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A

A Bout de Souffle – a Bogart-obsessed young man commits crimes and falls in love in Godard’s French New Wave classicDirector: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
About Schmidt – a retired meek widower travels to his daughter’s wedding, and comes to realisations about his lifeDirector: Alexander Payne
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis
Ace in the Hole – sharply bitter journalism satire, as an ambitious reporter exploits an accident for his own careerDirector: Billy Wilder
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur
Ad Astra – in this Heart of Darkness twist, a son journeys to his father, a lost astronaut who has resurfaced near NeptuneDirector: James Gray
Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler
Adam’s Rib – battle of the sexes courtroom drama, as a married couple take opposite sides in a big caseDirector: George Cukor
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday
Addams Family Values – much-better sequel as the kids deal with summer campDirector: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christine Ricci
The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension – cultish OTT sci-fi as a polymath takes on ruthless aliensDirector: WD Richter
Cast: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin
The Adventures of Robin Hood – the classic Robin Hood film, best swashbuckler ever made and one of the most influentialDirector: Michael Curtiz, William Keighley
Cast: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone
The Aeronauts – a scientist and a famous balloonist ascend to the highest heightsDirector: Tom Harper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Himesh Patel
The African Queen – a working class sailor and a missionary sail down a jungle river and fall in loveDirector: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
After Love – a Muslim convert, finds out after her husband’s death that he had a second family; poetic tearjerkerDirector: Aleem Khan
Cast: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss
The Age of Innocence – James’ adaptation as a man in 1890s New York falls in love with a disgraced woman. Lush but coldDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
The Agony and the Ecstasy – Michaelangelo takes a very, very, long time to paint the Sistine Chapel in this flawed but enjoyable epicDirector: Carol Reed
Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews
Airport – laughable, turgid and terrible soap, full of cardboard characters and ends with a disaster epilogue. A massive hitDirector: George Seaton
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg
Aladdin – basically a shot by shot remake with an added subplot and a big special effects ending, but half as goodDirector: Guy Ritchie
Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott
The Alamo – faintly revisionist history, a notorious flop as it seemed, contrary to the poster, people had forgottenDirector: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric
Albert Nobbs – in late 19th century Dublin, a woman disguises herself as a man so she can find work in a hotelDirector: Rodrigo Garcia
Cast: Glenn Close, Janet McTeer, Mia Wasikowski
Alfie – a heartless cockney wide-boy gets himself into all sorts of entanglements in this expose of swinging sixties LondonDirector: Lewis Gilbert
Cast: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Ali – Will Smith captures The Greatest in a film that misses the fire and passion of Muhammad AliDirector: Michael Mann
Cast: Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx
Alien – the classic space horror has the crew of a ship are haunted by a relentless monster.Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm
Aliens – brilliant sequel that resets the original wonderfully. Ripley leads marines to save a colony from more Aliens.Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen
Alien 3 – not-so-good Alien film, as Ripley crashlands on a prison planet with an Alien queen growing inside herDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S Dutton, Charles Dance
Alien: CovenantPrometheus sequel that runs out of ideas as a crew arrives on an abandoned planetDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup
All About Eve – Best Picture winning drama about theatrical feuds, full of biting witty dialogue and huge fun.Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
All is Lost – a sailor, alone at sea, battles against the elements and the waves to keep his ship afloatDirector: JC Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
All is True – Shakespeare retires to Stratford and struggles to make amends with his family (the role Branagh was born for?)Director: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Quiet on the Western Front – WW1 trenches drama and Best Picture winner with powerful anti-war messageDirector: Lewis Milestone
Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray
All That Jazz – autobiographical film based on Bob Fosse’s life. Electric and dynamic, an overlooked classic.Director: Bob Fosse
Cast: Roy Scheider, Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer
All the King’s Men – Best Picture winning political corruption drama who definitely isn’t Huey P LongDirector: Robert Rossen
Cast: Broderick Crawford, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge
All the Money in the World – billionaire John Paul Getty’s grandson is kidnapped – but he refuses the pay the ransomDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer
Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe’s autobiography of his life as a teenage journalist following a rock band around AmericaDirector: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup
