The best movies directed by Jean-Luc Godard

List of the 10 best movies directed by Jean-Luc Godard, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
La Chinoise (La chinoise)
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La Chinoise (La chinoise)

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small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism.

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Weekend (Week End)
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Weekend (Week End)

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supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.

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A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)
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A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)

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xotic dancer Angéla attempts to have a child with her unwilling lover Émile. In the process, she finds herself torn between him and his best friend Alfred.

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Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot le fou)
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Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot le fou)

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ierrot 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.

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Band of Outsiders (Bande a part)
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Band of Outsiders (Bande a part)

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wo crooks with a fondness for old Hollywood B-movies convince a languages student to help them commit a robbery.

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Vivre sa vie (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux)
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Vivre sa vie (Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux)

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welve episodic tales in the life of a Parisian woman and her slow descent into prostitution.

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Contempt (Le mepris)
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Contempt (Le mepris)

Role in movie: Langs Assistant Director
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creenwriter Paul Javal's marriage to his wife Camille disintegrates during a film production as she spends time with its producer.

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Masculin Féminin (Masculin feminin)
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Masculin Féminin (Masculin feminin)

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he film stars French New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud as Paul, a romantic young idealist and literary lion-wannabe who chases budding pop star, Madeleine (Chantal Goya, a real life Yé-yé girl).

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Number Two (Numero deux)
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Number Two (Numero deux)

Role in movie:
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n analysis of the power relations in an ordinary family.

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Breathless (A bout de souffle)
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Breathless (A bout de souffle)

Role in movie: The Informist
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ichel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier. Before leaving Paris, he plans to collect a debt from an underworld acquaintance and expects her to accompany him on his planned getaway to Italy. Even with his face in the local papers and media, Poiccard seems oblivious to the dragnet that is slowly closing around him as he recklessly pursues his love of American movies and libidinous interest in the beautiful American.

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Jean-Luc Godard

Born in 1930, Jean-Luc Godard became acquainted, while at university, with Claude Chabrol, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, forming part of a group of passionate young film critics writing in Cahiers du Cinéma, and film-makers devoted to exploring new possibilities in cinema. A bout de souffle (Breathless) (1959) was his first feature. Made on a shoe-string budget, it was spontaneous, vibrant and ground breakingly original. From then until 1967/8 was loosely his first period when he made an astonishing number of films, sometimes 3 a year. From 68 Godard was very involved in political film-making, and then made a series of programmes for French TV in the mid and late 70’s. With Sauve qui peut (la vie) or Slow Motion, Godard could be said to start a 3rd period through the 80’s. In the 90’s he started more formal experimentation, specifically with his long series Histoire(s) du Cinéma. His films have influenced film-makers as diverse as Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino and Wong Kar-Wai. His latest film, Film Socialisme, received its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) to great acclaim. Jean-Luc Godard was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2010.
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