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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

Dunkirk (2017)

8/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces... Read more

Three Colours: Blue (1993)

8/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Florence Pernel, Benoit Regent

After losing her family in a tragic accident Juliette Binoche decides to radically change her life; she leaves behind any memories of her husband, a r... Read more

A Prophet (2009)

7.9/10
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Niels Arestrup, Tahar Rahim

Acclaimed as one of the best films of 2009, 'A Prophet' ('Un prophete') details the gritty prison career of nineteen-year-old French-Arab Malik (Tahar... Read more

Eyes Without A Face (1960)

7.8/10
Director: Georges Franju
Starring: Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Edith Scob, Juliette Mayniel, Francois Guerin

A macabre French horror classic with Peirre Brasseur as the disturbed Dr Genessier, a brilliant plastic surgeon whose daughter has been disfigured in... Read more

The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

8.1/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takeshi Kato, Masayuki Mori

Reflecting his fondness for American crime films and motifs this stylish Akira Kurosawa thriller stars Toshiro Mifune and delves into corporate corrup... Read more

Amores Perros (2000)

8.1/10
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Goya Toledo, Emilio Echevarria

A.k.a. "Love's A Bitch". Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu makes his directorial debut in an honest, raw, unapologetic look at the total human experience. S... Read more

Detroit (Blu-Ray) (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

Memories of Murder (2003)

8.1/10
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song, Hie-bong Byeon, Seo-hie K...

Based on the true story of Korea's first recorded serial killer, and set during the politically charged '80s this film fairly crackles with tension.... Read more

Day For Night (1973)

8.1/10
Director: Francois Truffaut
Starring: Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Ale...

The leading lady is recovering from a nervous breakdown, another performer is soused on the set, trade unions threaten to walk, shooting must somehow... Read more

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World ( Blu-ray ) (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

12 Angry Men ( Blu-ray ) (1957)

8.9/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: E G Marshall, Ed Begley, Henry Fonda, Jack Warden, John Fiedler, Lee J Cobb, Mar...

A teenage boy is accused of killing his father, and between him and capital punishment stands just one man. A vivid, shocking courtroom drama with a p... Read more

The Insider (1999)

7.9/10
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Gina Gershon, Michael Gambon, Phi...

This powerful, riveting true-life story centers on Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a scientist with a major tobacco company who reveals potentially da... Read more

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

7.4/10
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin

Czech author Milan Kundera's novel has been transferred to film by director Philip Kaufman ('The Right Stuff', 'Henry And June'). The emphasis is less... Read more

I Am Cuba (1964)

8/10
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov

Unseen by the West for nearly 30 years, this unusual Cuban/Soviet co-production was meant to help train Cuban filmmakers and build support for Castro'... Read more

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)

8.1/10
Director: Jose Padilha
Starring: Maria Ribeiro, Seu Jorge, Irandhir Santos, Andre Ramiro, Wagner Moura

Exciting sequel to 2007's "Elite Squad" finds recently promoted Lt. Col. Nascimento (Wagner Moura) in charge of a special operations squad in Rio de J... Read more

Children of Men (2006)

7.9/10
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Danny Huston, Pete...

In the year 2027, the human race has lost its ability to procreate and society is rapidly descending into chaos. Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of PD Jam... Read more

My Brilliant Career (1979)

7.3/10
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Robert Grubb, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes

Inspiring story of a spirited, sensitive young woman at the turn of the century who, despite poverty, isolation and pressure to marry, fulfils her dre... Read more

Mon Oncle (1958)

7.9/10
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie

A masterpiece by the great French comic Jacques Tati which concentrates on young Gerard Arpel and his Uncle Hulot (Jacques Tati) in a house where gadg... Read more

The Great Beauty (2013)

7.8/10
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Verdone, Toni Servillo

For decades, journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the glittering nightlife of Rome. Since the legendary success of his o... Read more

The Godfather Part III ( Blu-ray ) (1990)

7.6/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Joe Mantegna, Br...

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