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The Name of the Rose – a polymath monk investigates murders in a medieval abbey.Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Cast: Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham, Christian Slater
Nashville – lives intersect in the city of Nashville over one long weekend. Possibly Altman’s masterpiece.Director: Robert Altman
Cast: Ronee Blakely, Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin
Nebraska – an elderly man is convinced he’s won a lottery, so his son agrees to drive him cross country to ‘collect’Director: Alexander Payne
Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Network – ahead-of-its-time media satire, as a TV anchorman loses his mind on and the Network turns him into a “mad prophet”Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Peter Finch, William Holden, Faye Dunaway
Never Look Away – fictionalised biography of Gerard Richter, torn between East and West GermanyDirector: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Kock, Paula Beer
The Next Three Days – a desperate husband risks everything to break his innocent wife out of prisonDirector: Paul Haggis
Cast: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Brian Dennehy
Nicholas and Alexandria – grand biopic of the last Tsar and his wife, a film I grew up watching and have no end of affection forDirector: Franklin J Schaffner
Cast: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Laurence Olivier
Nightmare Alley – a mesmerist is tempted into dark schemes that corrupt him furtherDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara
Nightwatching – a dramatic exploration of the Rembrandt painting, part bizarre conspiracy theory, part art lectureDirector: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Martin Freeman, Eva Birthistle, Johdi May
1984 – Orwell adaptation, dripping with dystopian oppression and post-industrial gloom with Hurt perfectly castDirector: Michael Radford
Cast: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton
1917 – two soldiers are sent with a vital message to save lives in this stylish war film, showily shot in long takesDirector: Sam Mendes
Cast: George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth
Nixon – Oliver Stone makes a surprisingly sympathetic biopic on America’s most infamous PresidentDirector: Oliver Stone
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, James Woods
No Country for Old Men – Best Picture winning nihilistic thriller; a man finds a suitcase of money, chased by a ruthless hitmanDirector: The Coen Brothers
Cast: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones
No Time to Die – final Craig Bond, a mixed bag of action, world-building and self-importance, way too longDirector: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Cast: Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek
Noah – bizarre, imaginative and unique Biblical epic – for all its flaws it does something differentDirector: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone
Nocturnal Animals – a woman reads her ex-husbands horrific book and it leads her to question her lifeDirector: Tom Ford
Cast: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon
Nope – horror, science fiction and media satire combine in Peele’s distinctive but not always satisfying filmDirector: Jordan Peele
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
North by Northwest – simply the best of all of Hitchcock’s US adventures: Grant is mistaken for a spy and goes on the runDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason
The Northman – a Viking warrior goes out for blood-soaked revenge in this distinctive twist on HamletDirector: Robert Eggers
Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy
Notes on a Scandal – a teacher has an affair with a student – putting her in the power of a woman obsessed with herDirector: Richard Eyre
Cast: Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy
Now, Voyager – a woman escapes her domineering mother and falls in love with a married man during a cruiseDirector: Irving Rapper
Cast: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Now You See Me – a gang of magicians are recruited by a secret organisation for an unknown purposeDirector: Louis Letterier
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson
The Nun’s Story – biography of a Belgian nun in the first half of the twentieth century, quiet but movingDirector: Fred Zinnemann
Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans

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Oblivion – the last two people on Earth find that they are part of a terrible wider secret in this ambitious sci-fiDirector: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Tom Cruise, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko
Odd Man Out – Gripping man on the run drama, told with a dreamlike intensity Director: Carol Reed
Cast: James Mason, Kathleen Ryan, Robert Newton
Odds Against Tomorrow – a foolproof plan falls apart as robbers fall out over racial tensionsDirector: Robert Wise
Cast: Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan, Ed Begley
The Odessa File – a German journalist goes undercover to find a secret escape route for NazisDirector: Ronald Neame
Cast: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell
Oliver! – Best Picture winning musical, sickly sweet and lousy Dickens adaptation, crammed with a total lack of imaginationDirector: Carol Reed
Cast: Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Jack Wild
On Chesil Beach – a newly married couple in 60s Britain has a disastrous wedding night that shatters their marriageDirector: Dominic Cooke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Emily Watson, Samuel West
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – the purist’s James Bond, hampered by having George Lazenby in itDirector: Peter R Hunt
Cast: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
On the Basis of Sex – biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg which is earnest but traditionalDirector: Mimi Leder
Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
On the Rocks – a father ‘helps’ his daughter investigate her husband’s possible infidelityDirector: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, Marlon Wayans, Jessica Henwick
On the Waterfront – Best Picture winning whistle-blower drama, a wonderful film with some of the greatest scenes in historyDirector: Elia Kazan
