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. 28 new

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 30 top lists Check
  2. 179 new

    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
  3. 53 new

    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

    1937, in 25 top lists Check
  4. 57 new


    1955 — a.k.a. The Word, in 20 top lists Check
  5. 65 new

    El espíritu de la colmena

    1973 — a.k.a. The Spirit of the Beehive, in 20 top lists Check
  6. 102 new

    Dead Man

    1995, in 12 top lists Check
  7. 59 new

    India Song

    1975, in 7 top lists Check
  8. 38 new


    1987 — a.k.a. Brightness, in 9 top lists Check
  9. 136 new


    1954, in 1 top list Check
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Last updated on Jun 2, 2012; source