Artsy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant artsy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out artsy, melancholic, stylized, talky, enigmatic and cerebral films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, obsession, art, loneliness, existentialism, female nudity, death and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
artsy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as artsy: The Fountain (2006), Dynasty (2017), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), American Beauty (1999), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), London Fields (2018), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), Equals (2015), Upside Down (2012), Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009).

List of artsy movies

The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, artsy, melancholic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, loneliness, tragic love, terminal illness, reincarnation, death, cancer, queen, medical experiment, loss of loved one, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain, latin america, europe, guatemala, central america
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Dynasty (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Story: The reboot follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children focusing on Fallon Carrington, the daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington, and her soon-to-be ...
Style: captivating, twists and turns, artsy, cynical
Plot: rich, intrigue, rivalry, family relations, family business, secret, homosexual, love triangle, father daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, investigation, fashion ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Malta, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of an American tycoon aboard the Orient Express train.
Style: surprise ending, artsy, suspense, non-linear, road movie
Plot: murder mystery, investigation, snow, murder, whodunit, doctor, justice, vengeance, suspect, conspiracy, stabbed to death, train ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, alps, yugoslavia, jerusalem, palestine ...
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American Beauty (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
Style: thought provoking, melancholic, sexual, cynical, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, loneliness, age difference, older man younger woman relationship, older man young girl relationship, dysfunctional family, virgin, family problems, coming of age, existentialism, character study, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.
Style: philosophical, sexual, sexy, artsy, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, sexuality, polyamory, self fulfillment, fall in love, romance, artist, sexual exploration, love and romance, seduction, sexual relations, ex spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain, europe, barcelona spain, new york
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London Fields (2018)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Clairvoyant femme fatale Nicola Six has been living with a dark premonition of her impending death by murder. She begins a tangled love affair with three uniquely different men: one of whom she knows will be her murderer... The film is based on a ...
Style: sexy, atmospheric, stylized, artsy, art house
Plot: femme fatale, fatal attraction, sex scene, female nudity, seduction, crime, sexy woman, manipulation, love triangle, noir, infidelity, man kills a woman ...
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: UK, Germany, Greece, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable younger sister.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, artsy, offbeat, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, love, true love, lovers reunited, family relations, immortality, love and romance, supernatural, blood, human nature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1968, year 1975
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Equals (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Indonesia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated.
Style: artsy, futuristic, intense, intellectual, twist ending ...
Plot: utopia, love, society, loneliness, lie, medication, flash forward, trust, friendship, dystopic future, relationships, infected ...
Time: future, near future
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Upside Down (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In an alternate universe where twinned worlds have opposite gravities, a young man battles interplanetary prejudice and the laws of physics in his quest to reunite with the long-lost girl of his dreams in this visually stunning romantic adventure ...
Style: surreal, artsy, romantic, breathtaking, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, gravity, romance, corporate world, lovers apart, inventions and discoveries, chase, class differences, amnesia, riding a bicycle ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
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Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: France, Japan, Switzerland
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The revolutionary dissonances of Igor's work parallel ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, artsy, intense ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: fashion, ballet, music, ambition, lifestyle, follow your dream, love affair, musician's life, romance, refugees, life turned upside down, blind ambition ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: europe, france, paris france, california
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Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 159 min.
Story: After Dr. Bill Hartford's wife, Alice, admits to having sexual fantasies about a man she met, Bill becomes obsessed with having a sexual encounter. He discovers an underground sexual group and attends one of their meetings -- and quickly ...
Style: sexual, psychological, sexy, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: orgy, sexuality, strong sexual content, sexual relations, sexual attraction, marriage, sexual fantasy, erotic thriller, human nature, disguise, sex party, free love ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, medical school
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By the Sea (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Malta, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of ...
Style: scenic, psychological, melancholic, depressing, artsy ...
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, husband wife relationship, self pity, voyeurism, depression, overhearing sex, manuscript, lie, marriage, honeymoon ...
Place: france
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2 Days in Paris (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Adam Goldberg delivers "an uproarious study in transatlantic culture panic" as Jack, an anxious, hypochondriac-prone New Yorker vacationing throughout Europe with his breezy, free-spirited Parisian girlfriend, Marion. But when they make a ...
Style: humorous, artsy, witty, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: culture clash, photographer, sexual relations, fish out of water, romance, lifestyle, society, french, relationship problems, sex, vacation, taxi driver ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe, new york, venice
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Birth (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It took Anna 10 years to recover from the death of her husband, Sean, but now she's on the verge of marrying her boyfriend, Joseph, and finally moving on. However, on the night of her engagement party, a young boy named Sean turns up, saying he ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, artsy ...
Plot: reincarnation, older woman younger man relationship, wedding, mystery, couples, dishonesty, little boy, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, obsession, love triangle, obsessive love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Intimacy (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, UK, Germany, Spain
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Jay, a failed musician, walked out of his family and now earns a living as head bartender in a trendy London pub. Every Wednesday afternoon a woman comes to his house for graphic, almost wordless, sex. One day Jay follows her and finds out about the ...
Style: sexual, sincere, erotic, enigmatic, artsy ...
