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. 215 new

    Cronaca familiare

    1962 — a.k.a. Family Portrait, in 1 top list Check
  2. 214 new

    San xia hao ren

    2006 — a.k.a. Still Life, in 10 top lists Check
  3. 213 new

    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
  4. 212 new

    The Children's Hour

    1961, in 1 top list Check
  5. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 19 top lists Check
  6. 208 new

    Im Lauf der Zeit

    1976 — a.k.a. Kings of the Road, in 8 top lists Check
  7. 207 new

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  8. 206 new

    High Sierra

    1941, in 7 top lists Check
  9. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
  10. 204 new

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  11. 203 new

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  12. 202 new

    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
  13. 199 new

    Sans toit ni loi

    1985 — a.k.a. Vagabond, in 8 top lists Check
  14. 197 new

    The Naked Dawn

    1955, in 1 top list Check
  15. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
  16. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
  17. 193 new

    Les roseaux sauvages

    1994 — a.k.a. Wild Reeds, in 5 top lists Check
  18. 192 new

    San Michele aveva un gallo

    1972 — a.k.a. St. Michael Had a Rooster, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 190 new

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  20. 189 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  21. 188 new

    Dalla nube alla resistenza

    1979 — a.k.a. From the Clouds to the Resistance, in 2 top lists Check
  22. 187 new

    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  23. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  24. 184 new

    Mat i syn

    1997 — a.k.a. Mother and Son, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 183 new

    Moonlighting

    1982, in 4 top lists Check
  26. 182 new

    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
  27. 181 new

    Written on the Wind

    1956, in 11 top lists Check
  28. 180 new

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 31 top lists Check
  29. 177 new

    Una giornata particolare

    1977 — a.k.a. A Special Day, in 6 top lists Check
  30. 176 new

    The Panic in Needle Park

    1971, in 2 top lists Check
  31. 175 new

    Les choses de la vie

    1970 — a.k.a. The Things of Life, in 2 top lists Check
  32. 174 new

    Adieu Philippine

    1962, in 4 top lists Check
  33. 171 new

    Salvatore Giuliano

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
  34. 170 new

    Stromboli, terra di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. Stromboli, in 7 top lists Check
  35. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 3 top lists Check
  36. 168 new

    Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

    1964 — a.k.a. Black God, White Devil, in 9 top lists Check
  37. 167 new

    L'amour fou

    1969, in 3 top lists Check
  38. 166 new

    Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour

    1963 — a.k.a. Muriel, or The Time of Return, in 9 top lists Check
  39. 164 new

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  40. 162 new

    Jalsaghar

    1958 — a.k.a. The Music Room, in 10 top lists Check
  41. 161 new

    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 19 top lists Check
  42. 160 new

    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
  43. 159 new

    Peeping Tom

    1960, in 20 top lists Check
  44. 157 new

    Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here

    1969, in 1 top list Check
  45. 156 new

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  46. 155 new

    À nos amours

    1983 — a.k.a. À Nos Amours, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 153 new

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
  48. 152 new

    Accattone

    1961 — a.k.a. The Procurer, in 9 top lists Check
  49. 151 new

    Angèle

    1934 — a.k.a. Angele, in 2 top lists Check
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    Die Büchse der Pandora

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