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. 215 new

    Cronaca familiare

    1962 — a.k.a. Family Portrait, in 1 top list Check
  2. 214 new

    San xia hao ren

    2006 — a.k.a. Still Life, in 10 top lists Check
  3. 213 new

    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
  4. 212 new

    The Children's Hour

    1961, in 1 top list Check
  5. 211 new

    Chung Hing sam lam

    1994 — a.k.a. Chungking Express, in 19 top lists Check
  6. 210 new

    The Store

    1984, in 0 top lists Check
  7. 209 new

    Kiss Me, Stupid

    1964, in 1 top list Check
  8. 208 new

    Im Lauf der Zeit

    1976 — a.k.a. Kings of the Road, in 8 top lists Check
  9. 207 new

    The Magnificent Ambersons

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  10. 206 new

    High Sierra

    1941, in 7 top lists Check
  11. 205 new

    Czlowiek z zelaza

    1981 — a.k.a. Man of Iron, in 5 top lists Check
  12. 204 new

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  13. 203 new

    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  14. 202 new

    Duel in the Sun

    1946, in 7 top lists Check
  15. 201 new

    Chelovek s kino-apparatom

    1929 — a.k.a. Man with a Movie Camera, in 21 top lists Check
  16. 200 new

    Der Name der Rose

    1986 — a.k.a. The Name of the Rose, in 1 top list Check
  17. 199 new

    Sans toit ni loi

    1985 — a.k.a. Vagabond, in 8 top lists Check
  18. 197 new

    The Naked Dawn

    1955, in 1 top list Check
  19. 196 new

    Wong Fei Hung

    1991 — a.k.a. Once Upon a Time in China, in 8 top lists Check
  20. 195 new

    Baisers volés

    1968 — a.k.a. Stolen Kisses, in 7 top lists Check
  21. 194 new

    Cat People

    1942, in 13 top lists Check
  22. 193 new

    Les roseaux sauvages

    1994 — a.k.a. Wild Reeds, in 5 top lists Check
  23. 191 new

    Playtime

    1967, in 19 top lists Check
  24. 190 new

    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
  25. 189 new

    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  26. 188 new

    Dalla nube alla resistenza

    1979 — a.k.a. From the Clouds to the Resistance, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 187 new

    The Scarlet Empress

    1934, in 11 top lists Check
  28. 186 new

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
  29. 185 new

    La hora de los hornos: Notas y testimonios...

    1968 — a.k.a. The Hour of the Furnaces, in 8 top lists Check
  30. 184 new

    Mat i syn

    1997 — a.k.a. Mother and Son, in 7 top lists Check
  31. 183 new

    Moonlighting

    1982, in 4 top lists Check
  32. 182 new

    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
  33. 181 new

    Written on the Wind

    1956, in 11 top lists Check
  34. 180 new

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
  35. 179 new

    King Kong

    1933, in 27 top lists Check
  36. 178 new

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
  37. 177 new

    Una giornata particolare

    1977 — a.k.a. A Special Day, in 6 top lists Check
  38. 176 new

    The Panic in Needle Park

    1971, in 2 top lists Check
  39. 175 new

    Les choses de la vie

    1970 — a.k.a. The Things of Life, in 2 top lists Check
  40. 174 new

    Adieu Philippine

    1962, in 4 top lists Check
  41. 173 new

    Farrebique ou Les quatre saisons

    1946 — a.k.a. Farrebique, in 1 top list Check
  42. 171 new

    Salvatore Giuliano

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
  43. 170 new

    Stromboli, terra di Dio

    1950 — a.k.a. Stromboli, in 7 top lists Check
  44. 169 new

    La collectionneuse

    1967 — a.k.a. The Collector, in 3 top lists Check
  45. 168 new

    Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol

    1964 — a.k.a. Black God, White Devil, in 9 top lists Check
  46. 167 new

    L'amour fou

    1969, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 166 new

    Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour

    1963 — a.k.a. Muriel, or The Time of Return, in 9 top lists Check
  48. 165 new

    Nuit et brouillard

    1956 — a.k.a. Night and Fog, in 16 top lists Check
  49. 164 new

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  50. 163 new

    Boudu sauvé des eaux

    1932 — a.k.a. Boudu Saved from Drowning, in 9 top lists Check
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