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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

Kes (1969)

7.9/10
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: David Bradley, Lynne Perrie, Freddie Fletcher

A charming, caring chronicle of the boyhood experiences of Billy, a Northern England miner's son who finds an injured Kestrel and nurses it back to he... Read more

Bob the Gambler ( Bob le Flambeur ) (1955)

7.8/10
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Starring: Isabelle Corey, Roger Duchesne, Daniel Cauchy

Suffused with wry humour, Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Bob le Flambeur' melds the toughness of American gangster films with Gallic sophistication to lay th... 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

Forbidden Games (1952)

8/10
Director: Rene Clement
Starring: Brigitte Fossey, Georges Poujouly

A timeless evocation of childhood innocence corrupted, Rene Clement's ("Purple Noon") undisputed masterpiece tells the story of a young girl orphaned... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Psycho ( Blu-ray ) (1960)

8.5/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John McIntire, Martin Balsam, Vera Miles, John Gav...

Hitchcock's most famous movie, the shocker that still keeps people away from showers. Janet Leigh is a woman on the run who befriends mother's boy mot... 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

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

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

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