The Best Movies About Art & Artists 

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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

Released: 2002

Directed by: Julie Taymor

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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Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe

Released: 1996

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

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
Pollock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Jennifer Connelly, Val Kilmer, Stephanie Seymour

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ed Harris

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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Girl with a Pearl Earrin... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Webber

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 Sh... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists

Released: 2010

Directed by: Banksy

"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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Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Marion Ross

Released: 1956

Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor

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
Big Eyes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
JenniferGarnick added Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston

Released: 2014

Directed by: Tim Burton

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
My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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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Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Andy Garcia, Eva Herzigová, Peter Capaldi

Released: 2004

Directed by: Mick Davis

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
At Eternity's Gate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

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.
The Agony and the Ecstas... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Harry Andrews

Released: 1965

Directed by: Carol Reed

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
Mr. Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
HardyPierce added Mr. Turner Timothy Spall, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville

Released: 2014

Directed by: Mike Leigh

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
Camille Claudel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Adjani, François Berléand

Released: 1988

Directed by: Bruno Nuytten

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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Crumb is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Lon Harris added Robert Crumb

Released: 1994

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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
Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Mollevangsvagen added Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

Released: 1966

Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky

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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Vincent & Theo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
herbroe added Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine

Released: 1990

Directed by: Robert Altman

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
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

Released: 2011

Directed by: Woody Allen

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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Velvet Buzzsaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

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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Séraphine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
peterephillips added Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Serge Larivière

Released: 2008

Directed by: Martin Provost

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Goya's Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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Released: 2006

Directed by: Miloš Forman

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
Caravaggio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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Released: 1986

Directed by: Derek Jarman

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.
I Shot Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Justin Theroux, Jill Hennessy, Stephen Dorff

Released: 1996

Directed by: Mary Harron

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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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Alfonso Cuarón

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Art School Confidential ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Anjelica Huston

Released: 2006

Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

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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Gelateria is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About Art & Artists
Carrie Getman, Tomas Spencer, Christian Serritiello

Released: 2019

Directed by: Arthur Patching, Christian Serritiello

Gelateria is a 2019 German drama film directed by Arthur Patching and Christian Serritiello.