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The Best French Musical Movies 

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Updated June 24, 2019 165 votes 99 voters 7.6k views 27 items

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.

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The Umbrellas of Cherbou... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel, Nino Castelnuovo

Released: 1964

Directed by: Jacques 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 ...more

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Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly, Michel Piccoli

Released: 1967

Directed by: Jacques 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 ...more

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Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Béart, Virginie Ledoyen

Released: 2002

Directed by: François 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 ...more

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Catherine Deneuve, Jean Marais, Jacques Perrin

Released: 1970

Directed by: Jacques 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 ...more
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Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Louis Garrel

Released: 2007

Directed by: Christophe 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 ...more
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Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Miloš Forman

Released: 2011

Directed by: Christophe 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 ...more
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U Vahina Giocante, Isild Le Besco, Bernadette Lafont

Released: 2006

Directed by: Serge Elissalde

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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A Nous la Liberte
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Nora Arnezeder, Kad Merad, Pierre Richard

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christophe 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 ...more
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Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier, Zizi Jeanmaire

Released: 1961

Directed by: Terence Young

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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Geraldine Chaplin, Fanny Ardant, Vittorio Gassman

Released: 1983

Directed by: Alain Resnais

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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Lena Headey, Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone

Released: 1997

Directed by: Antonia 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.
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Édith Piaf, Jean Gabin, María Félix

Released: 1954

Directed by: Jean 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 ...more
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Annabella, René Lefèvre, Raymond Cordy

Released: 1931

Directed by: René 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.
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Audrey Tautou, Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azéma

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alain 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 ...more
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Pierrot le Fou is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Piere Leaud

Released: 1965

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

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jean-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 ...more
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Yves Montand, Catriona MacColl, Françoise Fabian

Released: 1988

Directed by: Jacques Demy

Trois places pour le 26 is a 1988 musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy.
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The Band Michael Cornacchia, Michael Sean McGuinness, Suzanne Powell

Released: 1999

Directed by: Rawson 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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Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory

Released: 2007

Directed by: Serge 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.
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Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Philippe du Janerand, Kacey Mottet Klein

Released: 2012

Directed by: Patrice 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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Hand in Hand Valérie Donzelli, Valérie Lemercier, Jérémie Elkaïm

Released: 2012

Directed by: Valérie Donzelli

Hand In Hand is a 2012 musical film written by Valérie Donzelli and directed by Valérie Donzelli.
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Naughty Girl
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Une chambre en ville