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1. 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: 9,700 | Gross: $0.20M

2. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Sandro Botticelli: La Primavera (2004)

49 min | Documentary

Sandro Botticelli's 'La Primavera' is one of art history's most hotly debated paintings. Created in the 1480s and rediscovered only in the 19th century, historians and critics weigh in on the enigmatic painting's origin and meaning.

Director: Ian Michael Jones | Stars: Samuel West, Philippa Berry, Peter Bogdanovich, Suzanne Fagence Cooper

Votes: 6

6. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: James McNeill Whistler: Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, Portrait of the Artist's Mother (2004)

49 min | Documentary

An American icon in Paris. Critics, artists, and enthusiasts discuss James McNeill Whistler's beloved 1871 painting best known by its popular title, "Whistler's Mother."

Director: Michael Burke | Stars: Samuel West, Richard Cork, Katharine Lochnan, Richard Dorment

Votes: 6

7. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Salvador Dalí: Christ of Saint John of the Cross (2006)

49 min | Documentary

An examination of Salvador Dali's 1951 painting "Christ of St. John of the Cross." A convert to Catholicism and banished from the Surrealists, Dali finds inspiration in a drawing by a Catholic mystic. The work's uneasy home in Glasgow.

Director: Mick Gold | Stars: Samuel West, Salvador Dalí, Dawn Ades, Rosemary Clark

Votes: 11

8. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Paul Gauguin: God's Child (2006)


Scholars and critics celebrate Paul Gauguin's "Te Tamari No Atua," better known as "God's Child," painted in Tahiti in 1896. The Impressionist artist's unorthodox painting defied traditional representations of the Christmas Nativity.

Director: Ian Michael Jones | Stars: Samuel West, Waldemar Januzczak, Tamar Garb, George Shackelford

Votes: 7

12. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Paolo Uccello: The Battle of San Romano (2005)

50 min | Documentary

Scholars, critics, and military strategists discuss the abundant merits of Paolo Uccello's "The Battle of San Romano," a triptych painting that immortalizes a single day's warfare from preparation, engagement, and victory.

Director: Ian Michael Jones | Stars: Samuel West, Susanna Avery-Quash, Francesco Cagliotti, Alessandro Cecchi

Votes: 8

13. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper (2006)


The rise, fall, and rise again of Leonardo's Last Supper is recounted by critics, historians, and the work's primary restorer. The iconic painting's recreations, spoofs, and its pivotal role in The Da Vinci Code are also discussed.

Stars: Samuel West, Cristine Acidini, Pinin Brambilla Barcelon, Martin Clayton

Votes: 12

14. The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001– )
Episode: Piero della Francesca: The Resurrection (2006)

49 min | Documentary

What is "the greatest painting in the world"? According to Aldous Huxley, it is The Resurrection painted by Piero della Francesca in the 1460s. The fresco's origins, power, and miraculous survival during World War II are discussed.

Director: John Bush | Stars: Samuel West, Luigi Andreini, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Mariangela Betti

Votes: 5

15. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )
Episode: Van Gogh (2006)

Documentary, Drama, History

Simon sketches how Vincent Van Gogh was foremost a world-improver, who cared for the common man, working as a 'lay priest' among but got fired by the Dutch Protestant establishment at age ... See full summary »

Director: David Belton | Stars: Simon Schama, Andy Serkis

Votes: 63

16. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )
Episode: David (2006)

Documentary, Drama, History

This time Simon rather uses the works of the iron-monger's son, orphaned at 7 by a duel and trained by a famous relative, Boulanger, in the art of 'bonbonniere' paintings to the taste of ... See full summary »

Director: Clare Beavan | Stars: Simon Schama, Grégoire Bonnet, Tim Frances, Oliver McLelland

Votes: 35

17. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )
Episode: Rembrandt (2006)

59 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The rise and fall of Holland's great painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 - 1669) is detailed.

Directors: Clare Beavan, James Runcie | Star: Simon Schama

Votes: 46

18. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )
Episode: Bernini (2006)

Documentary, Drama, History

Italian sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) becomes the hottest artist in Rome.

Director: Clare Beavan | Stars: Simon Schama, Andrea Gherpelli, Meirko Ficca, Valerio Aprea

Votes: 54

19. Simon Schama's Power of Art (2006– )
Episode: Caravaggio (2006)

60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The violent life and tumultuous times of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), revolutionary artist of the Counter Reformation and Baroque era, whose paintings forever changed religious art.