Amadeus – Best Picture winning epic on the life of Mozart and the envy of his (unacknowledged) rival Salieri. I love this filmDirector: Milos Forman
Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
Amazing Grace – earnest, Sunday-afternoonish William Wilberforce biopicDirector: Michael Apted
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Benedict Cumberbatch
The Amazing Spider Man 2 – franchise killer as Spiderman takes on multiple foes with sharply diminishing returnDirector: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx
American Beauty – a depressed man becomes fixated on an attractive teenager. Looked like a landmark classic in 1999. Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Chris Cooper
American Gangster – in 1970s Harlem, a secretive Black gangster takes over the drugs trade, while a cop tries to identify himDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor
American Hustle – conmen are forced by the FBI to help with a sting operation for a politician believed to be corruptDirector: David O Russell
Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
An American in Paris – romance, Gershwin and dancing in this gorgeous Best Picture winning musicalDirector: Vincente Minnelli
Cast: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Nina Foch
The American President – a widowed President’s falls in love with a lobbyist, in Sorkin’s West Wing dry runDirector: Rob Reiner
Cast: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen
American Sniper – sensitive biopic: an Iraq war marine sniper deals with PTSD, helping veterans before his tragic deathDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
An American Werewolf in London – After being attacked by a crazed wolf, a backpacker develops a terrible new conditionDirector: John Landis
Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne
Amistad – courtroom drama covering the dispute on ‘ownership’ of the cargo of the ship Amistad: that cargo being slaves. Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Djimon Hounsou,
Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins
Amores Perros – a series of interconnected stories in Mexico city, all of them connected to dogs. Director’s edgy calling cardDirector: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo
Amour – a husband and wife struggle to cope after a series of strokes strip her of strength, character and mindDirector: Michael Haneke
Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
Anatomy of a Murder – brilliantly cynical courtroom drama about lawyers who will use almost any trick to get the result they needDirector: Otto Preminger
Cast: James Stewart, George C Scott, Lee Remick
The Anderson Tapes – a criminal, recently released from prison, plans a heist – but is unprepared for modern surveillanceDirector: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam
Angels with Dirty Faces – Cagney weeps on the way to the chair in this classic gangster flickDirector: Michael Curtiz
Cast: James Cagney, Pat O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart
Anne of the Thousand Days – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn: it doesn’t end well in this richly mounted but empty Tudor epicDirector: Charles Jarrott
Cast: Richard Burton, Genevieve Bujold, Anthony Quayle
Annie Hall – Woody Allen’s Best Picture winner about a neurotic man in a relationship with a lovable ditz. Genuinely funny.Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts
Anonymous – dreadful Oxfordian conspiracy theory that argues (wrongly) that the Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s playsDirector: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Rafe Spall
Another Round – four depressed teachers decide to reinvigorate their lives through drinking. Mistake perhaps?Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang
Another Year – a contented married couple offer support (but not help?) to their less well-adjusted friendsDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville
Ant Man – a thief is recruited by a scientist with a shrinking suit that gives him control over ants in this witty Marvel entryDirector: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly
Anthropoid – unfortunately titled thriller about the plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich in Prague 1942Director Sean Ellis
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones
The Apartment – Best Picture winner about an ambitious worker who lends his apartment out for his bosses affairsDirector: Billy Wilder
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
Apocalypse Now – landmark Vietnam epic, a demented fever dream version of Hearts of Darkness. I have mixed feelingsDirector: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Apocalypto – a man runs for his life in the Aztec empire, in this epic chase movie, unique for being in MayanDirector: Mel Gibson
Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer
Apollo 13 – superb dramatisation of the near disastrous space mission, one of the best true-life stories ever madeDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris
Aquaman – big, loud and silly film: Aquaman must return to claim his throne in AtlantisDirector: James Wan
Cast: Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe
Argo – average Best Picture winner: a CIA agent smuggles diplomats out of Iran, by disguising them as a film crewDirector: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman
Armageddon – a meteor heads to Earth – and only oil rig drillers can stop it apparently. Loudest space film everDirector: Michael Bay
Cast: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler
