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Stokes's Bristol Nightclub incident in detail (From: The Comeback Summer by Geoff Lemon)

IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a place where misadventure could begin, you can’t go past Mbargo. The nightclub’s streetfront is painted a purple so bright you’ll see it in your dreams. Strings of giant sequins shimmer in the breeze. Its phonically inventive name is spelt in silver letters that climb its three-storey terrace facade. Inside are strips of burning neon, a few booths, floorboards so marinated in drink that they have an ingredients list. Bristol is a student city on England’s south coast crowded with music and nightlife and street art. This is Banksy’s home town, and the tourism board suggests in rather strong terms that ‘you would be a fool not to see his amazing work firsthand’. The same organisation describes Mbargo as ‘intimate’, which is fair for a place where you can catch an STI standing up. Students cram into its modest dimensions while people with names like DJ Klaud battle for billing with £1.50 drink deals over seven sloppy nights a week. To get a sense of the story about to come, consider that it’s the kind of place open until two o’clock on a Monday morning, and that at two o’clock on a Monday morning, Ben Stokes still thought it had closed too early.
The Ashes of 2017–18 had disciplinary bookends. It was after that series that Australia’s two leaders went off the rails in South Africa. It was a few weeks before that Ashes tour that England’s biggest star windmilled his way into his own disaster.
In the early hours of 25 September 2017, Stokes and teammate Alex Hales were barred from re-entering Mbargo after a night out on the piss. A Sunday thrashing of an abject West Indies in an ignored series at the fag-end of the season apparently required ample celebration. After arguing with the bouncer and hanging about at the door for a while, they wandered off to find a casino in the hope of more drinking. They’d barely made it around the corner before getting in the middle of a conflict between four locals. As is said on the internet, it escalated quickly.
The 26 September reporting was bloodless. Withholding names, police stated that a man ‘was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm’ while another went to hospital with facial injuries. England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss separately confirmed that Stokes was the arrestee, adding that he had been released without charge and that Hales had gamely offered to ‘help police with their enquiries’. Administrators had a good chance of hiding behind that investigation, and the next day Stokes was named in the upcoming Ashes squad as expected. But that night the video emerged.
Bristol student Max Wilson had shot it on his phone, then offered it to The Sun. What he thought was playing hardball was actually lowball: his opening price of £3000 was snapped up by a tabloid that would have paid ten times that. The Sun went on to make a mint by syndicating the rights worldwide. From a window above the fray, the vision showed six men on the street below performing the muddled choreography of a melee. One was right at the centre of it. One was waving a bottle, one dipped in and out, one tried to calm it. Two others floated around the edges. The central figure was unmistakable: red hair burning even in the streetlight as he launched into a series of blows against two of the men, falling to grapple with them on the ground, then following both across the street, swinging punches the whole way. Hales trailed behind, repeatedly and impotently shouting ‘Stokes! Stop! Stokes! Enough!’ The ECB could fudge issues that existed only in thickets of legalese, but not those captured in moving colour. Stokes was stood down from the next West Indies match, then suspended indefinitely. It emerged that he had broken his hand during the fight, something he’d done twice before while punching objects in dressing rooms.
The response in Australia was fierce: Stokes was a thug, a lowlife, a selection that would disgrace England. It was not entirely coincidental that a ban for England’s best player would be handy for the Aussie team, but there was also a cultural split. In England, plenty of people still minimise pub fights as lads letting off steam. In Australia, heavy media coverage as a succession of young men were killed had inverted that tolerance. The discourse now saw any punch as potentially deadly and accordingly reckless. This was more poignant in a cricket context given that David Hookes, the dashing Test batsman and state coach, was killed in 2004 by a pub bouncer’s fist.
The PR situation was bad for Stokes as details emerged of the injuries to the men he’d hit, and that one was a young war veteran and father. Stokes wasn’t officially removed from the Ashes squad through October but stayed behind when his teammates left, hoping for police to dismiss the matter in time for a late dash to Australia. His annual contract was renewed on the due date in case that came to pass. Then 29 October brought a twist in the tale.
‘Ben Stokes praised by gay couple after defending them from homophobic thugs,’ ran the headline. Kai Barry and Billy O’Connell had emerged. Not entirely out of nowhere: while Stokes had made no public comment, this story in his defence had initially been leaked to TV host Piers Morgan after the fight, as soon as the video appeared. Police body-camera footage played in court would later show that Stokes had given the same story to the arresting officer on the night. But no-one knew the identities of the fifth and sixth men in the video, and police appeals had turned up nothing.
It was The Sun again with the breakthrough. Kai and Billy were perfect for a readership not keen on nuance. ‘We couldn’t believe it when we found out they were famous cricketers. I just thought Ben and Alex were quite hot, fit guys,’ said Kai, who was memorably described as a ‘former House of Fraser sales assistant’. The paper had the pair do a full photo shoot: layering the fake tan, showing off chest waxes, mixing Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton into a range of outfits. Their best shot had them standing back to back, heads turned to the camera, in a mirror-image Zoolander moment.
Suddenly The Sun was the England team’s best friend. ‘Their claims could lead to the all-rounder being cleared over the punch-up and freed to play in the First Test in Australia next month,’ it gushed, then gave a tasting platter of quotes: ‘We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero.’ ‘If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us.’ ‘We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman.’ Would it be known forever as Kai and Billy’s Ashes? No. While the Bristol boys provided spin for Stokes’ reputation they didn’t influence the police. With charges still pending there was little choice – not given Strauss had previously sacked Kevin Pietersen for being annoying. Stokes remained suspended through the Ashes and a one-day series in Australia, and lost the vice-captaincy. It was January 2018 before the Crown Prosecution Service laid a charge.
That charge surprisingly came in as affray, a crime that can carry prison time but is classified as ‘a breach of the peace as a result of disorderly conduct’. The men he had punched, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, faced the same count, charged as equal participants in a fight rather than Stokes being charged with assaulting them. Alex Hales was not charged, despite being seen in the video to aim several kicks when Ryan Ali was lying on the ground. Given the underwhelming standing of the offence, Stokes was cleared by the ECB to tour New Zealand, and kept playing until his trial in August 2018, which he missed a Test to attend. None of the three defendants would be convicted.
The reasoning behind the charges was never released and was attributed vaguely to ‘CPS lawyers’. The service gave the case to Alison Morgan, a prosecutor of a class known as Treasury Counsel who usually handle serious criminal matters. Morgan had a scheduling clash and never ended up court for the case, but in 2018 and 2019 she would go on to win damages and admissions of libel from The Daily Mail, The Times and The Daily Telegraph variously for incorrectly reporting that she had been responsible for the inadequate and inconsistent charging decisions.
Morgan’s successor on the case was Nicholas Corsellis QC, who on the first day of trial was permitted by the CPS to request two assault charges be added against Stokes. ‘Upon further review,’ claimed a CPS statement, ‘we considered that additional assault charges would also be appropriate.’ This was patent nonsense from the service that eight months earlier had chosen the lesser charge. Any lawyer knows that no judge will allow new charges once a trial has begun, because the defence hasn’t had time to prepare. But such a request could deflect criticism of the prosecution service by technically making the judge the one who disallows the charge.
Working through the story from the trial and the tape is complicated. You had a Ryan and a Ryan, a Hale and a Hales, a Billy and a Barry and a Ben. You had several versions of events as to who knew whom, who was drinking with whom, who had insulted whom and who had merely engaged in ‘banter’, a word that in modern Britain has to do an unconscionable amount of lifting. The reporting had constantly mixed up the Ryans as to who had which injury, who was in hospital, who had played which part in the fight, and whose mum had which stern words to say about it.
Let’s agree that from now Ryan Ali is Ryan One, the firefighter who ended up with a fractured eye socket and a cracked tooth. Ryan Two can be Ryan Hale, the soldier who scored concussion and facial lacerations. Mr Barry and Mr O’Connell are best known per The Sun as Kai and Billy. In scorecard parlance we’ll leave the cricketers as Stokes and Hales.
Amid the confusion, Stokes and his lawyers built his case in a straightforward way. The UK legal definition of affray is ‘if a person threatens or uses unlawful violence or force towards another person, which causes another person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for their safety’. That means it doesn’t account for violence that harms a target, but violence that might frighten a theoretical bystander. The wiggle room for Stokes was with ‘unlawful’, because the charge excuses violence in defending oneself or others.
This interpretation hinged on the beginning of the video, where Ryan One waves a beer bottle about and takes a swing at Kai. The version from Stokes was that he was minding his own business walking down the street when he heard homophobic abuse. He intervened verbally and was threatened verbally by Ryan One – something that Ryan One denied but that couldn’t be proved or disproved. In fear for his safety Stokes had to nullify that threat by bashing Ryan One before it went the other way. He registered Ryan Two in his peripheral vision as another possible threat, and again had only one recourse.
Stokes also had to convince the jury to disregard testimony from Mbargo’s bouncer that he had been looking for a fight. A solid lump of a man, Andrew Cunningham had not enjoyed his patron’s attempts to get back into the club after the bouncer declined an offer of a bribe. ‘He got a bit verbally abusive towards myself. He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like a cunt and I replied, “Thank you very much.” He just looked at me and told me my tattoos were shit and to look at my job.’ Cunningham described these words as coming in ‘a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone’, and said that Stokes still seemed angry as he walked away.
These were details the doorman had nothing to gain by inventing, but each of them Stokes denied. By his own accounting he had drunk a beer at the game and three pints at his hotel, then ‘potentially had some Jägerbombs’ along with half a dozen vodkas at the club. He insisted that after all of this he was not drunk.
If I may take a moment here to call upon the wisdom of experience – a person who cannot definitively say whether they have had any Jägerbombs has definitely had some Jägerbombs. A Jägerbomb is an experience that does not pass one by. Further to that, a person who says they have ‘potentially’ done something has definitely done that thing and doesn’t want to admit it. A person who has had between 15 and 24 standard drinks in one evening is shitfaced. A person who tries to bribe a bouncer £300 – three hundred quid! – to get into Mbargo – Mbargo! – is beyond shitfaced.
If Stokes admitted that he was drunk then the prosecution could say he was out of control. He claimed clear recall of assessing a threat, feeling fear and deciding to protect himself with force. He confidently denied details from the bouncer’s testimony, like using the word ‘cunt’ or mentioning gold teeth. Yet on other details he claimed a ‘significant memory blackout’. He didn’t remember the punch that saw Ryan One taken away by ambulance. He didn’t remember what the Ryans had said to Kai and Billy, only that those words were homophobic. With no head injury, as one of the few people who hadn’t been hit, he had supposedly suffered this memory loss despite being sober.
The version from Kai and Billy was compatible but vague: they had been walking along, they ‘heard … shouts’ of abuse from an unspecified source, then Stokes ‘stepped in’ and thus they avoided possible harm. They claimed to have been bought a drink by Stokes at Mbargo, although CCTV showed them meeting outside. The overall implication from both accounts was that the cricketers had been pals with Kai and Billy, while the Ryans as per The Sun’s headline were a roving band of thugs.
The reality though is that the Ryans were the ones hanging out with Kai and Billy at Mbargo. Police discussed CCTV from inside the club in questioning and at trial. On that footage the four Bristolians bought drinks for one another, danced together, and Kai was noted to have variously touched Ryan Two’s crotch and Ryan One’s buttock. Ryan One told police that all of this was taken lightheartedly and wasn’t a problem. Indeed, when the Ryans called it a night the other two left with them.
This much is clear from footage out the front of Mbargo, which shows Kai and Billy exit the club and start talking with a subdued Hales and a demonstrative Stokes, who are stuck outside. The vision was played in court to determine whether Stokes was antagonistic towards Kai and Billy, as he appears to impersonate them and to throw a lit cigarette their way. More interesting is that after a few minutes the Ryans emerge, and all six actors in the fight video briefly form a prequel in the one frame.
Ryan Two pats Billy on the chest in friendly fashion with his right hand before clapping him on the back with his left. He moves past and does the same to Kai before leaving the shot. Ryan One stops to speak to Kai. They lean in for a moment, talking, then Kai turns and they walk out of frame together. Billy hangs around for a few seconds at the door and then looks after them and races to catch up. Stokes and Hales remain outside the club to remonstrate further with the bouncers. Whatever discord develops around the corner is between four men who left amicably together minutes earlier.
There’s no way to know what caused that friction. If Ryan One did use homophobic slurs, he might have been drunkenly obnoxious for no reason. He might have had an insecure macho response to some extra flirtation. He might have thought unkindness was funny – ‘banter’ once again. Or he might have said something that was misunderstood, as both Ryans insisted in court that they had not used nor had the impulse to use any abusive language.
What clearly didn’t happen was an attack by bigots on random passers-by. This kind of crime is regular enough that an audience understands the horror of it, and this is what was evoked by the public accounts of Stokes, Billy and Kai. All we know is that there was some verbal dispute among the Bristol locals, and that Stokes came along behind them and put himself in the middle of it. Ryan One responded to the interference aggressively and away they went. There are plenty of reasons to look sideways at the idea that Stokes was a saviour. Foremost, neither Kai nor Billy was called upon as witnesses in court. You’d think it would be ideal to have Stokes’ story backed up by those who benefited from his selflessness. But his defence team had developed the impression that the pair had shown a changeable recall of events amid a hard-partying lifestyle, and would be dismantled by the prosecution on the stand.
That raises the question of whether The Sun coached their quotes for the 2017 interview. Despite missing court, Kai and Billy clearly enjoyed the attention. In 2018 after the trial they did a follow-up spread in the same paper about how poor Ben had been mistreated. They got a television spot on Good Morning Britain and glowed about his heroism. In 2019 The Sun wheeled them out once more to say that Stokes should get a knighthood. In 2017 they had ‘never watched cricket’ but by 2019 were supposedly volunteering sentences like, ‘He saved us, now he’s saved the Ashes.’ Whether they were paid for these appearances is not known, but the chance to be famous for a day can be lure enough.
If you find this cynical, consider that on the night in question, the Bristol boys were so deeply moved and thankful for Ben’s intervention that they left him to be arrested and never attempted to find out who he was. Seconds after the video ended, an off-duty policeman reached the scene. You might think that someone grateful to a saviour would speak on his behalf. Instead, said Kai, ‘it all got a bit scary so we walked off. It was too much for me and we went to Quigley’s takeaway for chicken burgers and cheesy chips.’ They didn’t give their hero a thought for over a month while police issued multiple appeals for witnesses.
As for Stokes, he told his arresting officer that ‘his friends’ had been attacked. After three minutes of chat outside a nightclub, these friends were so dear to him that he has never contacted them again: not after the newspaper piece, not after the verdict. He didn’t want to see how they were or thank them for their support. He didn’t mention them by name in his solicitor’s statement after the trial.
The Stokes defence rested on Ryan One’s bottle, which he had carried out of Mbargo to finish a beer, not to use in a Sharks versus Jets amateur production. But once he turned it over to hold it by the neck it became a weapon. Intent and interpretation can change the material nature of things. Part of Stokes’ justification in court was that the bottle implied that the two Ryans might have ‘other weapons’ hidden away. You can understand how a jury could decide that created doubt.
Not being convicted, though, doesn’t give the contents of the video a big green tick. It does not, as his lawyer claimed, vindicate Stokes. Looking in detail, Ryan One is belligerent but his movements telegraph a bluff. Hales is the person he’s gesturing at, but they’re several metres apart when Ryan One cocks his arm ostentatiously, showing off the bottle rather than bracing to swing. He skips forward but Hales skips back and Ryan One doesn’t follow. Kai stretches out an arm to impede Ryan One, who has a drunken stumble, nearly eats pavement, then staggers towards Kai and hits him in the back. That hand is still holding the bottle, but his strike is a side-arm cuff on a soft part of the body. It’s all pretty tame.
This is where Stokes gets involved. Having moved across to protect Hales, he now takes three large steps to run around Kai and booms his first punch at Ryan One. They fall to the ground and the bottle clinks away. Stokes gets to his feet to punch down at the fallen man, while Hales arrives to kick him ineffectively then runs off across the street for some unknown reason. Ice-cream van? Stokes is soon back in the grapple having his shirt pulled up to show off his Durham tan. Ryan Two steps in for the first time to pull Stokes away, prompting a couple more random punches at this new target, then Stokes trips backwards over Ryan One and sprawls in the street. Hales chooses this moment to return and aim some solid kicks at the head of the man on the ground. Nothing so far is a triumph of moral philosophy or the pugilistic arts. But if it all stopped here, perhaps you could say it was somewhere approaching fair. Ryan One has behaved like a turnip and it’s not an entirely unjust world that would give him a whack across the chops. The antagonists have disentangled, Stokes has some distance, it’s time to dust off and go home. Ryan Two steps forward for this purpose with his palm raised in conciliatory style and says, ‘Settle down, stop.’
So Stokes punches him.
It’s roughly his fifth punch overall, and he really winds up into this one. He misses so hard that he stumbles away into the shadows of the shop awnings along the road.
Hales starts shouting for him to stop. Ryan Two backs into the street, still holding his palm up. Stokes closes on him from about five metres away, six large steps, to where Ryan Two is standing on his own. Stokes pushes him a couple of times, as Ryan Two keeps trying to placate him and saying ‘Stop.’ Stokes throws his sixth punch, largely missing as his target ducks.
Ryan Two keeps pulling away and reversing, into the middle of the street now. Stokes follows him, grabbing his sleeve to drag him back. By this point Ryan One has found his feet and walked around behind his friend. Both of them are in the same line of sight for Stokes, and both are backing away. Stokes aims his seventh and his eighth punches, which Ryan Two tries to deflect, as Hales walks up behind Stokes to grab him.
Stokes yanks away from his friend and switches to Ryan One instead, taking seven paces to grab him before throwing his ninth punch of the night. He grabs again; Ryan One blocks that arm and pushes himself back away from Stokes. Ryan Two again intercedes, putting himself between the two with his palms up and his arm extended.
Stokes throws his tenth punch, a right-hander at the face of Ryan Two, then shoves him backwards. Ryan Two backs away once more, four paces. Stokes follows, steadies, lines up, then launches his strongest punch yet, his eleventh, a proper right hook from a solid base, one that cracks across the man’s head and gives him concussion. Ryan Two ends up flat on his back in the middle of the street, his hands still outstretched for a moment in useless protest until they twitch and drop to the blacktop.
Stokes isn’t done. He once more shoves away the restraining Hales and follows Ryan One, who keeps backing away saying, ‘Alright, alright, alright.’ Five more paces from Stokes before another blow at the man’s head. Kai and Billy are now standing over the poleaxed Ryan Two. The video ends, but seconds later Stokes will punch Ryan One hard enough to knock him out too, before off-duty cop Andrew Spure arrives on the scene to bring down the curtain. When the body-camera footage kicks in some minutes later, Stokes is in handcuffs but Ryan One is still laid out in the street. Ryan Two has regained consciousness, folded his shirt under his friend’s head and is asking police for an ambulance.
‘At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others.’ This was how Stokes described that sequence to the court. An elite athlete with years of gym work and training to snap a bat through the line of a ball with astounding power and precision, swinging fists as hard as he can at men with none of those advantages. Punching so hard that he breaks his hand, and repeatedly shoving away a friend so he can punch some more. Frightened and threatened by two targets shouting ‘Get back!’ and ‘Stop!’
The off-duty officer testified that Stokes ‘seemed to be the main aggressor or was progressing forward trying to get to’ Ryan One, who was ‘trying to back away or get away from the situation’. The student who filmed the video can be heard on the tape at one stage exclaiming ‘Fuck!’ and testified that it was because ‘I felt a little bit sorry about the lad that had been punched and it looked like he had his hands up’. That tallied with the prosecutor’s depiction of ‘a sustained episode of significant violence that left onlookers shocked at what was taking place’.
The defendant stuck to his strategy. ‘No, my sole focus was to protect myself.’ All up, in the 33 seconds of footage after he falls over, Stokes takes 35 steps forward to keep hitting two men who keep trying to get away. Not once is he hit back.
After the verdict, Stokes’ solicitor positioned him as the victim. It had been ‘an eleven-month ordeal for Ben … The jury’s decision fairly reflects the truth of what happened that night … He was minding his own business … It was only when others came under threat that Ben became physically engaged. The steps that he took were solely aimed at ensuring the safety of himself and the others present …’ The statement was impossibly self-righteous and self-absorbed.
If there was anyone to feel sorry for it was Ryan Hale, the second of our two Ryans. He’s the one who emerged from the club with a friendly arm around the shoulder for Kai and Billy. He’s the one who interposed himself to end the fight, then kept putting himself back in the firing line, trying to calm an intimidating stranger while dodging blows. For his show of restraint he got laid out regardless, concussed in the street, then was issued a criminal charge equal to that of the man who hit him, and described in national media as a violent bigot in an untested story to support that man’s defence.
Lawyers for Ryan Two made a more convincing post-trial statement, noting that Kai and Billy, ‘neither of whom were relied upon by the prosecution or the defence team for Mr Stokes, have taken the opportunity to speak with various media outlets about the alleged homophobic abuse that they received in the early hours of September 25. Mr Hale has passionately denied this allegation throughout the course of this case,’ it continued.
‘It is upsetting to Mr Hale that although he was acquitted, the accusation that he was the author of such abuse remains. Both Mr Hale and Mr Ali were knocked unconscious by Mr Stokes, and although Mr Stokes has been acquitted of an affray, Mr Hale struggles with the reasons why the Crown Prosecution Service did not treat him as a victim of an unlawful assault.’Good question. Avon and Somerset police were the investigating force, and they were frustrated by the decision. Ryan Two was filmed clearly not hurting anyone, but police were instructed by the CPS to proceed with a charge. Hales (the cricketer) was filmed fighting but ‘a decision was made at a senior level of the CPS’ not to proceed. Police expected Stokes to be charged with assault but the CPS declined. It doesn’t take a wild cynic to think that placing the same lukewarm charge on three men for vastly divergent behaviour might ensure that none would be convicted, even as the trial would maintain the pretence that a defendant of influential standing had not been given a free pass.
A couple of years down the line, the original interview with Kai and Billy has disappeared. All traces have been scrubbed from The Sun website, its social media history, and even from the Wayback Machine internet archive. Given its headline of ‘homophobic thugs’ and text that names Ryan Two but not Ryan One, the libel liability isn’t hard to spot. Later interviews with Kai and Billy take the passive voice – they ‘suffered homophobic slurs outside a Bristol nightclub’.
The article that was once claimed to exonerate brave Ben Stokes now links only to a missing content page, with a picture of a dropped ice-cream cone and the phrase ‘legal removal’ inserted into the web URL. In terms of consequences, Stokes missed one tour. When he resumed his career in January 2018, the Australians hadn’t yet ruined theirs. Their year-long bans looked much more stringent. But the Stokes case dragged on in other ways. With no criminal liability, the Australians confessed promptly enough for the sporting world to give them the full length of the lash. Their situation was ugly but there was closure. Stokes got stuck in legal stasis, unable to be fully backed or condemned. Instead his issue was always present, a browser full of open tabs that the ECB swore they would read any day now.
Through 2018 Stokes was back but he wasn’t back, in the sunglasses and finger-guns sense. In his return one-day series he nearly cost England a match with 39 from 73 balls in Wellington. His first Test hit was a duck as England got rolled in Auckland for 58. At Trent Bridge while Stokes was injured, England posted a world record 481 against Australia. With Stokes three weeks later at the same ground they made 268. He crawled to 50 from 103, the second-slowest any Englishman had reached that milestone in 20 years. That span covered Alastair Cook’s whole career. It was apologetic batting, acting out responsibility via the scorecard. Stokes was creeping back into the team like he’d been kicked out in a blazing row and was hoping to tip-toe to the sofa.
It was December 2018 before the ECB disciplinary committee ruled on him and Hales. In a ‘remarkable coincidence’, wrote Simon Heffer in The Telegraph, ‘the punishment both players faced in terms of bans from playing at international level was covered by the amount of games they had already missed when dropped by England’s selectors, in the furore that followed the incident’. The verdict compounded the omissions around the case by not addressing the violence at its heart. Nor did Stokes, apologising only ‘to my team-mates, coaches and support staff’, and then ‘to England supporters and to the public for bringing the game into disrepute’.
The implicit next step was to rebuild that reputation. It might have been easier had his court defence not meant that he wasn’t game to admit any fault at all. It might have been easier if he or his advisers had been willing to change tack once the trial was done. Imagine a world where Stokes had stood outside court and apologised for overreacting, for the injuries he’d caused, and for the time and energy he had sucked out of other people’s lives. That would have been a show of responsibility beyond a scorecard. When the time came around to assess forgiveness, it might have meant forgiveness was deserved.
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My 2021 Portfolio

