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The Best Movies About Art & Artists

Updated June 2, 2020 5.3k votes 1.4k voters 203.5k views69 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Basquiat

    David Bowie, Courtney Love

    Released1996

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    Basquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American... moreamazon buy button

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    Frida is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Frida

    Salma Hayek, Edward Norton

    Released2002

    Directed byJulie Taymor

    Frida is a 2002 Miramax/Ventanarosa biopic which depicts the professional and private life of... moreamazon buy button

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    Exit Through the Gift Shop is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    At Eternity's Gate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    At Eternity's Gate

    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend

    Released2018

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh... moreamazon buy button
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    Pollock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Pollock

    Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer

    Released2000

    Directed byEd Harris

    Pollock is a 2000 biography drama film written by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith, Barbara... moreamazon buy button
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    Girl with a Pearl Earring is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Webber

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was... moreamazon buy button

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    Lust for Life is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Lust for Life

    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn

    Released1956

    Directed byVincente Minnelli, George Cukor

    Lust for Life is a MGM biographical film about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh,... moreamazon buy button
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    Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Big Eyes

    Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz

    Released2014

    Directed byTim Burton

    Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Tim Burton. Famous for drawing... moreamazon buy button
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    My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    My Left Foot

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw

    Released1989

    Directed byJim Sheridan

    My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan... moreamazon buy button

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

    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison

    Released1965

    Directed byCarol Reed

    The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 film directed by Carol Reed, starring Charlton Heston as... moreamazon buy button
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    Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Andrei Rublev

    Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn

    Released1966

    Directed byAndrei Tarkovsky

    Andrei Rublev, also known as The Passion According to Andrei, is a 1966 Russian film directed... moreamazon buy button

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    The Pillow Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    The Pillow Book

    Ewan McGregor, Vivian Wu

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    The Pillow Book is a 1996 film by British director Peter Greenaway, which stars Vivian Wu as... moreamazon buy button
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    Camille Claudel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Camille Claudel

    Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani

    Released1988

    Directed byBruno Nuytten

    Camille Claudel is a 1988 French film about the life of the 19th century female sculptor... moreamazon buy button
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    Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Mr. Turner

    Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen

    Released2014

    Directed byMike Leigh

    Mr. Turner is a 2014 British, French and German biographical drama film, written and directed... moreamazon buy button
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    Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Modigliani

    Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová

    Released2004

    Directed byMick Davis

    Modigliani is a 2004 American-French-German-Italian drama biographical film written and... moreamazon buy button
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    Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Velvet Buzzsaw

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Gilroy

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    Carrington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Carrington

    Emma Thompson, Rufus Sewell

    Released1995

    Directed byChristopher Hampton

    Carrington is a 1995 British biographical film written and directed by Christopher Hampton... moreamazon buy button
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    Crumb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Crumb

    Robert Crumb

    Released1994

    Directed byTerry Zwigoff

    Crumb is a 1994 documentary film about the noted underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and his... moreamazon buy button
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    Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Vincent & Theo

    Tim Roth, Paul Rhys

    Released1990

    Directed byRobert Altman

    Vincent & Theo is a 1990 biographical drama film directed by Robert Altman, starring Tim Roth... moreamazon buy button

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    The Mill and the Cross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    The Mill and the Cross

    Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer

    Released2011

    Directed byLech Majewski

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    Midnight in Paris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Midnight in Paris

    Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard

    Released2011

    Directed byWoody Allen

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    Gelateria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Gelateria

    Carrie Getman, Tomas Spencer

    Released2019

    Directed byArthur Patching, Christian Serritiello

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    Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Séraphine

    Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur

    Released2008

    Directed byMartin Provost

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    Nightwatching is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Nightwatching

    Martin Freeman, Toby Jones

    Released2007

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    Nightwatching is a 2007 film about the artist Rembrandt and the creation of his painting The... moreamazon buy button
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    Dirty Pictures is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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    Dirty Pictures

    James Woods, Craig T. Nelson

    Released2000

    Directed byFrank Pierson

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