975)

Director: Chantal Akerman
Starring: Delphine Seyrig

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to... Read more

Happiness (1998)

Director: Todd Solondz
Starring: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman

This remarkable, controversial, jet-black comedy circles around an unhappy family - three sisters, their mother and father and others who come into th... Read more

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ( Blu-ray ) (1963)

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: George C Scott, James Earl Jones, Keenan Wynn, Peter Bull, Peter Sellers, Slim P...

A commie-hating, paranoid American general launches a flight of B-52 bombers at the Soviet Union with nuclear annihilation in mind. Since he is the on... Read more

Metropolis (Restored) (1927)

Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Frohlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel

Perhaps the most famous and influential of all silent films, 'Metropolis' had for 75 years been seen only in shortened or truncated versions. Now, res... Read more

Amelie (Blu-ray) (2001)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, Isabelle Nanty, Domini...

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. Read more

Double Indemnity (1944)

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G Robinson

A masterpiece of film noir cinema from director Billy Wilder, who also co-scripted with Raymond Chandler. Barbara Stanwyck is the definitive femme fat... Read more

Casablanca (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart

As time goes by, no film equals the popularity of this indisputable classic. In quintessential roles, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are former lo... Read more

56 Up (2012)

Director: Michael Apted

Continuing a project he began in 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted revisits his original subjects and sees how their lives are progressing now that they a... Read more

Seven Samurai (1954)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Yoshio Inaba, Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhab... Read more

Andrei Rublev (1966)

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Anatoly Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolai Grinko

Widely regarded as Tarkovsky's finest film 'Andrei Rublev' charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th century Russia... Read more

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Buster Keaton, Erich Von Stroheim, Fred Clark, Gloria Swanson, Jack Webb, Nancy...

Billy Wilder's classic drama stars Gloria Swanson as reclusive silent movie queen Norma Desmond. Sharing a mansion with her live-in butler/former husb... Read more