The Best Movies About Art & Artists

List Rules
Movies must feature art prominently.

Here is a list of the best art movies ever made. This is a list not of "art films" but of movies that feature art, painters, and artists 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
    Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Julian Schnabel
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
    Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Banksy
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
    Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Wilkinson
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Peter Webber
  • Frida
    Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Pollock
    Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Ed Harris
  • At Eternity's Gate
    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Julian Schnabel
  • Big Eyes
    Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Tim Burton
  • Lust for Life
    Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Everett Sloane
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
  • Andrei Rublev
    Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko
    • Released: 1966
    • Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Crumb
    Robert Crumb
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
  • Vincent & Theo
    Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Robert Altman
  • My Left Foot
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ray McAnally, Brenda Fricker
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Jim Sheridan
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy
    Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Carol Reed
  • Loving Vincent
    Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Eleanor Tomlinson
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
  • Mr. Turner
    Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Modigliani
    Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Mick Davis
  • Camille Claudel
    Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Laurent Grévill
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Bruno Nuytten
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
    Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Céline Sciamma
  • Midnight in Paris
    Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Velvet Buzzsaw
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Dan Gilroy
  • Séraphine
    Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Martin Provost
  • Gelateria
    Carrie Getman, Tomas Spencer, Christian Serritiello
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Arthur Patching, Christian Serritiello
  • The Best Offer
    Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Donald Sutherland
    • Released: 2013
    • Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
  • F for Fake
    Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten, Francois Reichenbach
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Orson Welles
  • Caravaggio
    Nigel Terry, Sean Bean, Michael Gough
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Derek Jarman