Around the World in 80 Days – Best Picture winning global trip based on the novel, with a star face around every cornerDirector: Michael Anderson
Cast: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine
Arrival – fascinating and engrossing sci-fi as a female linguist works out how to communicate with aliensDirector: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
The Artist – Best Picture winning pastiche silent-film: an actor struggles in Hollywood after the introduction of soundDirector: Michel Hazanavicius
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, James Cromwell
As Good As It Gets – a misanthropic writer with OCD has to make a bond with a waitress and gay artist in this sitcom set-upDirector: James L. Brooks
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
The Asphalt Jungle – one of the best small-scale “man with a plan” heist thrillers, with crooks falling outDirector: John Huston
Cast: Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, Jean Hagen
The Assistant – an office worker in a Hollywood Production office has to turn a blind eye to the studio head’s behaviourDirector: Kitty Green
Cast: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh
At Eternity’s Gate – the final weeks of Van Gogh’s life, as he deals with depression and failureDirector: Julian Schabnel
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
Atonement – a couple are denied happiness after a series of misunderstandings at a house partyDirector: Joe Wright
Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan
Avatar – James Cameron’s huge hit with small cultural impact: a man sides with his adopted culture on a rich alien worldDirector: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver
Avengers: Age of Ultron – the Avengers battle a genius robot intend on wiping out humanity to save the worldDirector: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
Avengers: Endgame – its all been building to this as our heroes fight to restore the universe. Perfect blockbuster entertainmentDirector: Joe & Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth
Avengers: Infinity War – a supervillain collects the legendary infinity stones, to reshape the universe. Can he be stopped?Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
Cast: Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth
The Aviator – gorgeous homage to old-school Hollywood, a biopic of Howard Hughes, focusing on his passion and OCDDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
The Awful Truth – remarriage comedy as a feuding couple faces ‘the awful truth’: they’re in love, Grant’s first ever “Cary Grant” roleDirector: Leo McCarey
Cast: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy

B

Back to the Future – a teenager time travels and screws up his parents meeting. Can he get them back together? 80s classicDirector: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover
Back to the Future Part II – terrible sequel that goes to the future then an alternative 1985 then back to 1955 : a messDirector: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
Bad Day at Black Rock – a one armed WW2 veteran arrives in town to find the killer of his friend, a Japanese businessman. Brilliant.Director: John Sturges
Cast: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis
Badlands – two young people fall in love, kill people and hit the road in this lyrical, poetic debut from Terrence MalickDirector: Terrence Malick
Cast: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacey, Warren Oates
The Barefoot Contessa – cynicism abounds in this curious semi-satire about a nobody who becomes a Hollywood starDirector: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien
Barry Lyndon – an Irish chancer rises up the social ladder in 18th century England in this cold and distant epicDirector: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Michael Hordern
Batman – first big serious comic book movie, looks campier now than it did, but showed comics could be dark and seriousDirector: Tim Burton
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger
Batman Begins – Batman goes back to basics in the first of Nolan’s extraordinary, genre redefining trilogyDirector: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, Michael Caine
The Batman – another relaunch, Batman as a PI chasing down a serial-killer in a rain-soaked, noirish GothamDirector: Matt Reeves
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano
Battle Los Angeles – aliens attack Los Angeles and only the army stands in their way. A guilty pleasure.Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez 
The Battle of Algiers – hugely influential documentary style dramatisation of the uprising against the French in AlgiersDirector: Gilles Pontecorvo
Cast: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Hadjadi
Beat the Devil – slightly surreal conmen drama set in Africa, the sort of bizarre film that becomes a cult favouriteDirector: John Huston
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Robert Morley
A Beautiful Mind – Best Picture winning, old-fashioned and sanitised biopic of troubled mathematician John NashDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany
Beauty and the Beast – absolutely heart-breakingly perfect Disney musical, from when the House of Mouse was top of the worldDirector: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury
Beauty and the Beast – live-action remake, a box office smash but half the film the original isDirector: Bill Condon
Cast: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Emma Thompson
Becket – Henry II and Thomas Becket fall out and feud in this grand, literary historical epicDirector: Peter Glenville
Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, John Gielgud
Beginners – a reserved son struggles to know how to react when his widowed father comes out as gayDirector: Mike Mills
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
The Beguiled – during the Civil War a wounded solider arrives at a all-female house, leading to tensionsDirector: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Colin Farrell
Being John Malkovich – a puppeteer finds a secret portal into John Malkovich’s brain in this iconic, oddball comedy satireDirector: Spike Jonze
Cast: John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz
Being the Ricardos – difficulties pile on top of each other during one week of the making of I Love LucyDirector: Aaron Sorkin
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, JK Simmons
Being There – a mentally handicapped gardener, who has never left his home, is hailed as a sage by the rich and powerful.Director: Hal Ashby
Cast: Peter Sellers, Melvyn Douglas, Shirley Maclaine
Belfast – a twelve-year old Branagh in 70s Belfast, is unable to understand why his parents are considering leavingDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Jude Hill, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds
Belle – a mixed-race relative of a rich family is wooed for her wealth; her uncle, the Chief Justice, adjudicates the Zorg caseDirector: Amma Assante
Cast: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wikinson, Sam Reid
Ben-Hur – massive Best Picture winning epic about a Jewish prince at the time of Jesus. An average film, right place at the right timeDirector: Wiliam Wyler
Cast: Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Hara Hayeet
Beowulf – motion-capture retelling of the legend, gory but surprisingly thoughtfulDirector: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie
The Best Years of Our Lives – wonderful Best Picture winning veterans drama, one of the best winners of all timeDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Frederic March, Dana Andrews, Harold Russell
The BFG – faithful but somehow boring Spielberg Dahl adaptation with very little appeal to kidsDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton
Bicycle Thieves – hugely influential neo-realist film: one man goes to huge lengths to find his vital bikeDirector: Vittorio de Sica
Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola
The Big Country – a stranger arrives in town and finds himself in the middle of one heck of a feud in this large scale, hugely entertaining WesternDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives
The Big Heat – an obsessed cop takes on gangsters no matter what in Lang’s superb critique of AmericaDirector: Fritz Lang
Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin
The Big Short – investors predict the 2008 crash and best against the economy: smart but cold comedy-dramaDirector: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell
Birdman – smug and showy Best Picture winner: an actor best known for playing a superhero puts on a Broadway showDirector: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton
Birdman of Alcatraz – a lifer in prison dedicates his time to becoming a leading expert on ornithologyDirector: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter
The Birds – our feathered friends go crazy in this apocalyptic Hitchcock horror film based on a du Maurier short storyDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Tippi Hedron, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy
Black Hawk Down – Immersive combat film, about the Battle of Mogadishu, brilliantly made, controversial for its politicsDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana
The Black Hole – feeble attempt by Disney to do Star Wars with a demented scientist trying to control the power of a black holeDirector: Gary Nelson
Cast: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster
Black Mass – biopic of a notorious gangsterDirector: Scott Cooper
Cast: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton
Black Narcissus – sex leads to madness in a secluded nunnery in this beautifully made filmDirector: Powell & Pressburger
Cast: Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar
Black Panther – the heir to the kingdom of Wakanda faces a challenge from his cousinDirector: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita N’yongo
Black Swan – a ballerina wins the lead dancer role, but can her fragile mental health survive the pressureDirector: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell
Black Widow – half-hearted prequel, that exists to give its star a payday in the sun and introduce her replacement.Director: Cate Shortland
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz
BlacKkKlansman – a black cop (with a Jewish cop as the front man) goes undercover with the KKK in this electric race dramaDirector: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier
Blade Runner – a detective is hired to find (and terminate) rogue replicants in this influential dystopian sci-fi classicDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young
Blade Runner 2049 – brilliant sequel (better than the original?) as a replicant hunts other replicants Director: Denis Villeneuve
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana da Armas
The Blind Side – sentimental family drama: a rich white woman adopts a struggling Black teenager with a gift for footballDirector: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron
Blonde Venus – melodrama about a woman’s desperate attempt to save her husband’s lifeDirector: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Herbert Marshall, Cary Grant
