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1.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
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Basquiat (1996)
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Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist... (108 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
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The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II. (138 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
4.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
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Frida (2002)
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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
6.
Art School Confidential (2006)
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Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him. (102 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
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Surviving Picasso (1996)
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The passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life. (125 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
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Cashback (2006)
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After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
 
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Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
10.
Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
11.
American Splendor (2003)
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An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar. (101 mins.)
 
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Factory Girl (2006)
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Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer. (90 mins.)
 
13.
The Science of Sleep (2006)
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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world. (105 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
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Modigliani (2004)
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The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne. (128 mins.)
Director: Mick Davis
 
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Egon Schiele: Excess and Punishment (1981)
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The life of cursed painter Egon Shiele, specialized in nudes, and on his late conflicting love for two women. (95 mins.)
Director: Herbert Vesely
 
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Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)
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Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism... (210 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
 
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Le mystère Picasso (1956 Documentary)
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A filmed record of Pablo Picasso painting numerous canvases for the camera, allowing us to see his creative process at work. (78 mins.)
 
18.
Roy Lichtenstein (1991 Documentary)
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(53 mins.)
Director: Chris Hunt
 
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How to Draw a Bunny (2002 Documentary)
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Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson. (90 mins.)
Director: John Walter
 
20.
American Masters (1985 TV Series)
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Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol. (90 mins.)
 
21.
Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006 TV Series)
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In each episode historian Simon Schama treats, in his own erudite, unconventional and somewhat socially engaged style... (60 mins.)
 
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The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001 TV Series)
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(50 mins.)
 
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Artemisia (1997)
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Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth... (98 mins.)
Director: Agnès Merlet
 
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Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
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Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux... (100 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saura
 
25.
Séraphine (2008)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
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Rembrandt (1936)
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This character study joins the painter at the height of his fame in 1642, when his adored wife suddenly dies and his work takes a dark... (85 mins.)
Director: Alexander Korda
 
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Camille Claudel (1988)
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Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin... (175 mins.)
Director: Bruno Nuytten
 
28.
Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958)
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Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919... (108 mins.)
Director: Jacques Becker
 
29.
The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971 Mini-Series)
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He was the creator and artist of the Mona Lisa portrait (60 mins.)
 
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Caravaggio (1986)
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A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld. (93 mins.)
Director: Derek Jarman
 
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Vincent & Theo (1990)
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The familiar tragic story of Vincent van Gogh is broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. The movie also provides a nice view of the locations which Vincent painted. (138 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
32.
Van Gogh (1991)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined. (158 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
33.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
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Lautrec (1998)
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Life, passion, love...all these were part of Toulouse-Lautrec's art. His artistic development among the masters of the postimpressionism. (125 mins.)
Director: Roger Planchon
 
35.
Painted Fire (2002)
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In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him. (120 mins.)
Director: Kwon-taek Im
 
36.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
37.
Caravaggio (2007 TV Movie)
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The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio... (180 mins.)
Director: Angelo Longoni
 
38.
Little Ashes (2008)
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About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca. (112 mins.)
Director: Paul Morrison
 
39.
Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 TV Movie)
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Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. (89 mins.)
Director: Bob Balaban
 
40.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
41.
The Adventures of Picasso (1978)
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Already in his childhood, Pablo Picasso show talent for painting and is sent to the Academy of Arts in Madrid... (115 mins.)
Director: Tage Danielsson
 
42.
Oviri (1986)
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This biographical film, based on the life of French artist Paul Gauguin (Donald Sutherland), follows... (100 mins.)
Director: Henning Carlsen
 
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Goya's Ghosts (2006)
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Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk. (113 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
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Nightwatching (2007)
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An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting 'The Night Watch'. (134 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
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Dream of Light (1992 Documentary)
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The artist, Antonio Lopez, tries to paint the quince tree he planted some time back in his garden. Throughout his life... (133 mins.)
Director: Victor Erice
 
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Csontváry (1980)
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(112 mins.)
 
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The Mill and the Cross (2011)
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The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. (92 mins.)
Director: Lech Majewski
 
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The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004)
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Based on his own novel Metaphysics, Lech Majewski crafts intimate passion plays and creates "a luminous... (103 mins.)
Director: Lech Majewski
 
49.
Moulin Rouge (1952)
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Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. (119 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
50.
Dot (2008)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Dervis Zaim
 
51.
The Pillow Book (1996)
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A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher. (126 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
52.
The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
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A young artist is commissioned by the wife of a wealthy landowner to make a series of drawings of the estate while her husband is away. (108 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
53.
The Moderns (1988)
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Nick Hart is a struggling American artist who lives amongst the expatriate community in 1920s Paris... (126 mins.)
Director: Alan Rudolph
 
54.
The Horse's Mouth (1958)
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A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others. (97 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
55.
La belle noiseuse (1991)
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The former famous painter Frenhofer revisits an abandoned project using the girlfriend of a young visiting artist. Questions about truth, life, and artistic limits are explored. (238 mins.)
Director: Jacques Rivette
 
56.
Renoir (2012)
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Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste... (111 mins.)
Director: Gilles Bourdos
 
57.
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)
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Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel. (95 mins.)
Director: Bruno Dumont
 
58.
Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
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Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook. (87 mins.)
Director: John Maybury