"Funny Girl" is the story of the early years of Fanny Brice's career and her love relationship with Nicky Arnstein. The story follows Fanny from her first start to joining the Ziegfield Follies to attaining stardom. Parallel to the story of her career is the story of her rocky romance with Nicky Arnstein. Most of the songs used in the film were not originally sung by Fanny Brice but, rather, were written for the original "Funny Girl" on Broadway.
"Funny Girl" was the top grossing film of 1968 and it received seven Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture.