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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

Inception ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

8.8/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, Tom Bereng...

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams... Read more

Gertrud (1964)

7.5/10
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe

Acclaimed director Carl Dreyer's ('The Passion of Joan of Arc') final film, 'Gertrud' is the story of a woman's search for a romantic ideal of total a... Read more

The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964)

7.9/10
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring: Enrique Irazoqui, Susanna Pasolini, Mario Socrate

A totally original Italian version of the story of Christ, using only the words and scenes described by St Matthew. Director Pasolini, an avowed marxi... Read more

Le Havre (2011)

7.2/10
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel

In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismaki, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre... Read more

A Passage To India (1984)

7.4/10
Director: David Lean
Starring: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft

Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft and Victor Bannerjee star in this adaptation of E M Forster's celebrated novel about the clash of Indian and British cultur... Read more

Memories of Murder (Blu-ray) (2003)

8.1/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Seo-hie K...

Based on the true story of Korea's first recorded serial killer, and set during the politically charged '80s this film fairly crackles with tension.... Read more

Dog Day Afternoon ( Blu-ray ) (1975)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick, John Cazale

A man (Al Pacino) stages a bank robbery so that his homosexual lover can pay for a sex-change operation. He bungles the robbery and is caught up in a... Read more

Boy (2010)

7.5/10
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi

Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother, Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, A... Read more

The Leopard (1963)

8.1/10
Director: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale

AKA 'Il Gattopardo'. This magnificent spectacle, and one of the finest 'scope' movies ever made, is set in 1860 Sicily and focuses on an aristocrat wh... Read more

Midnight Express (1978)

7.6/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Brad Davis, Bo Hopkins

From director Alan Parker ('Birdy', 'Mississippi Burning') and based on a true story, this hyper-violent and grim portrait of American student Billy H... Read more

A Brighter Summer Day (Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian) (1991)

8.4/10
Director: Edward Yang
Starring: Elaine Jin, Jonathan Chang

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an uncl... Read more

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

8/10
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette

'Goodbye, Children'. Louis Malle returns to the days of the German occupation during World War II to recount the story of friendship between two schoo... Read more

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / A Matter of Life and Death ( aka Stairway to Heaven ) (1943)

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Raymond Ma...

"The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp" (1943, 157 minutes). Roger Livesey brilliantly portrays British officer Clive Candy, through the trials and trib... Read more

Seven Samurai (Blu-Ray) (1954)

8.7/10
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Mi...

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

8/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Tim...

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that... Read more

Songs From The Second Floor (2000)

7.6/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Lars Nordh

Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a Swedish black comedy-drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 6 Oc... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Blu-Ray) (2019)

8/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Tim...

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that... Read more

The Last Laugh (1924)

8.1/10
Director: F W Murnau
Starring: Emil Jannings, Kurt Hiller

The crowning achievement of the German expressionist movement and one of the most notable artworks to arise from the Weimar Republic is Friedrich Wilh... Read more

Laura (1944)

8.1/10
Director: Otto Preminger
Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

One of the greatest Hollywood whodunits ever made, Otto Preminger's noir-flavored thriller stars Dana Andrews as a detective investigating the murder... Read more

Parasite (2019)

8.6/10
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Kang-ho Song

All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and g... Read more