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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12. Ikiru (1952) — 50 Great Films

‘Life is brief’ Akira Kurosawa’s daringly truthful story about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer is one of the director’s finest films. A subtle and assured examination of human life, the film conveys universal fears and doubts surrounding death and the very meaning of our existence. Takashi Shimura is Kanji Watanabe, a local government official […]

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13. 8½ (1963) — 50 Great Films

‘I thought I had something so simple to say’ Few films have more eloquently conveyed the struggles of modern life than Federico Fellini’s inspired confessional. An intensely personal account of the director’s own turmoil, the film’s creative brilliance and joyful exuberance shines through in a peerless work of cinema. Marcello Mastroianni is Guido Anselmi, a […]

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14. Wild Strawberries (1957) — 50 Great Films

‘You know so much, and you don’t know anything’ Ingmar Bergman’s reputation for making bleak and forbidding films is challenged by his second masterpiece of a pivotal year. Enlisting the talents of veteran director Victor Sjostrom to play the lead role, Bergman crafted an eloquent and moving drama about reflection and confronting the past. Wild […]

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15. Double Indemnity (1944) — 50 Great Films

‘How could I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?’ The film that established the reputation of a young Billy Wilder is a chilling insight into human weakness. Often considered the definitive ‘film noir,’ Wilder crafted an impressively daring and remorseless statement that paved the way for Hollywood to explore darker themes in […]

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16. The Red Shoes (1948) — 50 Great Films

‘A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love can never be a great dancer’ The most enduring achievement of a uniquely creative filmmaking partnership remains a classic of British cinema. Inspired by the dark Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Powell and Pressburger crafted a beautiful and enthralling drama on the personal conflict […]

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17. La Grande Illusion (1937) — 50 Great Films

‘Out there, children play soldiers. In here, soldiers play like children’ Famously labelled as ‘cinematic enemy number one’ by Nazi Germany, Jean Renoir’s anti-war classic is a film about the ties that exist beyond national and class boundaries. A rare international success, La Grande Illusion was, and remains, a symbol of humanity, made at a […]

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18. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) — 50 Great Films

‘Revenge is a dish which people of taste prefer to eat cold’ Ealing Studios’ greatest triumph is a wickedly funny comedy about one man’s violent revenge on his intolerable family. Robert Hamer’s eloquent story of subtle wit is one of the most daring and playfully defiant films of its time. Dennis Price stars as Louis […]

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19. Barry Lyndon (1975) — 50 Great Films

‘He was determined never again to fall below the rank of a gentleman’ Stanley Kubrick’s uniquely authentic account of the life led by an 18th century opportunist and social climber is one of the most beautifully realised films ever made. Widely overlooked upon release, the grimly ironic tale has since become one of the director’s […]

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