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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

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    Pollock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Stephanie Seymour

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    Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Art Movies


    David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe

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    My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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    Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi

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    Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross

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    Exit Through the Gift Shop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Art Movies
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    Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

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    Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz

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    The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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    Goya's Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Randy Quaid

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    Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière

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    Camille Claudel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, François Berléand ...

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    Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke

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    Crumb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Robert Crumb

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    Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

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    The Pillow Book is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Ewan McGregor, Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata

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    Carrington is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell, Alex Kingston

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    Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine

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    Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane

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    The Mill and the Cross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer, Michael York

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    Klimt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows, Veronica Ferres

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    Art School Confidential is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Art Movies


    John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston

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    I Shot Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy, Stephen Dorff

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    The Draughtsman's Contract is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Janet Suzman, Anthony Higgins, Hugh Fraser

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    Beauty Is Embarrassing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Beauty Is Embarrassing Roman Jaquez

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    Nightwatching is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Martin Freeman, Toby Jones, Emily Holmes

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    Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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    Artemisia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Devos

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    The Mystery of Picasso is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Art Movies


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    Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà

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    F for Fake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory

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    Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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    Bean is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Burt Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Rowan Atkinson

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    The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Ja... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Louis de Funès, Marcel Dalio, Miou-Miou

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    Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby

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    La Belle Noiseuse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Emmanuelle Béart, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli

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    Little Ashes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Robert Pattinson, Arly Jover, Matthew McNulty

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    The 400 Blows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy

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    Rififi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner

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    Stolen Kisses is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Jean Piere Leaud, Michael Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig

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    The Tall Blond Man with One Bl... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Blier

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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 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Mark Hogancamp

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    How to Steal a Million is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

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    Cutie and the Boxer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Benjamin Thys

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    Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radi... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Julian Schnabel, Fab Five Freddy, Larry Gagosian

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    Pecker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Art Movies

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    Christina Ricci, Stacy Keibler, Edward Furlong

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    Goya in Bordeaux is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Art Movies


    Dafne Fernández, Maribel Verdú, Francisco Rabal

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    How to Draw a Bunny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Art Movies


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