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Movies Like Funny Girl: Rags to Riches
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Movies Like Funny Girl: Rags to Riches

Movies like 'Funny Girl' turn the well worn 'rags to riches' formula and add a musical twist to the stories. Barbra Streisand launched her career in the beloved musical that sees her playing an aspiring actress. For more feel good tales like 'Funny Girl', be sure to check out my recommendations.

Movies Similar To 'Funny Girl'

‘A Star Is Born’ (Frank Pierson, 1976)

Barbra Streisand takes the lead in this remake of the 1930s and 1950s movie of the same name.

Barbra Streisand takes the lead in this remake of the 1930s and 1950s movie of the same name. In this update, she stars as nightclub singer Esther Hoffman who catches the attention of rock star John Norman Howard (Kris Kristofferson). It doesn't take long for the two to fall in love. But when her career begins to take off, she is left with a life changing decision- stay with him or find fame.

Similarity Match: 80%

Streisand at the top of her game.


‘The Jerk’ (Carl Reiner, 1979)

Though 'The Jerk' is not a typical musical, it is one of the best rags to riches tales put to screen, and which features a number of musical turns.

Though 'The Jerk' is not a typical musical, it is one of the best rags to riches tales put to screen, and which features a number of musical turns. In his breakout role, Steve Martin stars as Navin, a man raised by a loving, but poor family. Upon hearing the news that his family aren't really family, he sets off to find himself. This leads him on a crazy path that sees him encountering a dodgy hitman, a stunning beauty and becoming a millionaire.

Similarity Match: 75%

Steve Martin at his best.


‘New York, New York’ (Martin Scorsese, 1977)

In a daring move, director Martin Scorsese followed up his gritty masterpiece 'Taxi Driver' with the musical, 'New York, New York'.

In a daring move, director Martin Scorsese followed up his gritty masterpiece 'Taxi Driver' with the musical, 'New York, New York'. Once again teaming with Robert De Niro, the director took the leap into musicals to tell the story of two aspiring musicians who come to blows as they begin to forge a successful career. It may not be one of his best, but the legendary filmmaker still delivers a fine movie that shouldn't be ignored.

Similarity Match: 80%

Scorsese and De Niro tackle musicals.


‘Aladdin’ (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1992)

Though they were in somewhat of a slump for a decade or so, 'Aladdin' was one of the films to turn Disney back into a money busting franchise.

Though they were in somewhat of a slump for a decade or so, 'Aladdin' was one of the films to turn Disney back into a money busting franchise. We all know the tale, Aladdin is a street rat who has to steal to eat. But a dangerous encounter with the sinister Jafar leads him on an extraordinary journey filled with magic, genies and princesses. This much-loved classic is best remembered for the fine turn from Robin Williams who exploded off the screen with his energetic performance as the Genie.

Similarity Match: 50%

Another fine turn from Disney.


‘Funny Lady’ (Herbert Ross, 1975)

Barbra Streisand returns to the role that made her famous for the decent sequel, 'Funny Lady'.

Barbra Streisand returns to the role that made her famous for the decent sequel, 'Funny Lady'. After finding success, Fanny Brice is now a star of Broadway. Like many however, she feels the strain from the financial crises. This pushes her into looking for more work, but it's here she falls for another man. 'Funny Lady' is a movie like 'Funny Girl' that offers plenty of musical delight, boasting a fine turn from its star.

Similarity Match: 90%

A larger-than-life musical sequel.


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