A huge fan of American auteur Nicholas Ray and famously said that "the cinema is Nicholas Ray.".
As of the 5th edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (edited by Steven Jay Schneider), 8 of Godard's films are listed: Breathless (1960), Vivre Sa Vie (1962), Contempt (1963), Alphaville (1965), Pierrot le Fou (1965), Masculin Féminin (1966), 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) and Week End (1967).
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 392-400. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Had a falling out with François Truffaut after Truffaut made it clear that he considered Godard overly cynical in his views and claimed that Godard tried to put down other filmmakers only to raise regard of his own work.
Was voted the 31st Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.