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The top 100 most essential films of 78 French film directors, critics and industry executives. The list was compiled for and published in the French Cahiers du cinéma film magazine.

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  1. 1 -

    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 2 -

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  3. 3 -

    La règle du jeu

    1939 — a.k.a. The Rules of the Game, in 24 top lists Check
  4. 4 -

    Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
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    L'Atalante

    1934, in 21 top lists Check
  6. 6 -

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
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    Les enfants du paradis

    1945 — a.k.a. Children of Paradise, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
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    Greed

    1924, in 20 top lists Check
  10. 12 -

    Rio Bravo

    1959, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
  12. 15 -

    Le mépris

    1963 — a.k.a. Contempt, in 16 top lists Check
  13. 16 -

    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
  14. 17 -

    City Lights

    1931, in 31 top lists Check
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    Jalsaghar

    1958 — a.k.a. The Music Room, in 10 top lists Check
  16. 21 -

    Freaks

    1932, in 15 top lists Check
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    Johnny Guitar

    1954, in 19 top lists Check
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    La maman et la putain

    1973 — a.k.a. The Mother and the Whore, in 13 top lists Check
  19. 24 -

    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 25 top lists Check
  20. 25 -

    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 17 top lists Check
  21. 26 -

    Hiroshima mon amour

    1959 — a.k.a. Hiroshima, My Love, in 16 top lists Check
  22. 27 -

    Die Büchse der Pandora

    1929 — a.k.a. Pandora's Box, in 16 top lists Check
  23. 29 -

    Pickpocket

    1959, in 19 top lists Check
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    Casque d'or

    1952 — a.k.a. Casque d'Or, in 9 top lists Check
  25. 31 -

    The Barefoot Contessa

    1954, in 7 top lists Check
  26. 32 -

    Moonfleet

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
  27. 33 -

    Madame de...

    1953 — a.k.a. The Earrings of Madame de..., in 12 top lists Check
  28. 34 -

    Le plaisir

    1952 — a.k.a. Le Plaisir, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 35 -

    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 25 top lists Check
  30. 36 -

    L'avventura

    1960 — a.k.a. L'Avventura, in 22 top lists Check
  31. 38 -

    Notorious

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Godfather

    1972, in 39 top lists Check
  33. 42 -

    The Wind

    1928, in 13 top lists Check
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    Fanny och Alexander

    1982 — a.k.a. Fanny and Alexander, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Crowd

    1928, in 18 top lists Check
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    1963, in 31 top lists Check
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    La jetée

    1962 — a.k.a. La Jetée, in 18 top lists Check
  38. 48 -

    Pierrot le fou

    1965 — a.k.a. Pierrot le Fou, in 15 top lists Check
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    Amarcord

    1973, in 15 top lists Check
  40. 53 -

    Some Came Running

    1958, in 7 top lists Check
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    Gertrud

    1964, in 11 top lists Check
  42. 56 -

    Laura

    1944, in 19 top lists Check
  43. 57 -

    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
  44. 58 -

    Les quatre cents coups

    1959 — a.k.a. The 400 Blows, in 25 top lists Check
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    La dolce vita

    1960 — a.k.a. La Dolce Vita, in 19 top lists Check
  46. 60 -

    The Dead

    1987, in 10 top lists Check
  47. 62 -

    It's a Wonderful Life

    1946, in 29 top lists Check
  48. 63 -

    Monsieur Verdoux

    1947, in 11 top lists Check
  49. 64 -

    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
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