Art Imitates Artby peterdi315 | created - 04 Sep 2012 | updated - 04 Sep 2012 | Public
Movies/Shows with depictions of the greats and not-so-greats from the world of art. Sometimes in straightforward biographical form, sometimes a bit more fictionalized. All-Time. Alphabetically.
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1. The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
Approved | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.
Charlton Heston - Michelangelo
2. American Splendor (2003)
R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Votes: 44,850 | Gross: $6.00M
Paul Giamatti - Harvey Pekar
3. Artemisia (1997)
R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first well-known female painters. The movie tells the story of her youth, when she was guided and protected by her father, the painter ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,880 | Gross: $0.38M
Valentina Cervi - Artemisia Gentileschi
4. Basquiat (1996)
R | 107 min | Biography, Drama
The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.
Votes: 17,675 | Gross: $2.96M
Jeffrey Wright - Jean Michel Basquiat, David Bowie - Andy Warhol
5. Camille Claudel (1988)
R | 175 min | Biography, Drama, History
Biography of Camille Claudel. Sister of writer Paul Claudel, her enthusiasm impresses already-famous sculptor Auguste Rodin. He hires her as an assistant, but soon Camille begins to sculpt ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,513 | Gross: $0.20M
Isabelle Adjani _ Camille Claudel, Gerard Depardieu - Auguste Rodin
6. Caravaggio (1986)
93 min | Biography, Drama, History
A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.
Votes: 4,464 | Gross: $0.00M
Nigel Terry - Caravaggio, Dexter Fletcher - Young Caravaggio, Noam Almaz - Boy Caravaggio
7. Caravaggio (2007 TV Movie)
180 min | Biography, History
The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio. A violent genius that will dare to defy the ideal vision ... See full summary »
Alessio Boni - Caravaggio
8. Degas and the Dancer (1998 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 56 min | Drama, Family, Music
Searching for inspiration, impressionist Edgar Degas hires a struggling young ballerina to pose for him. However, their critical attitudes and equally stubborn opinions push both towards greater heights. Based on actual events.
Thomas Jay Ryan - Edgar Degas, Allen Altman - Manet
9. Edvard Munch (1974 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 210 min | Biography, Drama, History
Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist, ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,576 | Gross: $0.04M
Geir Westby - Edvard Munch (also Eric Alum - Edvard Munch-1869 and Amund Berge - Edvard Munch-1875)
10. El Greco (1966)
Approved | 95 min | Biography, Drama
16th-century Spain, the famed Italian painter El Greco journeys to Toledo to paint an altarpiece. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with a beautiful local girl.
Mel Ferrer - El Greco/Domenico Teotocopoulo
11. El Greco (2007)
119 min | Biography, Drama
The story of the uncompromising artist and fighter for freedom, Domenicos Theotokopoulos, known to the world as "El Greco".
Nick Ashdon - El Greco
12. Factory Girl (2006)
R | 90 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 19,782 | Gross: $1.66M
Guy Pearce - Andy Warhol
13. Frida (2002)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Votes: 72,031 | Gross: $25.89M
Salma Hayak - Frida Kahlo, Alfred Molina - Diego Riviera
14. Gauguin the Savage (1980 TV Movie)
125 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the turbulent life of the temperamental French painter, Paul Gauguin, and his compulsive search for creative freedom which caused him to abandon his wife and five children in Paris for a life of contentement in Tahiti.
David Carradine - Paul Gauguin, Barrie Houghton - Vincent Van Gogh, Ian Richardson - Degas
15. Georgia O'Keeffe (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Biopic of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz.
Joan Allen - Georgia O'Keefe, Jeremy Irons - Alfred Stieglitz
16. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 66,704 | Gross: $11.63M
Colin Firth - Johannes Vermeer
17. Goya in Bordeaux (1999)
R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War
Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,795 | Gross: $0.72M
Francisco Rabal - Goya
18. Goya's Ghosts (2006)
R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History
Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.
Votes: 27,415 | Gross: $1.00M
Stellan Skarsgard - Francisco Goya
19. A Harlot's Progress (2006 TV Movie)
120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Drama looking at artist William Hogarth and his relationship with the prostitute that inspired his most famous piece.
