Login

Alice's 300 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 300 greatest to check off? Click here

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

8/10
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro, Helena Rojo

Based on the journals of Brother Gaspar de Carvajal, and tells a hallucinatory tale of Spanish colonialists searching for El Dorado, the legendary cit... Read more

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

8.7/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, W...

The first movie since Frank Capra's It Happened One Night to sweep the big five Oscars (director, screenplay, actor, actress, film), Cuckoo's Nest rem... Read more

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ( Blu-ray ) (1975)

8.7/10
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, W...

Jack Nicholson gives a powerful, flamboyant performance in this adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel about a free spirit in a mental ward. Nicholson's rebe... Read more

Playtime ( Blu-ray ) (1967)

8/10
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Barbara Dennek, Jacqueline Lecomte, Jacques Tati

Jacques Tatis gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime.... Read more

Playtime (1967)

8/10
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Jacqueline Lecomte

Called one of the funniest men in the world by the New York Times, Jacques Tati's 'Playtime' is an hilarious comedy and satire on coping with the mode... Read more

Pather Panchali ( Apu Trilogy Part 1 ) (1955)

8.4/10
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

Barry Lyndon (1975)

8.1/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Ryan O'Neal, Hardy Kruger

How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) the answer is: any way he can! Hi... Read more

Barry Lyndon ( Blu-ray ) (1975)

8.1/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Hardy Kruger, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Ryan O'Neal, Diana Koerner, Leon V...

How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) the answer is: any way he can! Hi... Read more

L.A. Confidential ( Blu-ray ) (1997)

8.3/10
Director: Curtis Hanson
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromw...

Smashing translation of James Ellroy's celebrated pulp novel of life in the L.A. police department in the 1950s. Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin S... Read more

Modern Times (1936)

8.5/10
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Charlie Chaplin

Chaplin's silent homage to the human spirit in which Charlie Chaplin is the victim of industrial boom. Chaplin plays the factory worker gone looney by... Read more

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot ( Mr Hulot's Holiday ) ( Blu-ray ) (1952)

Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla, Jacques Tati

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tatis endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tatis... Read more

Mr Hulot's Holiday ( Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot ) (1952)

Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla

This wonderfully comic plotless movie about Monsieur Hulot's vacation trip to the seashore features hilarious situations and a brilliant performance b... Read more

Wings of Desire (1987)

8.1/10
Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Peter Falk, Curt Bois

'The first time I saw the film I thought it was a knockout; on second viewing it already seemed a classic,' wrote J. Hoberman of Wim Wenders' re-exami... Read more

Ikiru (1952)

8.3/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Kyoko Seki

A brilliant study of a man who finds he is dying of cancer and determines to spend his final months giving meaning to his life by constructing a child... Read more

The Apartment (1960)

8.3/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray

This Oscar-winning Best Picture stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine as they wheel and deal over a New York apartment in a comedy of morality. This... Read more

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

8/10
Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier

Luis Bunuel's classic satire is filled with savage wit and some of the director's most surrealistic images. Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig and Stephane... Read more

The Seventh Seal (1957)

8.2/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson

Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges h... Read more

Wild Strawberries (1957)

8.2/10
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Victor Sjostrom, Gunnar Bjornstrand

The film that catapulted Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the directors richest, most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degre... Read more

King Kong (1933)

7.9/10
Director: Ernest B Schoedsack, Merian C Cooper
Starring: Robert Armstrong, Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot

He is billed as "the eighth wonder of the world" and, in the sixty years since the movie's release, animator Willis O'Brien's awesome creature has all... Read more

Children of Paradise ( Les Enfants du Paradis ) (1945)

8.3/10
Director: Marcel Carne
Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur

Poetic realism reaches sublime heights with "Children of Paradise" ("Les Enfants du Paradis"), the ineffably witty tale of a woman loved by four diffe... Read more