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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 Trial

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Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Mr. Turner Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

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Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Big Eyes Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz

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Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Basquiat David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe

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Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Girl with a Pearl Earring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

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Pollock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Pollock Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Stephanie Seymour

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Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Vincent & Theo Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
The Agony and the Ecstasy Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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Factory Girl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Factory Girl Sienna Miller, Jimmy Fallon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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Surviving Picasso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Surviving Picasso Julianne Moore, Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone

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Van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Van Gogh Jacques Dutronc, Elsa Zylberstein, Bernard Le Coo

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Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Séraphine Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière

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Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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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

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Klimt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Klimt John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows, Veronica Ferres

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Georgia O'Keeffe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Georgia O'Keeffe Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen, Ed Begley

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Painted Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Painted Fire Son Ye-jin, Choi Min-sik, Ahn Sung-ki

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Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Lust for Life Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross

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Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Modigliani Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi

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Oviri is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Oviri Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Sofie Gråbøl

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Edvard Munch Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Lautrec is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Artist Biopics
Lautrec Elsa Zylberstein, Claude Rich, Anémone