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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 Salma Hayek, Edward Norton, Ashley Judd

The All-Time Greatest Martial Art Movies The Best English Poets of All Time

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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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JenniferGarnick added Big Eyes Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz

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Modigliani Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi

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My Left Foot Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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Girl with a Pearl Earring Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

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Lust for Life Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross

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Mollevangsvagen added F for Fake Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory

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wiabux added Goya's Ghosts Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Randy Quaid

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peterephillips added Séraphine Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière

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Lon Harris added Crumb Robert Crumb

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Mollevangsvagen added Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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Mollevangsvagen added Edvard Munch Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby

Sci-Fi Movie Concept Art That Didn't Make the Final Cut 60+ of Your Greatest Childhood Fears

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The Agony and the Ecstasy Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

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fkvaz1 added Midnight in Paris Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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peterephillips added Great Expectations Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Ethan Hawke

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AlexanderRay added Caravaggio Tilda Swinton, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane

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Camille Claudel Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, François Berléand

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VisualSubterfuge added Klimt John Malkovich, Saffron Burrows, Veronica Ferres

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HardyPierce added Mr. Turner Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

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herbroe added Vincent & Theo Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine

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herbroe added The Mill and the Cross Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer, Michael York

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Tom Zavoral added Factory Girl Sienna Miller, Jimmy Fallon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

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wawwhite1 added Bean Burt Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Rowan Atkinson

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The Pillow Book Ewan McGregor, Vivian Wu, Ken Ogata

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CrabbyPatty added Beauty Is Embarrassing Roman Jaquez

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jonathan-guerra added How to Steal a Million Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Eli Wallach

Genderbent Fan Art That Will Make You See Your Favorite Cartoon Characters In A Whole New Way ... The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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I Shot Andy Warhol Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy, Stephen Dorff

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garussell added The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob Louis de Funès, Marcel Dalio, Miou-Miou

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garussell added The 400 Blows Jeanne Moreau, Jean Piere Leaud, Jean-Claude Brialy

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Art School Confidential John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston

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Mollevangsvagen added La Belle Noiseuse Emmanuelle Béart, Jane Birkin, Michel Piccoli

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Carrington Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell, Alex Kingston

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garussell added The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Mireille Darc, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Blier

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garussell added Rififi Jules Dassin, Robert Hossein, Carl Möhner

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Fatih L. Kalkan added Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child Julian Schnabel, Fab Five Freddy, Larry Gagosian

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CrabbyPatty added Marwencol Mark Hogancamp

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fkvaz1 added Little Ashes Robert Pattinson, Arly Jover, Matthew McNulty

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Artemisia Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Emmanuelle Devos

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Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Art Movies
herbroe added Caravaggio Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà

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The Draughtsman's Contract Janet Suzman, Anthony Higgins, Hugh Fraser

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Egon Schiele: Tod Und M䤣hen (2... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Art Movies
AlenaPalíková added Egon Schiele: Tod Und M䤣hen (2016)

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Fatih L. Kalkan added Cutie and the Boxer Benjamin Thys

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garussell added Stolen Kisses Jean Piere Leaud, Michael Lonsdale, Delphine Seyrig

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herbroe added Nightwatching Martin Freeman, Toby Jones, Emily Holmes

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Style Wars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Art Movies
mckerm34 added Style Wars 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 young artists struggling to ...

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johndav added Camille Claudel 1915 Juliette Binoche, Armelle Leroy-Rolland, Sandra Rivera