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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

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

The Red and The White (1967)

7.8/10
Director: Miklos Jancso
Starring: Tibor Molnar, Andras Kozak, Josef Madaras

Brilliantly photographed drama in which director Miklos Jancso examines Hungarians fighting in the Red Army in 1918 during the bloody civil war in Rus... Read more

Heaven's Gate (Blu-ray) (1980)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, I...

Michael Cimino's notorious spectacle about Wyoming's infamous Johnson County War - a conflict between immigrant settlers and the empire builders who w... Read more

Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

7.9/10
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzanowska

This brilliant statement illustrates the conflict of idealism and instinct in the story of a young resistance fighter who assassinates the wrong man a... Read more

Seven Samurai (Blu-Ray) (1954)

8.7/10
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Kato, Seiji Miyaguchi, Mi...

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six... Read more

The Leopard (1963)

8.1/10
Director: Luchino Visconti
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale

AKA 'Il Gattopardo'. This magnificent spectacle, and one of the finest 'scope' movies ever made, is set in 1860 Sicily and focuses on an aristocrat wh... Read more

The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964)

7.9/10
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring: Enrique Irazoqui, Susanna Pasolini, Mario Socrate

A totally original Italian version of the story of Christ, using only the words and scenes described by St Matthew. Director Pasolini, an avowed marxi... Read more

Amarcord (1974)

7.8/10
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Magali Noel, Bruno Zanin, Pupella Maggio

The title is from the Italian for "I remember" and that is what Director Fellini does in this heartfelt autobiographical drama. The life and times of... Read more

Greed (1925)

7.9/10
Director: Erich Von Stroheim
Starring: Gibson Gowland, Zasu Pitts, Jean Hersholt

One of the wonders of film, this miracle of filmmaking made against the most impossible of odds, stars Gibson Gowland as a dentist who marries the dau... Read more