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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

Duck Soup, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers (1931)

7.8/10
Director: Leo McCarey
Starring: The Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern

'Duck Soup' In postage-stamp sized Freedoria, Prime Minister Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho) declares war on neighbouring Sylvania just for the hell of it... Read more

The General (1927)

8.2/10
Director: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender

One of the greatest films from the silent period, a true classic. Buster Keaton is an engineer on 'The General', a Confederate train during the Civil... Read more

La Dolce Vita (1960)

8.1/10
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Anita Ekberg

'A landmark of cinematic social comment,' wrote one critic about Fellini's journey through a decadent Rome. Banned by the church in many countries, th... Read more

The Searchers (1956)

8/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: Ward Bond, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood, John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter

In this revered Western, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother's family are killed or abdu... Read more

Buster Keaton: 3 Films(Sherlock Jr., The General, Steamboat Bill, Jr.) (Blu-ray) (1924)

8.1/10
Director: Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender

Between 1920 and 1929, Buster Keaton created a peerless run of feature films that established him as arguably the greatest actor-director in the histo... Read more

The Gold Rush (1925)

8.2/10
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Mack Swain, Tom Murray

Considered by many to be Chaplin's finest comedy: Charlie is the gold prospector in the Yukon near starvation and treacherous villains. Many great sce... Read more

French Connection II (1975)

6.8/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Bernard Fresson, Fernando Rey, Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman is back as tough-as-nails New York cop "Popeye" Doyle, heading to France to track down the heroin dealer whose syndicate he busted in Ame... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter,...

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more

2001: A Space Odyssey ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

8.3/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, Leonard Rossiter, William Sylvester

Light years ahead of its time, this groundbreaking, visually stunning masterpiece grows even more wondrous as time passes. Beginning with The Dawn of... Read more

The Best Years of Our Lives (Blu-ray) (1946)

8/10
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Teresa Wright, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Do...

One of Hollywood's best. Three men return home after WWII and must re-adjust to civilian life, to their families, to their own changed lives. Expertly... Read more

Birdy (1984)

7.3/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins

A spellbinding, captivating movie about a Vietnam vet who has come to believe he is a bird, and the efforts of his best friend to break him out of his... Read more

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

8/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Christine Hargreaves, Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof stars as Pink, the burned-out rock star slowly going out of control. Conceived and written by Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, with animation by... Read more

Roma (2018)

7.7/10
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio

Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when An... Read more

The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

6.3/10
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey

With the help of a supportive cousin (Martin Donovan), one of the few headstrong, independent American women of the late 19th century (Nicole Kidman)... Read more

The Master (2012)

7.1/10
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancas... Read more

The Master ( Blu-ray ) (2012)

7.1/10
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancas... Read more

High and Low (1963)

8.4/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune

Based on an Ed McBain novel, 'High and Low' is a gripping, film noir style thriller. A ruthless kidnapper, aiming to snatch wealthy industrialist Tosh... Read more

The Crowd (Y El Mundo Marcha) (1928)

8.1/10
Director: King Vidor
Starring: James Murray

Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when J... Read more

A Separation (Blu-ray) (2011)

8.3/10
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat

Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and... Read more

La Notte ( The Night ) (1961)

8/10
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau, Monica Vitti, Bernhard Wicki

Michelangelo Antonioni's stunning follow-up to 'L'Avventura' explores similar themes of relationship dysfunction and the search for unattainable passi... Read more