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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

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

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

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

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

Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali/Aparajito/The World Of Apu (1955)

7.6/10
Director: Satyajit Ray
Starring: Kanu Banerji, Karuna Banerji, Subir Banerji

A boy named Apu is born to a poor but proud Brahmin family. His loving older sister, Durga, is a sweet girl, but has formed the bad habit of stealing... Read more

Nights of Cabiria (1957)

8.1/10
Director: Federico Fellini
Starring: Giulietta Masina, Francois Perier, Franca Marzi

The third of Fellini's trilogy of solitude. 'Nights of Cabiria' features Giulietta Masina as an impoverished prostitute living on the outskirts of Rom... Read more

Mean Streets (1973)

7.4/10
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval

Scorsese's early masterpiece, set in New York's Little Italy, features a great cast headed by Harvey Keitel as a small-time hood trying to protect his... Read more

Shane (1953)

7.7/10
Director: George Stevens
Starring: Alan Ladd, Ben Johnson, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Palance, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, B...

George Stevens' legendary rendition of the archetypal Western myth earned six Academy Award nominations including Best Screenplay, Best Director and B... Read more

The Last Metro (1980)

7.4/10
Director: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Jean Poiret

Truffaut's poignant, compelling drama, set in Nazi-occupied Paris, unfolds in the Theatre Montmartre, as a group of actors rehearse. But everyone harb... Read more

Funny Games (1997)

7.6/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Muhe, Frank Geiring, Arno Frisch

At the start of the summer holiday, Anna, Georg and their young son Georgie travel to their idyllic lakeside house; their neighbours, Fred and Eva are... Read more

Ghost in the Shell ( Blu-ray ) (1995)

8/10
Director: Mamoru Oshii

In early 21st century Japan, the search for a criminal computer genius known as 'The Puppet Master' sends a cyborg policewoman on a dangerous search,... Read more

Black Cat, White Cat (1998)

8.1/10
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Branka Katic, Bajram Severdzan, Srdan Todorovic

Bosnian born filmmaker Emir Kusturica's acclaimed comedy/drama follows the slapstick rivalry between criminal Gypsy families in a Slovenian town. When... Read more

The Firemen's Ball (1967)

7.6/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Vaclav Stockel, Josef Svet, Josef Kolb

A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Milos Forman's first colour film "The Firemen's Ball" is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire.... Read more

Stroszek (1976)

8/10
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Bruno S, Clemens Scheitz, Eva Mattes, Pitt Bedewitz

Bruno S (Discovered by Herzog while working as a Toilet Attendant) gives a remarkable performance as a simple minded jailbird who abandons Berlin with... Read more