Albeit a week late, I want to share my 2021 portfolio for documentation purposes and for whoever is interested. I aimed to balance risk in this portfolio with some growth names and legacy plays. Down to brass tacks, I am putting my money in the highest quality companies (in my view) across a diverse set of industries I find attractive. Some of these names are overvalued in the short term. However, I have realized I am not in the business of beating Wall Street’s pricing, but would rather hold high-quality companies that I believe will grow faster that the market in the long term. In other words, I am totally fine paying a short-term premium for growth and quality. Below is a summary of the portfolio and big picture reasoning behind each investment. I'm definitely open to any feedback.
Company Ticker Entry Price Exposure
ARK Genomic Revolution ETF ARKG $93.26 6.60%
CrowdStrike CRWD $211.82 11.78%
Disney DIS $181.18 10.53%
Enphase Energy ENPH $175.47 7.98%
Evolution Gaming Group EVVTY $101.02 12.77%
Facebook FB $273.16 11.05%
Redfin RDFN $68.63 10.41%
Teladoc TDOC $199.96 9.60%
Sea Ltd SE $199.05 14.09%
Waste Connections WCN $102.57 5.19%
ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (BATS: ARKG) - Invests in companies advancing genomics. The companies held in ARKG may develop, produce or enable: CRISPR, Targeted Therapeutics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Diagnostics, Stem Cells, Agricultural Biology.
CrowdStrike (NASDAQ: CRWD) - Cybersecurity technology company that provides endpoint security, threat intelligence, and cyber attack response services.
Disney (NYSE: DIS) - Worldwide entertainment company that you all are probably familiar with.
Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) - Designs and manufactures software-driven home energy solutions that span solar generation, home energy storage and web-based monitoring and control.
Evolution Gaming Group (OTC: EVVTY) - Swedish company that develops, produces, markets and licenses integrated B2B live casino solutions for gaming operators.
Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) - Enables people to connect through devices. It’s products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and Oculus.
Redfin Corporation (NASDAQ: RDFN) - Provides residential real estate brokerage services.
Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC) - Provides virtual healthcare services on a B2B basis to its clients and provides services to consumers directly and through channel partners.
Sea Ltd (NYSE: SE) - Digital entertainment, electronic commerce, and digital financial services. The Company operates three business segments: Garena, Shopee, and SeaMonkey. The Company’s digital entertainment business, Garena, is a global game developer and publisher with a presence in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and Latin America. Garena provides access to mobile and personal computer online games. Shopee provides users with a shopping environment that is supported by integrated payment, logistics, fulfillment, and other value-added services. SeaMonkey business is a digital financial services provider. SeaMonkey offers e-wallet services, payment processing, credit related digital financial offerings, and other financial products.
Waste Connections Inc. (NYSE: WCN) - Waste services company that provides non-hazardous waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services.

P.S. I have two other accounts - one with about 40 growth stocks and another with about 10 big names / ETFs. However, this portfolio has the largest allocation for 2021. My first time trying a more concentrated approach.
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[End of Dragons] Ideas for 9 new Canthan elite specializations

Few new elite specialization ideas for the Canthan expansion, with no new weapon types involved:

Elementalist: Skyfire

Mesmer: Trickster

  • Gain Spectres instead of Clones. Spectres are weaker than clones, but replicate themselves on destruction, reducing their size and power. A normal spectre will spawn two medium spectres, a medium spectre will spawn two small spectres, and a small spectre won't replicate any further. Shatter skills affect all spectres no matter their size, adjusting their strength to the size of each shattered spectre.
  • You can wield the Shortbow weapon in combat. All five shortbow skills work as channeled skills, employing multiple consecutive projectiles at once. Each of these projectiles is weaker individually, but their combined effect has the same strength as any common ranged weapon. When all the projectiles hit their target, the strength of the combined effects double.
  • Gain access to Shout slot skills. Shout effects are divided in three phases, each triggered by one of the three spectre sizes. The first phase is triggered by the mesmer and normal spectres, the second by medium spectres, and the third by small spectres. Completing the three phases will unlock an additional fourth effect, triggered by all spectres at once. Shouts are inspired by Canthan poetry, each phase covering one out of four verses.

