Art Imitates Art

by 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.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews

Votes: 5,606

Charlton Heston - Michelangelo

2. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

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 »

Director: Agnès Merlet | Stars: Valentina Cervi, Michel Serrault, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Luca Zingaretti

Votes: 1,880 | Gross: $0.38M

Valentina Cervi - Artemisia Gentileschi

4. Basquiat (1996)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani

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 »

Director: Bruno Nuytten | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Gérard Depardieu, Madeleine Robinson, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 5,513 | Gross: $0.20M

Isabelle Adjani _ Camille Claudel, Gerard Depardieu - Auguste Rodin

6. Caravaggio (1986)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.

Director: Derek Jarman | Stars: Noam Almaz, Dexter Fletcher, Nigel Terry, Sean Bean

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 »

Director: Angelo Longoni | Stars: Alessio Boni, Elena Sofia Ricci, Jordi Mollà, Paolo Briguglia

Votes: 305

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.

Director: David Devine | Stars: Thomas Jay Ryan, Alison Pill, Kathryn Long, Robin Duke

Votes: 80

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 »

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Geir Westby, Gro Fraas, Kerstii Allum, Eric Allum

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.

Director: Luciano Salce | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Rosanna Schiaffino, Adolfo Celi, Mario Feliciani

Votes: 129

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".

Director: Yannis Smaragdis | Stars: Nick Clark Windo, Juan Diego Botto, Laia Marull, Lakis Lazopoulos

Votes: 3,987

Nick Ashdon - El Greco

12. Factory Girl (2006)

R | 90 min | Biography, Drama

45 Metascore

Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon

Votes: 19,782 | Gross: $1.66M

Guy Pearce - Andy Warhol

13. Frida (2002)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

61 Metascore

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, Mía Maestro

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.

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: David Carradine, Lynn Redgrave, Barrie Houghton, Flora Robson

Votes: 70

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.

Director: Bob Balaban | Stars: Joan Allen, Jeremy Irons, Ed Begley Jr., Kathleen Chalfant

Votes: 770

Joan Allen - Georgia O'Keefe, Jeremy Irons - Alfred Stieglitz

16. Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 66,704 | Gross: $11.63M

Colin Firth - Johannes Vermeer

17. Goya in Bordeaux (1999)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

61 Metascore

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 »

Director: Carlos Saura | Stars: Francisco Rabal, José Coronado, Dafne Fernández, Eulàlia Ramon

Votes: 1,795 | Gross: $0.72M

Francisco Rabal - Goya

18. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

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.

Director: Justin Hardy | Stars: Toby Jones, Zoë Tapper, Sophie Thompson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 240

Toby Jones - William Hogarth

20. Klimt (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Biography, Drama

44 Metascore

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.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: John Malkovich, Veronica Ferres, Stephen Dillane, Saffron Burrows

Votes: 2,604

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.

Director: Roger Planchon | Stars: Régis Royer, Elsa Zylberstein, Anémone, Claude Rich

Votes: 489

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.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Brent Carver, David Felton, Cedric Smith, Tom Melissis

Votes: 20

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

Stars: Philippe Leroy, Giulio Bosetti, Bruno Piergentili, Giampiero Albertini

Votes: 273

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

41 Metascore

About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Javier Beltrán, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell

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.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 9,022

Kirk Douglas - Vincent Van Gogh, Anthony Quinn _ Paul Gauguin

Jane Alexander - Georgia O'Keeffe, Christopher Plummer - Alfred Stieglitz, David Patrick Kelly - Ansel Adams

27. Modigliani (2004)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

25 Metascore

The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.

Director: Mick Davis | Stars: Andy Garcia, Elsa Zylberstein, Omid Djalili, Hippolyte Girardot

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 »

Director: Jacques Becker | Stars: Gérard Philipe, Lilli Palmer, Lea Padovani, Gérard Séty

Votes: 916

Gerard Philipe - Amedeo Modigliani

29. Moulin Rouge (1952)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Director: John Huston | Stars: José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon, Claude Nollier

Votes: 4,352 | Gross: $11.81M

Jose Ferrer - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

30. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

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 »

Director: Henning Carlsen | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jean Yanne, Sofie Gråbøl

Votes: 301 | Gross: $0.58M

Donald Sutherland - Paul Gauguin, Yves Barsacq - Edgar Degas

32. Painted Fire (2002)

Unrated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ho-jeong Yu, Yeo-jin Kim

Votes: 2,366 | Gross: $0.06M

Min-sik Choi - Jang Seung-up

33. Pollock (2000)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

Director: Ed Harris | Stars: Ed Harris, Marcia Gay Harden, Robert Knott, Molly Regan

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.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Vittorio Amandola, Steven Berkoff, Rodolfo Bigotti

Votes: 64

Mark Frankel - Michelangelo, John Glover - Leonardo DaVinci, Andrea Prodan - Raphael

35. Séraphine (2008)

Unrated | 125 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 5,416 | Gross: $0.88M

Yolande Moreau - Seraphine Louis, dite Seraphine de Senlis

36. Surviving Picasso (1996)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

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.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland

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.

Director: Maurice Pialat | Stars: Jacques Dutronc, Alexandra London, Bernard Le Coq, Gérard Séty

Votes: 2,287 | Gross: $0.14M

Jacques Dutronc - Vincent Van Gogh

38. Vincent & Theo (1990)

PG-13 | 138 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Tim Roth, Paul Rhys, Adrian Brine, Jean-François Perrier

Votes: 3,239 | Gross: $2.23M

Tim Roth - Vincent Van Gogh



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