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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

Dog Day Afternoon ( Blu-ray ) (1975)

8/10
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick, John Cazale

A man (Al Pacino) stages a bank robbery so that his homosexual lover can pay for a sex-change operation. He bungles the robbery and is caught up in a... Read more

Gertrud (1964)

7.5/10
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Starring: Nina Pens Rode, Bendt Rothe

Acclaimed director Carl Dreyer's ('The Passion of Joan of Arc') final film, 'Gertrud' is the story of a woman's search for a romantic ideal of total a... Read more

Inception ( Blu-ray ) (2010)

8.8/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, Tom Bereng...

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams... Read more

Inception (2010)

8.8/10
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Caine, Tom Bereng...

Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in this sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the world of dreams... Read more

Le Havre (2011)

7.2/10
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Andre Wilms, Kati Outinen, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Blondin Miguel

In this warmhearted comic yarn from Aki Kaurismaki, fate throws the young African refugee Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) into the path of Marcel Marx (Andre... Read more

Masculin Feminin (1966)

7.6/10
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Chantal Goya, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Marlene Jobert

Godard was at the peak of his powers when he directed this tale of a young man, fresh out of the army, who becomes disillusioned with his life. For a... Read more

Midnight Express (1978)

7.6/10
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Randy Quaid, John Hurt, Brad Davis, Bo Hopkins

From director Alan Parker ('Birdy', 'Mississippi Burning') and based on a true story, this hyper-violent and grim portrait of American student Billy H... Read more

Parasite (2019)

8.6/10
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Kang-ho Song

All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and g... Read more

Songs From The Second Floor (2000)

7.6/10
Director: Roy Andersson
Starring: Lars Nordh

Songs from the Second Floor (Swedish: Sånger från andra våningen) is a Swedish black comedy-drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 6 Oc... Read more

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp / A Matter of Life and Death ( aka Stairway to Heaven ) (1943)

Director: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Deborah Kerr, Roger Livesey, David Niven, Kim Hunter, Raymond Ma...

"The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp" (1943, 157 minutes). Roger Livesey brilliantly portrays British officer Clive Candy, through the trials and trib... Read more

The Last Laugh (1924)

8.1/10
Director: F W Murnau
Starring: Emil Jannings, Kurt Hiller

The crowning achievement of the German expressionist movement and one of the most notable artworks to arise from the Weimar Republic is Friedrich Wilh... Read more

A Brighter Summer Day (Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian) (1991)

8.4/10
Director: Edward Yang
Starring: Elaine Jin, Jonathan Chang

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an uncl... Read more

Moolaade (2004)

7.7/10
Director: Ousmane Sembene
Starring: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Helene Diarra, Salimata Traore, Dominique Zeida

Written and directed by 81-year-old master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, this incredible film tells the story of four girls desperate to avoid the 'purif... Read more

Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

8/10
Director: Louis Malle
Starring: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette

'Goodbye, Children'. Louis Malle returns to the days of the German occupation during World War II to recount the story of friendship between two schoo... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

8/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Tim...

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that... Read more

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Blu-Ray) (2019)

8/10
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Tim...

Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that... Read more

Laura (1944)

8.1/10
Director: Otto Preminger
Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price

One of the greatest Hollywood whodunits ever made, Otto Preminger's noir-flavored thriller stars Dana Andrews as a detective investigating the murder... Read more

The Godfather (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, John Cazale,...

Francis Ford Coppola's mafioso epic featuring Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, it's a masterful ble... Read more

The Godfather ( Blu-ray ) (1972)

9.2/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterlin...

Francis Ford Coppola's mafioso epic featuring Marlon Brando as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Based on Mario Puzo's novel, it's a masterful ble... Read more

Brazil (Special Edition) (1985)

8/10
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michae...

Pitting the imagination of a common man against the oppressive stormtroopers of the Ministry of Information, this bitter parable for the Information A... Read more