Necromancer: Apothecary

  • Gain Plague Bomb, Toxic Pollen, Afflicted Miasma, Scarab Spore, and Plague Shroud instead of Death Shroud. Plague Bomb throws an explosive to the target area. Toxic Pollen, Afflicted Miasma, and Scarab Spore work as enchancements for your bombs. Activate and combine them to modify the effects of your plague bomb, leading to a total of eight possible combinations. Plague Shroud turns the necromancer into a walking combo field. All plague skills consume life force.
  • You can wield the Pistol weapons in combat. Pistol skills gain additional effects depending on the active plague enhancements.
  • Gain access to Elixir slot skills. Elixirs work as ammunition skills, consume their charges sparingly to gain various passive effects, or consume them all at once to induce a frontal area of effect vomit attack.

Engineer: Dreadnought

  • Gain Dreadnought Suit and Phase Shield instead of tool belt skill five. Activate the Dreadnought Suit to drive your own combat armor, gaining alternate tool belt and weapon skills for all your engineering kits. Phase Shield will replace your endurance bar while the dreadnought suit is active, sacrificing dodge rolling in exchange of a bonus health bar.
  • You can wield the Mace weapons in combat. Mace skills are inspired by the core engineer Tool Kit utility skill, which has been removed and replaced by a new gadget elite skill. Additionally, maces are not exclusive for the dreadnought elite specialization, and once unlocked can be used by the core profession and any other elite specializations as well.
  • Gain access to one new healing engineering kit, one new utility gadget, one new utility elixir, one new utility engineering kit, one new utility turret, and one new elite engineering kit. These new slot skills are exclusive for the dreadnought elite specialization.

Ranger: Bulwark

  • Gain Pet Focus instead of Pet Swap. Both pets are deployed in combat simultaneously, pet focus letting you command the beast skills of one pet at a time.
  • You can wield the Shield weapon in combat. The fifth weapon skill turns defensive mode on and off, reducing your movement speed in exchange of alternate weapon skills. This affects the fourth shield skill, as well as all three skills from main-hand axe, main-hand spear, and main-hand sword.
  • Gain access to Venom slot skills. Venom effects are applied to the ranger, both pets, and up to four other nearby allies. Once used against a target enemy, their negative effects stack, increasing their strength the more hits the target receives.
  • Find and tame Juvenile Crab, Juvenile Eel, and Juvenile Phoenix pets during your journey across Cantha.

Thief: Shadowblade

  • Gain Shadow Blade and Shadow Strike instead of Steal. Shadow Blade summons an exact copy of the thief, with half the attributes and health. This shadow blade companion will follow the thief for ten seconds, mimicking all of his actions within a delay of two seconds. Shadow Strike commands the companion to shadowstep to the target foe and gain a stolen skill.
  • You can wield the Greatsword weapon in combat. The first weapon skill has five chain steps instead of the usual three. Weapon skills two to five gain stronger effects the further the chain progresses, and will not interrupt it when used. Successful hits by the shadow blade will count as a step forward for any chains on progress, greatsword or not.
  • Gain access to Stance slot skills. Stance effects are applied simultaneously to both the thief and the shadow blade.

Guardian: Spiritcaller

  • Gain Virtue Attunement instead of Virtue Activation, Just was Xun Rao instead of Virtue of Justice, Resolute was Reiko instead of Virtue of Resolve, and Courageous was Ashu instead of Virtue of Courage. Attune to a virtue to strengthen its passive effect, disabling the effects of the other two virtues in the process.
  • You can wield the Warhorn weapon in combat. The warhorn gains alternate weapon skills depending on the active attunement.
  • Gain access to Spirit slot skills. Just like warhorn skills, spirits gain different effects depending on the active attunement.

Revenant: Windwalker

  • Gain Wind Walk instead of dodge rolling. Hold the dodge key to dash instead of dodging, dash distance increasing the longer you hold down.
  • You can wield the Greatsword weapon in combat. Weapon skills two to five work as charge skills, gaining stronger effects the longer you hold down. Wind Walk does not cancel charge skills, giving it good synergy with greatsword skills.
  • Invoke the power of the legendary tengu windwalker, Tsuru Whitewing, and gain access to Legendary Windwalker slot skills. All five windwalker skills depict famous tengu paintings, representing different events across tengu history. Skills six to nine represent how each of the four tengu houses came to be, in turn inspired by the four winds. The elite skill, "The Great Wave off Shing Jea", represents the Great Tsunami itself, and the culmination of the tengu journey.

Warrior: Thunderlord

  • Gain Thunder Bell instead of Burst weapon levels 2 and 3. Thunder Bell summons a mystical cannon bundle, which can alternate between ranged and melee modes through weapon swap. Carry it on your left shoulder to fire thunderbolts against your enemies, or use both hands to wield it as a blunt weapon and crush them at close combat. Thunder Bell is considered a level 2 burst skill, and once activated, both the ranged and melee versions will replace the previous weapon bursts with their own level 3 burst skills.
  • You can wield the Staff weapon in combat. Weapon skills two to five work as sequence skills, unlocking additional skills on successful hits.
  • Gain access to Preparation slot skills. Preparations gain stronger effects depending on individual adrenaline thresholds.
Some lore tidbits, for those interested:
  • Elementalist - Skyfire: Ancient naga battlemages, brought back from the dead as the frozen waters of the Jade Sea brim with life once again. Horrorized at the woes of the modern world, they gather the Luxon clans and the kappa tribes for war.
  • Mesmer - Trickster: Members of the Jade Sisterhood, they run the brothels, casinos, and theatres of Kaineng City. They specialize on blackmail, bribery, and deception. Their influence seeps deep into the Canthan aristocracy, making them impervious to the law.
  • Necromancer - Apothecary: Cultists of the Am Fah, self-proclaimed freedom fighters for the lower classes and lesser races of the empire. They will stop at nothing to overthrow the emperor, resorting to biological terrorism if necessary. After all, they can always blame the Celestial Ministry.
  • Engineer - Dreadnought: The noble men and women who drive the war machines of the empire, their combat armors admired and feared by allies and enemies alike. Rumor says their cannons are powered by the spirits of ancient deities, imprisoned by the dark sorcerers of the empire.
  • Ranger - Bulwark: Elusive beastmasters of the sidhe race, renown wardens of the Echovald Forest. Driven crazy after the Jade Wind, few survived to regain their sanity. As the Kurzick rebels and their dredge allies expand carelessly across the forest, conflict will once again be inevitable.
  • Thief - Shadowblade: Assassins of the Obsidian Flame, gone rogue after the guild was disbanded by the Celestial Ministry. They wage a secret war against the empire's corruption, supported from the inside by the remaining loyalist factions. Their numbers are thin, but their resolve unshakeable.
  • Guardian - Spiritcaller: Forefront of the Celestial Ministry, guardians of tradition, followers of the old ways, and the last remaining ritualists of Cantha. Mouthpieces for the imperial propaganda, they channel the echoes of the fallen heroes of the empire, binding the spirits of criminals to their service.
  • Revenant - Windwalker: Elite tengu bodyguards and executioners, they pay for the crimes of their Sensali ancestors with lifetime service and utmost devotion to the human imperial throne, deeming their brothers beyond the sea as nothing but despicable traitors.
  • Warrior - Thunderlord: Warrior monks of the Sai Ling Order, they commune with the Great Celestials to channel their might, embarking on quests across the countryside in search of deeper enlightenment, vowing to, one day, become Closer to the Stars.

Bonus: New weapon types

Few new weapon type ideas, for a total of 18 ground weapons:
As part of a new player experience, each core profession would unlock some of the old and new weapon types for free, without any elite specialization requirements:
  • Elementalist: Greatsword, Polearm.
  • Mesmer: Pistol (main-hand), Warhorn.
  • Necromancer: Axe (off-hand), Polearm.
  • Engineer: Scepter, Knuckles (main-hand and off-hand), Focus.
  • Ranger: Spear.
  • Thief: Spear, Knuckles (main-hand and off-hand).
  • Guardian: Spear.
  • Revenant: Axe (main-hand), Mace (off-hand), Knuckles (main-hand and off-hand).
  • Warrior: Polearm.
Further unlocks would become possible through either new elite specializations or additional updates to the core professions. Note that this section is independent from the new elite specialization ideas.
Had these gathering dust for quite a while now, figured I'd rewrite and post them.
Hope you liked the read!
EDIT: Same thread at the official forums.
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Unleashed pt. 47

