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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

The Favourite (Blu-Ray) (2018)

7.7/10
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss,...

In the early 18th century, England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne occupies... Read more

Oldboy (2003)

8.4/10
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Hye-jeong Kang, Ji-tae Yu

Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) has been imprisoned in a room for 15 years with no explanation when, barely sane, he is released. Thrown back into the world... Read more

Donnie Darko ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary McDonnell, No...

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, dem... Read more

Singin' in the Rain (1952)

8.3/10
Director: Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Starring: Millard Mitchell, Jean Hagen, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd...

Silent movies are giving way to Talking Pictures and a hoofer-turned-matinee idol (Gene Kelly) is caught in that bumpy transition, as well as his budd... Read more

Donnie Darko (2001)

8.1/10
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Mary...

Dark and disturbing, destined-for-cult status tale stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a gifted but troubled 80s high school student whose adolescent horrors tak... Read more

Sunrise (1927)

8.2/10
Director: F W Murnau
Starring: George O'Brien, Janet Gaynor, Margaret Livingston

Aka "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans". This exquisite silent film is just as powerful today as when it was made, telling the simple story of a farmer wh... Read more

The Searchers ( Blu-ray ) (1956)

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

This classic western stars John Wayne as a Civil War veteran who tracks a Comanche raiding party for five years to rescue the girl they hold captive.... Read more

Battleship Potemkin (1925)

8/10
Director: Sergei Eisenstein
Starring: Alexander Antonov, Vladimir Barsky

This landmark film was planned by the Soviet Central Committee to coincide with the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the unsuccessful 1905 Rus... Read more

Psycho (1960)

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

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

Bicycle Thieves ( aka The Bicycle Thief ) (1948)

8.3/10
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lianella Carell, Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola

Aka 'The Bicycle Thief.' Vittorio De Sica's remarkable 1948 drama of desperation and survival in Italy's post-war depression earned a special Oscar fo... Read more

Bicycle Thieves ( aka The Bicycle Thief ) ( Blu-ray ) (1948)

8.3/10
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Enzo Staiola, Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell

Aka 'The Bicycle Thief.' Vittorio De Sica's remarkable 1948 drama of desperation and survival in Italy's post-war depression earned a special Oscar fo... Read more

Rashomon (1950)

8.3/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Masayuki Mori

Akira Kurosawa's first huge international success is this superlative study of truth and human nature; four people involved in a rape-murder tell vary... Read more

Schindler's List (1993)

8.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagalle, Em...

Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a Nazi Party member out to profit from the war. The local Jewish population provide a ready source of cheap labour fo... Read more

Schindler's List ( Blu-ray ) (1993)

8.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Jona...

Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a Nazi Party member out to profit from the war. The local Jewish population provide a ready source of cheap labour fo... Read more

The 400 Blows (1959)

8.1/10
Director: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Leaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Remy

Aka 'Les quatre cents coups'. Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart,... Read more

The 400 Blows ( Blu-ray ) (1959)

8.1/10
Director: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Albert Remy, Claire Maurier, Jean-Pierre Leaud

Aka 'Les quatre cents coups'. Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart,... Read more

Satantango (1994)

8.5/10
Director: Bela Tarr
Starring: Peter Berling, Janos Derzsi

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Bela Tarr's epic rendering of Laszlo Karsnahorkai's novel about the decline of Communism in Eastern Europe, is a u... Read more

Raging Bull (1980)

8.2/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty

Robert De Niro gives an incredible performance as Jake LaMotta, the controversial middleweight fighter of the 1940's. 'Raging Bull' shows how LaMotta... Read more

Raging Bull ( Blu-ray ) (1980)

8.2/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro gives an incredible performance as Jake LaMotta, the controversial middleweight fighter of the 1940's. 'Raging Bull' shows how LaMotta... Read more

L'Atalante (1934)

7.9/10
Director: Jean Vigo
Starring: Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Daste

Naturalism and surrealist fantasy blend beautifully in this restored all-time masterpiece about a young couple who begin their life together sailing d... Read more