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. 101 new

    ...A Valparaíso

    1964 — a.k.a. Valparaiso, in 3 top lists Check
  2. 152 new

    Accattone

    1961 — a.k.a. The Procurer, in 9 top lists Check
  3. 174 new

    Adieu Philippine

    1962, in 3 top lists Check
  4. 99 new

    Adieu, plancher des vaches!

    1999 — a.k.a. Farewell, Home Sweet Home, in 1 top list Check
  5. 124 new

    An Affair to Remember

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
  6. 151 new

    Angèle

    1934, in 2 top lists Check
  7. 142 new

    Ani imôto

    1953 — a.k.a. Older Brother, Younger Sister, in 0 top lists Check
  8. 34 new

    Bab el hadid

    1958 — a.k.a. Cairo Station, in 6 top lists Check
  9. 70 new

    Bad Lieutenant

    1992, in 4 top lists Check
  10. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 47 new

    Beau travail

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
  13. 96 new

    Beiqíng chéngshì

    1989 — a.k.a. A City of Sadness, in 9 top lists Check
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    Benny's Video

    1992, in 1 top list Check
  15. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  16. 178 new

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Blow Out

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 133 new

    Bob le flambeur

    1956 — a.k.a. Bob le Flambeur, in 12 top lists Check
  19. 90 new

    Bonne chance!

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
  20. 33 new

    Les bonnes femmes

    1960 — a.k.a. The Good Time Girls, in 4 top lists Check
  21. 163 new

    Boudu sauvé des eaux

    1932 — a.k.a. Boudu Saved from Drowning, in 9 top lists Check
  22. 29 new

    Boy Meets Girl

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
  23. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 11 top lists Check
  24. 136 new

    Brigadoon

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
  25. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 19 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 23 top lists Check
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    La captive

    2000 — a.k.a. The Captive, in 2 top lists Check
  28. 13 new

    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
  29. 194 new

    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  30. 172 new

    La chasse au lion à l'arc

    1966 — a.k.a. Hunting the Lion with Bow and Arrow, in 2 top lists Check
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    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  32. 26 new

    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
  33. 212 new

    The Children's Hour

    1961 — a.k.a. The Loudest Whisper, in 1 top list Check
  34. 175 new

    Les choses de la vie

    1970 — a.k.a. The Things of Life, in 2 top lists Check
  35. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 17 top lists Check
  36. 64 new

    La chute de la maison Usher

    1928 — a.k.a. The Fall of the House of Usher, in 8 top lists Check
  37. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  38. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 4 top lists Check
  39. 139 new

    A Comédia de Deus

    1995 — a.k.a. God's Comedy, in 3 top lists Check
  40. 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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    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 18 top lists Check
  42. 42 new

    Crash

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
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    Cronaca familiare

    1962 — a.k.a. Family Portrait, in 1 top list Check
  44. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dalla nube alla resistenza

    1979 — a.k.a. From the Clouds to the Resistance, in 3 top lists Check
  46. 23 new

    De bruit et de fureur

    1988 — a.k.a. Sound and Fury, in 1 top list Check
  47. 198 new

    De platte jungle

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dead Man

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
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    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
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