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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

Cinema Paradiso (Special Edition) (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Jacques Perrin, Philippe Noiret, Leopoldo Trieste

Winner of 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award this bittersweet drama sees a filmmaker returns to his hometown in Sicily for the first time in 30 ye... Read more

Cinema Paradiso: Director's Cut (1988)

8.5/10
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Salvatore Cascio, Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin

A charming, bittersweet tribute to the power of movies which won 1989's Best Foreign Film Academy Award. A filmmaker returns to his Sicilian hometown... Read more

Titanic (1997)

7.8/10
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Bernard Hill, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane, David Warner, Frances Fisher, Gloria Stua...

Director James Cameron's epic blockbuster, at the time the most expensive movie ever, won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and... Read more

The Sound of Music (1965)

8/10
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, the spirited young woman who leaves the convent to become a governess to the seven children of Captain Vo... Read more

The Sound of Music ( Blu-ray ) (1965)

8/10
Director: Robert Wise
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Julie Andrews

The hills are alive with the sound of the Von Trapp family in this beloved Rodgers-Hammerstein epic musical. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer lea... Read more

An American in Paris (1951)

7.2/10
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch

No film can match 'An American in Paris' for all the joy, all the songs, and all the romance in music and dance. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron star in t... Read more

An American in Paris ( Blu-ray ) (1951)

7.2/10
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Starring: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch, Oscar Levant

No film can match 'An American in Paris' for all the joy, all the songs, and all the romance in music and dance. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron star in t... Read more

Leviathan ( Leviafan ) (2014)

7.6/10
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov

Nominated for an Oscar and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, 'Leviathan' is a gripping parable of class, faith and corruption... Read more

My Darling Clementine (1946)

7.8/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature

A beautifully directed American classic about Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) and Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) leading to the inevitable gunfight at the O.K.... Read more

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

6.7/10
Director: D W Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B Walthall

An epic tale of the Civil War which many consider to be the single most important film in the development of cinema as an art. It is a stunning summar... Read more

The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut (1973)

8/10
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Kitty Winn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J Cobb, Jason Miller, Jack MacGowran...

Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, the frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her moth... Read more

The Exorcist: Extended Director's Cut ( Blu-ray ) (1973)

8/10
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Lee J Cobb, Linda Blair, Max von Sy...

Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, the frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her moth... Read more

Throne of Blood (1957)

8.1/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Kurosawa's version of 'Macbeth' spares no effort in creating an atmosphere of obsessive madness and supernatural compulsion. The black and white contr... Read more

The Lost Weekend (1945)

8/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Ray Milland, Phillip Terry, Jane Wyman

Billy Wilder's Oscar-winning social drama stars Ray Milland as an alcoholic writer who falls into a maelstrom of delusion and dementia and winds up in... Read more

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

8.2/10
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi Lopez, Doug Jones, Maribel Verdu, Alex Angulo

Pan's Labyrinth is Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups, with the horrors of both reality and fantasy blended together into an extraordinary, spellbindin... Read more

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (Blu-Ray) (2006)

8.2/10
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Alex Angulo, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones

It's 1944 and the Allies have invaded Nazi-held Europe. In Spain, a troop of soldiers are sent to a remote forest to flush out the rebels. They are le... Read more

Death in Venice (1971)

7.5/10
Director: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Marisa Berenson, Mark Burns, Silvana Mangano

Author Thomas Mann's classic is splendidly brought to the screen in this study of an artist, his loves, his homosexuality and continuous search for be... Read more

Umberto D. (1952)

8.2/10
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari

One of the masterpieces of Italian Neo-Realist cinema - the Italian postwar Renaissance. The story centres on a retired civil servant, living only on... Read more

Le Samourai (1967)

8.1/10
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Alain Delon, Nathalie Delon, Francois Perier

A riveting thriller and a nightmare of urban alienation, this is director Melville's reinterpretation of the dark world of Hollywood's gangster 'noirs... Read more

The Quiet Man (1952)

7.8/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Galway in the 1920's. After a long and profitable career as a boxer, Irish-born American Sean Thornton returns to his home village to settle down and... Read more