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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

Out of the Past (Blu-ray) (1947)

8/10
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

This masterful brooding film noir has Robert Mitchum playing a man with a past embroiled with murder and deceit at the hands of a reckless woman and a... Read more

Amour (2012)

7.9/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Emmanuele Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Examining the close bond shared by an elderly couple when one of them begins to suffer from an illness, "Amour" tells a heart-rending story of sacrifi... Read more

The Great Beauty ( Blu-ray ) (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Verdone, Toni Servillo

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his o... Read more

Mon Oncle ( Blu-ray ) (1958)

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

Slapstick prevails again when Jacques Tatis eccentric, old- fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively... Read more

Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

8.2/10
Director: Frank Capra
Starring: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains

James Stewart stars in Frank Capra's famous film as the naive Jeff Smith, appointed a U.S. senator by a corrupt political party machine. Famous for it... 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

Elite Squad (2007)

8.1/10
Director: Jose Padilha
Starring: Wagner Moura, Caio Junqueira, Andre Ramiro, Maria Ribeiro, Fernanda Machado, Fer...

For decades Rio de Janeiro has ranked as one of the most violent cities in the world. Brutal drug lords patrol the favelas, and gun battles with polic... Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

8.9/10
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood's invincible "Man with No Name" teams with two gunslingers (Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach) to pursue a fortune in stolen gold. But team... Read more

In Cold Blood (1967)

8/10
Director: Richard Brooks
Starring: Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Scott Wilson, Jeff Corey

An engrossing true story, masterfully adapted from the Truman Capote novel, tracing two young killers, their motives and eventual arrest after the mur... Read more

Thelma and Louise (1991)

Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Brad Pitt, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Susan Sarandon

This controversial 'female road movie' stars Susan Sarandon as a bored waitress, and Geena Davis as a put-upon housewife, who decide to set off on a v... Read more

The World Of Apu ( Apu Trilogy Part 3 ) (1959)

8.3/10
Director: Satyajit Ray
Starring: Soumitra Chatterjee, Sharmila Tagore

The third of the famous 'Apu trilogy' although 'World of Apu' stands on its own as a brilliant, artistically meaningful film. Told in a straight forwa... Read more

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (Blu-ray) (1991)

8.1/10
Director: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Starring: Eleanor Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Sheen

Explore the riveting, behind-the-scenes making of Francis Ford Coppola's 'Apocalypse Now'. Based largely on original footage, shot by Eleanor Coppola,... Read more

Persona (1966)

8.1/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Jorgen Lindstrom

'Persona' is recognised as Bergman's most extraordinary and influential film, it is a rich and poetic study of womanhood and identity. Elizabeth (Liv... Read more

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Starring: Bob Dylan, James Coburn, Jason Robards, Katy Jurado, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Co...

Romantic, mythic version of the changing West, James Coburn stars as Pat Garrett, the former outlaw who has put on a badge to work for the cattlemen a... Read more

Pandora's Box (1929)

8/10
Director: G W Pabst
Starring: Franz Lederer, Fritz Kortner, Louise Brooks

A silent German masterpiece based on Wedekind's play, with an unforgettable Louise Brooks in her unforgettable haircut as Lulu, the innocent vamp whos... Read more

Walkabout (1971)

7.7/10
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: David Gulpilil, Jenny Agutter, Lucien John

Lost in the Australian Outback after their father takes his own life, two young Brits are found by an aboriginal teenager who shows them how to surviv... Read more

Le Million (1931)

7.6/10
Director: Rene Clair
Starring: Annabella , Rene Lefevre

A totally charming musical comedy about two penniless artists who win the lottery and become millionaires. But the lottery tickets are in a coat that... Read more

A Woman Under the Influence (1975)

8.2/10
Director: John Cassavetes
Starring: Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands, Katherine Cassavetes

Unquestionably one of the greatest films of the 1970s, John Cassavetes' masterpiece centres on a dysfunctional Los Angeles family, and the perverse, h... Read more

Three Colours: White (1993)

8/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos

This story concerns a hapless Pole whose beautiful French wife (Julie Delpy) is divorcing him for no longer being able to perform in bed. Full of iron... Read more

Three Colours: Blue (Blu-Ray) (1993)

7.6/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Florence Pernel, Benoit Regent

After losing her family in a tragic accident Juliette Binoche decides to radically change her life; she leaves behind any memories of her husband, a r... Read more