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Top 10 Movies About Art

Art makes up our culture and movies about art inspire us as creative people. Here's a list of some of the best movies about art.

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Pollock

Pollock

Jackson Pollock, a small-time painter, stays with his brother in New York and spends most of his time drinking. However, his life changes drastically when he meets artist Lee Krasner.

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Basquiat

Basquiat

The story of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a struggling street artist, whose meteoric rise to fame could not prevent his personal demons and heroin addiction from taking his life.

3

Big Eyes

Big Eyes

In the late 1950s and early '60s, artist Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) achieves unbelievable fame and success with portraits of saucer-eyed waifs. However, no one realizes that his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams), is the real painter behind the brush. Although Margaret is horrified to learn that Walter is passing off her work as his own, she is too meek to protest too loudly. It isn't until the Keanes' marriage comes to an end and a lawsuit follows that the truth finally comes to light.

4

Carrington

Carrington

In this fact-based film, painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) develops an intimate but extremely complex bond with writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce). Though Lytton is a homosexual, he is enchanted by the mysterious Dora and they begin a lifelong friendship that has strangely romantic undertones. Eventually, Lytton and Dora decide to live together, despite the fact that the latter has fallen in love with military man Ralph Partridge (Steven Waddington), whom she plans to marry.

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Modigliani

Modigliani

Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso.

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Exit Through the Gift Shop

Exit Through the Gift Shop

The infamous, shadowy British graffiti street artist Banksy has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world. He comes in contact with Thierry Guetta, a Los Angeles-based Frenchman who videotapes various underground art escapades, and later is transformed into an art phenomenon dubbed "Mr. Brainwash." Rhys Ifans narrates an overlapping documentary where the line between what is real and what might be fake blurs, as modern art and celebrity are put under the microscope.

7

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

While working as a maid in painter Johannes Vermeer's house, Griet gets closer to him. Later, she becomes the face of Johannes' most prolific works of art wherein she poses with pearl earrings.

8

Frida

Frida

Based on the true story of the life of the artist Frida Kahlo who shares an unstable and complex relationship with her husband and also has an illicit affair with Leon Trotsky.

9

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-horror drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, written by Toby Finlay (his first screenplay), and stars Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray and Colin Firth as Lord Henry Wotton.

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Lust for Life

Lust for Life

This lauded drama depicts the life of revered Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh (Kirk Douglas). An intense and imaginative artist, Van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo (James Donald), the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin (Anthony Quinn) and struggles to find greater inspiration.