Alain Bergala's "The 208 Films That You Must Have Seen"

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This list was compiled by French film critic and historian Alain Bergala, which he distributes to students upon their orientation at the Paris Film Academy, La Fémis. This version of his list was handed out in 2010.

The list is not a compilation of the best films nor the most important ones, but was designed merely as a starting point for prospective filmmakers and students to learn about the history of cinema. One film a week for the duration of their four-year program.

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  1. 113 new

    Shoah

    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  2. 17 new

    Tiexi qu

    2002 — a.k.a. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, in 8 top lists Check
  3. 145 new

    Hôtel Terminus

    1988 — a.k.a. Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 185 new

    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 9 top lists Check
  5. 109 new

    Route One USA

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
  6. 167 new

    L'amour fou

    1969, in 3 top lists Check
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    O thiasos

    1975 — a.k.a. The Travelling Players, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
  9. 66 new

    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 13 top lists Check
  10. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 31 top lists Check
  11. 97 new

    Xia nü

    1971 — a.k.a. A Touch of Zen, in 14 top lists Check
  12. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 18 top lists Check
  14. 37 new

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
  15. 52 new

    Comment je me suis disputé... (ma vie sexuelle)

    1996 — a.k.a. My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument, in 4 top lists Check
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    Diaries Notes and Sketches

    1969, in 4 top lists Check
  17. 41 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 38 top lists Check
  18. 208 new

    Im Lauf der Zeit

    1976 — a.k.a. Kings of the Road, in 7 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
  20. 213 new

    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
  21. 139 new

    A Comédia de Deus

    1995 — a.k.a. God's Comedy, in 3 top lists Check
  22. 126 new

    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
  23. 69 new

    Lady Chatterley

    2006, in 3 top lists Check
  24. 143 new

    Francisca

    1981, in 3 top lists Check
  25. 117 new

    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 23 top lists Check
  26. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 11 top lists Check
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    Beiqíng chéngshì

    1989 — a.k.a. A City of Sadness, in 9 top lists Check
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    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
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    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  30. 112 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    La graine et le mulet

    2007 — a.k.a. The Secret of the Grain, in 4 top lists Check
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    Les valseuses

    1974 — a.k.a. Going Places, in 5 top lists Check
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    Saikaku ichidai onna

    1952 — a.k.a. The Life of Oharu, in 11 top lists Check
  34. 110 new

    The Shining

    1980, in 25 top lists Check
  35. 151 new

    Angèle

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
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    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 21 top lists Check
  37. 58 new

    L'humanité

    1999 — a.k.a. Humanité, in 4 top lists Check
  38. 93 new

    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 top lists Check
  39. 189 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  40. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  41. 125 new

    Lacombe Lucien

    1974, in 8 top lists Check
  42. 156 new

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  43. 149 new

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 26 top lists Check
  44. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 19 top lists Check
  45. 123 new

    Lost Highway

    1997, in 9 top lists Check
  46. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
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    Oasiseu

    2002 — a.k.a. Oasis, in 5 top lists Check
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    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 28 top lists Check
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    Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma...

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Der Name der Rose

    1986 — a.k.a. The Name of the Rose, in 1 top list Check
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