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1.
Le Beau Serge (1958)
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After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic. (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
2.
Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
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Charlie Kohler is a piano player in a bar. The waitress Lena is in love with him. One of Charlie's brother... (81 mins.)
 
3.
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
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Pierrot escapes his boring society and travels from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea with Marianne, a girl chased by hit-men from Algeria. They lead an unorthodox life, always on the run. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
4.
The Last Metro (1980)
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In occupied Paris, an actress married to a Jewish theater owner must keep him hidden from the Nazis while doing both of their jobs. (131 mins.)
 
5.
Alphaville (1965)
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A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler. (99 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
6.
Port of Shadows (1938)
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A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city. (91 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
7.
Le Beau Serge (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After long absence, a man returns to his hometown only to find his best friend has become an alcoholic. (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
8.
All the Boys Are Called Patrick (1959 Short Film)
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Two French college girls each meet a boy named Patrick and quickly realize that it is less a coincidence then they think. (21 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
9.
Le Petit Soldat (1963)
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During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
10.
A Woman Is a Woman (1961)
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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
 
11.
Les Carabiniers (1963)
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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
 
12.
Band of Outsiders (1964)
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Two crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery. (95 mins.)
Director: Cinéma
 
13.
Une Femme Mariée (1964)
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Charlotte is young and modern, not a hair out of place, superficial, cool; she reads fashion magazines - does she have the perfect bust... (95 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
14.
Masculin Féminin (1966)
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A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
15.
The Bakery Girl of Monceau (1963 Short Film)
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A law student regularly visits a Paris bakery to flirt with a brunette employee. (23 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
16.
Le Bonheur (1965)
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François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office. (79 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
17.
Chronicle of a Summer (1961 Documentary)
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Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with... (85 mins.)
 
18.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
19.
Contempt (1963)
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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
 
20.
Les Cousins (1959)
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Charles is a young provincial coming up to Paris to study law. He shares his cousin Paul's flat. Paul is a kind of decadent boy... (112 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
21.
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
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A self-assured businessman murders his employer, the husband of his mistress, which unintentionally provokes an ill-fated chain of events. (91 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
22.
The Fire Within (1963)
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Alain Leroy is having a course of treatment in a private hospital because of his problem with alcohol... (108 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
23.
The 400 Blows (1959)
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Moving story of a young boy who, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime. (99 mins.)
 
24.
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
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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
 
25.
Jules and Jim (1962)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. (105 mins.)
 
26.
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
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In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before. (94 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
27.
The Lovers (1958)
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Saddled with a dull husband and a foolish lover, a woman has an affair with a stranger. (90 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
28.
La Pointe Courte (1955)
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There are two parts to this film: sequences of life in the fishing village of La Pointe Courte (a government inspector's visit... (86 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
29.
Suzanne's Career (1963)
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The friendship of Bertrand and Guillaume is complicated when the womanizing Guillaume begins to pursue a charming girl named Suzanne. (54 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
30.
My Life to Live (1962)
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Twelve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution. (80 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
31.
Weekend (1967)
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A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance. (105 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
32.
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)
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A model tells a television crew about her dreams of a life with prince charming all while fending off the lecherous advances of a horde of men. (102 mins.)
Director: William Klein
 
33.
Zazie dans le Métro (1960)
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This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris... (93 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
34.
Day for Night (1973)
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A committed film director struggles to complete his movie while coping with a myriad of crises, personal and professional, among the cast and crew. (115 mins.)
 
35.
Stolen Kisses (1968)
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After being discharged from the army, Antoine Doinel centers a screwball comedy where he applies for different jobs and tries to make sense of his relationships with women. (90 mins.)
 
36.
The Wild Child (1970)
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who cannot walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him. (83 mins.)
 
37.
Two English Girls (1971)
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At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown... (130 mins.)
 
38.
The Soft Skin (1964)
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Pierre Lachenay is a well-known publisher and lecturer, married with Franca and father of Sabine, around 10. He meets an air hostess, Nicole. They start a love affair, which Pierre is hiding, but he cannot stand staying away from her. (113 mins.)
 
39.
The Green Room (1978)
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A French little town, at the end of the twenties. Julien Davenne is a journalist whose wife Julie died a decade ago... (94 mins.)