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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

Citizen Kane (1941)

8.4/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane

Generally regarded as the greatest and most influential films of all time; Orson Welles directorial debut (he was only 25!) is the story of newspaper... Read more

Citizen Kane ( Blu-ray ) (1941)

8.4/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Paul Stewart, Ruth...

Even people who have never seen Citizen Kane know it's the greatest film of all time. Orson Welles' debut has become an undisputed cultural benchmark... Read more

56 Up (2012)

7.9/10
Director: Michael Apted

Continuing a project he began in 1964, filmmaker Michael Apted revisits his original subjects and sees how their lives are progressing now that they a... Read more

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (Blu-ray) (1977)

8.6/10
Director: George Lucas
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Voice O...

The story of a boy, a girl and a universe. Now a classic, this blend of pulp magazine sci-fi, comic book action, old fashioned cliff-hanger story and... Read more

His Girl Friday (1940)

8/10
Director: Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Rosalind Russell

This must-see film has Cary Grant as a conniving editor and Rosalind Russell as a star reporter (and his ex-wife), with Ralph Bellamy as the mama's bo... Read more

Weekend (1967)

7.2/10
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Starring: Mireille Darc, Jean Yanne, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

A mind-expanding anti-Western diatribe about one woman's road to guerrillahood is among Godard's more fully realised works, with a long traffic-jam se... Read more

Amelie (2001)

8.3/10
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, Isabelle Nanty, Domini...

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. Read more

Double Indemnity (1944)

8.3/10
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G Robinson

A masterpiece of film noir cinema from director Billy Wilder, who also co-scripted with Raymond Chandler. Barbara Stanwyck is the definitive femme fat... Read more

Orlando (1992)

7.2/10
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Billy Zane, Quentin Crisp

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world. Young nobleman Orlando is comma... Read more

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

7.9/10
Director: John Huston
Starring: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Marilyn Monroe

One of director Huston's most memorable efforts, this taut drama is a brilliantly stylized crime story about a group of hoods plotting a major heist.... Read more

Happiness (1998)

7.7/10
Director: Todd Solondz
Starring: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman

This remarkable, controversial, jet-black comedy circles around an unhappy family - three sisters, their mother and father and others who come into th... Read more

Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Blu-ray) (1975)

7.8/10
Director: Chantal Akerman
Starring: Delphine Seyrig

A lonely widowed housewife does her daily chores, takes care of her apartment where she lives with her teenage son, and turns the occasional trick to... Read more

Seven Samurai (1954)

8.7/10
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Yoshio Inaba, Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura

One of the most beloved movie epics of all time, Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhab... Read more

Amelie (Blu-ray) (2001)

7.6/10
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Jamel Debbouze, Isabelle Nanty, Domini...

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love. Read more

Vertigo (1958)

8.3/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Barbara Bel Geddes, Kim Novak, James Stewart, Tom Helmore, Henry Jones

Critics have hailed 'Vertigo' as Alfred Hitchcock's ultimate masterpiece. This haunting tale of obsession, fear and murder stars Hitchcock's favourite... Read more

Vertigo ( Blu-ray ) (1958)

8.3/10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Barbara Bel Geddes, Henry Jones, James Stewart, Kim Novak, Tom Helmore

Critics have hailed 'Vertigo' as Alfred Hitchcock's ultimate masterpiece. This haunting tale of obsession, fear and murder stars Hitchcock's favourite... Read more

Mulholland Drive (Blu-ray) (2001)

8/10
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Ann Miller, Naomi Watts, Robert Forster, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring

A dark-haired woman (Laura Harring) is left amnesiac after a car crash. She wanders the streets of Los Angeles in a daze before taking refuge in an ap... Read more

Zodiac: Directors Cut (2007)

7.7/10
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Chloe Sevigny, Dermot Mulroney, Donal Logue, Elias K...

Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for the Zodiac Killer, a serial killer who called himself the "Zodiac" and killed in and around the San Francisc... Read more

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)

8.4/10
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: George C Scott, James Earl Jones, Keenan Wynn, Peter Bull, Peter Sellers, Slim P...

A commie-hating, paranoid American general launches a flight of B-52 bombers at the Soviet Union with nuclear annihilation in mind. Since he is the on... Read more

Belle De Jour (Blu-ray) (1967)

7.7/10
Director: Luis Bunuel
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Genevieve Page

This classic French drama from Luis Buñuel, based on the 1928 novel of the same name, stars Catherine Deneuve as the bourgeois wife of a surgeon. Feel... Read more