This chapter was a labour of love, heists are hard. Big thanks to u/eruwenn for helping tidy up this bag of snakes.
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“Ranjaz K’Lua, you thieving scumbag!” the Kah’Ree in the purple suit exclaimed loudly as he spotted them across the busy room. “As I live and skral, I never thought you would have the Jolos show your face here again!”
Two J’Rami in suits detached themselves from the lobby wall, walking towards the Kittran and his friends. “Alfor, my old friend!” Ranjaz smiled broadly. “No need for the welcoming party, I’ve got your credits” —he gestured to Cygna— “and a sweetener, for all the trouble I caused last time.”
Alfor paused, lecherous eyes assessing the Fae’Dan. “You know I have a thing for purple.” He chuckled at his own joke and waved the guards back to their posts. “How about we have a drink, and discuss your forgiveness.” He pointed to Thor and Eruwenn. “Brought your own security, or are these Gal. Fed. goons? Everyone knows about your probation.”
The Kittran gave a broad grin. “I got a Tulseria-damned pardon, a new ship and a very lucrative opportunity.”
The Kah’Ree smiled. “How’d a thieving cat like you get a pardon?” He gave Ranjaz an appraising look up and down. “Oh? Now, let me guess, you need something from me and my brother?”
Ranjaz fired his finger guns. “You were always the smart one Alfor, that’s why you run the casino floor.” The Kittran stepped in close. “The item, do you still have it?”
Alfor tilted his head back and away from Ranjaz. “Your little guarantee?” He looked back down at Ranjaz. “We have it somewhere safe. Had some unusual people come by after you got caught. Asked a lot of questions. Made a lot of threats.” His face contorted in anger. “We got audited thanks to you.”
The Kittran smiled. “If only they knew you better, they could have simply paid you for the information.”
“We give nothing for free.” The Kah’Ree gave a sinister smile. “House rule.”
Ranjaz walked forward to put his his arm on Alfor’s back. “Let’s go see your brother. Have a few drinks, maybe gamble a little, and discuss our future riches.”
Ripley stood in the shadows of the staff shuttle bay, watching as the numerous employees of assorted races came and went. Loud laughter caught her attention, and a very strangely dressed Niham broke away from a small group and walked towards her. Ripley tried to maintain her low profile as the scantily clad female strutted towards her in long black boots with pointed heels that clacked loudly with every step.
Deliberately avoiding eye contact the Awakened tried to will herself into the wall but it was too late and a voice called out to her. “Hey Darling! You must be the one I’m looking for.”
Ripley shook her head. The Kittran had said the contact was an Ashi pirate captain, a master gambler and expert in procuring the unusual. “I don’t-”
“Listen cutie,” she interrupted, “you’re the one lurking in dark corners drawing attention to yourself. I’ve got your security card. You tell that fluffy little stud he owes me. And more than a bottle of Fae’Dan wine and a good time, if you know what I mean.” She held up the card between her fingers, just a little out of Ripley’s reach.
The Awakened considered the phrase ‘fluffy little stud’ and decided that, despite her hopes, this was probably her contact. “You’re Captain Whiplash?”
The Ashi laughed genuinely, the jiggling of tightly squeezed breasts bursting at shiny black restraints making Ripley nervous. “Oh, Darling! Only my little pets call me that! You may call me Sho’Na.”
Ripley was momentarily confused. “So, you aren’t a pirate captain?”
“I’m anything they pay me to be.” She smiled at the silver-haired woman's naivety. “You really are new to this.”
Ripley, caught off guard, simply nodded, then replied, “I’m a quick learner.”
“Good for you, Darling.” Sho’Na handed over the card. “Just make sure you get paid up front, and don’t use your real name with clients. Ruins the mystique.”
Ripley was unsure of what was being said. Turning the card over in her hands she saw that the holo-image on the front was of a male Arkellian. “This isn’t me?”
“Honey, I was given half a cycle to get you a level three security card. Just be glad it’s a biped.” Sho’Na looked Ripley up and down. “Our mutual acquaintance told me you were some sort of master of disguise who could even trick Selva Blaster.”
Ripley paused, then smiled. Her appearance had become such an integral part of her identity she had forgotten that it was entirely optional. “It won’t be a problem.” She looked at the card again. “Unless the owner comes looking for it.”
Sho’Na gave another bosom-trembling laugh that threatened to spill out at any moment. “Oh, don’t worry, he’s tied up at the moment.”
The Awakened considered the risk. “Hmmm, but for how long?”
The few strips of shiny black material that comprised Sho’Na’s revealing outfit strained under her amusement. “Don’t you worry, Darling. He paid for the whole night.”
Eruwenn had reassessed her opinion of Ranjaz many times since meeting him. The criminal. The loyal friend. The lazy trouble-maker. All were true, but now she was seeing something new. He sat opposite Toran, the brother of Alfor, in a game of dalcho she wished she could have taken part in, but was equally glad she did not.
At first she had thought the Kittran was outmatched, a few reckless mistakes costing him dearly as the Kah’Ree deftly selected his tiles. Toran was clearly a seasoned gambler, using a blend of the Remee Le’Bow Gambit and the Kowals’Kee Analysis she hadn’t seen before. It seemed to be dismantling Ranjaz’s tiles before he could even prepare his cards. A few fortunate dice rolls and he had taken a strong lead from the outset. The Kittran appeared desperate, playing any tile available to try and slow the defeat.
It had all been a ruse, she saw it; Ranjaz had saved his best tiles and carefully thrown hands to manipulate the cards. In just a few rounds he would be able to dominate the board and raise the stakes, recouping his losses and changing the course of the game entirely. She had encountered few players who could manipulate the game so deftly, using memory and layers of strategy to corner their opponent. It was magnificent.
Eruwenn couldn’t tear her eyes from the board as she stood beside Thor. The Awakened had shown no interest in the game, studiously watching the opposite door as Toran’s staff came in and out. When a waiter entered and began preparing drinks at the small private bar in the executive gambling room, Thor coughed. It was a strange thing for an Awakened to do, and Eruwenn finally looked up from the table. “Are you ok?”
Thor nodded. By the time he had looked towards her, she had returned her attention completely to the game. “You don’t seem concerned about your friend?” he asked.
The Anatidae watched as Ranjaz used a blind double feint, and the sheer audacity of such a move made her swallow hard. She didn’t look back to Thor, but mumbled a response. “I’m very confident in her abilities.”
The waiter was methodically placing drinks by each of the players, but when they stood behind Ranjaz the Kittran surged to his feet, shouting, “Hey! No cheating Toran! Getting your waiter to look over my shoulder? That’s a dirty move I’d expect from your brother!”
Thor had reacted faster than Eruwenn, pinning the arms of the Arkellian waiter in a vice-like bear hug. Toran slowly stood. He was big, heavily muscled, and the veins on his neck bulged as his anger rose. “Don’t accuse me in my own place.” He cracked his knuckles and glowered down at Ranjaz. “I run a straight game.”
Fearlessly the Kittran walked right up to the Kah’Ree and stared up into his face from waist height. “Don’t try and intimidate me, you son of a Vogel.” Ranjaz puffed out his chest and began pushing the burly casino owner. “Nobody cheats me!”
The blow caught Ranjaz across the cheek and sent him sprawling across the room. Eruwenn winced at the impact, but maintained her composure. Toran laughed. “Watch your tongue or I’ll add it to my collection.” He walked round the table and kicked Ranjaz in the stomach, glaring at Thor and Eruwenn, daring them to act. “Know your place trash. You’re at this table because you put credits up front. You are a dishonest thief, begging for scraps, and cosying up to me any my brother to get your little trinket back.” He returned to his seat. “Why would I need to cheat against the likes of you?”
Ranjaz stood, brushing himself off. “Fine, fine.” He waved a hand and Thor dropped the Arkellian. Ranjaz tapped him on the chest. “My mistake.” He sat down and picked up his cards once more. “You’re right Toran, you run a clean game. I’m just a sore loser.” He shuffled the order of the tiles that were still face down on the table. “To show my sincerity, how about we double the buy for the rest of the game?”
Toran snorted. “Double?” He looked at the Kittran, scrutinising his opponent. The game was already over; he had control of the board and his tiles occupied the three prime positions. Was the thief trying to buy his favour, he wondered? How much was the trinket he wanted truly worth? He decided it was worth testing. “Triple, and I’ll forget you dared touch me.”
The Kittran swallowed hard, his ears flat to his head. Toran momentarily worried he’d pushed for too much but a decision seemed to be reached. “Fine. Triple.” The look of defeat was delicious to the Kah’Ree.
Cygna had done her part and lured Alfor to a private room away from his security. She had danced, skipped and side-stepped his groping hands so far, maintaining a playfulness that ensured he complied. This sort of thing was not new to her; she had spent time undercover in the past. Fortunately, there had been little call for it since she had joined forces with Eruwenn.
Alfor’s eyes scanned her body once more. “The Kittran has very good taste.” He licked his lips, a small amount of drool escaping and running down his chin. He wiped it on his sleeve. “Now, I brought you somewhere quiet. How about you show me how sweet you can be?”
The Fae’Dan smiled coyly and continued her dancing just out of reach, glancing to the doorway where Alfor’s two guards stood watching her. “With an audience?” She raised her eyebrows expectantly.
With a sly grin he waved the guards out of the room. “Now come here and let me satisfy you like only a Kah’Ree can.” His eyes wandered over her body once more.
Cygna smiled, her own eyes moving from the Kah’Ree’s hands to his shoulders, then up towards his neck. An interesting fact about the Kah’Ree was the thick blood vessels on the side of their neck. They often bulged when a Kah’Ree was angry or excited, like Alfor’s were as he leered at her. She danced closer. Another interesting fact was that their brains were not as efficient as those of other species, hence the requirement for additional blood flow; more oxygen per limited thought.
He leaned forward, his eyes locked to her swaying hips. Cygna turned slowly, and his head tilted to appreciate her assets. The third, lesser known, fact about the Kah’Ree was that an interruption to the blood flow while they were in this excited state caused them to lose consciousness rapidly as their brain burned through the available oxygen. “My eyes are up here.” She smiled as he looked up at her with his head still tilted.
He sneered. “Who ca-”
The Fae’Dan struck the side of his neck with the edge of her hand, targeting the throbbing blood vessel with a powerful blow. The interruption to his brain's oxygen supply worked perfectly and he fell face forward onto the ground at her feet. She let out a sigh of relief and looked down at his unconscious body. “Thank you, that was particularly satisfying.”
She walked over to the door and peeked out, finding the guards standing either side. “He said to order us some drinks.” One of the guards nodded and immediately put his hand to his lapel communicator.
Back inside the room, Cygna used her foot to roll Alfor to his back and began searching his pockets. She came up empty. Her eyes caught a glimmer from his collar and she found a heavy gold chain, at the end of which was his security key. She removed it just as a knock came at the door. A deep voice from the other side called out. “Your drinks, boss.”
The Fae’Dan quickly messed up her hair. Using the back of her hand she smeared her lipstick sideways, and then pulled the strap of her dress down off her shoulder. She opened the door and, to her surprise, was faced with an Arkellian waiter. The bodyguards noted her dishevelled appearance and shared a smirk, and she said, “Oh, I wasn’t expec-”
The waiter pushed the trolley into the room. “Don’t keep the boss waiting, lady.” Before Cygna could reply they were inside and the door closed. “Relax, it’s me.”
Ripley’s voice sounded bizarre coming from the male Arkellian form, and Cygna’s eyes went wide in shock. Her sharp mind quickly adjusted to this new information. Of course the Awakened could change their physical appearance; she had just never seen it. They all seemed quite attached to their chosen human forms. “Neat trick.” She held out Alfor’s key. “Did you get the other one?”
Ripley nodded. “The Kittran played his part well. I didn’t see him take it, and didn’t feel it when he placed it in my pocket. Now that was a neat trick.”
The Fae’Dan smiled. “I think I’ll pass on that dalcho game.”
The Arkellian Ripley smiled. “Probably wise.” Turning, she slipped the key into her pocket and headed back out of the door.
Ripley entered the elevator to the owner's private offices on the top floor. Thanks to the distractions downstairs, the two large desks in the centre of the room were empty. She walked straight past them to the large leokas painting on the wall and swung it forward. Behind it was a Fae’Dan safe; she took out the two keys and a small homemade device the Kittran had given her.
Attaching the device to the bio-lock and standing before the safe, she elongated her arms to reach both key positions at once. There was more than one reason she was the one chosen for this task. The device beeped twice and small lights above each lock lit up. She simultaneously turned both keys, and there was a satisfying clunk.
She raised an eyebrow. The device had worked. The heavy safe door swung open and she began her search. Ranjaz had been very specific: while there was one item she had to get, she was to grab as much as possible to obscure their true target.
Quickly grabbing as much as she could she retrieved the keys and ran back across the room towards the elevator.
Cygna hauled Alfor back onto the seat, putting him in a more natural position and messing up his hair. She looked away as she began unbuttoning his clothes, pulling his trousers around his ankles and opening his shirt up to bare his chest. From a secret pocket inside her dress she pulled out a lace thong, setting it on his head like a bandana. She also had a small box which she opened, inside of which was a replica mouth with lipstick that matched her own.
Cygna carefully applied kiss marks all over his exposed skin before popping the fake lips back into the secret pocket. She took the Fae’Dan wine and partially filled two glasses, making sure to take a long drink from one and leave more lipstick marks. The rest of the wine was poured into the ice bucket.
She heard the sound of voices outside the door. The guards were arguing with someone, refusing them entry, but when the name Toran was mentioned it was Ripley who entered, still in uniform but now looking much like her usual self. She smirked at the Kah’Ree in his derobed state. “I can see you had fun.”
The Fae’Dan chuckled. “That’s the idea.” She looked at the Awakened in her true form. “You look… better.”
Ripley cocked her head. “It would be strange if the waiter came back to deliver a message.” She tossed the necklace key to Cygna, who replaced it on Alfor’s neck.
