Movies about Artists / Art

Movies or documentaries about famous artists or art movements (also featuring a few writers and musicians)
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1.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010 Documentary)
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The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy... (87 mins.)
Director: Banksy
 
2.
Andrei Rublev (1966)
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer. (205 mins.)
 
3.
Séraphine (2008)
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Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis. (125 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
 
4.
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
 
5.
Molière (2007)
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Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise. (120 mins.)
Director: Laurent Tirard
 
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Before Night Falls (2000)
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Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), from his childhood... (133 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
7.
Capote (2005)
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In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. (114 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
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Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Crumb (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the controversial cartoonist and his traumatized family. (119 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
13.
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
 
14.
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
 
15.
Lust for Life (1956)
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The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
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. (91 mins.)
Director: John Maybury
 
18.
Van Gogh (1991)
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The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life is examined. (158 mins.)
Director: Maurice Pialat
 
19.
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
 
20.
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
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Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. (122 mins.)
 
21.
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
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
American Playhouse (1981 TV Series)
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26.
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.)
 
27.
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
28.
Impromptu (1991)
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In 1830s France, pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin is pursued romantically by the determined, individualistic woman who uses the name George Sand. (107 mins.)
Director: James Lapine
 
29.
Amadeus (1984)
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The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum. (160 mins.)
Director: Milos Forman
 
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Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012 TV Movie)
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A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer. (155 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman