Best Biopics about Artists that I've watched

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1. The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, History

80 Metascore

The film focuses on a dozen of the 500 characters depicted in Bruegel's painting. The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564.

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Joanna Litwin

Votes: 3,599 | Gross: $0.31M

2. Nightwatching (2007)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 2,735

3. Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Unrated | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton

Votes: 3,178 | Gross: $0.34M

4. 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: 4,791 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Mr. Turner (2014)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey

Votes: 23,017 | Gross: $3.96M

6. 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: 5,741 | Gross: $0.20M

7. 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: 75,752 | Gross: $25.89M

8. 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: 10,256 | Gross: $0.20M

9. 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: 3,434 | Gross: $2.23M

10. 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: 68,887 | Gross: $11.63M

11. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 150,119 | Gross: $12.71M

12. Surviving Picasso (1996)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the only lover of Pablo Picasso (Sir Anthony Hopkins) 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: 6,568 | Gross: $2.00M

13. 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: 2,689

14. 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: 18,463 | Gross: $2.96M

15. 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: 25,801 | Gross: $8.60M

16. Big Eyes (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter

Votes: 79,240 | Gross: $14.48M

17. Andrei Rublev (1966)

R | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer St. Andrei Rublev.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 40,364 | Gross: $0.10M

18. 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: 2,702 | Gross: $0.04M

19. 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: 793

20. Goya - oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis (1971)

136 min | Drama

As a painter in the court of King Carlos IV, Goya - played by the great Lithuanian actor Donatas Banionis (The Red Tent, Solaris) - has attained wealth and reputation. He believes in King ... See full summary »

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Donatas Banionis, Olivera Katarina, Fred Düren, Tatyana Lolova

Votes: 282

21. 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: 8,318 | Gross: $0.48M

22. Effie Gray (2014)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson

Votes: 3,771 | Gross: $0.34M

23. Maudie (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose

Votes: 12,393 | Gross: $6.17M



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