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The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Director: Jonathan Demme
The first film to scoop the Oscars and the Chainsaw awards. Scrape those sorry cash-ins away and you’ll find a deeply scary study in terror. Read Review

A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Director: John Cassavetes
A housewife cracks up and makes appalling, random verbal attacks on family and friends. The camera hovers so close that you emerge with an uncomfortable idea of what it must be like to live with this woman. Read Review

The Princess Bride (1987)
Director: Rob Reiner
This may be the most widely quoted obscure film in history, because it’s the one that even your sister can recite at length. William Goldman’s perfectly parodic script both nails the adventure and romance of heroic adventures while ripping the piss out of them. It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s perfectly cast, and has immense, unstoppable charm. Without this, no Shrek, no Enchanted. Director Rob Reiner mentioned on a recent commentary that one of New York kingpin John Gotti’s gangsters once walked up to him and quoted the never-bettered, “You killed my father, prepare to die” — nearly giving the director a heart attack. As he says, “When one of Gotti’s wiseguys is quoting your lines, you know you’ve penetrated the culture.” Indeed. The only question is, how on Earth is this outside the top 100? Read Review

Los Olvidados (1950)
Director: Luis Buñuel
Once deemed a French surrealist, Buñuel re-established himself as a Mexican realist — though this tale of slum delinquents, which makes Eden Lake look like The Railway Children, is as much horror story as social document.

The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
A rare triumph of political cinema, depicting colonial oppression, terrorist strikes against civilians, Western occupying forces resorting to torture, and a general uprising without apparently taking sides. Still vivid and relevant.

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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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