Funny Girl is a movie about the life of comedienne Fanny Brice (Barbara Streisand). She starts this musical as a hopeful at Keeney's Music Hall, being a person only a mother can love. However she gets a break as a funny roller-skating chorus girl, and her life begins its successful stage journey. She briefly meets Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) who is a suave, well-mannered international gambler who is romantically interested in her. Two years later, she is invited to work at the Ziegfield Follies, and because of an unplanned shocking number, Fanny brings the house down and still retains her employment at the Follies. She is now a star.
Nick shows up, and they celebrate at a party where Fanny's mom shows off Fanny's success to the neighborhood. Nick is the ultimate gentleman and sweeps Fanny off her feet. The renowned song "People" is sung in an alleyway near Henry Street in the lower east side of New York City, and a special intimate moment between Fanny and Nick ensues. A romance is kindled.
Later, the Follies is on the road, and Fanny once again meets up with Nick. They develop their relationship as Fanny is torn between good girl attitudes and the magnetism of a man. She falls in love with him. We then get hints of Nick's unbalanced life as both a winner and a loser in his gambling occupation. Nick wants to gamble on a boat to Europe, so Fanny makes an unprecedented move to give up the rest of the show on the road to be with Nick. His luck improves, and they are engaged. He intends to be the man of the household, but someone calls him Mr. Brice; it goes unnoticed.
Fanny and Nick have a family, but eventually their relationship unravels as his gambling debts spiral and he gets imprisoned for embezzlement. Their relationship ends. But the show goes on.