Reclining on the sofa and picking up her glass, Cygna took another long drink. “Get the other one back to Ranjaz quickly. This one won’t be napping much longer.”
The Awakened gave an almost Ranjaz-like grin. “You could always hit him again.” Before the Fae’Dan could reply she had ducked back out of the door. She caught the eye of one of the bodyguards and gave a head tilt back towards the room. “The boss is really enjoying himself!”
As the suited pair chuckled, the larger of the two got a message in his ear piece. “Hey, silver hair.” He grunted. “Boss has an important guest. Meet them in the foyer and bring them to the dalcho room.”
Ripley was relieved – she needed a reason to get into that room. “On my way.”
Toran was seething as he watched as the Kittran flipped his final tile. Why would he have waited so long to play the Wings of Tulseria tile? His stomach sank, and he couldn’t hold back his anger any longer. “Damn you!”
Ranjaz gave a full-fanged grin. “Looks like my luck turned at just the right moment.”
“Luck!” Toran’s tile snapped between his fingers. Why had he let the damned cat goad him into constantly increasing their bet? The cycle had started with him owing the brothers a million credits plus interest, and now the infuritating Kittran had won nearly forty times that. “Nobody is that lucky.”
“Woah!” Ranjaz held up his hands. “I would never cheat, well... certainly not a second time. After you caught me, I’d be a fool to try.”
“Hmm.” Toran looked at the two behind the Kittran. The big one would be a problem, but the Anatidae looked to be nothing special. “How about I give you back your little trinket and we call it even?”
“My trinket?” Ranjaz shook his head. “I had to convince you it was worth the million I owed. Why would you think I’d trade it for thirty eight million credits? I’ll pay what I owe, take my trinket and my winnings and leave.”
Toran folded his arms and looked across the dalcho board at Ranjaz. “And why would I let you do that?” The atmosphere in the room changed as the two security guards changed their stance. “Transfer the credits back to the house.”
Ranjaz dropped the grin, replacing it with a defiant glare. “What happened to you running a straight game?”
“The game was straight. You won, didn’t you?” He leaned forward, his eyes cold and hard. “You’re just in no position to collect.”
The Kittran was about to argue when the door behind Toran opened. He looked up as Ripley entered, and his eyes widened in shock. She wasn’t alone. “Toran, you bastard! You sold me out!”
“For ten million credits.” Toran stared hard at Ranjaz. “Care to make a better offer?”
Eruwenn’s eyes blazed with anger as the grey-suited Niham pulled up a seat and sat down beside Toran. “Now, now, you lied to me about having the item before. Don’t double cross me.” Sentinel Krast placed his hands together on the table, interlacing his fingers. “I’m not somebody who forgives easily.” He looked directly at Eruwenn. “Isn’t that right, former Councillor? A little far from your new Ambassador position, aren’t you?”
Ripley stood back against the wall. She had no idea who the newcomer was, but this most definitely was not the plan. The golden green Anatidae walked forward to stand behind Ranjaz. “Oh, I had a little vacation time saved up, and decided to spend it with my good friend here.” She placed a hand on the Kittrans shoulder. “And what brings a Sentinel here?”
Krast’s lips curled in what might approximate a smile. “I’m also acquainted with Mr K’Lua. In fact, we go back a very long way.” He turned to look directly at Ranjaz. “Now, return what is mine.”
Toran looked from Ranjaz to Krast. “Yours? You don’t look like the tiara wearing type.”
The Sentinel didn’t turn his head. “Ah, so you hid the data chip inside some shiny bauble. As inventive as ever, Mr K’Lua.” The Niham finally acknowledged Toran by looking at him. “Bring. It. Here.”
The Kah’Ree sucked air through his teeth. “Well, seems like we have something mighty important, and two very interested parties.” He stood and walked to his two security officers, who drew their weapons in unison. “Now then, I believe you” —he nodded to Krast— “offered ten million. How about it Ranjaz, old friend? What’s your counter offer?”
The Kittran had been sitting, silently seething at his double cross being double crossed. He looked at Krast. “Were you the one?”
Toran was surprised at being ignored, but before he could reply Krast answered, “The one?”
Ranjaz’s eyes narrowed, his ears alert, his tail swishing aggressively. “The one who took my friend!” he snarled as he felt Eruwenn’s hand holding him back gently.
Krast’s eyes glittered as he saw the impotent rage in his opponent’s eyes. “Ah, the poor deceased human?” He smiled his mannequin-esque smile. “And if I was?”
Toran snatched a pistol from one of his men and fired a blast at the ceiling. “Your quarrel can wait. Let’s settle our business first and you can kill each other after I’m paid.” He paused, then added, “but, not in my casino. Body disposal costs extra.”
Eruwenn’s hand gripped Ranjaz’s shoulder harder, and he braced himself. In one smooth move she both threw him backwards and to the right, and kicked the dalcho table up and forward into Krast's face. The Sentinel fell backwards as a blast from Toran struck the table, but Eruwenn was already on the move, sidestepping left and ducking forward into a cartwheel. Toran's gun had been following Ranjaz, but as her leg swept down it knocked the weapon from his grip.
Once she stabilized, her fist, already primed with momentum from the cartwheel, struck Toran below the ribs and knocked the wind from him. The guard, whose gun the Kah'Ree had been holding, lunged forward to grab Eruwenn but she simply deflected his hand, pairing his forward momentum with her rising elbow to swiftly render him unconscious.
The second guard had just begun to raise his weapon when a huge fist struck him in his chest, sending him careening backwards into the wall. Thor loomed over him, shaking his head as he retrieved the energy pistol. “Too slow.”
Ripley helped Ranjaz to his feet as Krast pushed the table off his chest. Toran was coughing and struggling to breathe as Ranjaz pressed the retrieved energy pistol to his forehead. “Double cross me?” He dragged the Kah’Ree forward. “I want to see the item, then I’ll pay what I owe.” The two of them awkwardly made their way back towards Krast, so Ranjaz could point the gun in his face. “Then we can talk about your body disposal fee.”
Krast stood, and his phony smile was gone. “You can’t kill me. The Sentinels will tear this place apart, hunt you down and kill you. You think I came alone? My ship is in orbit and waiting for my orders!”
Ranjaz grabbed him by the jacket, pulling him down to his level, and struck him in the face with the butt of the pistol. Thor cooly kept his stolen pistol pointed at Toran and the one conscious guard. By the third blow Krast’s face was bloody, his nose broken and he began to struggle against Ranjaz’s assault.
A muted boom caused everyone present to stop in their tracks. Alarms began to sound and Toran swore loudly. He pulled out his communicator, ignoring Thor’s pistol. “What the hell was that!” He held the device close as he listened. “My office?” He patted his pocket. Finding his key in place, he looked to Ranjaz and then Krast. “Seal the casino! And where is my brother?”
Ripley suddenly understood why the Kittran had told her to leave his device on the safe door. After a brief further moment of shock, which she kept from showing on her face, she realized that she had been carrying an explosive without being told. If they survived, Ranjaz was going to need to explain himself. Thoroughly.
Eruwenn, Thor and Ranjaz had backed away to the opposite side of the room, standing by the door. Krast stood alone, holding his profusely bleeding nose. The opposite door soon opened to reveal scrambling casino security, with Toran and his guard standing nearby.
The unconscious guard was carried out without comment, and the Kah’Ree turned to Ripley. “Why are you still here?” She nodded and slipped out of the door, leaving one less concern for the remaining three. “Alright, which one of your skrolg-licking bastards broke into my private safe?”
Krast spat blood onto the floor, pointing at Ranjaz. “He’s the thief. You and I had a deal.”
The Kittran smirked. “I’m a better thief than blowing up a Tulseria-damned safe. If I wanted to steal it, I would have done just that. I would not have announced my arrival and sat down to a game of dalcho.”
Toran looked between the two of them. “He’s got a point.” One of his men handed him a pistol, and he continued to talk a little distractedly into his communicator. “Well, check everywhere!”
Ranjaz stirred the pot. “He’s the bastard who double crossed me, why would he honour your deal?”
Eruwenn nodded. “A government agent can’t be seen working with criminals.”
Krast's face contorted in rage. “Don’t be a damned fool, Toran!” He pointed at Ranjaz. “This is clearly some convoluted distraction.”
Toran shook his head. “They had the upper hand. You were the one getting your face ruined.”
Cygna watched nervously as Alfor began to stir. Things were taking a lot longer than expected. Finally, her signal came; it was not as subtle as she had been led to believe. As soon as the explosion went off the two bodyguards quickly came into the room, glancing from Alfor’s sleeping body to her. She staggered forward, wine bottle in hand. “We need more drinkshh!”
The guard ignored her as he saw the condition of his boss. “Not again,” he groaned. “Toran will kill us for letting him get like this.”
The second guard stepped out into the corridor. “I’m not dressing him! Last time he tried to kiss me!”
Cygna paused, not having expected it to go this way. The first bodyguard walked out as well. “He pissed on my new shoes the time before that. I’m not moving him.”
Their communicators went off and their faces became more serious. Bodyguard two spoke first. “Damn it. Toran wants him.”
The first turned to look at the increasingly bewildered Cygna. “You!” He smiled. “You got him undressed. You can dress him.”
Cygna spotted Ripley running down the corridor towards them, causing her confusion to grow further. The Awakened shouted one word. “Sentinels!”
The Fae’Dan’s mind raced. The plan was clearly blown, and they had to get out. Fast. As the guards were now facing Ripley, she took the opportunity to kick one in the back of the knee. He fell forward, and as the second turned he was met with the upward swing of a wine bottle. The first guard discovered first-hand the shocking truth of how hard the knee of an Awakened could be, and both were unconscious by the time they hit the ground.
Cygna smiled at Ripley. "Thanks."
The Awakened gave a swift nod of acknowledgement. “A Sentinel turned up, so Ranjaz set off the diversion he promised. The other brother is busy trying to figure out whether it’s us or the Sentinels robbing him.”
Cygna took on board the new information quickly, knowing she needed to help the others. “I have an idea. Lie over there and look dead.” She ran back into the room, where Alfor was groaning and starting to move. She slipped the chain from his neck and dropped it into the ice bucket, where it sank out of sight below the dark Fae’Dan wine. She began to slowly shake him.
“Huh,” he grumbled, and slowly opened his eyes. “Wha.. what happened?”
Cygna clung to him tightly. “Oh thank goodness! I thought they killed you!”
“Killed?” Alfor’s head was pounding, his memory blurry. “Who-” He caught sight of his downed guards in the open doorway. “What the hell happened?” He began pulling at his clothes, and swiftly checked that his trousers were dry.
“While we were.. You know…” He nodded; he was buttoning up his clothes. He didn’t remember, but he knew. “Some scary men burst into the room and shot you! I was so scared.” She hugged him tight, pressing herself against him.
He put his arm around her. “What men? Be brave, and tell me what happened.”
She looked up at him, trying to make her eyes as big as possible, adding a lip tremble to really sell it. “I don’t know! They wore grey suits. And one of them took your necklace!”
“My necklace.” He clutched at his chest where it should have been. “Damn Sentinels! I told Toran we couldn't trust them!”
He stepped into the corridor, where Ripley lay on the ground with a terrible energy weapon burn on the side of her face. He pulled out his communicator. “Toran.” He instantly got hold of his brother. “I didn’t answer because I was knocked out. Damn Sentinels took my key, killed some of our guys.” He looked around. “Nobody important, just some waiter.” He finally pulled the underwear from his head. “I’ll go to the security room and look at the video.”
He ended the call and turned back to Cygna. “You stay here.”
She smiled. “Sorry, we can’t let you check the security footage.”
Ripley struck him from behind and he crumpled to the ground, her fake burn melting from her face. The Awakened looked around, rechecking that all was clear. “I think that’s all we can do; we should get out of here. Come with me, my shuttle is in the staff bay.”
Toran closed his communicator and motioned to a guard. “Search him.”
Eruwenn wished she had some way to capture the look on Krast’s face when the remote detonator was pulled from his pocket. She'd have to hug the light-fingered Kittran later.
The Sentinel grit his teeth. “That’s not mine.”
“Sure, sure,” Toran agreed, while simultaneously shaking his head at the Sentinel. “Looks like you really didn’t come alone.”
Krast was furious, yelling, “I’m telling you-” He broke off when Ranjaz shot him in the leg, falling to the floor.
The Kah’Ree pointed his pistol at the Kittran. “Can’t let you kill a Sentinel in my casino, even if they did just rob me.”
Ranjaz was surprised the Kah’Ree had believed them so easily. “What about us?”
Toran sighed, lowering his weapon. “Take your winnings and get out. If you stole the thing once, I’m sure you can steal it again.”
Eruwenn and Thor both made to leave. Ranjaz paused, knowing he might not get another chance. “And him?”
The Kah’Ree looked at the Sentinel holding his wounded leg. “We’ll send him back to his ship. As much as I hate it, the Sentinels are untouchable.”
Ranjaz raised his pistol. “He took my friend.”
“And we’ll get him back,” Eruwenn said softly. “Then we’ll all deal with him, and the rest of the Sentinels.”
Krast sneered and spat blood once more. “Your human is dead.”
Ranjaz fired.
Krast screamed and grabbed his other leg. “You bastard!”
Toran and his men raised their weapons as the Kah’Ree yelled, “Get the hell out of here!”
Ranjaz turned and followed the others out of the door, but just as it was about to close he poked his head back in. “Oh, one last thing.”
Toran could be seen looking up just as the Kittran fired again, but he ducked out of sight before the true outcome of his shot could be seen. The shrieks of agony, however, followed the trio down the corridor as they broke into a run. Eruwenn spared a glance down at Ranjaz during their retreat. “What did you do?”
The full-fanged grin had never been larger. “Made sure we’ll see him again.”
On the floor of the dalcho room Krast was screaming in agony. He turned over to stare at the closed door. “I’ll kill you! I will hunt you down and kill every last one of you!”
Toran spoke into his communicator. “Tell the Sentinel ship to come get their man. And, bring a doctor. A really good doctor.” He nudged one of his guards and finally let out a chuckle. After all, the Sentinels had just robbed him. “You double-crossing scum always get what you deserve.”
The J’Rami guard raised an eyebrow. “Not sure anyone deserves getting shot in the balls.”
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[US Promotion] I would like to celebrate Thanksgiving by gifting you all books!

