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List Rules 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 Movies About Art & Artists
Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd Frida 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 ...more

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Pollock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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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Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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 ...more

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Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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 ...more

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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 ...more

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My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral ...more

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Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
JenniferGarnick added Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Tim Burton. Famous for drawing portraits and paintings with big eyes, American artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) fights a legal ...more

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Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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. ...more

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Exit Through the Gift Shop is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
"In the late 1990s, a hybrid form of graffiti began appearing in cities around the world. Enlisting stickers, stencils, posters, and sculpture and spread by the burgeoning Internet, it ...more

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Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
peterephillips added Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière Seraphine is a 2008 film directed by Martin Provost.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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 ...more

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Goya's Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
wiabux added 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 ...more

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Crumb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Lon Harris added Robert Crumb Crumb is a 1994 documentary film about the noted underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and his family. Directed by Terry Zwigoff and produced by Lynn O'Donnell, it won widespread acclaim. It was ...more

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At Eternity's Gate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
At Eternity's Gate Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final days in Arles.

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Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Mollevangsvagen added 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 ...more

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Camille Claudel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, François Berléand Camille Claudel is a 1988 French film about the life of the 19th century female sculptor Camille Claudel. The movie was based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris, granddaughter of Camille's ...more

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Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
fkvaz1 added Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston Midnight in Paris is an American 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. Set in Paris, the film follows Gil Pender, a screenwriter, who is forced to confront the ...more

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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
AlexanderRay added Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane Caravaggio is a British film directed by Derek Jarman. The film is a fictionalised re-telling of the life of Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
peterephillips added Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke Great Expectations is a 1998 contemporary film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name, co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth ...more

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F for Fake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Mollevangsvagen added Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career ...more

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Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
HardyPierce added 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 ...more

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Klimt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
VisualSubterfuge added 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 ...more

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Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
herbroe added 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 ...more

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The Mill and the Cross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
herbroe added Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer, Michael York The Mill and the Cross is a 2011 drama film directed by Lech Majewski and starring Rutger Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York. It is inspired by Pieter Bruegel the Elder's 1564 painting ...more

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Mollevangsvagen added Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby Edvard 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 ...more

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Factory Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Tom Zavoral added 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 ...more

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The Pillow Book is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Ewan McGregor, Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata The Pillow Book is a 1996 film by British director Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as Nagiko, a Japanese model in search of pleasure and new cultural experience from various lovers. The ...more

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La Belle Noiseuse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Mollevangsvagen added Emmanuelle Béart, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli La Belle Noiseuse is a 1991 film directed by Jacques Rivette and starring Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, and Emmanuelle Béart. Its title means "The Beautiful Troublemaker". The ...more

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The 400 Blows is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
garussell added Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy The 400 Blows is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director François Truffaut; it stars Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of ...more

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Cutie and the Boxer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Fatih L. Kalkan added Benjamin Thys Oscar-nominated documentary which explores love, sacrifice and the creative spirit through the 40-year chaotic marriage of two Japanese artists in New York, by following the rivalries that ...more

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Carrington is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell, Alex Kingston Carrington is a 1995 British biographical film written and directed by Christopher Hampton about the life of the English painter Dora Carrington, who was known simply as "Carrington". ...more

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Beauty Is Embarrassing is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
CrabbyPatty added Roman Jaquez Beauty Is Embarrassing is a 2012 documentary film written by Chris Bradley and Kevin Klauber and directed by Neil Berkeley.

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Bean is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
wawwhite1 added Burt Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Rowan Atkinson Bean, also known as Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie or Mr. Bean: The Movie is a 1997 feature film based on the television series Mr. Bean. It stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role and Peter ...more

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Rififi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
garussell added Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner Rififi is a 1955 French crime film adaptation of Auguste Le Breton's novel of the same name. Directed by American filmmaker Jules Dassin, the film stars Jean Servais as the aging gangster Tony ...more

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I Shot Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy, Stephen Dorff I Shot Andy Warhol is a 1996 independent film about the life of Valerie Solanas and her relationship with the artist Andy Warhol. The movie marked the debut of Canadian director Mary Harron. The ...more

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radi... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Fatih L. Kalkan added Julian Schnabel, Fab Five Freddy, Larry Gagosian "In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s on the Lower East Side scene, sold his first ...more

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How to Steal a Million is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
jonathan-guerra added Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach How to Steal a Million is a 1966 heist comedy film, directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach and Hugh Griffith. The picture is set and was filmed in ...more

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The Tall Blond Man with One Bl... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
garussell added Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Blier The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is a 1972 French comedy film directed by Yves Robert, written by Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard, Jean Rochefort and Bernard Blier. The film's ...more

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The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Ja... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
garussell added Louis de Funès, Marcel Dalio, Miou-Miou The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob is a 1973 French-Italian comedy film directed by Gérard Oury, starring Louis de Funès and Claude Giraud.

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Egon Schiele: Tod Und M䤣hen (2... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
AlenaPalíková added Egon Schiele: Tod Und M䤣hen (2016)

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Little Ashes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
fkvaz1 added Robert Pattinson, Arly Jover, Matthew McNulty Little Ashes is a 2008 Spanish-British drama film set against the backdrop of Spain during the 20s and 30s, as three of the era's most creative young talents meet at university and set off on a ...more

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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
herbroe added Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà

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The Mystery of Picasso is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
The Mystery of Picasso is a 1956 French documentary film about the painter Pablo Picasso, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, and showing Picasso in the act of creating paintings for the camera. ...more

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Art School Confidential is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston Art School Confidential is a 2006 comedy-drama film directed by Terry Zwigoff, loosely based on the comic of the same name by Daniel Clowes. The film is Zwigoff's second collaboration with ...more

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Marwencol is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
CrabbyPatty added Mark Hogancamp "Marwencol is a fantasy world created by Mark Hogancamp. This website is dedicated to capturing the beauty of Mark's secret world. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men ...more

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Stolen Kisses is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
garussell added Jean Piere Leaud, Michael Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig Stolen Kisses is a 1968 French romantic comedy-drama film directed by François Truffaut starring Jean-Pierre Léaud and Claude Jade. It continues the story of the character Antoine ...more

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Artemisia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Devos Artemisia is a 1997 French/Italian/German biographical film about Artemisia Gentileschi, the female Italian Baroque painter. The film was directed by Agnès Merlet, and stars Valentina ...more

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Camille Claudel 1915 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
johndav added Camille Claudel 1915 Juliette Binoche, Armelle Leroy-Rolland, Sandra Rivera Camille Claudel 1915 is a 2013 French biopic written and directed by Bruno Dumont. The film premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

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The Draughtsman's Contract is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Janet Suzman, Anthony Higgins, Hugh Fraser The Draughtsman's Contract is a 1982 British film written and directed by Peter Greenaway – his first conventional feature film. Originally produced for Channel 4 the film is a form of murder ...more

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Pecker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
peterephillips added Christina Ricci, Stacy Keibler, Edward Furlong Pecker is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Waters and starring Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci. Like all Waters' films, it was filmed and set in Baltimore; this ...more