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1. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 360,873 | Gross: $56.82M

2. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 422,490 | Gross: $186.34M

3. Angels & Demons (2009)

PG-13 | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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48 Metascore

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 255,898 | Gross: $133.38M

4. Mona Lisa Smile (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

6.5
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45 Metascore

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 73,136 | Gross: $63.86M

5. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 82,894 | Gross: $4.45M

6. The Ant Bully (2006)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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59 Metascore

After Lucas Nickle floods an ant colony with his watergun, he's magically shrunken down to insect size and sentenced to hard labor in the ruins.

Director: John A. Davis | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep

Votes: 34,966 | Gross: $28.14M

7. The History Boys (2006)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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74 Metascore

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison, Samuel Anderson

Votes: 19,561 | Gross: $2.71M

8. The Image Book (2018)

84 min | Drama

6.3
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76 Metascore

Nothing but silence. Nothing but a revolutionary song. A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Luc Godard, Dimitri Basil, Anne-Marie Miéville, Wallace Beery

Votes: 1,459 | Gross: $0.09M

9. The Divorce (2003)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

4.9
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51 Metascore

French vs. American social customs and behaviors are observed in a story about an American visiting her Frenchman-wed sister in Paris.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts, Stockard Channing, Jean-Marie Lhomme

Votes: 10,658 | Gross: $9.07M

10. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,149 | Gross: $5.23M

11. Tim's Vermeer (2013)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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76 Metascore

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller | Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull, Philip Steadman

Votes: 7,366 | Gross: $1.66M

12. Nightwatching (2007)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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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'.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May

Votes: 2,715

13. The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, History

8.5
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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.

Stars: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto, Aleksandr Sokurov, Norman Lloyd

Votes: 3,646

14. Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, History

6.4
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What is the difference between us and pedophiles?

Director: Jan-Willem Breure | Stars: Jan-Willem Breure, Dick Swaab, Corine de Ruiter, Savannah van Zweeden

Votes: 2,436

15. Van Gogh (1991)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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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: 2,451 | Gross: $0.14M

16. Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden (2016)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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Egon Schiele is one of the most provocative artists in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th Century. His life and work are driven by beautiful women and an era that is coming to an end. Two ... See full summary »

Director: Dieter Berner | Stars: Noah Saavedra, Maresi Riegner, Valerie Pachner, Marie Jung

Votes: 844

17. Hitler's Hollywood (2017)

105 min | Documentary, History

6.7
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78 Metascore

Rüdiger Suchsland examines German cinema from 1933, when the Nazis came into power, until 1945 when the Third Reich collapsed.

Director: Rüdiger Suchsland | Stars: Hans Albers, Udo Kier, Heinz Rühmann, Zarah Leander

Votes: 472 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Francofonia (2015)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, History

6.6
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71 Metascore

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Benjamin Utzerath, Vincent Nemeth, Johanna Korthals Altes

Votes: 2,334 | Gross: $0.30M

19. A Good Marriage (1982)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Sabine vows to give up married lovers, and is determined to find a good husband. Her best friend Clarisse introduces her to her cousin Edmond, a busy lawyer from Paris. Sabine pursues ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Béatrice Romand, André Dussollier, Féodor Atkine, Arielle Dombasle

Votes: 2,098

20. Civilisation (1969– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

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Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 682

21. Prague (2013)

Not Rated | 109 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

5.9
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A psychological thriller about an upcoming architect's tryst with the city, a girl he meets there, friends who follow him from India and his past which continuously controls his present and eventually shapes his fate.

Director: Ashish R. Shukla | Stars: Chandan Roy Sanyal, Arfi Lamba, Kumar Mayank, Sonia Bindra

Votes: 313

22. The Rape of Europa (2006)

Unrated | 117 min | Documentary, History, War

7.7
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77 Metascore

The story of Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage.

Directors: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham | Stars: Joan Allen, E. Randol Schoenberg, Maria Altmann, Wolfgang Fischer

Votes: 1,345

23. Dirty Pictures (2000 TV Movie)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.5
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A Cincinnati museum director goes on trial in 1990 for exhibiting sadomasochistic photographs taken by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: James Woods, Ann Marin, Craig T. Nelson, Diana Scarwid

Votes: 736

24. Inside the Mind of Leonardo (2013 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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31 Metascore

Inside the Mind of Leonardo is based on the artist's private journals dating from the Italian Renaissance. With more than 6,000 pages of handwritten notes and drawings, Da Vinci's private ... See full summary »

Director: Julian Jones | Star: Peter Capaldi

Votes: 155 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Art of the Heist (2007– )

Documentary

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They turned crime into an art form. Meet the crooks who plundered artistic treasures, sending shock waves through the art scene and setting off frantic dragnets across the globe. This ... See full summary »

Star: Dion Graham

Votes: 16

26. Artemisia (1997)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

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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, 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: 1,931 | Gross: $0.38M

27. Antonio Gaudí (1984)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

7.3
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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: 1,192

28. Bosch: The Garden of Dreams (2016)

90 min | Documentary

6.8
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It's a documentary of the painting by "The Bosch", "The garden of early delights".

Director: José Luis López-Linares | Stars: Sílvia Pérez Cruz, Ludovico Einaudi, Orhan Pamuk, Miquel Barceló

Votes: 244

29. Great Art (2018– )

50 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Art historian Tim Marlow hosts a documentary series about the life and art of greatest artists from history. Some episodes were originally part of the theatrical art documentary series called Exhibition on Screen.

