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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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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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Exit Through the Gift Shop is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 9 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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At Eternity's Gate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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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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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Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Camille Claudel is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Crumb is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Goya's Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton
Velvet Buzzsaw is a 2019 American horror thriller film directed by Dan Gilroy. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who ...more
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Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 20 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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F for Fake is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 23 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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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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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 25 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