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John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)
Director: John Carpenter
Perhaps it was Carpenter’s fusion of sci-fi and horror, or Rob Bottin’s body-shock FX, or spiky Kurt Russell, or the prediction of the AIDS epidemic in the alien virus plotline, but this remake gets in your head and never budges. Read Review

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
A technical marvel, but we just love it for putting Daffy and Donald in the same scene... Read Review

287
Secrets And Lies (1996)
Director: Mike Leigh
Leigh’s adoption drama is full of native wit (“You’ve got a face like a slapped arse”), great performances (especially Brenda Blethyn), and a touching sense of the ebb and flow of real life. Read Review

286
L’Avventura (1960)
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
The ultimate arthouse flick. A couple go in search of a missing girl, but the mystery becomes an excuse to explore alienation, cracking psyches and barren landscapes in slow, striking images. Masterful.

285
Solaris (1972)
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Like Event Horizon, Solaris sees a space station crew go doolally with hallucinations. Unlike Event Horizon, it is painfully slow, beautiful, and perhaps the closet sci-fi cinema has come to the profundity of sci-fi literature. Read Review

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Scarface (1983)
Director: Brian De Palma
De Palma’s hymn to gangster excess (violence, swearing, white suits) is taken to even further heights by Pacino on barnstorming form. It is also the de rigueur favourite film of any premiership footballer. Read Review

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Ran (1985)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
AK does The Bard’s King Lear (with sons rather than daughters) with some of the director’s greatest battle sequences, but also delivers a telling meditation on loyalty, revenge, power and war. Read Review

282
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
The much-derided Corleone threequel finds its way onto the list, perhaps through residual love for the first two. Still, it’s a lot better than you remember it. Especially Andy Garcia. Read Review

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Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Director: Neil Jordan
Anne Rice’s vampire chronicles get the A-list treatment, with Tom and Brad as bickering bloodsuckers. Sexy, gory, voluptuous and strangely hypnotic. Best thing in it: a very young Kirsten Dunst. Read Review

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Mad Max 2 (1982)
Director: George Miller
The Road Warrior (the much cooler US title) makes the first movie look like CBeebies, boasting truly white-knuckle carmageddon. And forget about Riggs — Rockatansky is Gibbo’s finest creation. Read Review

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This poll was conducted in November 2008. The list was compiled using votes from Empire readers, Hollywood actors, actress and key film critics.

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