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The top 100 most essential films of 78 French film directors, critics and industry executives. The list was compiled for and published in the French Cahiers du cinéma film magazine.

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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 33 top lists Check
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    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
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    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 21 top lists Check
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    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 31 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934 — a.k.a. Le chaland qui passe, in 16 top lists Check
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    M

    1931, in 33 top lists Check
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    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 30 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 38 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 23 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 18 top lists Check
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    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 15 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 19 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 20 top lists Check
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    Le mépris

    1963 — a.k.a. Contempt, in 15 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953, in 19 top lists Check
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    City Lights

    1931, in 26 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 28 top lists Check
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    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu the Vampire, in 24 top lists Check
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    Jalsaghar

    1958 — a.k.a. The Music Room, in 10 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932 — a.k.a. The Monster Show, in 14 top lists Check
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    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 15 top lists Check
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    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 20 top lists Check
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    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
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    Hiroshima, mon amour

    1959 — a.k.a. Hiroshima, My Love, in 15 top lists Check
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    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 15 top lists Check
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    North by Northwest

    1959, in 25 top lists Check
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    Pickpocket

    1959, in 16 top lists Check
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    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Golden Marie, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 6 top lists Check
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    Moonfleet

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
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    Madame de...

    1953 — a.k.a. Diamond Earrings, in 11 top lists Check
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    Le plaisir

    1952 — a.k.a. House of Pleasure, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 21 top lists Check
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    L'avventura

    1960, in 20 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potyomkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 25 top lists Check
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    Notorious

    1946, in 21 top lists Check
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    Ivan Groznyy

    1944 — a.k.a. Ivan the Terrible, Part One, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 36 top lists Check
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    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Wind

    1928, in 12 top lists Check
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 36 top lists Check
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    Fanny och Alexander

    1982 — a.k.a. Fanny and Alexander, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 17 top lists Check
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    1963 — a.k.a. Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, in 30 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. The Pier, in 15 top lists Check
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    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Crazy Pete, in 12 top lists Check
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    Le roman d'un tricheur

    1936 — a.k.a. The Story of a Cheat, in 6 top lists Check
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    Amarcord

    1973, in 13 top lists Check
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