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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

Braveheart (1995)

8.4/10
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Mel Gibson, Catherine McCormack

The epic tale of 13th century Scottish rebel warrior William Wallace (Mel Gibson), who builds a grass-roots resistance against the tyranny of English... Read more

Leon: The Professional (1994)

8.6/10
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, Danny Aiello

Jean Reno is Leon, a deadly and elusive killer. He lives a routine life, alone in New York with just his pot-plant for company - until the day his twe... Read more

Greed (1925)

7.9/10
Director: Erich Von Stroheim
Starring: Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt

One of the wonders of film, this miracle of filmmaking made against the most impossible of odds, stars Gibson Gowland as a dentist who marries the dau... Read more

Mon Oncle (1958)

7.9/10
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie

A masterpiece by the great French comic Jacques Tati which concentrates on young Gerard Arpel and his Uncle Hulot (Jacques Tati) in a house where gadg... Read more

Psycho ( Blu-ray ) (1960)

8.5/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John McIntire, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gav...

Hitchcock's most famous movie, the shocker that still keeps people away from showers. Janet Leigh is a woman on the run who befriends mother's boy mot... Read more

Inglourious Basterds ( Blu-ray ) (2009)

8.3/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Rod Taylor, Til Schweiger, Julie Dreyfus, Daniel Bruhl, D...

Quentin Tarantino spent 10 years developing this characteristically over-the-top war movie that stars Brad Pitt as Lt Aldo Raine, a seasoned war veter... Read more

The Insider (1999)

7.9/10
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Phi...

This powerful, riveting true-life story centers on Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a scientist with a major tobacco company who reveals potentially da... Read more

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

8.3/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane...

Quentin Tarantino spent 10 years developing this characteristically over-the-top war movie that stars Brad Pitt as Lt Aldo Raine, a seasoned war veter... Read more

A Prophet (Blu ray) (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim

Acclaimed as one of the best films of 2009, 'A Prophet' ('Un prophete') details the gritty prison career of nineteen-year-old French-Arab Malik (Tahar... Read more

My Brilliant Career (1979)

7.3/10
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Robert Grubb, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes

Inspiring story of a spirited, sensitive young woman at the turn of the century who, despite poverty, isolation and pressure to marry, fulfils her dre... Read more

Amarcord (1974)

7.8/10
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio

The title is from the Italian for "I remember" and that is what Director Fellini does in this heartfelt autobiographical drama. The life and times of... Read more

The Firemen's Ball (1967)

7.6/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Vaclav Stockel, Josef Svet, Josef Kolb

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman's first colour film "The Firemen's Ball" is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire.... Read more

Children of Men (2006)

7.9/10
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Danny Huston, Pete...

In the year 2027, the human race has lost its ability to procreate and society is rapidly descending into chaos. Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of PD Jam... Read more

The Godfather Trilogy ( The Godfather / The Godfather Part II / The Godfather Part III ) (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Robert Duval...

Francis Ford Coppola's stunning trilogy is gathered together here in its entirety, following the epic criminal exploits of the Corleone family through... Read more

The Godfather Part III ( Blu-ray ) (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Br...

The absorbing Corleone saga continues with Al Pacino's attempt to remove himself from the world of crime, and how fate and circumstance draw him back... Read more

Once Were Warriors (1994)

7.9/10
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Cliff Curtis, Julian Arahang...

Director Lee Tamahori's stunning debut film focuses on a violent love story set against a contemporary urban backdrop. This insightful, gutsy drama fe... Read more

The Shining (1980)

8.4/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, Jack Nicholson, Danny Lloyd

Stanley Kubrick's great thriller, based on Stephen King's novel, with Jack Nicholson going slowly mad in a remote deserted hotel, terrorising his wife... Read more

Giant ( Blu-ray ) (1956)

7.7/10
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Carroll Baker, Chill Wills, Dennis Hopper, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hu...

A film of staggering scale and grandeur detailing the lives of cattleman Rock Hudson and his society wife Elizabeth Taylor and three generations of la... Read more

The Cranes are Flying (1957)

8.3/10
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Starring: Tatiana Samoilova, Alexei Batalov, Vasily Merkuryev

Veronica and Boris are blissfully in love, until the eruption of World War II tears them apart. Boris is sent to the front lines... and then communica... Read more

Triumph of the Will (1934)

7.5/10
Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Starring: Adolf Hitler

Leni Riefenstahl's breathtaking film record of the 1934 Nazi Nuremberg Rally is universally regarded as one of the most outstanding documentaries ever... Read more