Art house movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant art house movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out art house, melancholic, enigmatic, atmospheric, stylized and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, art, loneliness, dialogue, existentialism, pornography, runaway, catastrophe, obsession and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
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art house movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: Stalker (1979), Eraserhead (1977), Mulholland Drive (2001), Solaris (1972), Dogville (2003), The Pillow Book (1996), I Remember (1973), 8? (1963), Blue Velvet (1986), The Big Feast (1973).

List of art house movies

 8.2
 100K
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, art house, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, wish come true, russian, cause and meaning, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, post apocalypse, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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 7.4
 92K
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, art house, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, existentialism, cult, unwanted pregnancy, parents and children, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, obsession, cowboy, frustration, dreams, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.1
 71K
Solaris (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A psychologist is sent to a space station orbiting a planet called Solaris to investigate the death of a doctor and the mental problems of cosmonauts on the station. He soon discovers that the water on the planet is a type of brain which brings out ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, psychological, enigmatic, intellectual ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, russian, investigation, dreams, back from the dead, psychologist, astronaut, science, mysterious planet ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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 8.0
 128K
Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: psychological, bleak, art house, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, small town life, morality, mob boss, haunted by the past, exploitation, vengeance, secret, victim, rocky mountains, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
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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, calligraphy, body painting, publisher, skin, legends and myths, lovers, nudity (full frontal - brief), love ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, shanghai, california, hong kong ...
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 7.9
 36K
I Remember (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In an Italian seaside town, young Titta gets into trouble with his friends and watches various local eccentrics as they engage in often absurd behavior. Frequently clashing with his stern father and defended by his doting mother, Titta witnesses the ...
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, realistic, art house, stylized ...
Plot: small town, fascism, coming of age, family life, human nature, social relations, memory, surrealism, teenage boy, bathtub, sheik, postmodernism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
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 8.0
 100K
8? (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: With 8 ½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.
Style: psychological, surreal, stylized, serious, art house ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, postmodernism, love and romance, artists and showbiz, unfulfillment, star ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, england, copenhagen denmark ...
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 7.8
 165K
Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: surreal, dark, post modern, art house, enigmatic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, small town, surrealism, mystery, amateur detective, sexual perversion, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, secret ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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 7.2
 11K
The Big Feast (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death.
Style: dark humor, humorous, satirical, art house, sexual ...
Plot: sex, suicide, weekend, social decay, society, lifestyle, strong sexual content, sexual relations, friends, midlife crisis, sexual promiscuity, gluttony ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, turkey
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Valhalla Rising (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Denmark, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde. Aided by Are, a boy slave, One Eye slays his captor and together he and Are escape, beginning a journey into the heart of ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, art house, psychological, philosophical ...
Plot: vikings, brutality, violence, warrior, ship, new world, mute, one eyed man, christianity, vengeance, starvation, war paint ...
Time: middle ages, future
Place: europe, scotland, holy land, jerusalem
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The Limits of Control (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A mysterious stranger works outside the law and keeps his objectives hidden, trusting no one. While his demeanor is paradoxically focused and dreamlike all at once, he embarks on a journey that not only takes him across Spain, but also through his ...
Style: psychological, surreal, art house, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: mysterious character, lone wolves, assassin, crime, african, addiction, poetry, mind control, self control, character study, traveler, code ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
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 7.4
 48K
Ida (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, Denmark, France, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Anna, a young novitiate in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation.
Style: serious, melancholic, bleak, art house, depressing ...
Plot: nun, jewish, orphan, family secret, anti semitism, uncover truth, human nature, haunted by the past, murder of family, faith, murder, world war two ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, mine, denmark
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 7.2
 134K
The Master (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Freddie, a volatile, heavy-drinking veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, finds some semblance of a family when he stumbles onto the ship of Lancaster Dodd, the charismatic leader of a new "religion" he forms after World ...
Style: stylized, intellectual, atmospheric, art house, psychological ...
Plot: right hand man, drifter, alcoholic, guru, cult, psychiatry, mentor, brainwashing, addiction, cult leader, religious cult, book ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa, england, pennsylvania, alabama, california
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The Green Elephant (1999)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The movie is set in the brig, the walls of which are painted in a poisonous green color. There fall into two junior officers, Sergei "Fallen" Pakhomov and Vladimir "Little brother" Epifantsev. So, both lieutenant begin their ...
Style: sadistic, art house, macabre, rough, sinister
Plot: deviant sex, prison, violence, perversion, sexual perversion, exploitation, murder, brutality, prisoner, all male cast, cruelty, russian soldier ...
Place: russia
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 6.2
 74K
Neon Demon (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Style: suspense, surprise ending, colourful, art house, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, model, fashion, cannibalism, photographer, teenage girl, murder, neon light, rivalry, jealousy, motel, lust ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, pasadena california
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 6.1
 38K
Love (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Murphy is an American living in Paris who enters a highly sexually and emotionally charged relationship with the unstable Electra. Unaware of the seismic effect it will have on their relationship, they invite their pretty neighbor into their bed.
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, art house, stylized ...
Plot: sexuality, swinger couple, swinger, erection, girlfriend, sex scene, love triangle, love, sex, incest, explicit sex, erotica ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, europe, tokyo, russia
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 7.1
 9K
Tokyo! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Japan, South Korea, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by directors Michel Gondry (France), Leos Carax (France) and Joon-ho Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and transnatural/supernatural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.
Style: surreal, sentimental, melancholic, art house, absurd ...
Plot: isolation, freak, anthology, fall in love, city life, supernatural, urban, obsession, transformation, metamorphosis, imagination, neurosis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new jersey ...
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 5.3
 32K
Caligula (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy
Duration: 156 min.
Story: The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his ...
Style: erotic, sexual, epic, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: lust, ancient rome, brutality, intrigue, sexploitation, assassination, roman empire, zoophilia, betrayal, sexual relations, sadism, sexual sadism ...
Time: ancient world, 1st century, ancient history
Place: italy, rome italy
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 7.9
 47K
Days of Heaven (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1910, a Chicago steel worker accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend and little sister to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer. A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, psychological, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: love triangle, farm, class differences, impossible love, harvest, farmer, society, loneliness, couple relations, runaway, love, stabbing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: texas, usa, chicago illinois
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, art house, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, loneliness, newspaper, adultery, marriage, forbidden love, extramarital affair, coincidence, neighbor, romance, guilt ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1966, year 1962
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia, shanghai, cambodia ...
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 8.0
 39K
The Return (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A story of two Russian boys whose father suddenly returns home after a 12-year absence. He takes the boys on a holiday to a remote island on a lake that turns into a test of manhood of almost mythic proportions.
Style: bleak, realistic, suspenseful, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: russian, parents and children, abusive father, journey, overbearing parent, father son relationship, brother, tragic event, coming of age, brother brother relationship, defiant, island ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
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Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, enigmatic, art house, non-linear, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hidden identity, double life, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment, odd, disguise, dog, model, surrealism, life & death, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
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Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy, a young University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire.
Style: erotic, psychological, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: sexual perversion, prostitution, perversion, prostitute, eroticism, student, life is a bitch, memory loss, sexuality, erotica, sexual relations, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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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, artsy, bloody, suspense
Plot: vigilantism, criminal underworld, neo-noir, sex with a minor, shooting, double life, corrupt cop, gang war, police brutality, urban fantasy, social satire, mexican immigrant ...
Place: los angeles
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 6.1
 144
Barrage (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Belgium, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After ten years abroad, Catherine returns to Luxembourg, to catch up with her daughter Alba, brought up by Catherine’s mother Elisabeth. Alba is cold and distant with this stranger showing up unexpectedly in her life, so is Elisabeth, keen to keep ...
Style: art house, enigmatic, thought provoking, suspense, touching
Plot: mother daughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, mother daughter reunion, runaway, lake house, escapades, sport, dog, river, wound, dead dog, boat ...
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 7.5
 4K
Arrhythmia (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia, Finland, Germany
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg’s EMA ...
Style: depressing, melancholic, disturbing, art house, sad
Plot: married couple, hospital, alcohol, paramedic, nurse, doctor, sex in kitchen, drinking, husband wife relationship, male objectification, emergency, sex scene ...
Place: russia
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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: italy
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 7.2
 81K
Elephant (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, serious, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: student, school, teacher, classmates, mass murder, bomb, suicide, high school life, youth, teenage life, high school, ordinary person ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, portland oregon, california
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: banned film, erotic, bleak, rough, psychological ...
Plot: sex, rape, sexual torture, deviant sex, kidnapping, captivity, fascism, sexual perversion, sexual relations, obsession, violence spree, torture ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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