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30 Films That Introduce You to French Cinema

French cinema comprises the art of film and creative movies made within the nation of France or by French filmmakers abroad.
Several important cinematic movements, including the Nouvelle Vague, began in the country. It is noted for having a particularly strong film industry, due in part to protections afforded by the French government. In the magazine Cahiers du cinéma, founded by André Bazin and two other writers in 1951, film critics raised the level of discussion of the cinema, providing a platform for the birth of modern film theory. Several of the Cahiers critics, including Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, Jacques Rivette and Éric Rohmer, went on to make films themselves, creating what was to become known as the French New Wave.
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The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows (1959)
2
Amélie (2001)
Amélie (2001)
3
Beau Travail (2000)
Beau Travail (2000)
4
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)
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5
Belle De Jour (1967)
Belle De Jour (1967)
6
Breathless (1960)
Breathless (1960)
7
Children of Paradise (1945)
Children of Paradise (1945)
8
Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962)
Cléo From 5 to 7 (1962)
9
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
10
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)
11
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
12
Grand Illusion (1937)
Grand Illusion (1937)
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13
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
14
Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
Jeanne Dielman 23, Quai Du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1975)
15
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
16
L'atalante (1934)
L'atalante (1934)
17
Le Samouraï (1967)
Le Samouraï (1967)
18
La Haine (1995)
La Haine (1995)
19
La Jetée (1962)
La Jetée (1962)
20
A Man Escaped (1956)
A Man Escaped (1956)
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21
My Night at Maud's (1969)
My Night at Maud's (1969)
22
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
23
The Piano Teacher (2001)
The Piano Teacher (2001)
24
Playtime (1967)
Playtime (1967)
25
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
26
Rififi (1955)
Rififi (1955)
27
Rosetta (1999)
Rosetta (1999)
28
Three Colors: Red (1994)
Three Colors: Red (1994)
29
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
30
The Wages of Fear (1953)
The Wages of Fear (1953)
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