UPDATE: More books added by siffis and West1234567890 further down
If are late coming across this post then do not worry you can still message me your email for a book.
To celebrate my day off today and Thanksgiving tomorrow I would like to gift my audiobooks.
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These are the statistical top 500 movies of all time, according to 23 different websites

Hey everyone, great to be back again. Some of you might remember a similar title from a post I made back in April, where I made a list of the top 250 movies with 13 sources, or a preview of this list I made last month.
I want to emphasize that this is NOT an official ranking nor my personal ranking; it is just a statistical and, personally, interesting look at 500 amazing movies. These rankings reflect the opinions of thousands of critics and millions of people around the world. And I am glad that this list is able to cover a wide range of genres, decades, and countries. So before I get bombarded with "Why isn't X on here?" or "How is X above Y?" comments, I wanted to clear that up.
I sourced my data from Sight & Sound (both critic and director lists), TSPDT, iCheckMovies, 11 domestic websites (Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, IMDb, Letterboxd, TMDb, Trakt, Blu-Ray, MovieLens, RateYourMusic, Criticker, and Critics Choice), and 9 international audience sites (FilmAffinity, Douban, Naver, MUBI, Filmweb, Kinopoisk, CSFD, Moviemeter, and Senscritique). This balance of domestic/international ratings made the list more well-rounded and internationally representative (sites from Spain, China, Korea, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and France).
As for my algorithm, I weighted websites according to both their Alexa ranking and their number of votes compared to other sites. For example, since The Godfather has hundreds of thousands of votes on Letterboxd but only a couple thousand on Metacritic, Letterboxd would be weighted more heavily. After obtaining the weighted averages, I then added the movie's iCheckMovies' favs/checks ratio and TSPDT ranking, if applicable. Regarding TSPDT, I included the top 2000 movies; as an example of my calculations, Rear Window's ranking of #41 would add (2000-41)/2000=0.9795 points to its weighted average. I removed movies that had <7-8K votes on IMDb, as these mostly had low ratings and numbers of votes across different sites as well. For both Sight & Sound lists, I added between 0.5 and 1 point to a movie's score based on its ranking, which I thought was an adequate reflection of how difficult it is to be included on these lists. As examples, a #21 movie would have 0.9 points added while a #63 would have 0.69 points.
So without further ado, the statistical top 500 movies ever made. I separated the scores into overall, critics, domestic, and international columns to make comparisons easier. This list on Letterboxd.
Ranking Title Overall Score Critics Domestic International Year Director
1 The Godfather 93.89 97.73 90.50 89.36 1972 Francis Ford Coppola
2 The Godfather: Part II 91.93 93.30 89.04 88.06 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
3 Seven Samurai 91.05 97.38 87.63 85.90 1954 Akira Kurosawa
4 12 Angry Men 90.45 95.45 88.74 88.62 1957 Sidney Lumet
5 City Lights 89.94 96.75 85.67 85.93 1931 Charlie Chaplin
6 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 89.45 91.20 87.81 86.59 1966 Sergio Leone
7 The Shawshank Redemption 89.41 82.95 89.49 89.18 1994 Frank Darabont
8 Psycho 89.29 95.23 85.70 85.01 1960 Alfred Hitchcock
9 Modern Times 89.28 95.55 85.21 85.37 1936 Charlie Chaplin
10 Schindler's List 89.08 93.80 87.22 87.29 1993 Steven Spielberg
11 Pulp Fiction 88.85 92.60 87.69 86.42 1994 Quentin Tarantino
12 Rear Window 88.63 97.65 85.40 83.33 1954 Alfred Hitchcock
13 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 88.55 87.38 86.28 86.97 1975 Miloš Forman
14 Apocalypse Now 88.54 93.85 85.24 83.48 1979 Francis Ford Coppola
15 Tokyo Story 88.49 98.30 85.16 83.76 1953 Yasujirō Ozu
16 Spirited Away 88.34 93.78 86.80 85.91 2001 Hayao Miyazaki
17 GoodFellas 88.03 91.48 87.00 84.03 1990 Martin Scorsese
18 Vertigo 88.02 95.60 84.05 82.76 1958 Alfred Hitchcock
19 Singin' in the Rain 88.01 97.65 83.95 83.13 1952 Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
20 Sunset Boulevard 88.00 95.45 85.44 84.22 1950 Billy Wilder
21 Citizen Kane 87.83 99.03 83.06 82.22 1941 Orson Welles
22 Harakiri 87.79 85.83 88.00 86.29 1962 Masaki Kobayashi
23 Rashomon 87.74 96.55 83.52 82.73 1950 Akira Kurosawa
24 Once Upon a Time in the West 87.71 86.65 85.48 84.62 1968 Sergio Leone
25 Fanny and Alexander 87.54 97.30 83.15 83.00 1982 Ingmar Bergman
26 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 87.40 92.59 86.06 85.38 2003 Peter Jackson
27 Andrei Rublev 87.39 91.90 83.80 83.94 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky
28 The Passion of Joan of Arc 87.39 94.65 83.88 83.57 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer
29 Sherlock Jr. 87.36 96.45 83.64 85.60 1924 Buster Keaton
30 Bicycle Thieves 87.35 94.70 83.91 83.46 1948 Vittorio De Sica
31 Casablanca 87.35 98.00 85.25 82.62 1942 Michael Curtiz
32 Some Like It Hot 87.28 95.30 82.11 83.73 1959 Billy Wilder
33 Persona 87.22 88.20 84.28 83.07 1966 Ingmar Bergman
34 Children of Paradise 87.21 95.33 84.81 83.27 1945 Marcel Carné
35 Taxi Driver 87.14 93.88 83.60 82.06 1976 Martin Scorsese
36 The Dark Knight 87.08 88.81 86.96 84.80 2008 Christopher Nolan
37 Metropolis 87.03 96.00 82.92 84.01 1927 Fritz Lang
38 Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 87.02 93.95 82.23 84.02 1927 F. W. Murnau
39 Stalker 87.02 92.30 83.86 83.29 1979 Andrei Tarkovsky
40 Pather Panchali 86.96 94.35 84.40 82.80 1955 Satyajit Ray
41 Lawrence of Arabia 86.95 97.65 83.76 81.49 1962 David Lean
42 M 86.91 96.20 84.34 82.92 1931 Fritz Lang
43 Ordet 86.82 98.10 83.08 82.55 1955 Carl Theodor Dreyer
44 It's a Wonderful Life 86.77 90.45 85.17 84.90 1946 Frank Capra
45 Satantango 86.76 90.45 84.58 84.21 1994 Béla Tarr
46 Parasite 86.72 96.34 86.55 83.15 2019 Bong Joon-ho
47 The 400 Blows 86.70 96.70 83.14 82.60 1959 François Truffaut
48 Ikiru 86.56 93.80 85.48 84.29 1952 Akira Kurosawa
49 Mirror 86.50 95.60 82.75 82.34 1975 Andrei Tarkovsky
50 Come and See 86.50 90.50 85.22 83.13 1985 Elem Klimov
51 The Apartment 86.48 92.00 84.09 82.99 1960 Billy Wilder
52 The General 86.45 91.45 82.59 83.87 1926 Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
53 Grave of the Fireflies 86.43 95.13 85.85 82.97 1988 Isao Takahata
54 Le Trou 86.41 89.95 85.46 85.14 1960 Jacques Becker
55 The Battle of Algiers 86.37 95.40 82.64 81.24 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo
56 A Man Escaped 86.34 96.50 83.67 82.03 1956 Robert Bresson
57 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 86.34 95.85 84.37 83.03 1964 Stanley Kubrick
58 Paths of Glory 86.25 92.30 84.97 84.48 1957 Stanley Kubrick
59 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 86.24 88.75 85.61 84.31 2001 Peter Jackson
60 All About Eve 86.23 96.95 83.69 83.20 1950 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
61 Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 86.21 86.93 87.05 83.29 1980 Irvin Kershner
62 High and Low 86.16 86.55 86.08 84.26 1963 Akira Kurosawa
63 The Great Dictator 86.15 91.10 84.25 85.03 1940 Charlie Chaplin
64 The Silence of the Lambs 86.12 88.68 85.29 84.17 1991 Jonathan Demme
65 2001: A Space Odyssey 86.06 88.35 82.93 81.54 1968 Stanley Kubrick
66 North by Northwest 86.03 96.38 83.17 81.74 1959 Alfred Hitchcock
67 Double Indemnity 85.91 94.38 83.84 83.12 1944 Billy Wilder
68 Ugetsu 85.91 97.25 82.69 81.91 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi
69 Woman in the Dunes 85.91 93.95 84.71 83.77 1964 Hiroshi Teshigahara
70 Sansho the Bailiff 85.88 95.50 84.24 82.21 1954 Kenji Mizoguchi
71 Once Upon a Time in America 85.87 86.10 83.84 85.53 1984 Sergio Leone
72 City of God 85.86 84.08 86.39 84.00 2002 Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
73 Late Spring 85.81 94.75 83.74 82.27 1949 Yasujirō Ozu
74 Barry Lyndon 85.80 87.95 82.44 82.30 1975 Stanley Kubrick
75 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 85.78 88.78 85.00 84.29 2002 Peter Jackson
76 Raging Bull 85.77 90.48 82.01 81.80 1980 Martin Scorsese
77 Chinatown 85.72 94.08 83.32 80.69 1974 Roman Polanski
78 Alien 85.69 91.73 84.76 82.62 1979 Ridley Scott
79 Ran 85.68 94.70 83.93 82.52 1985 Akira Kurosawa
80 The Seventh Seal 85.67 92.10 83.52 82.13 1957 Ingmar Bergman
81 The Kid 85.61 92.85 82.91 84.94 1921 Charlie Chaplin
82 Wild Strawberries 85.51 90.05 83.38 82.24 1957 Ingmar Bergman
83 A Brighter Summer Day 85.50 93.38 84.07 81.01 1991 Edward Yang
84 85.48 91.20 82.59 81.09 1963 Federico Fellini
85 The Pianist 85.38 88.69 83.31 84.80 2002 Roman Polanski
86 The World of Apu 85.38 93.20 84.38 83.09 1959 Satyajit Ray
87 La Dolce Vita 85.37 94.38 81.40 80.48 1960 Federico Fellini
88 Star Wars 85.33 90.03 85.22 81.92 1977 George Lucas
89 The Best of Youth 85.31 88.78 85.31 83.64 2003 Marco Tullio Giordana
90 The Gold Rush 85.29 94.55 81.93 83.59 1925 Charlie Chaplin
91 The Third Man 85.26 96.50 82.91 80.21 1949 Carol Reed
92 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 85.20 96.68 82.77 81.81 1948 John Huston
93 I Am Cuba 85.18 93.60 82.00 83.44 1964 Mikhail Kalatozov
94 The Lives of Others 85.14 89.03 84.12 82.73 2006 Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
95 Witness for the Prosecution 85.13 92.65 83.67 84.99 1957 Billy Wilder
96 Touch of Evil 85.11 95.70 81.36 79.65 1958 Orson Welles
97 WALL-E 85.10 92.09 82.82 82.64 2008 Andrew Stanton
98 Scenes from a Marriage 85.02 86.85 84.80 83.06 1974 Ingmar Bergman
99 To Be or Not to Be 84.99 89.58 82.52 83.39 1942 Ernst Lubitsch
100 A Separation 84.92 94.24 83.34 80.90 2011 Asghar Farhadi
101 The Night of the Hunter 84.91 96.93 81.17 79.06 1955 Charles Laughton
102 Three Colors: Red 84.87 96.78 83.32 80.78 1994 Krzysztof Kieślowski
103 Yojimbo 84.87 91.55 83.85 82.99 1961 Akira Kurosawa
104 Back to the Future 84.85 89.38 84.47 81.94 1985 Robert Zemeckis
105 My Neighbor Totoro 84.84 87.53 83.44 83.17 1988 Hayao Miyazaki
106 In the Mood for Love 84.84 83.87 82.55 81.20 2000 Wong Kar-wai
107 Princess Mononoke 84.83 81.18 85.02 84.24 1999 Hayao Miyazaki
108 Saving Private Ryan 84.82 90.35 83.94 82.50 1998 Steven Spielberg
109 Cinema Paradiso 84.78 82.30 84.73 83.43 1988 Giuseppe Tornatore
110 La Jetée 84.75 89.25 83.27 81.80 1962 Chris Marker
111 The Wages of Fear 84.71 94.60 82.99 82.80 1953 Henri-Georges Clouzot
112 Das Boot 84.68 90.13 83.62 82.71 1981 Wolfgang Petersen
113 Fight Club 84.65 71.18 86.39 84.95 1999 David Fincher
114 Nights of Cabiria 84.64 92.25 82.72 83.13 1957 Federico Fellini
115 La Strada 84.61 92.60 80.79 82.78 1954 Federico Fellini
116 Amadeus 84.53 89.55 82.88 82.59 1984 Miloš Forman
117 Forrest Gump 84.50 76.90 83.06 86.12 1994 Robert Zemeckis
118 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 84.49 90.41 85.03 81.69 2018 Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Bob Persichetti
119 The Lion King 84.45 88.28 77.22 84.09 1994 Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
120 Inception 84.43 82.07 84.18 84.17 2010 Christopher Nolan
121 Whiplash 84.42 89.53 84.87 81.96 2014 Damien Chazelle
122 The Shop Around the Corner 84.40 94.43 80.85 82.37 1940 Ernst Lubitsch
123 Rififi 84.38 92.00 83.03 81.58 1955 Jules Dassin
124 Umberto D. 84.38 92.63 82.20 81.75 1952 Vittorio De Sica
125 Army of Shadows 84.37 95.30 82.98 80.50 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville
126 Blade Runner 84.34 85.85 82.57 80.29 1982 Ridley Scott
127 Samurai Rebellion 84.33 89.05 82.85 83.84 1967 Masaki Kobayashi
128 Close-Up 84.31 85.70 81.99 80.69 1990 Abbas Kiarostami
129 The Circus 84.29 90.35 81.69 83.14 1928 Charlie Chaplin
130 Raiders of the Lost Ark 84.19 89.33 84.31 80.57 1981 Steven Spielberg
131 Grand Illusion 84.18 95.35 81.85 79.78 1937 Jean Renoir
132 A Clockwork Orange 84.18 82.78 82.37 82.51 1971 Stanley Kubrick
133 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 84.07 89.37 83.36 80.57 2004 Michel Gondry
134 A Woman Under the Influence 84.01 87.40 82.51 80.40 1974 John Cassavetes
135 The Cranes Are Flying 84.00 89.30 82.76 82.40 1957 Mikhail Kalatozov
136 Yi Yi 83.91 91.25 82.48 79.64 2000 Edward Yang
