Cahiers du Cinema's Twenty Years of French Cinema: the Best French Films since the Liberation

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1.
Pickpocket (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (75 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
2.
Lola Montès (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
3.
The Golden Coach (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In Peru in the eighteenth century. Camilla, the star of a theater company, hesitates between three men... (103 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
4.
Testament of Orpheus (1960)
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The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions. (77 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
5.
Experiment in Evil (1959 TV Movie)
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Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
6.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During a war in an imaginary country, unscrupulous soldiers recruit poor farmers with promises of an easy and happy life. Two of these farmers write to their wives of their exploits. (75 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
7.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war. (90 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
8.
Le Plaisir (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women... (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
9.
Muriel, or The Time of Return (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the seacoast town of Boulogne, Hélène sells antique furniture, living with her step-son, Bernard... (117 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
10.
Adieu Philippine (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Michel is a young technician in the fledgling TV industry and is due for military service in two months at the time of the Algerian War... (106 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rozier
 
11.
Breathless (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
12.
The Human Pyramid (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The arrival of Nadine, a new student, in the Abidjan Lyceum is the starting point for a discussion about interratial relationships. (90 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
 
13.
Elena and Her Men (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Polish countess Elena falls in love to a Frensh radical party's candidate, a general, in pre world war I Paris, but another officer pines for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
14.
Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four Parisian women navigate the world of romance and daily life looking to fulfill their dreams but often find real-life to be inescapable. (100 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
15.
Casque d'Or (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie... (96 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
16.
La Poison (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. (85 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
17.
Lola (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend... (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
18.
The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial)... (65 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
19.
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A French striptease artist is desperate to become a mother. When her reluctant boyfriend suggests his best friend to impregnate her, feelings become complicated when she accepts. (85 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
20.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
21.
Orpheus (1950)
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A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld. (95 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
22.
Contempt (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Screenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during movie production as she spends time with the producer. Layered conflicts between art and business ensue. (103 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
23.
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted... (90 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
24.
The Virtuous Scoundrel (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
25.
Children of Paradise (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her. (190 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
26.
Wise Guys (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
27.
Jules and Jim (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
28.
Paris Belongs to Us (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother, Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip Kaufman... (141 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
29.
Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
30.
Les dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A society lady engineers a marriage between her lover and a cabaret dancer who is essentially a prostitute. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
31.
Moi, un noir (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
"I, a Negro" depicts young Nigerien immigrants who left their country to find work in the Ivory Coast... (70 mins.)
Director: Jean Rouch
 
32.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
 
33.
Le signe du lion (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope. (103 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
34.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment. (115 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
35.
Les Enfants Terribles (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a snowball fight between schoolboys the handsome Dargelos hits the chest of Paul, who drops unconscious to the ground... (105 mins.)
 
36.
The 400 Blows (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
37.
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... (92 mins.)
 
38.
The Last Vacation (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A schoolboy remembers his last holiday in the big house of his family in the country, before it was sold. (95 mins.)
Director: Roger Leenhardt
 
39.
Night and Fog (1955 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. (32 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
40.
Picnic on the Grass (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination... (91 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir