The Best Art Movies Films

The Best Art Movies

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List Criteria: Movies must feature art prominently.

A list of the best art movies. This is a list not of "art films" but of movies that feature art as a central theme. We tried to include all of the best ones here, but if you believe we missed one, please feel free to add it to the list yourself. All genres have been included. Movies about art can be fascinating and these are the best art films of that genre. The drama, adventure, and politics involved in the creation of famous art can be mind-boggling. And as far as artists go, let us not forget that, "There is no great genius without some touch of madness."

While we might not all enjoy going to the museum to view our favorite works of art, the art films on this list are incredibly accessible and can be enjoyed by almost anyone. If you don't see your favorite art film on this list of the best art films, make sure to add it so others can get a little bit of your good (art film) taste.

What are the best art movies? Take a look at this list and you'll see what are the top movies about artists.


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    Frida

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    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

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    Pollock


    Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Stephanie Seymour

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    Basquiat


    David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe

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    My Left Foot


    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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    Modigliani


    Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi

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    Lust for Life


    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross

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    Girl with a Pearl Earring


    Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

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    Exit Through the Gift Shop
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    Séraphine

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    Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière

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    Big Eyes

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    Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy


    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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    Camille Claudel


    Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, François Berléand ...

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    Goya's Ghosts

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    Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Randy Quaid

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    Great Expectations

    added by peterephillips
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke

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    Mr. Turner

    added by HardyPierce
    Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

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    The Pillow Book


    Ewan McGregor, Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata

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    Crumb

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    Robert Crumb

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    Carrington

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    Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell, Alex Kingston

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    Vincent & Theo

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    Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine

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    Caravaggio

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    Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane

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    Klimt

    added by VisualSubterfuge
    John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows, Veronica Ferres

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    Art School Confidential


    John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston

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    I Shot Andy Warhol


    Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy, Stephen Dorff

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    The Mill and the Cross

    added by herbroe
    Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer, Michael York

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    The Draughtsman's Contract


    Janet Suzman, Anthony Higgins, Hugh Fraser

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    Bean

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    Burt Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Rowan Atkinson

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    Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà

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    Artemisia


    Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Devos

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    The Mystery of Picasso


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    Beauty Is Embarrassing

    added by CrabbyPatty
    Beauty Is Embarrassing Roman Jaquez

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    Nightwatching

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    Martin Freeman, Toby Jones, Emily Holmes

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    Style Wars is a 1983 documentary on hip hop culture, directed by Tony Silver and produced in collaboration with Henry Chalfant. The film has an emphasis on graffiti..The documentary shows both the

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    Marwencol

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    Mark Hogancamp

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    How to Steal a Million

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    Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

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    Pecker

    added by peterephillips
    Christina Ricci, Stacy Keibler, Edward Furlong

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    Goya in Bordeaux


    Dafne Fernández, Maribel Verdú, Francisco Rabal

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    How to Draw a Bunny


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    Dirty Pictures


    James Woods, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid

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    You Don't Get Life a Second Time

    added by VemFox
    Katrina Kaif, Hrithik Roshan, Naseeruddin Shah

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