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The Best French Musical Movies

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Some of the world's greatest musical movies have come from France. Here are the best French musicals of all time, ranked by your votes. Whether you know French musicals like the back of your hand or you just need another excuse to practice your singing in French, this list of musical movies from France is a great guide to watching all the greats.

8 women, directed by Francois Ozon, is a paradox of a film that perhaps only the French could pull off: It’s a lighthearted musical comedy about murder. French Cancan, directed by Jean Renoir, is a classic French musical that features legendary French singer Edith Piaf.

Which of the best French musicals have that special je ne se quoi? Vote your favorites to the top of the list!

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    Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel
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    Released1964

    Directed byJacques Demy

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. The film dialogue is all...  more

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    Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart
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    Released2002

    Directed byFrançois Ozon

    8 Women is a 2002 French dark comedy musical film, written and directed by François Ozon. Based on the 1958 play by Robert Thomas, it features an ensemble cast of high-profile French actresses that...  more

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    Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly
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    Released1967

    Directed byJacques Demy

    The Young Girls of Rochefort is a 1967 French musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve, her sister Françoise Dorléac, Jacques Perrin, Michel Piccoli, Danielle...  more
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    Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni
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    Released2007

    Directed byChristophe Honoré

    Love Songs is a 2007 French musical film directed by Christophe Honoré, starring Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier, Clotilde Hesme and Chiara Mastroianni. It was one of the 20 films selected for the...  more
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    Vahina Giocante, Isild Le Besco
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    Released2006

    Directed bySerge Elissalde

    U is a 2006 French animated film directed by Serge Élissalde and Grégoire Solotareff. It was at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival....  more
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    Yves Montand, Catriona MacColl
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    Released1988

    Directed byJacques Demy

    Trois places pour le 26 is a 1988 musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy....  more
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    Michael Cornacchia, Michael Sean McGuinness
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    Released1999

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    The Band is a 1999 film written by Darrin Straff and Rawson Marshall Thurbur and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurbur....
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    Valérie Donzelli, Valérie Lemercier
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    Released2012

    Directed byValérie Donzelli

    Hand In Hand is a 2012 musical film written by Valérie Donzelli and directed by Valérie Donzelli....
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    Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz
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    Released2013

    Directed byStéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu

    Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a 2013 French animated musical fantasy film based on the concept album by the French rock band Dionysos, and on the illustrated novel La Mécanique du cœur written...  more
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    Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin
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    Released1954

    Directed byJean Renoir

    French Cancan is a 1954 French musical film written and directed by Jean Renoir and starring Jean Gabin and María Félix. Where Renoir’s previous film Le Carosse d’or had celebrated the 18th century...  more
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    Audrey Tautou, Lambert Wilson
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    Released2003

    Directed byAlain Resnais

    Not on the Lips is a 2003 French musical film directed by Alain Resnais. It is an adaptation of the operetta Pas sur la bouche, written by André Barde and Maurice Yvain, which was first produced in...  more
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    Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais
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    Released1970

    Directed byJacques Demy

    Peau d'Âne is a 1970 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. It is also known by the English titles Once Upon a Time and The Magic Donkey. The film was adapted by Demy from Donkeyskin, a fairy...  more
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    Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier
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    Released2011

    Directed byChristophe Honoré

    Beloved is a 2011 French film written and directed by Christophe Honoré, starring Catherine Deneuve, Miloš Forman, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Paul Schneider, Michel Delpech and Chiara...  more
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    Nora Arnezeder, Kad Merad
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    Released2008

    Directed byChristophe Barratier

    Paris 36 is a 2008 French romantic drama film directed by Christophe Barratier. This film is set in 1930s Paris. The song "Loin de Paname", sung by Nora Arnezeder, was nominated for the 82nd Academy...  more
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    Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier
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    Released1961

    Directed byTerence Young

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    Black Tights is a 1961 French anthology film featuring four ballet segments shot in Technirama and directed by Terence Young. The film is also known as Un deux trois quatre! in France....  more
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    Lena Headey, Robert Carlyle
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    Released1997

    Directed byAntonia Bird

    Face is a British crime drama directed by Antonia Bird and written by Ronan Bennett. It stars Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone and features the acting debut of singer Damon Albarn....  more
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    Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo
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    Released1965

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

    Pierrot le Fou is a 1965 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is based on the 1962 novel, Obsession, by Lionel White. It was Jean-Luc...  more
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    Jeanne Moreau, Anna Karina
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    Released1961

    Directed byJean-Luc Godard

    A Woman Is a Woman is a 1961 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, featuring Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Claude Brialy. It is a tribute to American musical comedy and associated with...  more
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    Annabella, René Lefèvre
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    Released1931

    Directed byRené Clair

    Le Million is a 1931 French musical comedy film directed by René Clair. The story was adapted by Clair from a play by Georges Berr and Marcel Guillemand....  more
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    Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud
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    Released2007

    Directed bySerge Bozon

    La France is a French film directed by Serge Bozon, released in 2007. It stars Sylvie Testud and Pascal Greggory. The film won the Prix Jean Vigo in 2007....  more
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    Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Philippe du Janerand
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    Released2012

    Directed byPatrice Leconte

    The Suicide Shop is a 2012 French animated film written and directed by Patrice Leconte and is based on Jean Teule's novel of the same name. It was released on 16 May 2012 in France. As with the...  more
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