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1.
Toni (1935)
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in agriculture... (81 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
2.
Pension Mimosas (1935)
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Mr. and Mrs. Noblet run a boarding house on the French Riviera. One day, they are led by circumstances to welcome a little boy Pierre... (109 mins.)
Director: Jacques Feyder
 
3.
The Story of a Cheat (1936)
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A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood. (81 mins.)
Director: Sacha Guitry
 
4.
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
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A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description... (80 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
 
5.
Pépé le Moko (1937)
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A wanted gangster is both king and prisoner of the Casbah. He is protected from arrest by his friends, but is torn by his desire for freedom outside. A visiting Parisian beauty may just tempt his fate. (94 mins.)
Director: Julien Duvivier
 
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.
Hotel du Nord (1938)
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A young couple, Renee and Pierre, take one night a room at the Hotel du Nord, in Paris, near the canal Saint-Martin... (95 mins.)
Director: Marcel Carné
 
8.
The Baker's Wife (1938)
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In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he... (133 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
9.
The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940)
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A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant. (170 mins.)
Director: Marcel Pagnol
 
10.
Fantastic Night (1942)
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Denis is distracted: he's studying all day for philosophy exams and working all night at the flower market; plus... (103 mins.)
 
11.
It Happened at the Inn (1943)
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In a french lost village an old woman is killed and her savings stolen. Several members of her family, all called:"Goupi-...", are suspected. (104 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
12.
Love Story (1943)
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In Paris in 1887, Irène works as a governess to Douce, the grand-daughter of the dowager Countess de Bonafé... (104 mins.)
 
13.
Le Corbeau (1943)
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion. (92 mins.)
 
14.
The Woman Who Dared (1944)
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The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman. (105 mins.)
Director: Jean Grémillon
 
15.
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her. (96 mins.)
Director: Jean Cocteau
 
16.
Farrebique (1946 Documentary)
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The story of a family of peasants during a whole year,following the circle game of the seasons . (90 mins.)
 
17.
Devil in the Flesh (1947)
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During World War I, the star-crossed affair of an underage French student with a woman engaged to a soldier. (110 mins.)
 
18.
The School for Postmen (1947 Short Film)
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School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail. (16 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
19.
Quai des Orfèvres (1947)
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Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man... (106 mins.)
Director: H. G. Clouzot
 
20.
La Ronde (1950)
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Vignettes revolving around a circle of interconnected love. (93 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
21.
Diary of a Country Priest (1951)
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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
 
22.
Casque d'Or (1952)
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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
 
23.
Le Plaisir (1952)
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Three separate stories about the same thing: pleasure. (97 mins.)
Director: Max Ophüls
 
24.
Forbidden Games (1952)
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A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death. (86 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
25.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
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Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc. (114 mins.)
Director: Jacques Tati
 
26.
The Crimson Curtain (1953 Short Film)
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Albertine is a young woman full of grace. She pursues a forbidden relationship. (44 mins.)
 
27.
Statues also Die (1953 Documentary)
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A documentary of black art. (30 mins.)
 
28.
Lola Montès (1955)
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... (116 mins.)
Director: Max Ophuls
 
29.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
30.
Rififi (1955)
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Four men plan a technically perfect crime, but the human element intervenes... (118 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
 
31.
Night and Fog (1956 Documentary)
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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
 
32.
The Red Balloon (1956 Short Film)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris. (34 mins.)
 
33.
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
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After losing big, an aging gambler decides to assemble a team to rob a casino. (98 mins.)
Director: Melville
 
34.
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
 
35.
Toute la mémoire du monde (1957 Documentary)
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This documentary explores the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, its priceless treasures and how humanity remembers itself. (21 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
36.
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
 
37.
Head Against the Wall (1959)
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In order to get rid of his troublesome son François, Maître Gérane manages to have him committed to a mental hospital owned by Dr... (95 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
 
38.
Pickpocket (1959)
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Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
39.
A Simple Story (1959)
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A woman arrives in Paris with her little girl to look for work. With limited funds and no luck, they end up penniless, homeless and dependent on the rare kindness of strangers. (68 mins.)
Director: Marcel Hanoun
 
40.
Les astronautes (1959 Short Film)
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Concerns a scientist's flight into outer space. (14 mins.)
 
41.
Les Bonnes Femmes (1960)
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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
 
42.
Le Trou (1960)
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In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty. (132 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
43.
Paris Belongs to Us (1961)
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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
 
44.
The Long Absence (1961)
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Thérèse Langlois, who runs a small café in the suburbs of Paris, lives alone, awaiting her long lost husband... (94 mins.)
Director: Henri Colpi
 
45.
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
 
46.
Lola (1961)
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A bored young man meets with his former girlfriend, now a cabaret dancer and single mother, and soon finds himself falling back in love with her. (90 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
47.
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962 Short Film)
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In 1862, during the American Civil War, a Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge. When the execution takes place from the bridge, the rope breaks and he begins his escape toward home. (28 mins.)
Director: Robert Enrico
 
48.
Sundays and Cybèle (1962)
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After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia... (110 mins.)
 
49.
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
 
50.
Monsieur Gangster (1963)
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican"... (105 mins.)
Director: Georges Lautner
 
51.
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
 
52.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision. (91 mins.)
Director: Jacques Demy
 
53.
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
 
54.
The War Is Over (1966)
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Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid... (121 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
55.
The Nun (1966)
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In eighteenth-century France a girl (Suzanne Simonin) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun... (135 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
56.
Le Deuxieme Souffle (1966)
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A gangster escapes jail and quickly makes plans to continue his criminal ways elsewhere, but a determined inspector is closing in. (150 mins.)
 