Cast: Marlon Brando, Eva Maria Saint, Karl Malden
Once Upon a Time in America – Leone’s Godfather riff, a poetic, operatic coming-of-age tale of kids who become gangstersDirector: Sergio Leone
Cast: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – perverse revenge fantasia on the death of Sharon Tate, a dreadful filmDirector: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Once Upon a Time in the West – magnificently overblown Spaghetti Western, full of long stares and great music8Director: Sergio Leone
Cast: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Best Picture masterpiece as a criminal clashes with a stern matron in an asylumDirector: Milos Forman
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif
127 Hours – a rock climber falls and his arm is trapped; to escape he must make a terrible choiceDirector: Danny Boyle
Cast: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn
One Night in Miami – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown share thoughts one nightDirector: Regina King
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Leslie Odom Jnr, Eli Goree, Aldris Hodge
Operation Mincemeat – failed wartime spy drama, bogged down in fake details and a love triangleDirector: John Madden
Cast: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald
Ordinary People – Best Picture winning exploration of grief as a family struggles to overcome the suicide of its oldest sonDirector: Robert Redford
Cast: Mary Taylor Moore, Donald Sutherland, Timothy Hutton
Orphée – a poet falls in love with Death in this magic realism masterpieceDirector: Jean Cocteau
Cast: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
Othello – traditional version of Shakespeare, lacking in inspirationDirector: Oliver Parker
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob
Our Kind of Traitor – middle ranking Le Carré adaptation, as a Russian works with a writer to ease his defectionDirector: Susanna White
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis
Out of Africa – Best Picture winner, all show and no depth. A Danish farmer in Africa falls in love with a British adventurerDirector: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Outlaw King – Robert the Bruce picks up the battle against Edward I to get Scotland its freedomDirector: David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Florence Pugh, Stephen Dillane
The Ox Bow Incident – Fonda struggles to swing the ‘jury’ in this brilliant lynching dramaDirector: William A. Wellman
Cast: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Harry Morgan

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Pacific Rim – when giant monsters attack the Earth, mankind builds giant machines to fight them. Perfect B-movie sillinessDirector: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi
Pain & Glory – a famed director who hasn’t worked for years reflects on his childhood. Biographical fantasiaDirector: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Nora Nacas
Panic in the Streets – a cop has to stop a deadly plague being unleashed in this exciting realist dramaDirector: Elia Kazan
Cast: Richard Widmark, Paul Douglas, Barbara bel Geddes
The Parallax View – a young journalist goes down a conspiracy rabbit hole, up against forces he can’t controlDirector: Alan J Pakula
Cast: Warren Beatty, Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn
Parasite – Best Picture winner, a poor Korean family, worms their way into the lives of a rich one. Brilliant class dramaDirector: Bong Joon-Ho
Cast: Song Kang-Ho, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam
Parenthood – a multi-generational family faces all sorts of troubles in this warm and witty comedy dramaDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Steve Martin, Mary Steenburgen, Dianne Wiest
A Passage to India – Lean’s handsome Forster adaptation as a Raj woman accuses an Indian doctor of rape – is it true?Director: David Lean
Cast: Judy Davis, Victor Bannerjee, Peggy Ashcroft
The Passenger – a man steals a dead mans identity, then gets in trouble when he tries to follow in his footstepsDirector: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Maria Schneider, Ian Hendry
Passengers – on a spaceship, a lonely passenger wakes another woman from hypersleepDirector: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence
Paths of Glory – after a doomed attack, a WW1 French colonel is ordered to choose three to be tried for cowardiceDirector: Stanley Kubrick
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou
Patton – Best Picture winning biopic, very overlooked with a breathtakingly brilliant, transformative performance by ScottDirector: Franklin J Schaffner
Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates
Pawn Sacrifice – misfiring Bobby Fischer biopic that pulls all its punches and checkmates itselfDirector: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarsgaard
The Pawnbroker – hugely depressing drama about a Holocaust survivor, now living in New York, still crushed with guiltDirector: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters
The Peacemaker – totally routine “nuclear crisis” film, as mismatched agents hunt a missing bombDirector: Mimi Leder
Cast: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iureş
The Personal History of David Copperfield – adaptation that focuses more on the comedy than the heart of the novelDirector: Armando Iannucci
Cast: Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi
Peterloo – Leigh’s impassioned, but slightly dry, history lesson on the famous massacreDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley
Peyton Place – murder and (off-screen) sex but definitely no cuss words in this ridiculous but entertaining soapy dramaDirector: Mark Robson
Cast: Lana Turner, Diane Varsi, Hope Lange
Phantom Thread – in 50s Britain, an iconic dress designer marries an assistant – and the two form an unusual partnershipDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville
The Philadelphia Story – Hepburn saves her career in this brilliant remarriage comedyDirector: George Cukor
Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart
Philomena – an old woman, whose baby was taken from her in her 20s, asks a journalist’s help to track him downDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley
The Pianist – hugely moving Holocaust drama as a Polish pianist survives the GhettoDirector: Roman Polanski
Cast: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Thomas Kreschmann
Pickup on South Street – a thief picks the wrong pocket in this spy thrillerDirector: Samuel Fuller
Cast: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter
Picnic – a sexy new arrival in town leads to no end of trouble bubbling to the surface, in this dry Broadway adaptationDirector: Joshua Logan
Cast: William Holden, Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell
Picnic at Hanging Rock – a series of disappearances take place in an Australian all girls school, in this ghostly masterpieceDirector: Peter Weir
Cast: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Dominic Guard
Platoon – Best Picture winning semi-autobiographical Vietnam war film, based on Stone’s own experiencesDirector: Oliver Stone
Cast: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger
The Player – vicious Hollywood satire, as a Producer kills a writer and desperately tries to get away with itDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Whoopi Goldberg
Plenty – dry theatre adaptation: a female SOE agent finds post-war life dull and oppressive when she returns homeDirector: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Meryl Streep, Charles Dance, Sam Neill, John Gielgud
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – beautiful lesbian drama, as a painter arrives to paint the daughter of a countessDirector: Céline Sciamma
Cast: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
Poseidon – predictable remake that adds nothing to the originalDirector: Wolfgang Petersen
Cast: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum,
The Poseidon Adventure – a cruise liner flips over at sea and the survivors launch a thousand enjoyable disaster film clichésDirector: Ronald Neame
Cast: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
The Post – the Washington Post carefully weighs their decision about whether to publish the Pentagon PapersDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Il Postino – sentimental fable about a postman who idolises a Chilean poet in 1950s Italy. Comforting viewingDirector: Michael Radford
Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
The Power of the Dog – thought-provoking, challenging but engrossing drama about a bullying rancher with a secretDirector: Jane Campion
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Pretty Woman – landmark romantic comedy as a businessman falls in love with a hooker. Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy
Pride and Prejudice – oddly costumed and strangely adapted Austen classicDirector: Robert Z Leonard
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Mary Boland
Pride and Prejudice – decent but sometimes rather obvious adaptation of AustenDirector: Joe Wright
Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen, Donald Sutherland
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – crap film based on a gag gift that does what it says on the tinDirector: Burr Steers
Cast: Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith
Primal Fear – a hotshot lawyer defends a choir boy with a split personality disorder accused of murderDirector: Gregory Hoblit
Cast: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney
Primary Colors – satirical political drama about the Clinton election campaignDirector: Mike Nichols
Cast: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Adrian Lester
The Prince of Egypt – luscious animated version of the Moses storyDirector: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
Cast: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes – the purist’s Holmes film of choice, a wonderfully witty deconstruction of the detectiveDirector: Billy Wilder
Cast: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page
The Program – underwhelming biopic of Lance Armstrong’s rise to the top of cycling, on the back of drugs cheatingDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons
Promising Young Woman – a young woman provokes men to try and date rape her, to expose their vilenessDirector: Emerald Fennell
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown
The Proposition – dark and violent Aussie western: a man is forced to hunt down his brother, a ruthless killerDirector: John Hillcoat
Cast: Guy Pearce, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson
Psycho – iconic murder mystery/horror film with the scariest shower scene everDirector: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles
Public Enemies – hyper-realistic biopic of John Dillinger and the FBI agent tracking him downDirector: Michael Mann
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard
The Public Enemy – iconic Cagney gangster film with the famous grapefruit scene, still rather excitingDirector: William A Wellman
Cast: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods
The Pumpkin Eater – an unhappy novelist struggles to deal with her husband’s infidelity and hold her family togetherDirector: Jack Clayton
Cast: Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason
Pygmalion – classic adaptation of Shaw’s best known playDirector: Anthony Asquith, Leslie Howard
Cast: Leslie Howard, Wendy Hiller, Wilfrid Lawson

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Quai des Brumes – French romantic gangster tragedy in a seedy docklandsDirector: Marcel Carné
Cast: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan
The Queen – the crown hangs in the balance in the aftermath of the death of Princess DianaDirector: Stephen Frears
Cast: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Queen and Slim – after accidentally killing a cop after an illegal search, a couple go on the runDirector: Melina Matsoukas
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
A Quiet Place – after an alien attack, even the slightest noise can alert them to where the survivors areDirector: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Quiz Show – Redford’s best film: quiz show scandal from the 50s, when telegenic contestants were given the answersDirector: Robert Redford
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow, John Turturro, Paul Scofield
Quo Vadis – one of the first Roman epics, lots of Christian talk even more action and sexDirector: Mervyn LeRoy
Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov