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 FĂ©mis. 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. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
  2. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
  3. 105 new

    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
  4. 93 new

    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 top lists Check
  5. 87 new


    1941, in 3 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source