Great Movies about artists everyone must watch!

Movies about artists.
From Roll and Feel we love being able to recommend series and films of any genre and theme, and it is for this reason that if a few months ago we were talking to you about the best documentaries about photographers and photography, in today’s article we want to recommend you the best movies about artists that you must watch, at least once in your life.

The Top 10 best movies about artists

To start with this article, we will make the top 10 of the best films about artists that you can watch:

Vincent and Theo

One of the first films that we want to recommend is Vincent and Theo, released in 1990 and directed by Robert Altman. Through this film, you will not only be able to explore the life of Vicent Van Gogh, but you will also discover what the inequality between talent and wealth was like for great artists.

As Good as It Gets

The next film we want to recommend is As Good as It Gets, and this one, although it is surely not so related to art, reflects how artistic inspiration can come from anything, and especially, from the little moments of one’s life.

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci code is possibly one of the best-known and most popular films. The adaptation of Ron Howard generated a lot of love-hate, although we must recognize that thanks to the interest it caused, a great debate was generated about art and the conception of this.

Girl With a Pearl Earring

This is possibly one of the most spectacular movies that have been done about an artist, as it seems that each scene is taken directly from the canvas of the seventeenth-century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Furthermore, the film Girl With a Pearl Earring reflects an artist’s obsession with his work.


Another artist film-related that we want to include in this list is Pollock. The reason is that through it, the life of one of the most influential painters of the 20th century is reflected, and how he, at the same time, is also a drunkard.


Over the years, Frida Kahlo has become an increasingly well-known artist and, in case you still do not know her, through this film you will be able to learn about the life of the artist and how it reached the whole world through her sensitivity and art. Although the artist, played by the well-known actress Salma Hayek, is not seen painting, the director Julie Taymor reflects her long-suffering life.


We have already talked about Jean Michel Basquiat in our article on Famous Street Artist and if you still don’t know this great artist, the movie about his life is perfect to do so. You will enjoy a great movie, with an incredible cast full of well-known stars, that will make you reflect on what is considered art.

Edvard Munch

Through this docudrama directed by Peter Watkins, you will be able to appreciate one of the most solid and nuanced reflections on a real-life artist. To achieve this, the story is told through many different approaches, in order to make a reconstruction of each of the parts, and all have their importance.

Lust for Life

The next film of this top 10 also talks about Van Gogh and, although it does not deal with all the aspects of his life, it has become one of the best films that any fan of the artist should watch. Released in 1956, it was directed by Vincente Minnelli, with Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh. Lust for life is based on the novel by Irving Stone and was adapted into a movie by Norman Corwin.

Surviving Picasso

The last film we want to comment on is Surviving Picasso. Through this movie, you will be able to understand what Picasso’s life was like during the 40s and what the character of this great artist was like.

Great art history movies you should watch

If you are passionate about art history, there are also numerous films that you cannot miss. Next, we recommend the 3 best ones:


The first film we want to highlight is about Rembrandt, and despite the fact that it focuses on his work, through this great film of 1936, it is shown how the key factors in the life of a painter can affect his work. Specifically, in Rembrandt’s work, it is reflected with the death of his wife in 1642 when his works of art begin to be darker. Another critical moment is when he meets Hendrickje and with whom the light returns to his paintings.

Les Amants de Montparnasse

The Lovers of Montparnasse, or also known as Montparnasse 19, is the next film that we want to recommend, about the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. Through this, it is shown what is like the life of an artist, who was rejected on numerous occasions by contemporary artists. As a consequence of this, a perfect portrait is made of a tormented artist who lives in misery and abuses alcohol.

The Agony and the Ecstasy 

The last film we want to comment on is The Agony and the Ecstasy, directed by Carol Reed, starring the great Charlton Heston, and, as Lust for life, is partly based on a biographical novel by Irving Stone. This American movie takes place in the Italian Renaissance and tells how the artist Michelangelo Buonarroti was commissioned with the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Specifically, the relationship established between the artist and the patron, Pope Julius II, is told.


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