137 To Kill a Mockingbird 83.91 89.13 81.98 82.20 1962 Robert Mulligan
138 The Matrix 83.90 77.78 84.54 83.06 1999 Wachowski Sisters
139 The Sting 83.90 85.73 82.71 83.36 1973 George Roy Hill
140 The Mother and the Whore 83.87 94.55 81.24 79.82 1973 Jean Eustache
141 Se7en 83.86 72.15 84.91 84.48 1995 David Fincher
142 Early Summer 83.85 94.45 82.19 82.01 1951 Yasujirō Ozu
143 Werckmeister Harmonies 83.80 91.73 80.89 81.93 2000 Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
144 Coco 83.80 86.21 82.73 83.66 2017 Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich
145 Toy Story 83.76 95.03 82.30 80.15 1995 John Lasseter
146 It Happened One Night 83.76 90.83 81.46 81.76 1934 Frank Capra
147 Reservoir Dogs 83.74 84.68 83.12 81.99 1992 Quentin Tarantino
148 Unforgiven 83.73 88.55 82.24 81.59 1992 Clint Eastwood
149 The Deer Hunter 83.73 87.68 80.57 82.06 1978 Michael Cimino
150 The Young and the Damned 83.72 87.10 82.58 80.82 1950 Luis Buñuel
151 The Best Years of Our Lives 83.68 92.63 81.19 81.20 1946 William Wyler
152 The Leopard 83.66 97.30 79.56 79.57 1963 Luchino Visconti
153 Time of the Gypsies 83.65 86.05 83.31 82.29 1988 Emir Kusturica
154 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul 83.61 96.70 80.51 79.97 1974 Rainer Werner Fassbinder
155 Raise the Red Lantern 83.57 90.25 82.37 81.81 1991 Zhang Yimou
156 Terminator 2: Judgment Day 83.57 82.00 84.11 81.83 1991 James Cameron
157 The Shining 83.55 75.35 84.08 81.80 1980 Stanley Kubrick
158 Viridiana 83.54 92.95 80.68 80.81 1961 Luis Buñuel
159 Portrait of a Lady on Fire 83.52 93.59 83.08 80.02 2019 Céline Sciamma
160 Greed 83.51 97.05 80.65 80.64 1924 Erich von Stroheim
161 Gone with the Wind 83.48 92.90 80.01 81.68 1939 Victor Fleming
162 There Will Be Blood 83.48 89.65 81.91 79.02 2007 Paul Thomas Anderson
163 L.A. Confidential 83.46 91.63 82.08 80.81 1997 Curtis Hanson
164 Paris, Texas 83.46 83.95 82.89 81.66 1984 Wim Wenders
165 Throne of Blood 83.45 91.30 82.18 81.49 1957 Akira Kurosawa
166 Toy Story 3 83.43 93.55 81.61 80.32 2010 Lee Unkrich
167 Memento 83.43 85.20 83.78 80.76 2000 Christopher Nolan
168 On the Waterfront 83.37 93.00 82.23 79.52 1954 Elia Kazan
169 Trip to the Moon 83.37 94.70 79.96 82.83 1902 Georges Méliès
170 The Rules of the Game 83.33 96.55 80.45 78.02 1939 Jean Renoir
171 Red Beard 83.32 74.15 83.41 83.27 1965 Akira Kurosawa
172 The Grapes of Wrath 83.32 95.45 80.42 80.34 1940 John Ford
173 Au Hasard Balthazar 83.29 98.08 77.93 77.54 1966 Robert Bresson
174 Autumn Sonata 83.29 84.85 83.09 82.66 1978 Ingmar Bergman
175 Annie Hall 83.28 93.18 80.58 80.58 1977 Woody Allen
176 The Conformist 83.27 96.68 79.92 78.58 1970 Bernardo Bertolucci
177 Rocco and His Brothers 83.24 84.73 81.95 81.68 1960 Luchino Visconti
178 Dersu Uzala 83.23 74.75 82.35 83.37 1975 Akira Kurosawa
179 Cool Hand Luke 83.21 93.05 82.22 79.83 1967 Stuart Rosenberg
180 Monty Python and the Holy Grail 83.18 91.98 82.96 79.30 1975 Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
181 Le Samouraï 83.18 92.35 82.45 79.40 1967 Jean-Pierre Melville
182 Aliens 83.18 88.73 83.29 79.61 1986 James Cameron
183 PlayTime 83.16 93.50 80.22 78.80 1967 Jacques Tati
184 The Bridge on the River Kwai 83.14 90.58 81.93 80.24 1957 David Lean
185 The Red Shoes 83.13 93.15 82.82 79.96 1948 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
186 American Beauty 83.10 87.15 81.93 81.13 1999 Sam Mendes
187 To Live 83.10 84.00 82.16 82.46 1994 Zhang Yimou
188 Battleship Potemkin 83.10 95.85 77.81 80.41 1925 Sergei Eisenstein
189 Day of Wrath 83.09 93.40 81.07 81.29 1943 Carl Theodor Dreyer
190 All Quiet on the Western Front 83.07 92.85 80.05 81.48 1930 Lewis Milestone
191 It's Such a Beautiful Day 83.07 91.25 83.62 79.77 2012 Don Hertzfeldt
192 Full Metal Jacket 83.06 81.53 82.21 82.54 1987 Stanley Kubrick
193 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 83.05 96.40 79.84 81.83 1920 Robert Wiene
194 Kes 83.03 97.80 79.59 80.55 1969 Ken Loach
195 The Usual Suspects 83.02 80.23 84.08 81.48 1995 Bryan Singer
196 The Cameraman 83.00 93.90 80.77 81.57 1928 Edward Segdwick, Buster Keaton
197 Aparajito 83.00 90.90 81.81 81.20 1956 Satyajit Ray
198 The Elephant Man 83.00 83.00 82.10 81.87 1980 David Lynch
199 Rebecca 82.98 90.08 81.08 80.93 1940 Alfred Hitchcock
200 Make Way for Tomorrow 82.97 95.80 81.72 80.14 1937 Leo McCarey
201 The Great Escape 82.97 87.68 82.29 80.66 1963 John Sturges
202 Your Name 82.97 84.55 84.07 81.29 2016 Makoto Shinkai
203 Limelight 82.92 88.00 79.85 83.02 1952 Charlie Chaplin
204 Breathless 82.92 91.95 78.88 79.10 1960 Jean-Luc Godard
205 Underground 82.91 80.75 81.26 82.64 1995 Emir Kusturica
206 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 82.88 91.90 81.08 79.53 1962 John Ford
207 Aguirre: The Wrath of God 82.87 94.55 80.46 78.62 1972 Werner Herzog
208 Oldboy 82.86 78.98 84.00 81.27 2003 Park Chan-wook
209 Up 82.84 90.28 81.32 80.86 2009 Pete Docter
210 Anatomy of a Murder 82.84 94.00 80.57 80.02 1959 Otto Preminger
211 The Wild Bunch 82.84 90.35 79.45 80.12 1969 Sam Peckinpah
212 The Hunt 82.75 82.08 82.79 82.62 2012 Thomas Vinterberg
213 Il Sorpasso 82.74 95.75 82.84 79.57 1962 Dino Risi
214 The Last Laugh 82.74 95.25 79.47 81.61 1924 F. W. Murnau
215 A Streetcar Named Desire 82.73 94.60 79.89 80.26 1951 Elia Kazan
216 Life Is Beautiful 82.73 68.45 83.60 85.57 1997 Roberto Benigni
217 A Short Film About Love 82.71 87.10 81.90 81.89 1988 Krzysztof Kieślowski
218 The Shop on Main Street 82.71 94.45 82.15 80.43 1965 Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
219 Rio Bravo 82.71 92.10 80.46 79.80 1959 Howard Hawks
220 Roman Holiday 82.70 84.55 80.74 82.42 1953 William Wyler
221 Ivan's Childhood 82.69 94.80 81.25 80.37 1962 Andrei Tarkovsky
222 The Exterminating Angel 82.68 91.10 81.66 80.17 1962 Luis Buñuel
223 Trainspotting 82.68 85.20 81.57 81.21 1996 Danny Boyle
224 The Last Picture Show 82.67 94.15 79.90 79.56 1971 Peter Bogdanovich
225 The Truman Show 82.64 89.63 79.70 82.15 1998 Peter Weir
226 Memories of Murder 82.64 82.88 82.68 80.94 2003 Bong Joon-ho
227 Faust 82.62 89.70 80.23 81.94 1926 F. W. Murnau
228 Sans Soleil 82.62 83.90 79.45 80.51 1983 Chris Marker
229 Song of the Sea 82.57 87.63 80.59 82.23 2014 Tomm Moore
230 Léon: The Professional 82.55 67.38 84.05 84.07 1994 Luc Besson
231 Fargo 82.54 87.45 82.36 79.19 1996 Coen Brothers
232 Solaris 82.54 89.95 80.91 79.69 1972 Andrei Tarkovsky
233 Sweet Smell of Success 82.52 96.53 80.81 77.62 1957 Alexander Mackendrick
234 For a Few Dollars More 82.52 79.28 82.38 83.15 1965 Sergio Leone
235 White Heat 82.51 90.65 80.77 81.24 1949 Raoul Walsh
236 Brief Encounter 82.50 88.35 80.81 81.03 1945 David Lean
237 Wings of Desire 82.49 85.70 81.30 80.42 1987 Wim Wenders
238 Diabolique 82.47 90.70 81.27 80.73 1955 Henri-Georges Clouzot
239 An Autumn Afternoon 82.45 91.95 81.68 79.85 1962 Yasujirō Ozu
240 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 82.44 90.63 81.16 80.43 2013 Isao Takahata
241 Amarcord 82.41 85.95 79.26 80.73 1973 Federico Fellini
242 Heat 82.40 79.08 82.03 81.73 1995 Michael Mann
243 L'Atalante 82.40 95.60 78.32 78.10 1934 Jean Vigo
244 Django Unchained 82.39 83.44 82.23 81.94 2012 Quentin Tarantino
245 Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels 82.38 95.50 78.73 79.69 1975 Chantal Akerman
246 Kind Hearts and Coronets 82.38 95.60 80.80 79.72 1949 Robert Hamer
247 Dog Day Afternoon 82.37 88.40 81.11 79.80 1975 Sidney Lumet
248 Forbidden Games 82.37 93.75 80.36 80.99 1952 René Clément
249 The Crowd 82.35 93.35 79.21 81.23 1928 King Vidor
250 Notorious 82.35 96.78 79.96 78.21 1946 Alfred Hitchcock
251 Mary and Max 82.35 88.05 80.95 82.42 2009 Adam Elliot
252 Persepolis 82.34 88.95 80.09 80.77 2007 Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud
253 Howl's Moving Castle 82.33 78.71 82.63 83.10 2004 Hayao Miyazaki
254 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 82.33 85.10 81.54 82.03 1984 Hayao Miyazaki
255 Safety Last! 82.33 92.25 80.95 81.10 1923 Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor
256 Rosemary's Baby 82.32 94.78 79.99 78.69 1968 Roman Polanski
257 L'Avventura 82.32 92.10 79.08 78.03 1960 Michelangelo Antonioni
258 The Searchers 82.32 93.90 78.16 76.66 1956 John Ford
259 La Haine 82.30 90.60 82.38 79.56 1995 Mathieu Kassovitz
260 Three Colors: Blue 82.30 88.28 81.55 79.23 1993 Krzysztof Kieślowski
261 Chungking Express 82.30 79.95 82.29 80.73 1994 Wong Kar-wai
262 Inside Out 82.29 93.66 80.27 79.85 2015 Pete Docter
263 Where is the Friend's Home? 82.28 89.25 81.22 80.21 1987 Abbas Kiarostami
264 Cries and Whispers 82.27 85.45 81.02 80.80 1972 Ingmar Bergman
265 Napoleon 82.22 93.25 81.89 78.99 1927 Abel Gance
266 Paper Moon 82.19 83.08 81.37 81.29 1973 Peter Bogdanovich
267 The Spirit of the Beehive 82.17 89.83 79.31 78.91 1973 Víctor Erice
268 A Special Day 82.16 90.20 81.11 81.25 1977 Ettore Scola
269 Nostalghia 82.15 83.00 80.91 81.23 1983 Andrei Tarkovsky
270 Network 82.13 85.45 82.36 79.08 1976 Sidney Lumet
271 L'Eclisse 82.11 84.70 79.78 78.81 1962 Michelangelo Antonioni
272 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 82.09 80.83 81.78 81.15 1939 Frank Capra
273 Sanjuro 82.09 91.90 81.67 80.85 1962 Akira Kurosawa
274 Badlands 82.06 93.38 79.77 77.21 1973 Terrence Malick
275 Vivre Sa Vie 82.06 85.20 80.12 79.83 1962 Jean-Luc Godard
276 Nobody Knows 82.06 87.18 81.12 81.15 2004 Hirokazu Koreeda
277 No Country for Old Men 82.05 90.68 80.56 78.47 2007 Coen Brothers
278 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 82.05 86.05 80.76 80.62 2003 Kim Ki-duk
279 La Notte 82.04 78.35 81.45 81.11 1961 Michelangelo Antonioni
280 The Celebration 82.04 84.23 81.34 80.08 1998 Thomas Vinterberg
281 In the Name of the Father 82.04 84.90 81.14 81.85 1993 Jim Sheridan
282 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang 82.02 89.55 80.18 81.56 1932 Mervyn LeRoy
283 Shoplifters 82.01 92.39 80.60 79.31 2018 Hirokazu Koreeda
284 Finding Nemo 82.01 92.60 80.13 78.76 2003 Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
285 Z 81.98 87.55 82.21 79.59 1969 Costa-Gavras
286 The Phantom Carriage 81.96 95.00 80.01 80.32 1921 Victor Sjöström
287 Manhattan 81.95 86.23 80.50 79.81 1979 Woody Allen
288 Rome, Open City 81.94 95.40 80.45 79.27 1945 Robert Rossellini
289 Children of Heaven 81.93 80.15 81.24 82.01 1997 Majid Majidi
290 The Green Mile 81.92 71.93 82.95 84.38 1999 Frank Darabont
291 The Iron Giant 81.91 86.61 80.88 79.95 1999 Brad Bird
292 The Sacrifice 81.90 80.30 80.47 81.37 1986 Andrei Tarkovsky
293 The Philadelphia Story 81.90 94.95 79.79 77.86 1940 George Cukor
294 The Twilight Samurai 81.90 86.10 81.07 81.13 2002 Yôji Yamada
295 Before Sunset 81.88 87.79 81.42 78.41 2004 Richard Linklater
296 Before Sunrise 81.86 84.40 82.24 79.44 1995 Richard Linklater
297 Castle in the Sky 81.85 81.63 81.49 82.06 1986 Hayao Miyazaki
298 The Departed 81.84 86.92 82.82 79.04 2006 Martin Scorsese
299 Brazil 81.83 90.23 80.61 78.37 1985 Terry Gilliam
300 Incendies 81.81 83.85 81.88 80.74 2011 Denis Villenueve
301 The Maltese Falcon 81.81 95.65 80.24 77.28 1941 John Huston
302 The Wizard of Oz 81.77 98.03 79.38 77.17 1939 Victor Fleming
303 Le Cercle Rouge 81.76 90.03 80.81 78.54 1970 Jean-Pierre Melville
304 Monsieur Verdoux 81.76 89.80 78.55 81.34 1947 Charlie Chaplin
305 The Return 81.72 84.85 80.02 80.96 2003 Andrey Zvyagintsev
306 Secrets & Lies 81.71 90.73 80.29 78.66 1996 Mike Leigh
307 The Hidden Fortress 81.70 91.25 80.79 80.72 1958 Akira Kurosawa
308 Pan's Labyrinth 81.69 92.59 81.60 76.08 2006 Guillermo del Toro
309 Amélie 81.69 79.64 81.96 80.27 2004 Jean-Pierre Jeunet
310 Ben-Hur 81.67 86.93 79.86 80.22 1959 William Wyler
311 Fitzcarraldo 81.67 75.80 81.06 81.21 1982 Werner Herzog
312 American History X 81.63 70.13 83.58 83.00 1998 Tony Kaye
313 Ace in the Hole 81.62 79.10 80.88 81.36 1951 Billy Wilder
314 Capernaum 81.62 81.83 80.52 82.18 2018 Nadine Labaki
315 Still Walking 81.61 90.30 80.92 79.48 2008 Hirokazu Koreeda
316 All About My Mother 81.61 88.77 79.56 78.80 1999 Pedro Almodóvar
317 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 81.60 92.28 78.82 78.83 1972 Luis Buñuel
318 Platoon 81.60 88.70 79.52 80.45 1986 Oliver Stone
319 Farewell My Concubine 81.60 80.50 80.49 81.04 1993 Chen Kaige
320 Letter from an Unknown Woman 81.59 93.10 79.84 79.31 1948 Max Ophüls
321 The Grand Budapest Hotel 81.58 87.64 80.72 79.19 2014 Wes Anderson
