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, weird, thought provoking, melancholic, cerebral and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with loneliness, storytelling, artistic, existentialism, art, dialogue, obsession, runaway, nudity (full frontal - brief) and pornography plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Fantasy genres shot in France, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: The Neon Demon (2016), Dogville (2003), 8½ (1963), Solaris (1972), Mulholland Drive (2001), Eraserhead (1977), Enter the Void (2009), Stalker (1979), Irreversible (2002), Holy Motors (2012).

List of art house movies

The Neon Demon (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Belgium, 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: art house, psychological, neo noir, disturbing, colourful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: fashion, cannibalism, lesbian, teenage girl, model, obsession, beauty, murder, jealousy, photographer, 16 year old, necrophilia ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, pasadena california
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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: art house, psychological, bleak, twist ending, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, morality, female protagonist, vengeance, society, small town life, haunted by the past, exploitation, rocky mountains, gangsters, brutality, secrets ...
Time: 1930s, future, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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8½ (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: art house, psychological, surreal, philosophical, reflective ...
Plot: filmmaking, midlife crisis, surrealism, childhood, mistress, adultery, loneliness, stream of consciousness, actress, extramarital affair, memory, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: italy, rome italy, vatican, europe, france ...
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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: art house, atmospheric, cerebral, psychedelic, intellectual ...
Plot: outer space, scientist, space station, space travel, space and aliens, russian, astronaut, dreams, hallucination, immortality, science, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s, distant future
Place: ussr, tokyo, russia
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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, surreal, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending ...
Plot: lesbian, surrealism, amnesia, mystery, hollywood, hallucination, alternate reality, lesbian sex, obsession, lesbianism, lesbian love, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, 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, psychedelic, avant garde, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, insanity, baby, cult, psychosis, art, psychology, eccentricity, loneliness, freak ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, art house, atmospheric, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: surrealism, hallucination, afterlife, drug trip, drugs, stripper, sex, explicit sex, drug use, incest, lesbian sex, trippy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: philosophical, atmospheric, bleak, art house, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, post apocalypse, surrealism, russian, scientist, human nature, wish come true, future dystopia, distopia, existentialism, society, escapades ...
Place: ussr, russia
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Irreversible (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass. Her boyfriend and ex-lover take matters into their own hands by hiring ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, art house, rough, surreal ...
Plot: rape, violence, sexual abuse, revenge, violent, brutality, sexual perversion, rape and revenge, vengeance, anal rape, sadism, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, france, europe
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Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
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, art house, enigmatic, cerebral, psychedelic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, limousine, life & death, creativity, obsession, multiple storylines, double life, hidden identity, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
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Border (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
Story: When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind.
Style: art house, rough, neurotic, bleak, psychedelic ...
Plot: troll, customs officer, sadistic psychopath, border guard, child molestation, female nudity, father daughter relationship, baby, supernatural horror, sex scene, sexuality, norse mythology ...
Place: sweden, finland, scandinavia, eastern europe
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Arizona Dream (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: An Innuit hunter races his sled home with a fresh-caught halibut. This fish pervades the entire film, in real and imaginary form. Meanwhile, Axel tags fish in New York as a naturalist's gofer. He's happy there, but a messenger arrives to ...
Style: art house, surreal, atmospheric, melancholic, semi serious ...
Plot: self discovery, older woman younger man relationship, nervous breakdown, surrealism, fall in love, american dream, family relations, love and romance, eccentric family, on the road, destructive relationship, car salesman ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona, usa, new york, papua new guinea, alaska
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Germany
Duration: 103 min.
Story: This South Korean film takes place on an isolated lake, where an old monk lives in a small floating temple. The monk has a young boy living with him, learning to become a monk. We watch as seasons and years pass by.
