2. Chinatown (1974) — 50 Great Films

‘Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown’ Intended to emulate classic ‘film noir’ of the 1940s and 1950s, Chinatown portrays a morally ambiguous world of corruption and murder in which everyone seemingly has their own agenda. The film follows Los Angeles private detective Jake Gittes, a man who delves into the hidden lives of others. Gittes is […]

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3. The Third Man (1949) — 50 Great Films

‘The world doesn’t make any heroes’ Carol Reed’s classic ‘film noir’ is a dark, clouded and humorous tale of trust, friendship and moral judgement in post-war Vienna. An outstanding screenplay by Graham Greene and a superb international cast contributed to one of the best films ever made. The story follows the inquisitive Holly Martins, an […]

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4. Citizen Kane (1941) — 50 Great Films

‘I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life’ An undisputed high point in the story of cinema, Citizen Kane is an intelligent and entertaining portrait of a complex man that lives up to its towering reputation. Kane’s history is inescapably linked to the man whose portrayal brings the character to life on screen. […]

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5. Annie Hall (1977) — 50 Great Films

‘Most of us need the eggs’ Woody Allen’s classic tale about love and life balances cutting humour with truthful reflection. Allen co-wrote, directed and starred in a film that shaped his future career and remains one of the most acclaimed movies ever made. Annie Hall follows Alvy Singer, played by Allen, a comedian who looks […]

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6. The Apartment (1960) — 50 Great Films

‘Some people take, some people get took’ Billy Wilder’s classic tale about one man’s big city struggle is characterised by the blurred line between comedy and tragedy. The Apartment functions as both a great satire of corporate America and a moving story of lost souls caught in the crossfire. Following the phenomenal success of ‘Some […]

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7. Apocalypse Now (1979) — 50 Great Films

‘In this war, things get confused out there’ Francis Ford Coppola’s monumental Vietnam epic reveals the madness and hallucinogenic ordeal of war. An incredible vision, the project emerged from a famously troubled shoot to become one of cinema’s finest creations. Martin Sheen is Captain Willard, an American army officer charged with sailing upriver into Cambodia […]

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8. The Godfather Part II (1974) — 50 Great Films

‘Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer’ Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious expansion of one family’s turbulent story is a further exploration into the dark side of the American experience. Far from a conventional sequel, the film stands out as a classic in its own right and together, both parts represent one of cinema’s greatest […]

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9. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) — 50 Great Films

‘The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine’ Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel provided the premise and storyline for one of the most unlikely runaway successes in American cinema. An impressive cast and crew contributed to an exceptional film that remains one of the most overwhelmingly acclaimed ever made. The project […]

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10. Casablanca (1942) — 50 Great Films

‘It’s still the same old story, a fight for love and glory’ A showcase of classic Hollywood filmmaking at its finest, few movies encapsulate the magic of cinema quite like Casablanca. Famously created as another in a line of studio productions, a fortuitous combination of events transformed the film into one of the most beloved […]

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11. Bicycle Thieves (1948) — 50 Great Films

‘If you only knew what this means to me’ Vittorio De Sica’s humble masterpiece is a uniquely powerful film, adored as one of cinema’s exceptional achievements. Following the plight of a father and son in post-war Rome, Bicycle Thieves illustrates the fleeting highs and devastating lows of living on the edge of poverty. The film follows […]

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