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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

Detroit (2017)

7.4/10
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski, Will Poulter, John Boyega, Hannah Murray, Jason...

In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Pol... Read more

Forbidden Games (1952)

8/10
Director: Rene Clement
Starring: Brigitte Fossey, Georges Poujouly

A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, Rene Clement's ("Purple Noon") undisputed masterpiece tells the story of a young girl orphaned... Read more

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

7.4/10
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Billy Boyd

Director Peter Weir's ("Witness") riveting mix of sweeping high-seas action and intense character study stars Russell Crowe as the captain of a Britis... Read more

La Notte ( The Night ) (Blu-ray) (1961)

7.6/10
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

Man of Iron (1981)

7.5/10
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Marian Opania

Winner of the Golden Palm (Best Picture) at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, Andrzej Wajda's film is a continuation of the story of Maciej Tomczyk (Jerz... Read more

Le Boucher ( The Butcher ) (1969)

7.6/10
Director: Claude Chabrol
Starring: Stephane Audran, Jean Yanne, Antonio Passallia

'The Butcher'. An intense psychological thriller about a schoolteacher who begins an affair with the town butcher, but the affair is interrupted when... Read more

Tampopo (1986)

7.4/10
Director: Juzo Itami
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamakazi, Nobuko Miyamoto

One of the funniest, most enjoyable, satirical comedies is this treasure of a movie, the plot of which, loosely concerns the quest for the perfect Jap... Read more

A City Of Sadness (1989)

7.9/10
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Tony Leung (Chiu Wai)

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers. Read more

Jaws ( Blu-ray ) (1975)

8/10
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider

A relentless, 25-foot-long "killing machine" is on the prowl off the coast of a New England resort town, and no one in the water is safe. Roy Scheider... Read more

Capharnaum / Capernaum (2018)

Director: Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Nadine Labaki

After running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-ol... Read more

Flowers of Shanghai (1998)

7.4/10
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Starring: Tony Leung (Ka Fai), Michelle Reis

In the "flower houses" (upscale brothels) of Shanghai, various interweaving stories of love, loyalty, and deceit play out subtly. Read more

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

8/10
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Shafiq Syed, Sarfuddin Quarrassi, Raju Barnad

An international critical favourite focusing on Krishna, a 10-year-old boy on his own who falls in with prostitutes, drug dealers, crooked cops and th... Read more

Before Night Falls (2000)

7.3/10
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp, Michael Wincott, Olivier Martinez, Sean Penn, Andrea...

"Basquiat" director Julian Schnabel brings to the screen another doomed creative genius on the fringes of his society - gay Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas... Read more

The Godfather Part III (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Bridget Fonda, Diane Keaton, Eli Wallach, George Hamilto...

The absorbing Corleone saga continues with Al Pacino's attempt to remove himself from the world of crime, and how fate and circumstance draw him back... Read more

Killer of Sheep (1977) / My Brother's Wedding (1983)

Director: Charles Burnett
Starring: Henry G Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes

Acclaimed African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett's work is spotlighted in this two-disc double bill. The documentary-like drama 'Killer of Sheep'... Read more

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Carol...

Incredible-but-true story of a loser who holds up a Brooklyn bank to raise money for his lover's sex-change operation, and sees simple heist snowball... Read more

Pickpocket (1959)

7.8/10
Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Marika Green, Martin Lasalle, Pierre Etaix, Pierre Leymarie, Jean Pelegri

Robert Bresson's incomparable tale of crime and redemption follows Michel (Martin LaSalle), a young pickpocket who spends his days working the streets... Read more

This Is England (2006)

7.7/10
Director: Shane Meadows
Starring: Jo Hartley, Vicky McClure, Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham

Shane Meadow's latest is his finest yet. Building on the themes explored in his previous work, this is an intelligent and emotive look at a boys life... Read more

Prometheus ( Blu-ray ) (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

L'eclisse (1962)

7.9/10
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Alain Delon, Monica Vitti, Louis Seigner

'Eclipse'. A fascinating drama of alienation about a translator (Monica Vitti) who breaks up with her boyfriend and commences an affair with stockbrok... Read more