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Dirty Harry (1971)
Director: Don Siegel
The great Clint cop picture, introducing soulless San Francisco dick Harry Callahan, only bearable because the guy he is after is even worse. Features the best badge-tossing since High Noon. Read Review

Le Samourai (1967)
Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
La Samourai is the figurehead of Melville's career, the story a lone assassin (Alain Delon) whose rigid code is undone by the unforeseen arrival of love. It's a stalwart theme now, but no film has done it so sparely and tragically.

Performance (1970)
Director: Donald Cammell, Nic Roeg
Roeg and Cammell fused sensibilities as much as gangster James Fox and rocker Mick Jagger do in this acid-tinged freak-out. Read Review

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
Director: Russ Meyer
Nudie-filmmaker Meyer runs riot with a studio budget, assaulting Jacqueline Susann's trash novel with demented brio and kookily square psychedelia. Read Review

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Director: Robert Mulligan
A quiet, careful, affecting adaption of Harper Lee's nostalgic novel. Robert Duvall made an unforgettable debut as neighbourhood bogeyman Boo Radley. Read Review

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Toy Story 2 (1999)
Director: John Lasseter
One of the best sequels ever, it has more action, spotlights fresh new characters while taking the established ones into new territory, and discovers something tragic in a child growing out of toys. Read Review

Hellzapoppin' (1941)
Director: H.C. Potter
One of the darnedest films ever made, and a template for the who-cares-if-it- makes-sense-so-long-as- it's-funny? mode of comedy. Read Review

City Of God (2002)
Director: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
A confident, complicated epic following decades of criminal life in a Rio de Janeiro favela, this is considerably more than 'the GoodFellas of Brazil'. Read Review

A Canterbury Tale (1944)
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Powell and Pressburger's least-understood, most magical film. Its story may be incoherent and 'unpleasant', but its characters and moods are unforgettable and endlessly mysterious. Read Review

Rushmore (1998)
Director: Wes Anderson
Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is the sort of kid every school has, but who was hitherto unseen in teen movies - a smart, semi-geeky boy who polarises the school by being at once disturbingly weird and a fashion leader. 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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