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, stylized, melancholic, cerebral, enigmatic and surreal films and TV shows about / with storytelling, obsession, art, existentialism, dialogue, loneliness, pornography, life & death, twists & turns and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
artsy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as artsy: The Fountain (2006), 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), The Lobster (2015).

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, reincarnation, death, cancer, tree, terminal illness, love, couple relations, love of one's life ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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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, biting, cerebral ...
Audience: teen drama
Plot: midlife crisis, family problems, dysfunctional family, loneliness, teenage life, youth, age difference, coming of age, american dream, parenthood, under the surface, 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, sexual obsession, orgy, human nature, marriage, free love, disguise, sexuality, dangerous attraction, sexual exploration, voyeurism, sex party ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, medical school
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Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Genre: 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, polyamory, love and romance, artist, seduction, romance, self fulfillment, sexuality, sexual exploration, women, love affair ...
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: melancholic, depressing, artsy, psychological, scenic ...
Plot: hotel, unhappiness, travel, husband wife relationship, voyeurism, self pity, depression, manuscript, overhearing sex, lie, marriage, jealousy ...
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, murder mystery, suspect, conspiracy, stabbed to death, little girl ...
Time: 1930s, post world war one, pre world war two
Place: europe, alps, palestine, 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: artsy, stylized, atmospheric, sexy, art house
Plot: fatal attraction, noir, femme fatale, storytelling, sexy woman, manipulation, crime, seduction, love triangle, female nudity, sex scene, woman on top ...
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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, female protagonist, teacher, manipulation, mentor protege relationship, high school, performer's life, social relations, disorder ...
Time: 2000s
Place: russia
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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Germany, UK, France, Greece, USA, Cyprus
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, philosophical, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: vampire, supernatural romance, musician, immortality, lovers reunited, true love, family relations, supernatural, love and romance, human nature, love, blood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1975, year 1968, 2010s
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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, absurd ...
Plot: manhunt, metaphor, hotel, dead animal, rabbit, absurdism, hunting, dead rabbit, swimming, blood, suicide attempt, boat ...
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, artsy, breathtaking
Plot: assassin, revenge, double life, illness, waitress, teacher, crimes, crime, murder, vengeance, janitor, disguise ...
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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, chase, class differences, lovers apart, corporate world, inventions and discoveries, amnesia, riding a bicycle ...
Time: future
Place: latin 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: cynical, twists and turns, captivating, artsy
Plot: rich, rivalry, intrigue, family business, secret, love triangle, family relations, investigation, father daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, homosexual, twists & turns ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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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: mathematics, insanity, genius, obsession, paranoia, migraine, headache, mathematician, prodigy, rabbi, delusion, code ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, 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: surreal, psychological, stylized, atmospheric, offbeat ...
Plot: hypnosis, romance, drugged, parasite, love affair, kidnapping, mystery, mind game, loss, sadness, dishonesty, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: dark humor, surreal, psychological, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: midlife crisis, actor's life, father daughter relationship, theater, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, existentialism, superhero, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, actor, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, serious, atmospheric, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: forbidden love, innocence lost, elderly lovers, vengeance, human nature, destructive relationship, siblings relations, culture clash, haunted by the past, kids in trouble, coming of age, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, stone age
Place: africa, kenya, england, europe, 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, sexual, serious, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, pianist, love affair, arranged marriage, couples, human nature, couple relations, love and romance, adultery, neighbor, piano ...
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: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, serious, stylized ...
Plot: cause and meaning, stalker, wish come true, scientist, alien, russian, future dystopia, tunnel, psychic, heaven and hell, soldier, escapades ...
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, serious, realistic, psychological, road movie ...
Plot: desert, on the road, couple relations, culture clash, dangerous attraction, man-woman relation, destructive relationship, sexual relations, couples, kids in trouble, male nudity, danger ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
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Under the Skin (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Switzerland, Poland, 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: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, tense ...
Plot: femme fatale, evil alien, alien, drowning, space and aliens, on the road, human nature, introspection, alien encounter, danger, deadly, imaginary ...
Time: 21st century, future
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: serious, biting, realistic, dark, melancholic ...
Plot: gay, painter, s&m, destructive relationship, lgbt, new love, artists and showbiz, gender, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, 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: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: love affair, parents and children, romance, swimming pool, fall in love, love and romance, family relations, looking for love, siblings relations, unfulfilled love, couples, wrecking ball ...
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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: surreal, dark humor, talky, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: restaurant, cheating wife, gangsters, strong sexual content, cook, cannibalism, spouse killer, love affair, cooking, crime boss, infidelity, crime ...
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: atmospheric, psychological, clever, serious, realistic ...
Plot: love affair, hotel, subway, love, romance, destructive relationship, urban, life turned upside down, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, losing-it hero ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, tokyo
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Spider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, bleak, serious ...
Plot: haunted by the past, mental illness, murder, past, betrayal, infidelity, delusion, mentally unstable, parents and children, mystery, childhood trauma, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, london, africa, britain, east end london
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Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, psychological, avant garde, art house, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, nightmare, baby, existentialism, insanity, cult, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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The Science of Sleep (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Style: surreal, stylized, psychological, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: escape, magic, nightmare, dream, cloud, jealousy, sex, skyscraper, artist, imagination, love, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, france, europe, latin america, paris france ...
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Paranoid Park (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The teenager and skateboarder Alex is interviewed by Detective Richard Lu that is investigating the death of a security guard in the rail yards severed by a train who was apparently hit by a skate board. While dealing with the separation process of ...
Style: psychological, realistic, surreal, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, security guard, fatal accident, skateboarder, questioning, autumn, decision, flash forward, teenage boy, teenager, skating, letter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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Youth (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Italy, France, UK, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena, Mick is intent on finishing ...
Style: meditative, melancholic, talky, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: vacation, hotel, composer, suicide, screenwriter, old friends, aging, friendship, loneliness, infidelity, husband wife relationship, retirement ...
Time: 2010s
Place: switzerland, alps, swiss alps, venice
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