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. 20 new

    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
  2. 45 new

    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
  3. 73 new

    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
  4. 97 new

    Xia nü

    1971 — a.k.a. A Touch of Zen, in 14 top lists Check
  5. 105 new

    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
  6. 107 new

    Zendegi va digar hich

    1992 — a.k.a. Life, and Nothing More..., in 6 top lists Check
  7. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 31 top lists Check
  8. 137 new

    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 36 top lists Check
  9. 168 new

    Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

    1964 — a.k.a. Black God, White Devil, in 9 top lists Check
  10. 179 new

    King Kong

    1933 — a.k.a. The Eighth Wonder, in 27 top lists Check
  11. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
  12. 206 new

    High Sierra

    1941, in 6 top lists Check
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