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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

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

Ran (Blu-ray) (1985)

8.2/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

A Kurosawa masterpiece, a decade-in-the-making version of 'King Lear' that brilliantly blends Japanese history with Shakespeare's themes. A triumphant... Read more

The Pianist (2002)

8.5/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Roman Polanski directs this award-winning testament to the power of the human spirit, based on the true-life story... Read more

Life is Beautiful (1998)

8.6/10
Director: Roberto Benigni
Starring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi

Receiving Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor, Roberto Benigni's celebrated and popular film boldly blends a sentimental and humourou... Read more

Ran (4K Ultra HD) (1985)

8.2/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

A Kurosawa masterpiece, a decade-in-the-making version of 'King Lear' that brilliantly blends Japanese history with Shakespeare's themes. A triumphant... Read more

Ran (Blu-ray) (1985)

8.2/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu

A Kurosawa masterpiece, a decade-in-the-making version of 'King Lear' that brilliantly blends Japanese history with Shakespeare's themes. A triumphant... 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

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

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

Psycho ( Blu-ray ) (1960)

8.5/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John McIntire, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gav...

Hitchcock's most famous movie, the shocker that still keeps people away from showers. Janet Leigh is a woman on the run who befriends mother's boy mot... Read more