5. Jules and Jim (1962)
Directed by French New Wave founder Francis François Truffaut, Jules and Jim
was an early masterpiece for the filmmaker. The movie, about a love triangle spread out over a 25-year period, has influenced many directors, including Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese.
6. The Blob (1958)
This cult sci-fi film is notable for it’s ingenious special effects despite a crew whose main experience came from working on religious films, as well as helping to launch the careers of actor Steve McQueen, in his first leading role and composer Burt Bacharach, who wrote the theme song “Beware of The Blob.”
7. The 400 Blows (1959)
The 400 Blows serves as François Truffaut’s debut, as well as his most personal. The semi-autobiographical story focuses on Antoine Doinel, a young boy who turns to a life of petty crime as a result of being neglected by his parents. The film is the first of five films that focus on Antoine at various stages in his life.
8. Wild Strawberries (1957)
Written while legendary director Ingar Bergman was in the hospital, Wild Strawberries is a story of the self-discovery, life and death of a man who is forced to confront his past and accept his future.
9. M (1931)
Fritz Lang’s M laid the foundation for all psychological thrillers to come. It served as the director’s first film with sound and is characterized by the haunting whistling of “In the Hall of the Mountain King” that is associated with the murderer.
10. The Vanishing (1988)
A young man embarks on a three-year investigation after the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend while on vacation. After the man is contacted by her abductor, the mystery of her kidnapping is slowly unfurled leading up to one of the most shocking finales in cinema history.