The 50 Greatest Movies Ever Made

Ranking half a century of the finest films in cinematic history

37. 8 ½ (1963)

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A famed Italian film director struggles with his self-perceived lack of creativity in Federico Fellini’s not so thinly veiled semi-autobiographical surrealist masterpiece. 8 ½ proved to be one of the most influential movies of the decade, with countless imitators hailing from all over the world, before it soon entered cinematic folklore as an all-time great.

An introspective look at the creative process, 8 ½’s dreamlike qualities and sense of profundity bear all the fingerprints of a filmmaking genius working at the top of his game.