322 The Virgin Spring 81.58 82.45 80.70 80.66 1960 Ingmar Bergman
323 The Red Balloon 81.57 90.20 79.93 80.30 1956 Albert Lamorisse
324 Stagecoach 81.57 94.58 77.69 78.94 1939 John Ford
325 Mulholland Drive 81.56 80.61 79.60 77.87 2001 David Lynch
326 A Matter of Life and Death 81.49 92.60 81.91 76.27 1946 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
327 High Noon 81.48 90.58 79.27 78.94 1952 Fred Zinnemann
328 Orpheus 81.48 96.20 79.88 78.90 1950 Jean Cocteau
329 Life of Brian 81.47 82.98 80.78 79.81 1979 Terry Jones
330 Casino 81.46 74.23 81.54 81.75 1995 Martin Scorsese
331 Kagemusha 81.44 82.93 80.01 80.43 1980 Akira Kurosawa
332 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 81.43 76.08 80.53 81.85 1969 George Roy Hill
333 In a Lonely Place 81.43 92.45 80.42 78.77 1950 Nicholas Ray
334 Scarface 81.43 71.30 81.97 82.18 1983 Brian De Palma
335 A Short Film About Killing 81.42 87.35 79.89 80.38 1988 Krzysztof Kieślowski
336 Beauty and the Beast 81.41 92.05 79.28 78.32 1946 Jean Cocteau
337 The Hustler 81.39 92.45 80.43 78.97 1961 Robert Rossen
338 Cléo from 5 to 7 81.38 91.65 80.03 79.11 1962 Agnès Varda
339 Fireworks 81.37 90.15 80.01 79.63 1997 Takeshi Kitano
340 Room 81.36 88.41 80.43 79.48 2015 Lenny Abrahamson
341 Mad Max: Fury Road 81.35 90.39 79.76 77.80 2015 George Miller
342 Steamboat Bill, Jr. 81.32 95.75 79.30 79.23 1928 Charles Reisner, Buster Keaton
343 Judgment at Nuremberg 81.31 71.58 82.24 83.03 1961 Stanley Kramer
344 The Straight Story 81.30 87.15 79.64 79.88 1999 David Lynch
345 Meshes of the Afternoon 81.29 96.25 77.91 79.99 1943 Maya Deren, Alexandr Hackenschmied
346 Alice in the Cities 81.28 86.70 79.60 80.20 1974 Wim Wenders
347 Akira 81.28 80.90 81.12 79.98 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo
348 Good Will Hunting 81.27 79.38 81.97 81.05 1997 Gus Van Sant
349 The Miracle Worker 81.25 85.15 78.88 81.55 1962 Arthur Penn
350 Talk to Her 81.25 87.48 79.33 78.71 2002 Pedro Almodóvar
351 The Graduate 81.24 85.58 78.91 79.97 1967 Mike Nichols
352 Beauty and the Beast 81.22 92.28 79.20 78.77 1991 Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
353 The Heiress 81.19 94.45 80.20 79.76 1949 William Wyler
354 Fantasia 81.18 93.03 76.76 79.95 1940 Samuel Armstrong, James Algar
355 Au Revoir les Enfants 81.18 94.25 80.14 78.92 1987 Louis Malle
356 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 81.18 88.62 79.36 79.90 2017 Martin McDonagh
357 Inglourious Basterds 81.17 79.05 81.06 80.51 2009 Quentin Tarantino
358 Elevator to the Gallows 81.16 90.45 79.31 78.56 1958 Louis Malle
359 Gladiator 81.16 75.39 81.69 81.52 2000 Ridley Scott
360 Through a Glass Darkly 81.15 93.60 81.11 78.86 1961 Ingmar Bergman
361 Million Dollar Baby 81.15 87.41 77.43 80.72 2004 Clint Eastwood
362 Days of Heaven 81.15 90.75 80.19 77.08 1978 Terrence Malick
363 Do the Right Thing 81.15 90.78 80.26 77.04 1989 Spike Lee
364 Out of the Past 81.14 91.40 80.73 77.92 1947 Jacques Tourneur
365 Strangers on a Train 81.11 93.30 80.01 78.68 1951 Alfred Hitchcock
366 Blue Velvet 81.11 83.48 78.98 77.09 1986 David Lynch
367 That Obscure Object of Desire 81.09 89.40 79.59 78.11 1977 Luis Buñuel
368 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 81.08 80.23 80.74 80.75 1962 Robert Aldrich
369 My Night at Maud's 81.07 88.15 79.51 79.42 1969 Éric Rohmer
370 The Earrings of Madame de… 81.07 92.15 80.36 77.05 1953 Max Ophüls
371 The Conversation 81.04 89.23 80.03 77.44 1974 Francis Ford Coppola
372 The Killing 81.03 91.50 79.51 79.21 1956 Stanley Kubrick
373 The Servant 81.03 87.83 79.45 78.57 1963 Joseph Losey
374 The Intouchables 81.03 67.15 82.13 84.70 2011 Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano
375 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 81.01 94.15 81.57 75.44 1943 Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
376 Jaws 81.01 90.98 79.91 75.70 1975 Steven Spielberg
377 Winter Light 81.01 73.55 81.51 79.95 1963 Ingmar Bergman
378 Love Exposure 81.01 80.88 82.23 79.55 2008 Sion Sono
379 Hiroshima Mon Amour 81.00 92.95 80.13 77.99 1959 Alain Resnais
380 Day for Night 80.98 92.55 80.21 78.27 1973 François Truffaut
381 Ratatouille 80.97 92.73 78.72 78.68 2007 Brad Bird
382 Ghost in the Shell 80.97 81.43 79.98 81.15 1995 Mamoru Oshii
383 Germany Year Zero 80.95 92.00 77.80 80.03 1948 Roberto Rossellini
384 Spotlight 80.93 93.00 79.75 77.55 2015 Tom McCarthy
385 Die Hard 80.93 79.58 81.11 79.43 1988 John McTiernan
386 Laura 80.93 93.80 79.70 78.47 1944 Otto Preminger
387 Sleuth 80.93 89.95 79.16 80.87 1972 Joseph L. Mankiewicz
388 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 80.92 88.64 79.69 77.84 2007 Julian Schnabel
389 The Handmaiden 80.92 85.99 82.55 77.41 2016 Park Chan-wook
390 Stand by Me 80.90 80.20 81.28 79.54 1986 Rob Reiner
391 Wolf Children 80.90 80.15 80.40 81.27 2012 Mamoru Hosoda
392 Marriage Story 80.88 92.86 79.40 77.75 2019 Noam Baumbach
393 Shoeshine 80.87 93.75 79.02 79.38 1946 Vittorio De Sica
394 Freaks 80.85 84.70 77.66 80.31 1932 Tod Browning
395 Nosferatu 80.85 93.75 78.29 79.14 1922 F. W. Murnau
396 Dial M for Murder 80.84 77.60 81.17 81.31 1954 Alfred Hitchcock
397 Amour 80.81 90.90 77.74 78.19 2012 Michael Haneke
398 12 Years a Slave 80.80 94.00 79.74 76.94 2013 Steve McQueen
399 The Nightmare Before Christmas 80.77 85.38 79.26 79.69 1993 Henry Selick
400 Cabaret 80.77 84.68 77.34 80.69 1972 Bob Fosse
401 Central Station 80.77 83.28 80.91 78.52 1998 Walter Salles
402 Landscape in the Mist 80.74 71.35 80.76 80.28 1988 Theo Angelopoulos
403 1917 80.73 84.37 80.65 79.33 2019 Sam Mendes
404 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages 80.71 93.98 75.69 78.01 1916 D. W. Griffith
405 Call Me by Your Name 80.71 91.25 79.43 77.87 2017 Luca Guadagnino
406 Midnight Cowboy 80.71 82.98 79.10 79.50 1969 John Schlesinger
407 Shadow of a Doubt 80.70 94.38 79.31 76.04 1943 Alfred Hitchcock
408 Interstellar 80.70 74.16 81.30 82.25 2014 Christopher Nolan
409 Hannah and Her Sisters 80.69 88.95 79.15 77.98 1986 Woody Allen
410 Monsters, Inc. 80.68 85.29 79.37 80.08 2001 Pete Docter, David Silverman
411 The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 80.65 85.85 79.40 79.38 1933 Fritz Lang
412 Downfall 80.64 83.53 81.54 78.55 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel
413 Being There 80.64 87.30 79.42 78.06 1979 Hal Ashby
414 The Killer 80.63 92.60 79.27 78.66 1989 John Woo
415 My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown 80.63 93.23 78.13 79.15 1989 Jim Sheridan
416 Jean de Florette 80.60 88.40 80.18 79.69 1986 Claude Berri
417 The Big Lebowski 80.57 74.80 82.28 78.57 1998 Coen Brothers
418 The King's Speech 80.57 90.86 78.50 78.59 2010 Tom Hooper
419 Whisper of the Heart 80.55 79.98 80.80 80.31 1995 Yoshifumi Kondō
420 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 80.54 93.08 77.22 77.82 1982 Steven Spielberg
421 Infernal Affairs 80.54 79.83 79.92 80.22 2002 Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
422 The Prestige 80.54 72.22 82.71 81.38 2006 Christopher Nolan
423 Our Hospitality 80.54 92.85 77.72 79.58 1923 Buster Keaton, John G. Blystone
424 Zootopia 80.53 85.22 78.84 80.18 2016 Byron Howard, Rich Moore
425 Toy Story 2 80.49 92.59 78.51 77.05 1999 John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich
426 Klaus 80.48 75.00 81.07 81.41 2019 Sergio Pablos
427 The Big Sleep 80.45 92.10 79.74 77.58 1946 Howard Hawks
428 Ford v Ferrari 80.45 83.94 79.37 80.01 2019 James Mangold
429 Dead Poets Society 80.44 78.70 79.43 80.75 1989 Peter Weir
430 The Terminator 80.43 89.08 78.26 78.13 1984 James Cameron
431 Naked 80.43 84.48 80.39 77.34 1993 Mike Leigh
432 Dangal 80.41 83.00 79.68 80.56 2016 Nitesh Tiwari
433 Kwaidan 80.40 81.80 79.75 79.42 1964 Masaki Kobayashi
434 The Man Who Would Be King 80.40 90.55 78.24 77.79 1975 John Huston
435 Wild Tales 80.38 82.57 80.48 79.22 2014 Damián Szifron
436 Groundhog Day 80.38 80.08 79.31 79.35 1993 Harold Ramis
437 Catch Me If You Can 80.38 83.44 78.74 80.57 2002 Steven Spielberg
438 I Vitelloni 80.36 90.28 77.64 78.06 1953 Federico Fellini
439 The Big Heat 80.35 92.90 79.27 77.87 1953 Fritz Lang
440 The Double Life of Véronique 80.35 82.63 80.19 77.87 1991 Krzysztof Kieślowski
441 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 80.35 82.58 80.19 78.43 1966 Mike Nichols
442 Requiem for a Dream 80.33 71.39 81.39 80.93 2000 Darren Aronofsky
443 Rope 80.33 79.20 80.31 79.30 1948 Alfred Hitchcock
444 Love and Death 80.33 89.83 77.55 78.50 1975 Woody Allen
445 The Remains of the Day 80.29 86.88 78.75 78.80 1993 James Ivory
446 Jules and Jim 80.28 93.70 78.30 77.94 1962 François Truffaut
447 The Gospel According to Matthew 80.28 88.30 76.50 78.52 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini
448 How to Train Your Dragon 80.27 81.97 79.45 80.24 2010 Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
449 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 80.27 88.50 78.81 78.53 2011 David Yates
450 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 80.26 87.05 79.46 79.79 1958 Richard Brooks
451 The French Connection 80.26 93.35 78.04 76.89 1971 William Friedkin
452 Opening Night 80.25 78.05 80.50 79.25 1977 John Cassavetes
453 Hotel Rwanda 80.24 84.54 79.34 79.40 2004 Terry George
454 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 80.22 92.51 77.76 76.22 2007 Cristian Mungiu
455 Tampopo 80.22 92.40 81.20 77.01 1985 Juzo Itami
456 Scarface 80.22 93.50 76.43 79.55 1932 Howard Hawks, Howard Hughes
457 The Face of Another 80.21 87.50 79.61 79.34 1966 Hiroshi Teshigahara
458 The Roaring Twenties 80.21 86.20 77.79 80.68 1939 Raoul Walsh
459 Pickpocket 80.20 93.80 76.41 76.47 1959 Robert Bresson
460 Kiki's Delivery Service 80.20 85.45 79.87 78.84 1989 Hayao Miyazaki
461 A Prophet 80.19 89.61 79.53 76.14 2009 Jacques Audiard
462 Zelig 80.19 90.00 76.50 80.29 1983 Woody Allen
463 Trouble in Paradise 80.18 88.20 79.35 77.62 1932 Ernst Lubitsch
464 Gran Torino 80.17 76.27 78.57 82.36 2008 Clint Eastwood
465 Last Year at Marienbad 80.16 88.25 78.29 77.37 1961 Alain Resnais
466 All the President's Men 80.15 85.95 80.48 76.46 1976 Alan J. Pakula
467 Breaking the Waves 80.15 79.85 78.46 79.55 1996 Lars von Trier
468 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 80.14 74.28 81.44 80.57 1989 Steven Spielberg
469 Divorce Italian Style 80.12 91.00 79.28 78.26 1961 Pietro Germi
470 Edward Scissorhands 80.12 78.65 78.09 80.73 1990 Tim Burton
471 The Thing 80.12 67.98 82.60 79.34 1982 John Carpenter
472 Perfect Blue 80.11 74.05 80.91 80.09 1997 Satoshi Kon
473 Down by Law 80.10 79.03 78.98 79.61 1986 Jim Jarmusch
474 Bringing Up Baby 80.10 90.75 78.25 76.45 1938 Howard Hawks
475 The Phantom of Liberty 80.09 85.10 78.89 78.66 1974 Luis Buñuel
476 Bonnie and Clyde 80.07 85.38 78.16 78.23 1967 Arthur Penn
477 The Incredibles 80.07 89.69 79.77 75.78 2004 Brad Bird
478 Rocky 80.04 79.73 79.17 79.29 1976 John G. Avildsen
479 His Girl Friday 80.03 94.15 79.24 76.72 1940 Howard Hawks
480 Mommy 80.03 80.79 80.39 79.13 2014 Xavier Dolan
481 Mon Oncle 80.03 88.00 78.03 78.76 1958 Jacques Tati
482 My Fair Lady 79.99 91.85 77.53 78.00 1964 George Cukor
483 Charade 79.98 85.55 79.37 78.72 1963 Stanley Donen
484 Stalag 17 79.95 87.13 79.62 77.79 1953 Billy Wilder
485 Boyhood 79.95 97.08 76.08 75.95 2014 Richard Linklater
486 The Secret in Their Eyes 79.95 82.49 81.27 77.67 2009 Juan José Campanella
487 Ninotchka 79.95 90.15 77.99 78.50 1939 Ernst Lubitsch
488 Pierrot le Fou 79.94 81.75 77.84 76.65 1965 Jean-Luc Godard
489 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 79.94 89.10 78.30 78.27 1974 Werner Herzog
490 Stroszek 79.94 88.40 79.50 77.77 1977 Werner Herzog
491 A Hard Day's Night 79.93 93.73 76.82 77.08 1964 Richard Lester
492 Onibaba 79.90 74.75 79.42 79.96 1964 Kaneto Shindo
493 Repulsion 79.85 92.68 77.29 76.57 1965 Roman Polanski
494 Like Stars on Earth 79.85 80.50 79.54 79.86 2007 Aamir Khan, Amole Gupte
495 Duck Soup 79.84 92.33 79.01 74.92 1933 Leo McCarey
496 Carlito's Way 79.83 70.28 79.16 82.01 1993 Brian De Palma
497 Nashville 79.82 93.23 76.89 74.92 1975 Robert Altman
498 The Triplets of Belleville 79.82 88.97 76.57 78.66 2003 Sylvain Chomet
499 Dr. Mabuse the Gambler 79.81 85.10 76.88 79.98 1922 Fritz Lang
500 Gone Girl 79.79 83.03 79.32 78.87 2014 David Fincher
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