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, enigmatic, surreal and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, obsession, art, dialogue, existentialism, loneliness, pornography, male nudity, catastrophe and twists & turns plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Sci-Fi genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
artsy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as artsy: The Fountain (2006), Dynasty (2017), American Beauty (1999), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), By the Sea (2015), Murder on the Orient Express (2017), London Fields (2018), Bolshoy (2017), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

List of artsy movies

The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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, melancholic, stylized, touching, artsy ...
Plot: immortality, loneliness, metaphysics, tragic love, death, cancer, terminal illness, reincarnation, queen, tree, outer space, doctor ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
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: twists and turns, captivating, artsy, cynical
Plot: rich, intrigue, rivalry, family business, secret, family relations, homosexual, brother sister relationship, father daughter relationship, fashion, twists & turns, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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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, sexual, cynical, captivating, biting ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, teenage life, loneliness, age difference, virgin, coming of age, youth, lust, parenthood, marital problem ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa
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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, atmospheric, sexy, surreal ...
Plot: sexual relations, orgy, marriage, human nature, sexual obsession, disguise, sexuality, free love, sexual exploration, dangerous attraction, prostitute, sexual tension ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, greenwich village manhattan new york city, medical school
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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: sexual, sexy, romantic, philosophical, scenic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: love triangle, fall in love, artist, polyamory, seduction, love and romance, self fulfillment, romance, sexuality, sexual exploration, ex spouse, free spirited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, barcelona spain, spain, europe, new york
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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, depressing, artsy, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, husband wife relationship, depression, self pity, voyeurism, overhearing sex, manuscript, lie, marriage, honeymoon ...
Place: france
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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, suspense, artsy, non-linear, road movie
Plot: investigation, train, murder, snow, doctor, justice, vengeance, suspect, conspiracy, murder mystery, stabbed to death, little girl ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, post world war one
Place: europe, alps, yugoslavia, istanbul turkey, mediterranean sea ...
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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: atmospheric, stylized, artsy, sexy, art house
Plot: femme fatale, fatal attraction, noir, storytelling, clairvoyant, seduction, crime, sexy woman, manipulation, female nudity, love triangle, infidelity ...
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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, sad, colourful, artsy
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ballet, ballerina, theater, dance, female protagonist, teacher, dishonesty, disorder, mentor, mentor protege relationship, manipulation, rivalry ...
Time: 2000s
Place: russia
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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, offbeat, stylized, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, immortality, true love, lovers reunited, family relations, love and romance, love, supernatural, human nature, blood ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1968, 2010s, year 1975
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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, dark humor ...
Plot: manhunt, hotel, hunting, dead animal, absurdism, rabbit, dead rabbit, suicide attempt, swimming, boat, punishment, blood ...
Time: near future
Place: greece
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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, revenge, murder, double life, crimes, crime, waitress, vengeance, teacher, illness, disguise, neo-noir ...
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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, romantic, breathtaking, emotional, artsy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, parallel world, true love, gravity, romance, corporate world, lovers apart, inventions and discoveries, chase, class differences, amnesia, mountain ...
Time: future
Place: latin america
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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: chef, scientist, human existence, love affair, human nature, epidemic, suffering, chaos, memory, insomnia, anarchy, romance ...
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, realistic, semi serious, talky, satirical ...
Plot: fashion, farce, love and romance, media satire, lifestyle, lovers reunited, fashion model, multiple storylines, storytelling, art, chaos, 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, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: femme fatale, paparazzi, crime, hidden identity, haunted by the past, criminal heroes, power relations, crimes, loss of child, female protagonist, manipulation, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe, cannes, paris france
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Inconceivable (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A mother looks to escape her abusive past by moving to a new town where she befriends another mother, who grows suspicious of her.
Style: artsy, captivating, suspense, sexy
Plot: child, female nudity, murder, obsession, family relations, pregnancy, lesbian, surrogate mother, friendship, murder of a nude woman, caught having sex, bikini ...
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Death in Venice (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Composer Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: obsession, gays and lesbians, fall in love, vacation, beach, beauty, homoeroticism, cholera, homosexuality, gender, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: italy, venice, europe, tokyo
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Pi (1998)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.
Style: mind bending, psychological, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: insanity, mathematics, paranoia, obsession, genius, rabbi, alienation, neighbor, surveillance, code, delusion, prodigy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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Upstream Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, surreal, stylized, tense ...
Plot: hypnosis, romance, kidnapping, parasite, drugged, love affair, mystery, mind game, haunted by the past, memory loss, identity crisis, tragic love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Birdman or (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and ...
Style: psychological, dark humor, surreal, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, theater, father daughter relationship, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, actor, superhero, existentialism, ambition, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, realistic, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: forbidden love, innocence lost, vengeance, sex, elderly lovers, couples, haunted by the past, human nature, society, coming of age, twins, youth ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, stone age
Place: africa, kenya, tunisia, england, usa ...
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The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: New Zealand, Australia, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: psychological, serious, stylized, sexual, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, couples, infidelity, love affair, pianist, love and romance, human nature, couple relations, arranged marriage, sexual relations, desire, native ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, art house, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: wish come true, stalker, scientist, russian, psychic, future dystopia, cause and meaning, society, human nature, escapades, post apocalypse, soldier ...
Place: russia
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Twentynine Palms (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a magazine photo shoot. They find a motel in the town of ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, realistic, road movie ...
Plot: desert, on the road, culture clash, destructive relationship, dangerous attraction, kids in trouble, sexual relations, couple relations, couples, society, danger, man-woman relation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
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Under the Skin (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A seductive alien prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, disturbing, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: femme fatale, hitchhiker, on the road, human nature, deadly, danger, deadly creature, trap, alien, extraterrestrial, drowning, human prey ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Biography of the British painter Francis Bacon. The movie focuses on his relationship with George Dyer, his lover. Dyer was a former small time crook.
Style: biting, realistic, serious, dark, melancholic ...
Plot: s&m, painter, gay, artists and showbiz, destructive relationship, celebrity culture, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, society, gender, lifestyle, couples ...
Time: 90s, 1960s
Place: paris france, east end london, london
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Tuvalu (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Set in a dilapidated indoor swimming pool (the Central Baths in Sofia), the film details the efforts of Anton, a clueless dreamer who yearns to sail the world, and Martha, the button obsessed cashier, to maintain the illusion for Anton's blind ...
Style: stylized, surreal, atmospheric, dark humor, psychological ...
Plot: love and romance, unfulfilled love, family relations, romance, parents and children, love affair, couples, fall in love, looking for love, siblings relations, swimming pool, fetish ...
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but ...
Style: stylized, talky, surreal, dark humor, sexual ...
Plot: restaurant, cheating wife, cannibalism, gangsters, cook, strong sexual content, spouse killer, infidelity, crime, crumbling marriage, vicious, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, future
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Reconstruction (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.
Style: clever, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: love affair, hotel, subway, love, romance, dishonesty, disorder, couples, unfulfillment, dangerous attraction, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, tokyo
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