Blood Diamond – a father searches for his kidnapped son – but others are interested in the priceless diamond he carriesDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly
The Blue Angel – a Professor is smitten by a cabaret singer – just as von Sternberg became smitten with DietrichDirector: Josef von Sternberg
Cast: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron
Blue Collar – in a car factory, three workers deal with heartless management in this rare slice of Loachian style US film-makingDirector: Paul Schrader
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Richard Pryor, Yaphet Kotto
Blue Jasmine – a socialite has to cope with sudden poverty in this twist on Streetcar Named DesireDirector: Woody Allen
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin
Body of Lies – in an Middle East, a CIA agent battles terrorists… and the political incompetence of his handlers at LangleyDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
Bohemian Rhapsody – Freddie Mercury biopic and mega-hit, squeamish about homosexualityDirector: Bryan Singer
Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee
Boiling Point – one terrible night of service comes to a head in a restaurant in this superb one-shot filmDirector: Philip Barantini
Cast: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Alice Feetham
Bonnie and Clyde – two young killers love fame, crime and themselves in this violent, influential “American New Wave” filmDirector: Arthur Penn
Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J Pollard
The Book Thief – in Nazi Germany, a young girl loves books: but she draws attention to her family, secretly hiding a Jew Director: Brian Percival
Cast: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
Born YesterdayPygmalion-like comedy, as a Gangster’s moll learns about culture from an earnest journalistDirector: George Cukor
Cast: Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden
The Bounty – revisionist version of the mutiny that sympathises more with Bligh than usual.Director: Roger Donaldson
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Mel Gibson, Laurence Olivier
The Bourne Legacy – failed spin-off about another spy, that spends most of its run time justifying its existenceDirector: Tony Gilroy
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
The Boxer – a man released from prison wants to return to his dream of a boxing career – but the IRA won’t let himDirector: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox
Boyhood – shot over a decade, Linklater’s beautiful film charts the formative years of a young boy becoming a teenagerDirector: Richard Linklater
Cast: Eller Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – overblown and camp Gothic horror, full of colours, silly accents and lots of sexDirector: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
Braveheart – Best picture winning epic on the life of William Wallace, a big, silly film that works hard to look importantDirector: Mel Gibson
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan 
Brideshead Revisited – terrible version of Waugh’s classic, that turns it into a bog-standard romantic plot-boilerDirector: Julian Jarrold
Cast: Matthew Goode, Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw
Bridge of Spies – a lawyer defends an unmasked Soviet spy facing the electric chairDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
The Bridge on the River Kwai – Best Picture winner: a British POW misguidedly builds a bridge for Japanese captorsDirector: David Lean
Cast: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins
A Bridge Too Far – reconstruction of the disastrous Battle of Arnhem. A personal favourite and also a powerful call for peace.Director: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Michael Caine
Brief Encounter – the classic romance-that-can-never-be, it’s a film it’s impossible not to loveDirector: David Lean
Cast: Trevor Howard, Celia Johnson, Stanley Holloway
Broadcast News – heavy-handed media satire: a producer is torn between an empty-headed anchor and a sanctimonious reporterDirector: James L Brooks
Cast: Holly Hunter, William Hurt, Albert Brooks
Brooklyn – an Irish migrant to the US is torn between two men, one American, one back home in IrelandDirector: John Crowley
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson
Bugsy – a Beatty passion project, luscious biopic of Bugsy Siegel, the gangster who started Las VegasDirector: Barry Levinson
Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley
Bumblebee – charming Transformers reboot, that for once you’d be happy to show to childrenDirector: Travis Knight
Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jnr
Bunny Lake is Missing – a woman insists her daughter has gone missing – but there seems to be no record that her daughter even existsDirector: Otto Preminger
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Carl Lynley, Kier Dullea
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – two outlaws form a lasting, witty bond while dealing with disasterDirector: George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross
The Butler – a Black butler serves many of the Presidents of the 20th century, in this gentle and polite civil rights storyDirector: Lee Daniels
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo

C

Call Me By Your Name – in 1970s Italy a young bisexual man has a coming-of-age relationship with an older manDirector: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
Calm with Horses – a former boxer works as an enforcer for an Irish gang, but begins to doubt his choicesDirector: Nick Rowland
Cast: Cosmo Jarvis, Barry Keoghan, Niamh Algar
Can You Ever Forgive Me – a failed writer makes a fortune forging personal letters of the literary rich and famousDirector: Marielle Heller
