Movies inspired by paintings extract the most iconic qualities of their source material and transform them into something more modern and altogether unique. An ancient, towering god becomes a giant robot in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. A biblical scene is updated for 1970s New York City bar culture in Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. While some directors rely on the style and moods evoked by certain artists, others make movies based on paintings that focus on a specific piece of art to shape everything from set design to costuming to narrative developments.
Whether it's an animated Disney flick geared toward children, an iconic horror feature that borders on exploitation, or a biopic about a well-known artist, movies inspired by paintings or other pictorial works are as plentiful and diverse as the world of visual art itself.