Foreign Films 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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The Umbrella of Cherbourg

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The Young Girls of Rochefort Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli 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 ...more

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8 Women Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Virginie Ledoyen 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 ...more

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Donkey Skin Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin 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 ...more

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Love Songs

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U Vahina Giocante, Isild Le Besco, Bernadette Lafont U is a 2006 French animated film directed by Serge Élissalde and Grégoire Solotareff. It was at the 2007 Seattle International Film Festival.

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Paris 36 Nora Arnezeder, Kad Merad, Pierre Richard 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 ...more

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Beloved

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Hand in Hand

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A Nous la Liberte

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Naughty Girl

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Not of the Lips

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Face

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Three Seats for the 26th

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French Cancan Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin, María Félix 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 ...more

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The Band Michael Cornacchia, Michael Sean McGuinness, Suzanne Powell The Band is a 1999 film written by Darrin Straff and Rawson Marshall Thurbur and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurbur.

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A Woman Is a Woman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
A Woman Is a Woman Jeanne Moreau, Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo 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 ...more

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel, Nino Castelnuovo 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 ...more

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Black Tights Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier, Zizi Jeanmaire Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial 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.

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Une chambre en ville

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Anna

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Brabanconne

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Life is a Bed of Roses Geraldine Chaplin, Fanny Ardant, Vittorio Gassman Life Is a Bed of Roses is a 1983 French film directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by Jean Gruault. The English-language distribution title of the film is Life Is a Bed of Roses, though it ...more

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La France Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory 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.

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Le Million Annabella, René Lefèvre, Raymond Cordy 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.

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The Suicide Shop Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Philippe du Janerand, Kacey Mottet Klein 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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Pierrot le Fou is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
Pierrot le Fou Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Piere Leaud 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