Director: Carl Hindmarch | Stars: Simon Schama, Paul Popplewell, Andrew Garfield, Christine Bottomley

Votes: 69

20. 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: 3,238 | Gross: $2.23M

21. 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: 2,605

22. The Impressionists (2006– )


"Three hour mini-series tells the intimate history of a most illustrious brotherhood of Impressionist artists - Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Manet. Entirely based on documentary ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Armitage, Charlie Condou, Aden Gillett, Julian Glover

Votes: 953

23. 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: 27,425 | Gross: $1.00M

24. Desperate Romantics (2009)


Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Stars: Samuel Barnett, Sam Crane, Josie Farmiloe, Tom Hollander

Votes: 1,448

25. Renoir (2012)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Bourdos | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret

Votes: 4,604 | Gross: $2.29M

26. Summer in February (2013)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

22 Metascore

A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens, Jane Cussons

Votes: 3,479

27. The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

83 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

Director: Charles Atlas | Stars: Charles Atlas, Steve Blame, Leigh Bowery, Boy George

Votes: 199 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

48 Metascore

A documentary that looks at how early filmmaking influenced the Cubist painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Director: Arne Glimcher | Stars: Alexander Blaise, Adam Gopnik, Tom Gunning, Owen Lund

Votes: 192

29. Guest of Cindy Sherman (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker | Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian, Danny DeVito

Votes: 191

30. La maleta mexicana (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Drama, History

The story of three lost boxes known as the Mexican Suitcase that were recovered in 2007. The boxes, misplaced in the chaos at the start of WWII, contained many of the Spanish Civil War ... See full summary »

Director: Trisha Ziff | Stars: Ernest Alós, Juan Diego Botto, Antonio de la Fuente Ferraz

Votes: 202

32. Everybody Street (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, History

EVERYBODY STREET, directed by Cheryl Dunn, illuminates the lives and work of New York's iconic street photographers - including Bruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Ricky Powell... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunn | Stars: Boogie, Martha Cooper, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt

Votes: 524

33. Visual Acoustics (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Bricker | Stars: Frances Anderton, Tom Ford, Frank Gehry, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 562 | Gross: $0.10M

34. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

The work of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí, as seen by Japanese New Wave director Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Isidro Puig Boada, Antoni Gaudí, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 1,129

35. Eames: The Architect & The Painter (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey | Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco, Jeannine Oppewall

Votes: 858 | Gross: $0.15M

36. Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Documentary

Documentary about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect Louis Sullivan (1856-1924); his rapid rise to fame, tragic decline, and the ultimate triumph of his creative spirit.

Director: Mark Richard Smith | Stars: Madolyn Smith Osborne, Mark Richard Smith

Votes: 7

37. In the Realms of the Unreal (2004)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

A documentary on Henry Darger, visionary artist, janitor, and novelist.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Henry Darger, Dakota Fanning, Larry Pine, Frier McCollister

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $0.41M

38. The Universe of Keith Haring (2008)

90 min | Documentary

61 Metascore

A portrait of New York artist Keith Haring.

Director: Christina Clausen | Stars: Fab 5 Freddy, Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, Kim Hastreiter

Votes: 344

39. Dior et moi (2014)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture ... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier

Votes: 3,069 | Gross: $1.03M

40. The Last Impresario (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography

The most famous person you have never heard of

Director: Gracie Otto | Stars: Michael White, Gracie Otto, Naomi Watts, John Cleese

Votes: 73

41. PressPausePlay (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Music

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture ... See full summary »

Directors: David Dworsky, Victor Köhler | Stars: Apparat, Ólafur Arnalds, Scott Belsky, Robyn Carlsson

Votes: 1,454

42. Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations--such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library ... See full summary »

Directors: Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch

Votes: 76

43. My Architect (2003)

116 min | Documentary, Biography

81 Metascore

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn | Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi, Frank Gehry

Votes: 2,905 | Gross: $2.75M

44. Gerhard Richter Painting (2011)

Unrated | 97 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz | Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker, Sabine Moritz-Richter

Votes: 573 | Gross: $0.24M

45. Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A documentary shot over a decade with unprecedented access to photographer Gregory Crewdson that bares the artist's process.

Director: Ben Shapiro | Stars: Costanza Theodoli Braschi, Gregory Crewdson, Samantha Ressler, Richard Sands

Votes: 499 | Gross: $0.06M

46. Manufactured Landscapes (2006)

Unrated | 86 min | Documentary

79 Metascore

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal | Star: Edward Burtynsky

Votes: 2,591 | Gross: $0.24M

47. The Competition (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A raw account of how some of the best architects in the world, design giants like Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid, struggle to beat the competition for the National Museum of Art in ... See full summary »

Director: Angel Borrego Cubero | Stars: Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel

Votes: 45

48. In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own... See full summary »

Director: Tomas Leach | Star: Saul Leiter

Votes: 165 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary

A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist... See full summary »

Directors: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach | Stars: Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois, Guerilla Girls

Votes: 110