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List Rules Vote up the best biographical movies about painters, sculptors, and other types of visual artists.

On this list of the best artist biopics, you’ll find movies detailing the lives of painters, sculptors, visual artists, and a whole host of others spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the present. Artists live such rich lives, full of volatile emotion and undeniable talent, making them perfect subjects for biographical films.


One of the best artist biopics of all time is
Frida, starring Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, the artist Diego Rivera. Hayek was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, and she set the bar high for artist biopics. Also on this list, you will find the exceptional The Agony and the Ecstasy, starring the one and only Charlton Heston as Michelangelo during his painting of the Sistine Chapel.

Other essential artist biopics on the list include
Basquiat, Pollock, and Vincent and Theo, a film about the mercurial Vincent Van Gogh and his loyal but volatile brother Theo. Vote up the best artist biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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Frida is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Frida Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialFrida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, ...more

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Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Big Eyes Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz Big Eyes is an upcoming 2013 film about the life of painter Margaret Keane.

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Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Mr. Turner Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville Mr. Turner is a 2014 British, French and German biographical drama film, written and directed by Mike Leigh, and starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville and Martin Savage. The film concerns the life ...more

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Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Girl with a Pearl Earring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. Scarlett Johansson stars as Griet, a young 17th-century ...more

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Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Basquiat David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe Basquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his graffiti roots as a foundation to create ...more

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Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Vincent & Theo Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine Vincent & Theo is a 1990 biographical drama film directed by Robert Altman, starring Tim Roth and Paul Rhys. The movie is an exploration of the relationship between Vincent van Gogh and his art dealer brother, Theo. Originally a four-hour ...more

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
The Agony and the Ecstasy Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 film directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II. The film was partly based on Irving Stone's biographical novel of the same name. This film deals with ...more

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Pollock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Pollock Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Stephanie Seymour Pollock is a 2000 biography drama film written by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith, Barbara Turner and Susan Emshwiller and directed by Ed Harris.

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Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov Andrei Rublev, also known as The Passion According to Andrei, is a 1966 Russian film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky from a screenplay written by him and Andrei Konchalovsky. The film is loosely based on the life of Andrei Rublev, the great ...more

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Factory Girl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Factory Girl Sienna Miller, Jimmy Fallon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Factory Girl is a 2006 American biographical film based on the life of 1960s underground film star, socialite, and Warhol Superstar Edie Sedgwick. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 29, 2006. ...more

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Surviving Picasso is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Surviving Picasso Julianne Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone Surviving Picasso is a 1996 Merchant Ivory film starring Anthony Hopkins as the famous painter Pablo Picasso. It was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant and David L. Wolper. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay was loosely ...more

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Van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Van Gogh Jacques Dutronc, Elsa Zylberstein, Bernard Le Coo Van Gogh is a 1991 French film written and directed by Maurice Pialat. It stars Jacques Dutronc in the role of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, for which he won the 1992 César Award for Best Actor. Set in 1890, the film follows the last ...more

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Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Séraphine Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière Seraphine is a 2008 film directed by Martin Provost.

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Goya's Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Goya's Ghosts Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Randy Quaid Goya's Ghosts is a 2006 Spanish-American film, directed by Miloš Forman, and written by him and Jean-Claude Carrière. The film stars Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård, and was filmed on location in Spain during ...more

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Klimt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Klimt John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows, Veronica Ferres Klimt is a 2006 Austrian art-house biographical film about the life of the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt. It was written and directed by Raoul Ruiz, with an English screenplay adaptation by Gilbert Adair. The director of photography ...more

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Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Lust for Life Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross Lust for Life is a MGM biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, based on the 1934 novel by Irving Stone and adapted by Norman Corwin. It was directed by Vincente Minnelli and produced by John Houseman. The film ...more

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Edvard Munch Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialEdvard Munch is a 1974 biographical film about the Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch, written and directed by Peter Watkins. It was originally created as a three-part miniseries co-produced by the Norwegian and Swedish state ...more

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Painted Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Painted Fire Son Ye-jin, Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki Chi-hwa-seon or Chwi-hwa-seon, is a 2002 South Korean drama film directed by Im Kwon-taek about Jang Seung-up, a nineteenth-century Korean painter who changed the direction of Korean art.

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Georgia O'Keeffe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Georgia O'Keeffe Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Ed Begley Georgia O'Keeffe is a 2009 American television biographical film, produced by City Entertainment in association with Sony Television, about noted American painter Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The film was ...more

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Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Modigliani Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi Modigliani is a 2004 American-French-German-Italian drama biographical film written and directed by Mick Davis and starring Andy García, Elsa Zylberstein, Omid Djalili, Hippolyte Girardot, Eva Herzigova and Udo Kier. It is based on the ...more

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Oviri is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Oviri Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Sofie Gråbøl Oviri is a film directed by Henning Carlsen released on September 5, 1986.

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Lautrec is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Lautrec Elsa Zylberstein, Claude Rich, Anémone Lautrec is a 1998 comedy, drama, biographical film written and directed by Roger Planchon.