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. 124 new

    An Affair to Remember

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
  2. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
  3. 88 new

    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
  4. 90 new

    Bonne chance!

    1935, in 0 top lists Check
  5. 33 new

    Les bonnes femmes

    1960 — a.k.a. The Good Time Girls, in 4 top lists Check
  6. 29 new

    Boy Meets Girl

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
  7. 114 new

    Breaking the Waves

    1996, in 11 top lists Check
  8. 136 new

    Brigadoon

    1954, in 0 top lists Check
  9. 116 new

    Brokeback Mountain

    2005, in 19 top lists Check
  10. 1 new

    La captive

    2000 — a.k.a. The Captive, in 2 top lists Check
  11. 13 new

    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
  12. 175 new

    Les choses de la vie

    1970 — a.k.a. The Things of Life, in 2 top lists Check
  13. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 17 top lists Check
  14. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 4 top lists Check
  15. 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
  16. 150 new

    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  17. 202 new

    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
  18. 5 new

    Hable con ella

    2002 — a.k.a. Talk to Her, in 11 top lists Check
  19. 135 new

    He liu

    1997 — a.k.a. The River, in 7 top lists Check
  20. 59 new

    India Song

    1975, in 6 top lists Check
  21. 30 new

    Le jour se lève

    1939 — a.k.a. Daybreak, in 12 top lists Check
  22. 209 new

    Kiss Me, Stupid

    1964, in 1 top list Check
  23. 108 new

    Krótki film o milosci

    1988 — a.k.a. A Short Film About Love, in 5 top lists Check
  24. 69 new

    Lady Chatterley

    2006, in 3 top lists Check
  25. 167 new

    L'amour fou

    1969, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 74 new

    Lásky jedné plavovlásky

    1965 — a.k.a. The Loves of a Blonde, in 11 top lists Check
  27. 203 new

    L'Atalante

    1934 — a.k.a. Le chaland qui passe, in 21 top lists Check
  28. 146 new

    Lola Montès

    1955 — a.k.a. The Fall of Lola Montes, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 207 new

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 12 top lists Check
  30. 66 new

    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 12 top lists Check
  31. 3 new

    Manhattan

    1979, in 19 top lists Check
  32. 98 new

    The Misfits

    1961, in 6 top lists Check
  33. 155 new

    À nos amours

    1983 — a.k.a. To Our Loves, in 10 top lists Check
  34. 35 new

    Oasiseu

    2002 — a.k.a. Oasis, in 5 top lists Check
  35. 104 new

    On the Waterfront

    1954, in 32 top lists Check
  36. 176 new

    The Panic in Needle Park

    1971, in 1 top list Check
  37. 60 new

    Pépé le Moko

    1937, in 8 top lists Check
  38. 78 new

    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Pierrot le Fou, in 15 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. 87 new

    Remorques

    1941 — a.k.a. Stormy Waters, in 3 top lists Check
  41. 21 new

    The River

    1928, in 1 top list Check
  42. 131 new

    Saint-Cyr

    2000 — a.k.a. The King's Daughters, in 0 top lists Check
  43. 187 new

    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  44. 121 new

    The Shop Around the Corner

    1940, in 12 top lists Check
  45. 55 new

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  46. 15 new

    Sommaren med Monika

    1953 — a.k.a. Summer with Monika, in 5 top lists Check
  47. 43 new

    A Star Is Born

    1954, in 14 top lists Check
  48. 141 new

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  49. 11 new

    Sur mes lèvres

    2001 — a.k.a. Read My Lips, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 94 new

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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