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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

Mulholland Drive (Blu-ray) (2001)

8/10
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Ann Miller, Naomi Watts, Robert Forster, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring

A dark-haired woman (Laura Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an ap... 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

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

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 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

Apocalypse Now (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne, Har...

A flawed masterpiece, intended as the definitive Vietnam film, based on Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis... 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

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

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 Graduate ( Blu-ray ) (1967)

8/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels

A landmark film of the late '60s that's still just as pungent and funny. Dustin Hoffman, in his first major film role, plays an ultra-naive college gr... Read more

Zodiac: Directors Cut (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Chloe Sevigny, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue, Elias K...

Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer who called himself the "Zodiac" and killed in and around the San Francisc... Read more

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Collector's Edition (1982)

7.9/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace

The winner of 4 Oscars and now a classic, about a 10 year old boy befriending a creature from another planet that's been stranded on Earth. A warm, in... Read more

The Third Man (1949)

8.2/10
Director: Carol Reed
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

Joseph Cotten is pulp fiction writer Holly Matins, who arrives in Vienna to work for his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to be told that Lime h... Read more

Belle De Jour (Blu-ray) (1967)

7.7/10
Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Genevieve Page

This classic French drama from Luis Buñuel, based on the 1928 novel of the same name, stars Catherine Deneuve as the bourgeois wife of a surgeon. Feel... Read more

The Graduate (1967)

8/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, William Daniels

A landmark film of the late '60s that's still just as pungent and funny. Dustin Hoffman, in his first major film role, plays an ultra-naive college gr... 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 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

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

The Rules of the Game (La Regle du Jeu) (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