57.
Masculin Féminin (1966)
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A romance between young Parisians, shown through a series of vignettes. (110 mins.)
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
 
58.
The Two of Us (1967)
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Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country... (90 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
59.
Mouchette (1967)
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Mouchette is a young girl living in the country. Her mother is dying and her father does not take care of her... (81 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
60.
L'Enfance Nue (1968)
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An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child. (83 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
61.
L'amour fou (1969)
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During the rehearsals for the production of the tragedy Andromaque, the leading actress and her director... (252 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
62.
The Unfaithful Wife (1969)
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A man begins to believe his wife is cheating on him. (98 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
63.
The Sorrow and the Pity (1969 Documentary)
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From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival... (251 mins.)
Director: Marcel Ophüls
 
64.
Le Boucher (1970)
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An unlikely friendship between a dour, working class butcher and a repressed schoolteacher coincides with a grisly series of Ripper-type murders in a provincial French town. (93 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
65.
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
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After leaving prison, master thief Corey crosses paths with a notorious escapee and an alcoholic former policeman. The trio proceed to plot an elaborate heist. (140 mins.)
 
66.
Out 1 (1971)
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"Out 1" is a very precise picture of post May 1968 malaise - when Utopian dreams of a new society had crashed and burned... (729 mins.)
 
67.
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.)
 
68.
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
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In the end of the first Indochina War, an open-minded teenage boy finds himself between the urge to discover love and the ever-present, dominating affection of his mother. (118 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
69.
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.)
 
70.
The Society of the Spectacle (1974 Documentary)
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Guy Debord's cinematic analysis of consumer society based on his influential book "La société du spectacle" (1967). (88 mins.)
Director: Guy Debord
 
71.
The Mother and the Whore (1973)
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In Paris, the pedantic Alexandre lives with his mate Marie in her apartment, an open relationship. Alexandre... (217 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
72.
The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)
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A Watchmaker finds out one day that his son has become a murderer. He tries to understand for whom and why. (105 mins.)
 
73.
Going Places (1974)
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Two whimsical, aimless thugs harass and assault women, steal, murder, and alternately charm, fight, or sprint their way out of trouble... (150 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
74.
Mes Petites Amoureuses (1974)
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A study of minor events in the adolescence of a boy growing up in small towns. Daniel lives with his grandmother and... (123 mins.)
Director: Jean Eustache
 
75.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
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In 1944, an 18-year old boy from small-town France, collaborates with the Nazi-regime and subsequently falls in love with a Jewish girl. (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
76.
Mr. Klein (1976)
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Paris, 1942. Robert Klein cannot find any fault with the state of affairs in German-occupied France... (123 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
 
77.
The Lacemaker (1977)
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Beatrice is a very reserved and quiet young woman. Her friend Marylene is left by her lover and brings... (107 mins.)
Director: Claude Goretta
 
78.
Providence (1977)
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Clive Langham (Sir John Gielgud) spends one tormenting night in his bed suffering from health problems and thinking up a story based on his relatives... (110 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
 
79.
Molière (1978)
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Who was Moliere? He is known everywhere as one of the world's greatest playwrights. But who was he? Born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in 1622... (260 mins.)
 
80.
Loulou (1980)
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Maurice Pialat's portrait of contemporary France mocks prosperity as a substitute for social and sexual revolution... (110 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
81.
Diva (1981)
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Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller. (117 mins.)
 
82.
Coup de torchon (1981)
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A worn-out, ineffective police chief humiliated by everyone around him decides one day to improve his life, by any means. (128 mins.)
 
83.
L'enfant secret (1979)
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Four chapters based on the birth of a 'secret child', or a film, with chapter titles: "La séction Césarienne"... (92 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
84.
The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
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In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army. (122 mins.)
Director: Daniel Vigne
 
85.
Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)
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A drunken sailor recounts the surrealistic odyssey of his life story to a murderous student. (117 mins.)
Director: Raoul Ruiz
 
86.
À nos amours (1983)
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An erratic young woman's family desperately tries to prevent her increasingly erotic ways. (95 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
87.
A Sunday in the Country (1984)
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An elderly painter whose son visits with his family on the weekends, is also surprised by a visit from his still-single daughter. (90 mins.)
 
88.
She Spent So Many Hours Under the Sun Lamps (1985)
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A young film director is turning a movie with his friend Christa (reminds us of the real-life relationship between Garrel and Nico)... (130 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel
 
89.
Vagabond (1985)
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A young woman's body is found frozen in a ditch. Through flashbacks and interviews, we see the events that led to her inevitable death. (105 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
 
90.
Peril (1985)
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A magnate and his younger wife hire David to teach guitar to their teenage daughter. The wife quickly seduces David... (101 mins.)
Director: Michel Deville
 
91.
Betty Blue (1986)
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A lackadaisical handyman and aspiring novelist tries to support his younger girlfriend as she slowly succumbs to madness. (120 mins.)
 
92.
Story of Women (1988)
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Marie Latour, a woman of limited schooling, raises two children in a ratty flat during World War II in occupied France... (108 mins.)
Director: Claude Chabrol
 
93.
Camille Claudel (1988)
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin... (175 mins.)
Director: Bruno Nuytten
 
94.
Life and Nothing But (1989)
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Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past. (135 mins.)
 
95.
A Tale of the Wind (1988 Documentary)
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This film travels through fantasy and reality as Joris Ivens goes to China to capture the wind.... (80 mins.)
Director: Joris Ivens
 
96.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
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Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy. (137 mins.)
 
97.
La Femme Nikita (1990)
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Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin. (117 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
98.
La belle noiseuse (1991)
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The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (238 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
99.
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
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Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge. (125 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
100.
The Birth of Love (1993)
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Middle-aged artistes provide the focus of this drama filmed in black and white. The story is set in Paris around the time of the Gulf War... (94 mins.)
Director: Philippe Garrel