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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

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

Sawdust and Tinsel (1956)

7.7/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Ake Gronberg, Harriet Andersson

Ingmar Bergman presents the battle of the sexes as a ramshackle, grotesque carnival in one of his most vivid early works. A twisted relationship devel... Read more

Zelig (1983)

7.8/10
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Garrett Brown, Mia Farrow, Will Holt, Woody Allen

Woody Allen's side-splitting comic documentary and a scathing attack on the shallowness of American culture. Allen plays Leonard Zelig, a man famous f... Read more

The Castle (1997)

7.7/10
Director: Rob Sitch
Starring: Michael Caton, Sophie Lee, Charles Tingwell, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony...

Working-class tow-truck driver and father of four Darryl Kerrigan's (Michael Caton) only distinguishing feature is his beaming reverence for his home... Read more

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

8.1/10
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale

Herzog's saga of an impressario's obsession to bring his own opera boat up the Amazon River and over a mountain into Peru where he will have Caruso si... Read more

Imitation of Life (1934)

7.6/10
Director: John M Stahl
Starring: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Rochelle Hudson, Louise Beavers

After taking in black housekeeper Delilah Johnson and her light-skinned daughter, the white and widowed Bea Pullman makes a fortune in the pancake bus... Read more

Prometheus (2012)

7/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Logan...

Director Ridley Scott's first foray into science fiction since 1982's "Blade Runner" is this epic adventure that serves as a (sort of) prequel to his... Read more

Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961)

8/10
Director: Agnes Varda
Starring: Corinne Marchand, Antoine Bourseiller, Dorothee Blanck, Michel Legrand, Anna Kar...

This intimate film chronicles two hours in the life of a French singer who is waiting to hear if she has terminal cancer. The beautiful but spoiled Cl... Read more

Diamonds Of The Night (Blu-ray) (1964)

7.5/10
Director: Jan Nemec

Two Jewish boys escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism a... Read more

Stalker (1979)

8.1/10
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn

An extraordinary sci-fi film about an expedition into 'the zone', an eerie no-man's-land created by a meteor strike and depicted as a warped version o... 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

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

Stalker (Blu-ray) (1979)

8.1/10
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Starring: Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn

An extraordinary sci-fi film about an expedition into 'the zone', an eerie no-man's-land created by a meteor strike and depicted as a warped version o... Read more

The Rules of the Game (1939)

8.1/10
Director: Jean Renoir
Starring: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Jean Renoir, Mila Parely

AKA 'La Regle du Jeu'. One of the greatest films of all time, a satirical anatomy of polite bourgeois society, with a mixture of farce and black comed... Read more

All About Eve (Blu-ray) (1950)

8.2/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe

Six Oscars were awarded this cynical and entertaining examination of life as it exists on the Broadway theatre scene. Bette Davis glows as the ageing... Read more

Mouchette (Blu-ray) (1967)

7.9/10
Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Adapted from the novel by George Barnanos, Mouchette tells the story of the alienated teenage girl of the title. Neglected by her terminally ill mothe... Read more

More American Graffiti (Blu-ray) (1973)

7.6/10
Director: Bill L Norton
Starring: Ron Howard, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Mart...

"American Graffiti" (1973) - Follow the misadventures of a group of friends on one summer night in '62, as they prepare for the uncertainty of life af... Read more