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. 167 new

    L'amour fou

    1969, in 4 top lists Check
  2. 7 new

    O thiasos

    1975 — a.k.a. The Travelling Players, in 11 top lists Check
  3. 45 new

    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
  4. 66 new

    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 13 top lists Check
  5. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
  6. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  7. 204 new

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  8. 37 new

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  9. 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
  10. 41 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  11. 208 new

    Im Lauf der Zeit

    1976 — a.k.a. Kings of the Road, in 8 top lists Check
  12. 68 new

    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 20 top lists Check
  13. 213 new

    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
  14. 139 new

    A Comédia de Deus

    1995 — a.k.a. God's Comedy, in 4 top lists Check
  15. 126 new

    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
  16. 69 new

    Lady Chatterley

    2006, in 3 top lists Check
  17. 143 new

    Francisca

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
  18. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 13 top lists Check
  19. 96 new

    Beiqíng chéngshì

    1989 — a.k.a. A City of Sadness, in 9 top lists Check
  20. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
  21. 43 new

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 112 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  23. 106 new

    La graine et le mulet

    2007 — a.k.a. The Secret of the Grain, in 4 top lists Check
  24. 19 new

    Les valseuses

    1974 — a.k.a. Going Places, in 7 top lists Check
  25. 138 new

    Saikaku ichidai onna

    1952 — a.k.a. The Life of Oharu, in 11 top lists Check
  26. 151 new

    Angèle

    1934 — a.k.a. Angele, in 2 top lists Check
  27. 8 new

    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 23 top lists Check
  28. 58 new

    L'humanité

    1999 — a.k.a. Humanité, in 5 top lists Check
  29. 93 new

    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 top lists Check
  30. 189 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  31. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  32. 125 new

    Lacombe Lucien

    1974, in 9 top lists Check
  33. 156 new

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 20 top lists Check
  34. 149 new

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  35. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 22 top lists Check
  36. 123 new

    Lost Highway

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  37. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
  38. 35 new

    Oasiseu

    2002 — a.k.a. Oasis, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 28 new

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
  40. 4 new

    Moi, Pierre Rivière, ayant égorgé ma mère, ma...

    1976, in 1 top list Check
  41. 202 new

    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
  42. 89 new

    Sürü

    1978 — a.k.a. The Herd, in 4 top lists Check
  43. 127 new

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 8 top lists Check
  44. 57 new

    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
  45. 122 new

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 21 top lists Check
  46. 98 new

    The Misfits

    1961, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 6 new

    A Wedding

    1978, in 1 top list Check
  48. 171 new

    Salvatore Giuliano

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
  49. 61 new

    Honkytonk Man

    1982, in 0 top lists Check
  50. 153 new

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
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