Plot: strong sexual content, erection, infidelity, couple relations, cheating wife, love and romance, obsession, sex scene, one night stand, bartender, sex, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england, canada
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Bolshoy (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Julia is incredibly talented. She can become a great ballerina. But for this purpose she must give up everything: the interests of the family, her first love, friendship. Over and over again the heroine will face a complex choice between the dream ...
Style: realistic, artsy, colourful, sad
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ballet, ballerina, dance, theater, teacher, female protagonist, dishonesty, friendship, rivalry, disorder, performer's life, high school ...
Time: 2000s
Place: russia
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Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)
Genre: Horror, Musical
Country: Canada
Duration: 73 min.
Story: A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's gothic novel DRACULA, presented in a style reminiscent of the silent expressionistic cinema of the early 20th Century. This work employs the subtle and sometimes bold use of color to emphasize its themes, but ...
Style: gothic, suspenseful, macabre, artsy, stylized ...
Plot: ballet, vampire, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, woman in danger, supernatural, obsession, good versus evil, mysterious character, gothic horror, dracula, dance ...
Time: contemporary, 1920s, 1930s, 19th century
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Too Old to Die Young (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The numb existences of Martin Jones, a police officer with secrets to hide, and Jesus, a traumatized avenging son, collide in a ghostly Los Angeles where several ruthless criminal gangs fight for their turf and dictate who lives and who dies.
Style: art house, bloody, artsy, suspense
Plot: vigilantism, criminal underworld, sex with a minor, neo-noir, shooting, double life, corrupt cop, gang war, police brutality, urban fantasy, social satire, mexican immigrant ...
Place: los angeles
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The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Style: surreal, artsy, clever, ironic, bloody ...
Plot: manhunt, hotel, society, absurdism, dead animal, hunting, boat, punishment, blood, swimming, dead rabbit, suicide attempt ...
Time: near future, 2010s, future
Place: greece
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: erotic, art house, enigmatic, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: model, translator, book, writing, violent husband, calligraphy, body painting, skin, publisher, legends and myths, lovers, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, shanghai, california ...
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Chungking Express (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
Style: atmospheric, captivating, ambiguous ending, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: loneliness, femme fatale, romance, fall in love, girlfriend, depression, acceptance, new beginning, second chance, love, heroin, disguise ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, california, mcdonald's restaurant, taiwan ...
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CQ (2001)
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Italy, Luxembourg, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet.
Style: stylized, surreal, sexy, semi serious, futuristic ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, showbiz, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, starlet, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, lone hero, secret agents, spacecraft, robbery ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1969, 1960s, future
Place: europe, france, italy, paris france, rome italy ...
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Freak Show (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story of teenager Billy Bloom who, despite attending an ultra conservative high school, makes the decision to run for homecoming queen.
Style: social, touching, sentimental, artsy, intellectual
Plot: lgbt, lgbt teen, high school, self acceptance, transsexual, social misfits, hate crime, friendship, parents and children, teenager, social relations, private vs public ...
Time: 21st century
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Final Portrait (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.
Style: based on true events, intellectual, philosophical, thought provoking, artsy ...
Plot: sculptor, posing, genius, portrait painting, painter, sculpture, doubt, older man younger man relationship, obsession, husband wife relationship, promise, studio ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, year 1964
Place: paris france
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Fallen Stars (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A poignant drama that chronicles the unexpected friendship that develops between Cooper, a melancholy bartender, who at thirty-six still isn't sure what he wants to do with his life, and Daisy, an extremely bright but socially awkward girl in ...
Style: lyrical, motivational, artsy, mysterious, atmospheric
Plot: alone, bartender, friendship, changing lives, introspection, writers, regret, fall in love, forgiveness, love and romance, vomiting, quitting a job ...
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Terminal (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Hong Kong, Hungary, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, two assassins carry out a sinister mission, a teacher battles a fatal illness, and an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress lead dangerous double lives. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead ...
Style: exciting, suspense, breathtaking, artsy, surprise ending
Plot: assassin, murder, double life, revenge, crimes, crime, waitress, vengeance, teacher, stripper, illness, disguise ...
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Perfect Sense (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Susan is a scientist searching for answers to important questions. So important that she has given up on other things, like love - until she meets Micheal. Susan and Michael find themselves embarking on a sensual adventure while the world around ...
Style: melancholic, enigmatic, thought provoking, serious, romantic ...
Plot: human nature, chef, love affair, human existence, scientist, suffering, chaos, romance, couples, rage, society, apocalypse ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland
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Ready to Wear (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Paris Fashion Week draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors, photographers. Follows the various storylines of these characters, centering around a murder investigation of a prominent fashion figure. Features an ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky, satirical ...
Plot: fashion, fashion model, farce, love and romance, media satire, lovers reunited, lifestyle, fashion show, multiple storylines, storytelling, art, media ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Femme Fatale (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her.
Style: suspenseful, sexy, clever, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, paparazzi, crime, haunted by the past, hidden identity, power relations, crimes, criminal heroes, loss of child, female protagonist, manipulation, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, paris france, cannes
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Norwegian Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in the 1960's, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko in the ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic, artsy, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, teenager, young man, young lovers, love triangle, self discovery, haunted by the past, introspection, love affair, love and romance, reading, first sexual experience ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 1920s
Place: asia, campus, japan, tokyo
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