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 FĂ©mis. 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. 7 new

    O thiasos

    1975 — a.k.a. The Travelling Players, in 11 top lists Check
  2. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 113 new


    1985, in 17 top lists Check
  4. 131 new


    2000 — a.k.a. The King's Daughters, in 0 top lists Check
  5. 153 new

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
  6. 165 new

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  7. 187 new

    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  8. 192 new

    San Michele aveva un gallo

    1972 — a.k.a. St. Michael Had a Rooster, in 2 top lists Check
  9. 204 new

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  10. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

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