10 Best French Musical Movies

Monday, July 25 by Ergopotamo

Need a list of the 10 best French musical movie?  Have your favorites made the cut? Or are you new to French cinema? This is a perfect way to introduce yourself to some incredible classics. Read this list and see if you agree with us.

  1. “À Nous La Liberté”  When Louis escapes prison and progresses from convict to company owner he’s surprised to find out his old jail mate is now working for him. After a series of encounters they decide to escape from society and go on a journey together in pursuit of the freedom that prison took away from them. Directed by René Clair.
  2. "French Cancan”  Reviving France’s most significant dance, this comedy musical tells the story of Henri Danglard, a theater producer who sees an opportunity for his big break when he decides to turn his almost bankrupt café into the worldly renowned cabaret “Moulin Rouge”. Directed by Jean Renoir.
  3. "Une Femme Est Une Femme”  This French musical movie is not the classic love story musical. “Une Femme Est Une Femme” (“A Woman Is a Woman” in English) introduces Angela, a stripper determined to have a baby with her boyfriend Emile. But the thrill of the movie starts when Emile refuses to Angela’s request, and she decides to convince Alfred. But who is Alfred? Not other than Emile’s best friend. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
  4. "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”  This movie tells the endearing love story between a girl and a mechanic. Genevieve is a teenager girl working at her mother’s umbrella shop when she meets Guy. Their love story begins and desires of marriage come to surface only to be drowned because of Genevieve’s mother disapproval. Directed by Jacques Demy.
  5. “Pierrot, le fou” This French musical movie brings us Pierrot, a recently fired and frustrated family man disappointed with his society so much he decides to escape from it and travel to the beach. But not alone, he leaves his wife and kids for his ex-girlfriend named Marianne. After discovering a secret from Marianne’s life leading them to being chased by the Algerian mob, they start escaping from them making this a lifestyle. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
  6. “Les Demoiselles de Rochefort” Following the story of sisters Solange and Delphine, they are two artists working in music and dance. They meet their love interests Maxence and Simon and this crazy love story begins. Directed by Jacques Demy.
  7. “Le Bal” Even though this French musical movie lacks of dialog, “Le Bal” gives us a complete representation of the French society from the thirties to the eighties, through only music and dance as it’s situated the whole time in a ballroom. Directed by Ettore Scola.
  8. “On Connaît La Chanson” Following the interconnected story of six Parisians, “On Connaît La Chanson” centers in sisters Odile and Camille, the first one in search of a new apartment and the second one falling in love with her sister’s real state agent. Having the characters singing to 36 famous French songs while we see how their stories develop, this is a fun love story musical to watch. Directed by Alan Resnais.
  9. “8 Femmes” Set in the fifties, this French musical movie centers in the journey of eight women who are trying to find out who murdered the only man they all have in common. Could it have been the wife, the daughters or the maids? This engaging plot is very well animated with musical scenes spurred by rivalry and comedic moments. Directed by Francois Ozon.
  10. “Les Chansons d’Amour” This French musical movie set in Paris, follows the story of partners Julie and Ismael…and Alice. Before starting a relationship between the three of them. This is an amazing musical with an uncommon twist that everyone should have a try on each other. Directed by Christophe Honoré.
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