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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 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

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

Zelig (Blu-ray) (1983)

7.7/10
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 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Grande Illusion (1937)

8.1/10
Director: Jean Renoir
Starring: Jean Gabin, Erich Von Stroheim, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay

One of the very first prison escape movies, 'Grand Illusion' is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made. Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars... 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

Lawrence of Arabia ( Blu-ray ) (1962)

8.3/10
Director: David Lean
Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains, Jack...

Director David Lean follows the heroic, true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in this dramatic portrait of the famed British Officer's jo... Read more

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

8.3/10
Director: David Lean
Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy, Claude Rains, Jack...

Director David Lean follows the heroic, true-life odyssey of T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) in this dramatic portrait of the famed British Officer's jo... Read more

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

8.1/10
Director: John Ford
Starring: John Carradine, Jane Darwell, Henry Fonda

One of the great classics, this adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel stars Henry Fonda as Tom Joad and John Carradine as Casey. Tom returns to the f... 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