Toby Jones - William Hogarth
20. Klimt (2006)
Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama
A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
John Malkovich - Klimt, Nikolai Kinski - Egon Schiele
21. Lautrec (1998)
125 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Life, passion, love...all these were part of Toulouse-Lautrec's art. His artistic development among the masters of the postimpressionism.
Regis Royer - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
22. Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (1998 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 48 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Leonardo da Vinci finds it difficult to pursue his own dreams while serving as the Duke's court artist, but young Roberto takes risk to convince the master not to give up on his dreams.
Brent Carver - Leonard DaVinci
23. The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (1971– )
60 min | Biography
He was the creator and artist of the Mona Lisa portrait
Philippe Leroy - Leonardo da Vinci, Adult, Leonardo da Vinci at age 13, Leonardo da Vinci at age 5, Renzo Rossi - Sandro Botticelli, Bruno Cirino - Michelangelo
24. Little Ashes (2008)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Votes: 8,025 | Gross: $0.48M
Robert Pattinson - Salvador Dali
25. Lust for Life (1956)
Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama
The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.
Kirk Douglas - Vincent Van Gogh, Anthony Quinn _ Paul Gauguin
26. A Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz (1991 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
Jane Alexander - Georgia O'Keeffe, Christopher Plummer - Alfred Stieglitz, David Patrick Kelly - Ansel Adams
27. Modigliani (2004)
R | 128 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.
Votes: 9,696 | Gross: $0.20M
Andy Garcia - Amedeo Modigliani, Omid Djalili - Pablo Picasso, Hippolyte Girardot - Maurice Utrillo, Udo Kier - Max Jacob, Peter Capaldi - Jean Cocteau, Dan Astileanu - Diego Rivera
28. Montparnasse 19 (1958)
Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama
Biographic movie about the last year of the famous Italian painter Modigliani. Modigliani, a poor painter in Paris of 1919, falls in love with a daughter from a wealthy family. Her parents ... See full summary »
Gerard Philipe - Amedeo Modigliani
29. Moulin Rouge (1952)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Votes: 4,352 | Gross: $11.81M
Jose Ferrer - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
30. My Left Foot (1989)
R | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.
Votes: 58,905 | Gross: $14.74M
Daniel Day-Lewis - Christy Brown
31. Oviri (1986)
R | 90 min | Biography, Drama
This biographical film, based on the life of French artist Paul Gauguin (Donald Sutherland), follows the painter as he returns to Paris after a long stay in Tahiti and must confront his ... See full summary »
Votes: 301 | Gross: $0.58M
Donald Sutherland - Paul Gauguin, Yves Barsacq - Edgar Degas
32. Painted Fire (2002)
Unrated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 2,366 | Gross: $0.06M
Min-sik Choi - Jang Seung-up
33. Pollock (2000)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama
A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.
Votes: 25,135 | Gross: $8.60M
Ed Harris - Jackson Pollock, Marcia Gay Harden - Lee Krasner
34. A Season of Giants (1990 TV Movie)
Biography, Drama, History
At the turn of the sixteenth century, Michelangelo (Mark Frankel), Raphael (Andrea Prodan), and Leonardo Da Vinci (John Glover) create their masterpieces, while dealing with religious prosecution, political turmoil, and the discovery of America.
Mark Frankel - Michelangelo, John Glover - Leonardo DaVinci, Andrea Prodan - Raphael
35. Séraphine (2008)
Unrated | 125 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.
Votes: 5,416 | Gross: $0.88M
Yolande Moreau - Seraphine Louis, dite Seraphine de Senlis
36. Surviving Picasso (1996)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 6,391 | Gross: $2.00M
Anthony Hopkins - Pablo Picasso
37. Van Gogh (1991)
R | 158 min | Biography, Drama
The final sixty-seven days of Van Gogh's life are examined.
Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $0.14M
Jacques Dutronc - Vincent Van Gogh
38. Vincent & Theo (1990)
PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 3,239 | Gross: $2.23M
Tim Roth - Vincent Van Gogh