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
The Candidate – a young man runs for Senate largely because he looks like Robert Redford and can win. Will he keep his idealism?Director: Michael Ritchie
Cast: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas
Cape Fear – a psychopathic released killer goes after the family of the lawyer who failed to get him off: OTT thrillerDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
Capote – austere biopic of Truman Capote, focusing on his writing of In Cold BloodDirector: Bennett Miller
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper
Captain America: Civil War – the Avengers split over who controls them and attitudes to Cap’s friend ex-killer BuckyDirector: Anthony & Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Scarlett Johansson
Captain Marvel – a woman on an alien planet has strange memories of a place like Earth – what can it mean?Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Cast: Brie Larsen, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson
Captain Phillips – the captain of tanker is kidnapped when his ship is hijacked by Somali piratesDirector: Paul Greengrass
Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
Caravaggio – post-modern biopic of the artist, with plenty of killing and added motorbikesDirector: Derek Jarmon
Cast: Nigel Terry, Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean
Carlito’s Way – a criminal, out from prison, wants to go straight, but is pulled in one for one-last-job before he canDirector: Brian de Palma
Cast: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller
Carol – sensitive and beautiful drama about two women who fall in love in 1950s AmericaDirector: Todd Haynes
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson
Casablanca – legendary Best Picture winner; a cynical cafe owner helps his lost love escape the NazisDirector: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains
Casino – gangsters set up Las Vegas, make loads of money, but quickly turn on each other and destroy themselvesDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone
Catch Me If You Can – a young conman is pursued by a dedicated FBI Agent in this old-school caperDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken
Cavalcade – Best picture winning Noel Coward adaptation of a posh British family sagaDirector: Frank Lloyd
Cast: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor
Centurion – Roman soldiers, caught behind Hadrian’s Wall, have to keep ahead of furious tribes to get homeDirector: Neil Marshall
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, David Morrissey
Chariots of Fire – Best Picture winning biopic of 1924 British Olympic Gold medal winners with possibly the most famous score everDirector: Hugh Hudson
Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Ian Holm
Charley Varrick – after a job gone wrong, a low-time crook has to use his cunning to escape from the clutches of the mafiaDirector: Don Siegel
Cast: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Andy Robinson
Charlie Bubbles – a working class lad turned Hollywood scriptwriter struggles with ennui, his unmanly job and his love life Director: Albert Finney
Cast: Albert Finney, Liza Minnelli, Billie Whitelaw
Charlie Wilson’s War – a congressman wins secret funding for Afghan rebels against the USSRDirector: Mike Nichols
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Chicago – Best Picture winning musical: its all about show not truth, as two women are tried for murderDirector: Rob Marshall
Cast: Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones
Child 44 – failed thriller: a disgraced NKVD officer struggles to convince superiors a serial killer can exist in the USSR. Director: Daniel Espinosa
Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman
Children of Men – fantastic dystopian sci-fi: in a future where humanity is infertile, a pregnant woman is in dangerDirector: Alfonso Cuarón
Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine
The Children’s Hour – two teachers are accused of being lesbians leading to local scandal in this play adaptationDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner
The China Syndrome – a near-meltdown at a nuclear plant is covered up in this well made conspiracy thrillerDirector: James Bridges
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas
Chinatown – after a PI he is set up, he tries to find out why. His investigation leads to murder and dark secrets Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Chocolat – vomit-inducing sugar overload, as a chocolatier arrives in a small French town and changes everyone for the betterDirector: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp
Churchill – the Prime Minister worries about the possible failure of D-Day and campaigns against itDirector: Jonathan Teplitzky
Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery
El Cid – a Spanish lord makes allies with the Muslims, to the fury of his King in this sweeping epicDirector: Anthony Mann
Cast: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Herbert Lom
The Cider House Rules – a young man is raised as a doctor’s protege, but leaves to find out more about the worldDirector: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron
Cimarron – terrible, semi-racist Western, Best Picture winner – possibly the worst ever winner, following the growth of a townDirector: Wesley Ruggles
Cast: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor
The Circle – terrible adaptation of a dystopian novel about a Google-esque company that completely misses the pointDirector: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
Citizen Kane – possibly the greatest film ever made; ignore the doubters, like the poster says “it’s terrific!”Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore
City of God – set in Rio de Janerio; kids have little to choose than which gang to join in this episodic, influential, electric filmDirector: Fernando Meirelles, Katia Lund
Cast: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino
Clash of the Titans – Perseus needs the head of the Gorgon to save a princess in this past-its-best Harryhausen epicDirector: Desmond Davis
Cast: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith
Clear and Present Danger – Clancy’s Jack Ryan finds himself at the centre of a War on Drugs conspiracy that goes to the topDirector: Philip Noyce
Cast: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Joaquim de Almedia
A Clockwork Orange – Kubrick’s violent dystopian counter-culture film, banned for decades in the UK. Scared its directorDirector: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – a number of people have alien encounters and receive a strange calling. Magical filmDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
Clueless – smart version of Emma, set among the mean girls of a high schoolDirector: Amy Heckerling
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash
Cold Mountain – in the Civil War, a man deserts to return to his love in this slightly distant epic, too polished to be movingDirector: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger
Cold War – Pawlikowski fictionalises his parents lives in Poland, the Cold War constantly preventing their happinessDirector: Paweł Pawlikowski
Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot
Colette – solid biopic of the French writer, who fought to publish under her own name, rather than her husband’sDirector: Wash Westmoreland
Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson
Collateral – a hitman hires a taxi driver to escort him from hit-to-hit and they strike up an odd near friendshipDirector: Michael Mann
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
The Collector – a disturbed young man kidnaps a woman, hoping she will fall in love with himDirector: William Wyler
Cast: Terence Stamp, Samantha Egger
The Color of Money – Scorsese’s one for the money with this belated Hustler sequel: Fast Eddie Felson trains a protegeDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Concussion – a doctor is attacked when he blows the whistle on the dangers of head injury in American footballDirector: Peter Landesman
Cast: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks
The Constant Gardener – superb, emotional Le Carré film: a diplomat investigates his wife’s murder in KenyaDirector: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Bill Nighy, Danny Huston
Contagion – a virus outbreak drives the world in chaos in a film that felt very real in 2020Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne
Control – beautifully made and heart-rending biopic of Joy Division lead singer Ian CurtisDirector: Anton Corbijn
Cast: Sam Riley, Alexandra Maria Lara, Samantha Morton
The Core – hilariously silly sci-fi: scientists must drill to the centre of the Earth to start the earth rotating againDirector: Jon Amiel
Cast: Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci
The Count of Monte Cristo – a man, wrongly imprisoned for years, vows revenge on the friend who betrayed himDirector: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk
The Courier – true-life drama as a Russian spy and his British courier work to save the world from Cuban Missile crisisDirector: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan
Crash – infamous Best Picture winner: racial tensions divide ordinary people in Los AngelesDirector: Paul Haggis
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle
Creed – the son of Apollo Creed is mentored by Rocky as he aims for a title shot in this franchise rebootDirector: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Creed II – the son of Ivan Drago wants a match with the son of Apollo Creed – its a grudge match in every wayDirector: Steven Caple Jnr
Cast: Michael B Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Crimes and Misdemeanors – a celebrated doctor has his mistress murdered in this flattering-to-deceive Allen pictureDirector: Woody Allen
Cast: Martin Landau, Woody Allen, Alan Alda, Mia Farrow
Crimson Tide – the captain and first officer of a nuclear sub disagree over an unclear message about launching missilesDirector: Tony Scott
Cast: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, George Dzundza
Cromwell – wildly inaccurate but spiritually faithful dramatisation of the English Civil War, the only sympathetic Cromwell flick out thereDirector: Ken Hughes
Cast: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Dorothy Tutin
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – smash hit martial arts film, as warriors feud over the ownership of a legendary swordDirector: Ang Lee
Cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi
The Crucible – wonderful adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, a masterclass in re-working theatre for the screenDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield
The Cruel Sea – in WW2 a naval captain deals with the unbearable burden of commandDirector: Charles Frend
Cast: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratten
The Crying Game – an IRA killer on the run, falls in love with a nightclub singer in this daring film with a killer twistDirector: Neil Jordan
Cast: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – a man grows old backwards in this whimsical shaggy dog storyDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson