46. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
A devastating meditation on the human cost of war, this animated tale follows Seita, a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko, after an American firebombing during World War II separates the two children from their parents. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. The siblings rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive. IMDb Top 250
Director: Isao Takahata
Producer: Toru Hara
Writer: Isao Takahata, Akiyuki Nosaka
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi
47. The Prestige (2006)
Period thriller set in Edwardian London where two rival magicians, partners until the tragic death of an assistant during a show, feud bitterly after one of them performs the ultimate magic trick – teleportation. His rival tries desperately to uncover the secret of his routine, experimenting with dangerous new science as his quest takes him to the brink of insanity and jeopardises the lives of everyone around the pair.
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producer: Emma Thomas, Aaron Ryder, Christopher Nolan
Writer: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, Christopher Priest
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Andy Serkis, David Bowie, Piper Perabo
48. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
There’s a single piece of land around Flagstone with water on it, and rail baron Morton aims to have it, knowing the new railroad will have to stop there. He sends his henchman Frank to scare the land’s owner, McBain, but Frank kills him instead and pins it on a known bandit, Cheyenne. Meanwhile, a mysterious gunslinger with a score to settle and McBain’s new wife, Jill, arrives in town.
Director: Sergio Leone
Producer: Fulvio Morsella
Writer: Sergio Donati, Sergio Leone, Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson, Gabriele Ferzetti, Woody Strode, Jack Elam, Lionel Stander, Paolo Stoppa, Frank Wolff, Keenan Wynn
49. Casablanca (1942)
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.
Director: Michael Curtiz
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Murray Burnett, Joan Alison
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre
50. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Salvatore Di Vita discovers the perfect escape from life in his Sicilian village after the war: the Cinema Paradiso movie house. Projectionist Alfredo instills in the boy a deep love of films. After growing up Salvatore falls in love with a pretty girl and takes over as the Cinema Paradiso’s projectionist. Alfredo tries to convince Salvatore to leave the small village so that he can pursue his passion and be a filmmaker one day.
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Producer: Franco Cristaldi, Giovanna Romagnoli
Writer: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio, Salvatore Cascio