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. 41 new

    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  2. 180 new

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
  3. 111 new

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
  4. 28 new

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
  5. 112 new

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  6. 51 new

    Ladri di biciclette

    1948 — a.k.a. Bicycle Thieves, in 35 top lists Check
  7. 115 new

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  8. 156 new

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  9. 73 new

    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
  10. 37 new

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
  11. 104 new

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 28 top lists Check
  12. 141 new

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 32 top lists Check
  13. 36 new

    Modern Times

    1936, in 29 top lists Check
  14. 149 new

    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  15. 164 new

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  16. 68 new

    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 19 top lists Check
  17. 3 new

    Manhattan

    1979, in 18 top lists Check
  18. 122 new

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  19. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 20 top lists Check
  20. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  21. 126 new

    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
  22. 25 new

    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  23. 16 new

    Il conformista

    1970 — a.k.a. The Conformist, in 17 top lists Check
  24. 8 new

    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 22 top lists Check
  25. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 19 top lists Check
  26. 93 new

    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 top lists Check
  27. 160 new

    Laura

    1944, in 20 top lists Check
  28. 159 new

    Peeping Tom

    1960, in 20 top lists Check
  29. 203 new

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  30. 20 new

    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
  31. 78 new

    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Pierrot le Fou, in 15 top lists Check
  32. 57 new

    Ordet

    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
  33. 190 new

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  34. 27 new

    Viridiana

    1961, in 23 top lists Check
  35. 75 new

    Les yeux sans visage

    1960 — a.k.a. Eyes Without a Face, in 13 top lists Check
  36. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 13 top lists Check
  37. 5 new

    Hable con ella

    2002 — a.k.a. Talk to Her, in 11 top lists Check
  38. 65 new

    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 20 top lists Check
  39. 204 new

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  40. 123 new

    Lost Highway

    1997, in 8 top lists Check
  41. 102 new

    Dead Man

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
  42. 161 new

    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 19 top lists Check
  43. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  44. 22 new

    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
  45. 189 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  46. 213 new

    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
  47. 207 new

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  48. 150 new

    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  49. 121 new

    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 13 top lists Check
  50. 91 new

    Elephant

    2003, in 10 top lists Check
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