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1.
The Devil, Probably (1977)
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Charles drifts through politics, religion and psychoanalysis, rejecting them all. Once he realises the... (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Bresson
 
2.
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
 
3.
Zero for Conduct (1933 Short Film)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day. (44 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
 
4.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
5.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
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In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (95 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
6.
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
 
7.
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
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Mabel, a wife and mother, is loved by her husband Nick but her mental illness proves to be a problem in the marriage. (155 mins.)
Director: John Cassavetes
 
8.
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
 
9.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
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Two minor characters from the play 'Hamlet' stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them. (117 mins.)
Director: Tom Stoppard
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
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
 
12.
Le pont des Arts (2004)
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Paris in the seventies. A depressed philosophy student hears music that will change his life; he becomes fascinated by the singer. (126 mins.)
Director: Eugène Green
 
13.
Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)
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Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism... (210 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
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A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed-to-be virgin woman... (122 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
16.
Marketa Lazarová (1967)
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A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism. (162 mins.)
 
17.
Mauvais Sang (1986)
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Marc (Michel Piccoli) recruits Alex (Denis Lavant), son of his former, now dead colleague. Alex is a... (116 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
 
18.
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
 
19.
Purple Noon (1960)
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Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess. (118 mins.)
Director: René Clément
 
20.
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
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A young man goes to a school for servants run by a brother and sister. In the dreamlike and surreal world that he enters, how will his presence impact the people there and possibly even the school itself? (105 mins.)
 
21.
Oedipus Rex (1967)
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In pre-war Italy, a young couple have a baby boy. The father, however, is jealous of his son - and the scene moves to antiquity... (104 mins.)
 
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.
Caravaggio (1986)
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A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. (93 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
24.
The Tin Drum (1979)
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In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out. (142 mins.)
 
25.
3 Women (1977)
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Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant... (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
26.
Heart of Glass (1976)
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The foreman of a small village glassworks dies without revealing the secret to the famous "Ruby Glass". (94 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
27.
Claire's Knee (1970)
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. (105 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
28.
Black Moon (1975)
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To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle. (95 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
29.
Keyhole (2011)
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Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
30.
Cemetery Man (1994)
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies. (105 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
 
31.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
32.
Le Silence de la Mer (1949)
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1941 in a small town in Nazi occupied France. Against the will of its elderly male and his adult niece residents... (87 mins.)
 
33.
Badlands (1973)
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An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
Paper Moon (1973)
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During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
 
36.
The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988)
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An alcoholic man wants to return the money he has borrowed. (127 mins.)
Director: Ermanno Olmi
 
37.
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
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A, a Greek filmmaker living in exile in the United States, returns to his native Ptolemas to attend... (176 mins.)
 
38.
Deadly Circuit (1983)
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Beauvoir, lonely, aging private detective, is put on the bloody track of beautiful Catherine Leiris... (120 mins.)
Director: Claude Miller
 
39.
La Vie de Bohème (1992)
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Three struggling artists try to make passable livings in Paris despite knock backs and tragedies. (103 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
 
40.
Cria Cuervos (1976)
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Three orphaned sisters under the custody of their stern aunt and their handicapped grandmother will have to acclimatise to the new conditions of their shared life, overcome life's constant impediments, and in the process, grow up. (105 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura