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. 152 new

    Accattone

    1961 — a.k.a. The Procurer, in 9 top lists Check
  2. 174 new

    Adieu Philippine

    1962, in 4 top lists Check
  3. 99 new

    Adieu, plancher des vaches!

    1999 — a.k.a. Farewell, Home Sweet Home, in 0 top lists Check
  4. 124 new

    An Affair to Remember

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
  5. 151 new

    Angèle

    1934 — a.k.a. Angele, in 2 top lists Check
  6. 142 new

    Ani imôto

    1953 — a.k.a. Older Brother, Younger Sister, in 0 top lists Check
  7. 34 new

    Bab el hadid

    1958 — a.k.a. Cairo Station, in 6 top lists Check
  8. 70 new

    Bad Lieutenant

    1992, in 5 top lists Check
  9. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
  10. 127 new

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  11. 47 new

    Beau travail

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
  12. 96 new

    Beiqíng chéngshì

    1989 — a.k.a. A City of Sadness, in 9 top lists Check
  13. 92 new

    Benny's Video

    1992, in 1 top list Check
  14. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  15. 133 new

    Bob le flambeur

    1956 — a.k.a. Bob le Flambeur, in 12 top lists Check
  16. 33 new

    Les bonnes femmes

    1960 — a.k.a. The Good Time Girls, in 4 top lists Check
  17. 29 new

    Boy Meets Girl

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
  18. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 12 top lists Check
  19. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 20 top lists Check
  20. 1 new

    La captive

    2000 — a.k.a. The Captive, in 2 top lists Check
  21. 13 new

    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
  22. 212 new

    The Children's Hour

    1961, in 1 top list Check
  23. 175 new

    Les choses de la vie

    1970 — a.k.a. The Things of Life, in 2 top lists Check
  24. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 18 top lists Check
  25. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  26. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 139 new

    A Comédia de Deus

    1995 — a.k.a. God's Comedy, in 3 top lists Check
  28. 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 17 top lists Check
  30. 42 new

    Crash

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
  31. 215 new

    Cronaca familiare

    1962 — a.k.a. Family Portrait, in 1 top list Check
  32. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
  33. 188 new

    Dalla nube alla resistenza

    1979 — a.k.a. From the Clouds to the Resistance, in 3 top lists Check
  34. 23 new

    De bruit et de fureur

    1988 — a.k.a. Sound and Fury, in 2 top lists Check
  35. 102 new

    Dead Man

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
  36. 37 new

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  37. 20 new

    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
  38. 46 new

    Les demoiselles de Rochefort

    1967 — a.k.a. The Young Girls of Rochefort, in 11 top lists Check
  39. 168 new

    Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

    1964 — a.k.a. Black God, White Devil, in 9 top lists Check
  40. 150 new

    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  41. 67 new

    Die Ehe der Maria Braun

    1979 — a.k.a. The Marriage of Maria Braun, in 11 top lists Check
  42. 71 new

    Dillinger è morto

    1969 — a.k.a. Dillinger Is Dead, in 4 top lists Check
  43. 122 new

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 19 top lists Check
  44. 68 new

    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
  45. 54 new

    La drôlesse

    1979 — a.k.a. The Hussy, in 1 top list Check
  46. 202 new

    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
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    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 21 top lists Check
  48. 91 new

    Elephant

    2003, in 10 top lists Check
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    Exotica

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
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    Family Life

    1971 — a.k.a. Wednesday's Child, in 3 top lists Check
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