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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

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (Blu-ray) (1972)

7.9/10
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

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

All About Eve (Blu-ray) (1950)

8.2/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe

Six Oscars were awarded this cynical and entertaining examination of life as it exists on the Broadway theatre scene. Bette Davis glows as the ageing... Read more

Shoplifters (2018)

8.1/10
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Sosuke Ikematsu

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty and a penchant for petty theft. When the young son is arrested,... 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

All About Eve (1950)

8.3/10
Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Starring: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe

Six Oscars were awarded this cynical and entertaining examination of life as it exists on the Broadway theatre scene. Bette Davis glows as the ageing... 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

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

Mouchette (Blu-ray) (1967)

7.9/10
Director: Robert Bresson
Starring: Nadine Nortier, Jean-Claude Guilbert

Adapted from the novel by George Barnanos, Mouchette tells the story of the alienated teenage girl of the title. Neglected by her terminally ill mothe... Read more

More American Graffiti (Blu-ray) (1973)

7.6/10
Director: Bill L Norton
Starring: Ron Howard, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Mart...

"American Graffiti" (1973) - Follow the misadventures of a group of friends on one summer night in '62, as they prepare for the uncertainty of life af... Read more

Das Boot ( aka The Boat ) ( Mini-series) (1981)

7.6/10
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

A.k.a. 'The Boat. Totally restored 'Das Boot: 6-part mini series presented as one complete feature lenegth uncut version. Wolfgang Petersen's acclaim... 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

Roma (Blu-ray) (2018)

7.7/10
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Yalitza Aparicio

Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when An... Read more

Ghost in the Shell (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

To Be Or Not To Be (1942)

8.2/10
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Starring: Jack Benny, Carole Lombard, Robert Stack

The original WWII satire and comedy classic. Jack Benny is a hammy Shakespearean actor who, along with members of his Polish acting troupe, becomes in... Read more

The Mission (1986)

7.5/10
Director: Roland Joffe
Starring: Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Ray McAnally, Robert De N...

A Jesuit mission in the jungles of Brazil is threatened by greedy merchants and political factions within the church itself, in the late 18th century.... Read more

Being John Malkovich (1999)

7.8/10
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Charlie Sheen, Orso...

What would you do if you found a doorway in your workplace that led, via a mysterious portal, into the head of actor John Malkovich, giving you the ch... Read more

The Long Good Friday (1980)

7.7/10
Director: John MacKenzie
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Bryan Marshall, Eddie Constantine, Helen Mirren

Bob Hoskins, in his breakthrough film role, stars as a London racketeer fast losing control of his gangland empire; Helen Mirren shines as his classy... 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