Style: philosophical, melancholic, meditative, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: buddhism, coming of age, buddhist monk, existentialism, isolation, guilt, life, meditation, buddhist, monk, solitude, lust ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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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: art house, surreal, sentimental, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: coming of age, fascism, surrealism, small town, satire, memory, family life, group of friends, human nature, social relations, art, childhood ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama
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: erotic, psychological, macabre, art house, disturbing ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: torture, rape, sex, sexual perversion, sexual torture, kidnapping, bdsm, libertine, sexual abuse, obsession, perversion, fascism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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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: art house, sexy, erotic, allegory, surreal ...
Plot: cannibalism, food, surrealism, restaurant, erotica, nudity (full frontal - brief), cheating wife, gangsters, strong sexual content, abusive husband, sex, extramarital affair ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Luxembourg
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, sexy, sexual, artsy ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), model, male nudity, translator, surrealism, erotica, tattoo, art, betrayal, revenge, obsession, sex ...
Time: 10th century, middle ages
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, shanghai ...
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In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, France
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: melancholic, atmospheric, art house, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: adultery, loneliness, infidelity, forbidden love, romance, love affair, marriage, newspaper, neighbor, love, human nature, life & death ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1962, year 1966
Place: hong kong, japan, singapore, china, shanghai ...
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Mood Indigo (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
Style: surreal, art house, touching, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, surrealism, philosophy, love affair, love and romance, escapades, magic realism, honeymoon, marriage proposal, collector, tragic love, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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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: erotic, sexy, sexual, art house, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sex, explicit sex, sexuality, sex scene, threesome, erotica, swinger couple, erection, oral sex, love triangle, male nudity, swinger ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, europe, tokyo, france, russia
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The Lobster (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, USA
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, ironic, art house, clever, cerebral ...
Plot: distopia, absurdism, manhunt, blindness, suicide attempt, society, hotel, love, torture, animals, punishment, solitude ...
Time: 2010s, near future, future
Place: ireland, greece, hellas
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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, art house, absurd, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: bdsm, obsession, isolation, imagination, depression, loneliness, freak, creativity, drugs, fall in love, city life, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, paris france, asia, new jersey ...
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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, art house, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: school shooting, violence, mass murder, teenager, school, teacher, serial killer, youth, student, classmate, bullying, atrocity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, portland oregon
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Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Crime, 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: neo noir, surreal, dark, disturbing, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, small town, mystery, voyeurism, sexual perversion, sex, rape, serial killer, postmodernism, sexual obsession, eccentricity, sexual humiliation ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Germany, Belgium, UK, France, Sweden, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A man named Seligman finds a fainted wounded woman in an alley and he brings her home. She tells him that her name is Joe and that she is nymphomaniac. Joe tells her life and sexual experiences with hundreds of men since she was a young teenager ...
Style: erotic, sexual, disturbing, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: sex, sex addict, explicit sex, sexuality, nudity (full frontal - brief), sex scene, nymphomaniac, lust, erection, strong sexual content, deviant sex, sexual exploration ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 80s, 90s
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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: bleak, art house, emotional, melancholic, depressing ...
Plot: nun, jewish, anti semitism, world war two, faith, family secret, character study, suicide, self discovery, religion, orphan, convent ...
Time: 60s, post world war two, 20th century
Place: poland, eastern europe, europe, denmark
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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Hungary
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A woman who studies butterflies and moths tests the limits of her relationship with her lover.
Style: erotic, sexy, enigmatic, art house, surreal ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, bdsm, dominatrix, foot fetish, lesbian relationship, sex, submission, women, domination, deadpan, sex game, all female cast ...
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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, thought provoking, art house, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, russian, brother, abusive father, journey, parents and children, survival, father son relationship, character study, overbearing parent, childhood, island ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
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A Ghost Story (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife, only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip ...
Style: art house, surreal, melancholic, psychological, touching ...
Plot: ghost, loss, grief, death of husband, legacy, loss of husband, piano, sadness, death, husband wife relationship, widow, desperation ...
Time: future
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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, philosophical, psychological, scenic ...
Plot: farmer, love triangle, impossible love, farm, train, harvest, autumn, loneliness, class differences, frustration, society, love ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, pre world war one, turn of the century
Place: usa, texas, austin texas, chicago illinois
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