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 Umbrellas of Cherbourg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
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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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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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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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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Ludivine Sagnier, Chiara Mastroianni, Louis Garrel
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
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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A Nous la Liberte
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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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Naughty Girl
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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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Hand in Hand Valérie Donzelli, Valérie Lemercier, Jérémie Elkaïm
Hand In Hand is a 2012 musical film written by Valérie Donzelli and directed by Valérie Donzelli.
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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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Yves Montand, Catriona MacColl, Françoise Fabian
Trois places pour le 26 is a 1988 musical film written and directed by Jacques Demy.
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A Woman Is a Woman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best French Musical Movies
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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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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Lena Headey, Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone
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
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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Audrey Tautou, Lambert Wilson, Sabine Azéma
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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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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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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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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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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Brabanconne
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Anna