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The Best French Musical Movies

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

    Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel
    27
    11

    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
    18
    12

    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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    The Young Girls of Rochefort

    Catherine Deneuve, Gene Kelly
    18
    12

    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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    Love Songs

    Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier
    11
    9

    Released2007

    Directed byChristophe Honoré

    Runtime95

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations, Strong Sexual Content

    PremieredMarch 21, 2008

    Ismael (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) lead a blissfully romantic existence in Paris and are as likely to sing their thoughts as speak them. They meet a variety of equally passionate  ...more
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    Une chambre en ville

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    6
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    A Nous la Liberte

    7
    4
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    U

    Vahina Giocante, Isild Le Besco
    6
    4

    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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    Three Seats for the 26th

    Yves Montand, Catriona MacColl
    5
    2

    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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    Naughty Girl

    4
    2
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    The Band

    Michael Cornacchia, Michael Sean McGuinness
    2
    0

    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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    Hand in Hand

    Valérie Donzelli, Valérie Lemercier
    4
    4

    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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    Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

    Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz
    9
    13

    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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    French Cancan

    Jean Gabin, Françoise Arnoul
    2
    2

    Released1955

    Directed byJean Renoir

    Runtime102

    PremieredApril 9, 1955

    Hoping to keep his financially unstable cafe in business, Henri (Jean Gabin) takes a trip to Monmartre, where he witnesses local dancers performing the can-can, a provocative dance that has fallen  ...more
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    Not of the Lips

    Audrey Tautou, Lambert Wilson
    2
    2

    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
    8
    12

    Released1970

    Directed byJacques Demy

    Runtime90

    AdvisoriesAdult Situations

    PremieredOctober 22, 1971

    In a magical, faraway land, a widower king (Jean Marais) decrees that he will wed his daughter, the princess (Catherine Deneuve), because she's the only woman able to match his former queen's beauty.  ...more
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    Brabanconne

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    Beloved

    Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier
    6
    10

    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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    Gérard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac
    4
    7

    Released2008

    Directed byChristophe Barratier

    Runtime120

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Adult Situations, Brief Nudity

    PremieredApril 3, 2009

    Determined to silence a cabaret troupe that has radical political affiliations, landlord Galapiat (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) evicts a Paris nightclub, the Chansonia, from his building and shutters  ...more
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    Cyd Charisse, Maurice Chevalier
    2
    5

    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
  • 20
    Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone
    2
    5

    Released1997

    Directed byAntonia Bird

    Runtime103

    AdvisoriesAdult Language, Violence

    A bitter former idealist, Ray (Robert Carlyle) plans a daring heist with his buddy Dave (Ray Winstone), who is a seasoned criminal. Joining the pair are the restless Julian (Philip Davis), ex-con  ...more
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    Pierrot le Fou

    Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo
    2
    5

    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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    A Woman Is a Woman

    Jeanne Moreau, Anna Karina
    2
    5

    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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    Le Million

    Annabella, René Lefèvre
    0
    2

    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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    La France

    Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud
    0
    2

    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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    The Suicide Shop

    Pierre-François Martin-Laval, Philippe du Janerand
    0
    2

    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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