Films in Focus: Movies about Art and Artists

Movies about Art and Artists: This list contains movies that either focus on art or on a specific artist. Watch one and get inspired.

Basquiat (1996)

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

 

The Best Offer (2013)

A lonely art expert working for a mysterious and reclusive heiress finds not only her art worth examining. (DVD BEST)

 

Big Eyes (2014)

A drama about the awakening of painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. (DVD BIG)

 

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

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. (DVD GIRL)

 

Midnight in Paris (2011)

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. (DVD MIDNIGHT)

 

The Monuments Men (2014)

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (DVD MONUMENTS)

 

Mr. Turner (2014)

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life. (DVD MR. TURNER)

 

My Left Foot (1989)

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot. (DVD MY LEFT)

 

Renoir (2012)

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 side is Andrée, a young woman who rejuvenates, enchants, and inspires both father and son. (DVD RENOIR)

 

Woman in Gold (2015)

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. (DVD WOMAN)

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