Star: Tim Marlow

30. De Artificiali Perspectiva (1991)

15 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

7.2
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Uses animation to explore anamorphosis, a method to put hidden images within an artwork, by distorting it using the rules of perspective.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Witold Schejbal

Votes: 434

31. Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle (2013– )

TV-PG | 180 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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A comprehensive history of the superhero comic book fantasy genre and its influence on American culture.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Danny Fingeroth, Mark Waid, Stan Lee

Votes: 639

32. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 795

33. The Greenaway Alphabet (2017)

68 min | Documentary

7.4
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An intimate portrait of painter and filmmaker Peter Greenaway, directed by his wife Saskia Boddeke. Together with his daughter Pip, Greenaway formulates an alphabet that represents his personality and thoughts about art and life.

Director: Saskia Boddeke | Stars: Peter Greenaway, Pip Greenaway, Saskia Boddeke

Votes: 94

34. Possible Loves (2001)

Unrated | 98 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

6.6
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Fifteen year ago, Carlos went to the cinema to meet Júlia, his university colleague with whom he was in love. She never showed up. Carlos was left waiting in the lobby alone. While he waits... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Werneck | Stars: Murilo Benício, Carolina Ferraz, Emílio de Mello, Beth Goulart

Votes: 1,017

35. Renoir: Revered and Reviled (2016)

87 min | Documentary

6.5
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir is known and loved for his impressionist paintings of Paris. These paintings count among the world's favourites. Renoir, however, grew tired of this style and changed ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Grabsky | Stars: Yves Aubert, Colin Bailey, Barbara Anne Beaucar, Barbara Buckley

Votes: 38

36. Musée haut, musée bas (2008)

97 min | Comedy

5.3
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A curator terrified of green plants, a ballet of Virgin Saints, a minister of Culture lost in an exhibition of sex organs, a car that has disappeared in the Rembrandt car park, visitors in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Michel Ribes | Stars: Michel Blanc, Simon Abkarian, Victoria Abril, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 420

37. David Hockney: Secret Knowledge (2002 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.0
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Artist David Hockney discusses his theory that artists were secretly using optical devices such as mirrors and lenses in creating their work as early as the 15th century. Examples from ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Wright | Stars: David Hockney, Michael Bova

Votes: 90

38. Byzantium: The Lost Empire (1997– )

208 min | Documentary

7.9
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John Romer recreates the glory and history of Byzantium. From the Hagia Sophia in present-day Istanbul to the looted treasures of the empire now located in St. Marks in Venice.

Star: John Romer

Votes: 187

39. The Yellow House (2007 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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Covers the short period the two master painters spent as roommates in Van Goghs house and tensions and personality conflicts that ensued.

Director: Chris Durlacher | Stars: Kevin Eldon, Simon Farnaby, Deborah Findlay, Scott Handy

Votes: 112

40. Chasing Portraits (2018)

78 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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56 Metascore

One man's art. One woman's unexpected path to healing. An American woman's emotional quest to find the art of her Polish-Jewish great-grandfather, lost during World War II.

Director: Elizabeth Rynecki | Stars: Violetta Bachur, Shula Eliaz, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Tyler Knowlton

Votes: 8 | Gross: $0.00M

41. Antony Gormley: How Art Began (2019 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

8.2
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The British sculptor travels across the world to view early examples of art in France, Spain, Indonesia and Australia as he seeks to find out where art first began.

Director: Morag Tinto | Stars: Antony Gormley, Maxime Aubert, Adam Brumm, Adrian French

Votes: 9

42. What My Eyes Have Seen (2007)

88 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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Lucie Audibert, a student of Art History, does research work on Watteau. She is persuaded that a hidden sense that nobody has ever deciphered can be found in a few of his paintings. The ... See full summary »

Director: Laurent de Bartillat | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Jean-Pierre Marielle, James Thierrée, Agathe Dronne

Votes: 622

43. Total Remake (2015– )

Documentary, Short

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Add a Plot

Stars: Simon Benattar-Bourgeay, Romain Bressy, Benoît Bornier, Franck Fargier

44. Mary Magdalene: Art's Scarlet Woman (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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Waldemar Januzczak explores the impact of Mary Magdalene's myth on art and artists. In art all Christian saints are inventions but Mary Magdalene has been the subject of more invention and re-invention than any other.

Director: Waldemar Januzczak | Star: Waldemar Januzczak

Votes: 23

45. Gaze (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

6.1
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An exploration of twenty artists and their bodies of work.

Director: Matt Riddlehoover | Stars: Derrick Barry, Ryan Basham, Jackie Beat, Rob Beyond

Votes: 339

46. Leaving Lenin (1993)

90 min | Comedy

7.5
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Seven teenagers and three teachers from a Welsh school visit Russia in a bid to rediscover themselves. On the overnight sleeper service to St Petersburg the students get separated from the ... See full summary »

Director: Endaf Emlyn | Stars: Sharon Morgan, Wyn Bowen Harries, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Steffan Trefor

Votes: 51

47. Rome Unpacked (2018)

120 min | Documentary

7.6
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Chef Giorgio Locatelli and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon explore the Italian capital in search of the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city's culture and gastronomy.

Stars: Andrew Graham-Dixon, Giorgio Locatelli

Votes: 19

48. Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum (2017 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

7.4
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For seventy years, the photojournalists of Magnum have observed the world of cinema as they would any conflict, social issue or country on the map. It was out of love for the actress Ingrid... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Bassaler | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Cynthia Young, Alain Bergala, Jinx Rodger

Votes: 82

49. Europe After the Rain (1978)

88 min | Documentary

8.5
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Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Gold | Stars: Joan Bakewell, Simon Cadell, Dennis Clinton, Ruth Cubbin

Votes: 42

50. How the Devil Got His Horns: A Diabolical Tale (2012 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

7.6
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Art historian Alastair Sooke traces the humanization of the Devil figure in medieval art from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries.

Director: Dominic Gallagher | Star: Alastair Sooke

Votes: 41



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