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5 Movies like Les Misérables: Do You Hear the People Sing?

JoshHave you ever wanted to watch your favourite shows on broadway, but have missed out due to the high prices? Movies like ‘Les Misérables’ bring the stage to the big screen.

‘Les Misérables’ is one of the biggest stage shows of all time, thanks to the harrowing story and memorable songs that are featured throughout. Tom Hooper triumphantly brought the show to the screen with his 2012 adaptation featuring an array of stars, including the award-winning Anne Hathaway.

If you’re a fan of ‘Les Misérables’, check out these other adaptations! ~ Josh Sammons

Movies Similar to ‘Les Misérables’

We hope you enjoy this article and its different recommendation options. Be enchanted by hidden gems you may have never heard of before and (re)discover unmissable classics.



‘Oliver!’ (Carol Reed, 1968)

‘Oliver!’ is a movie like ‘Les Misérables’ that deals with the social structure set around the same era. These films focus on impoverished characters, their struggles, poverty and a broken family structure.

‘Oliver!’ was a popular 1960s stage show that was adapted from the Charles Dickens’ novel, ‘Oliver Twist’.

The story centres around young orphan, Oliver, as he moves from the ophanage to the street, where he’s taken in by a gang of pickpockets led by the notorious Fagin.

50 years on and ‘Oliver!’ still remains a classic.


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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (Joel Schumacher, 2004)

Like ‘Les Misérables’, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is considered one of the biggest musicals of all time.

In the story, young vocalist Christine Daae becomes the obsession of the mysterious Phantom, who hides in the Opera house due to his disfigurement.

This dark obsession leads the Phantom to kill in order to stay close to Christine. But she only has eyes for another man, and once her beau learns of the Phantom’s plans, he sets out to foil them before it’s too late.

Relive the tragic tale as it is masterfully brought to the screen by director Joel Schumacher.


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The hit musical gets the big screen treatment.



‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’ (Clive Donner, 1982)

Like ‘Les Misérables’, ‘The Scarlet Pimpernal’ is set during the French Revolution.

This made-for-TV film adaptation is set in a time of oppression in France, where people are sent to the guillotine for only minor offenses.

A mysterious nobleman known as The Scarlet Pimpernel steps out from the shadows to rescue French aristocrats sent to their deaths.

In society, the man is known as Sir Percy Blakeney, and it is here where his plans to save the heir to the throne are threatened.


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A 'Hitman' knockoff'.



‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (Anthony Asquith, 1952)

On the other end of the social spectrum, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a comedy centred on the upper crust of society.

The film, which is adapted from the work of Oscar Wilde, sees two friends adopting the persona of Ernest in order to escape their lives on the country estate.

It doesn’t take long for the lie to get complicated as they must trick everyone into believing Ernest is real.

This film is a pleasent adaptation of the great playwrite’s work.


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A fun adaptation from the work of Oscar Wilde.


If You Like ‘Les Misérables’, You Will Like

‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ (Tim Burton, 2007)

Tim Burton hit the right notes with his gothic take of ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’.

Much like ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Sweeney Todd deals with social injustice (, whilst the protagonists’ stories mirror each other.

In ‘Les Misérables, Valjean is a former criminal who turns his life around, whilst Sweeney Todd is a once-good man who’s pushed to the pits of despair, leading him to become obsessed with exacting revenge on those that wronged him.

‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ is a delightfully dark adaptation proving that Johnny Depp can hold a high note.


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A razor sharp musical.


Over to You

Here are my recommendations for films like ‘Les Misérables’.

Let me know what you think of my choices!

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