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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

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

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