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. 3 new

    Manhattan

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
  2. 6 new

    A Wedding

    1978, in 1 top list Check
  3. 10 new

    Irma Vep

    1996, in 6 top lists Check
  4. 18 new

    The Party

    1968, in 5 top lists Check
  5. 19 new

    Les valseuses

    1974 — a.k.a. Going Places, in 5 top lists Check
  6. 36 new

    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
  7. 46 new

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  8. 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
  9. 55 new

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  10. 61 new

    Honkytonk Man

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
  11. 68 new

    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
  12. 74 new

    Lásky jedné plavovlásky

    1965 — a.k.a. The Loves of a Blonde, in 11 top lists Check
  13. 90 new

    Bonne chance!

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
  14. 99 new

    Adieu, plancher des vaches!

    1999 — a.k.a. Farewell, Home Sweet Home, in 1 top list Check
  15. 103 new

    Kauas pilvet karkaavat

    1996 — a.k.a. Drifting Clouds, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 105 new

    The General

    1926, in 32 top lists Check
  17. 118 new

    The Ladies Man

    1961, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 121 new

    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 12 top lists Check
  19. 130 new

    Monkey Business

    1931, in 1 top list Check
  20. 139 new

    A Comédia de Deus

    1995 — a.k.a. God's Comedy, in 3 top lists Check
  21. 140 new

    Palombella rossa

    1989 — a.k.a. Red Wood Pigeon, in 2 top lists Check
  22. 163 new

    Boudu sauvé des eaux

    1932 — a.k.a. Boudu Saved from Drowning, in 9 top lists Check
  23. 164 new

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  24. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 4 top lists Check
  25. 191 new

    Playtime

    1967 — a.k.a. Playtime, in 20 top lists Check
  26. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
  27. 209 new

    Kiss Me, Stupid

    1964, in 1 top list Check
  28. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

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