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, stylized, melancholic, thought provoking, atmospheric and cerebral films and TV shows about / with weird, obsession, storytelling, art, loneliness, existentialism, catastrophe, artistic, dialogue and nudity (full frontal - brief) plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Fantasy genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: Dogville (2003), 8? (1963), Stalker (1979), Neon Demon (2016), Mulholland Drive (2001), Eraserhead (1977), The Dance of Reality (2013), Greener Grass (2019), Solaris (1972), Valhalla Rising (2009).

List of art house movies

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, bleak, psychological, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, small town life, haunted by the past, mob boss, gangsters, vengeance, woman in danger, victim, secrets, rocky mountains ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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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, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, introspection, postmodernism, producer, showbiz, self involved ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy, paris france, copenhagen ...
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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, gloomy, art house, philosophical ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, russian, wish come true, desire, post apocalypse, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, heaven and hell, society, escapades ...
Place: russia
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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, surprise ending, suspense, colourful, psychological ...
Plot: neon light, obsession, cannibalism, model, fashion, photographer, teenage girl, murder, female psychopath, lesbian interest, rivalry, swimming pool ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, pasadena california
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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: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, obsession, strong sexual content, hollywood, hallucination, dreams, lesbianism, lesbian sex, death, cowboy, memory loss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, art house, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, insanity, cult, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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The Dance of Reality (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 133 min.
Story: “Having broken away from my illusory self, I was desperately seeking a path and a meaning to life.” This phrase perfectly sums up Alejandro Jodorowsky’s biographical project: reconstituting the incredible adventure of his life. Alejandro ...
Style: art house, touching, atmospheric, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: surrealism, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, family life, family relations, society, misfit, youth, parents and children, social misfits, street kid, family problems ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: chile, latin america
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Greener Grass (2019)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.
Style: art house, absurd, satirical, funny
Plot: jousting, husband wife relationship, rivalry, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, parents and children, suburbs, envy, wealthy family, society, housewife, pretense, female director ...
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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: atmospheric, psychological, art house, psychedelic, intellectual ...
Plot: space station, outer space, scientist, space travel, space and aliens, investigation, hallucination, mysterious planet, astronaut, dreams, russian, back from the dead ...
Time: future, 70s
Place: soviet union, russia, tokyo
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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: viking, vikings, warrior, one eyed man, violence, ship, new world, mute, christianity, brutality, vengeance, hell ...
Time: middle ages, future
Place: scotland, europe, holy land, jerusalem
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The Duke of Burgundy (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
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, art house, enigmatic, sexy, atmospheric ...
Plot: lesbian, dominatrix, lesbian relationship, female stockinged foot, bdsm, female orgasm, sex, maid, women, deadpan, existentialism, butterfly ...
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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: translator, model, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, writing, body painting, publisher, skin, calligraphy, legends and myths, lovers, japanese girl ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, california ...
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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: atmospheric, sentimental, realistic, art house, stylized ...
Plot: fascism, coming of age, small town, family life, human nature, social relations, memory, surrealism, teenage boy, bathtub, semi autobiographical, sheik ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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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, art house, atmospheric, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hidden identity, double life, surrealism, power relations, lifestyle change, unfulfillment, existentialism, odd, disguise, dog, model, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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Too Old to Die Young (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 758 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: neo noir, vigilantism, criminal underworld, sex with a minor, shooting, neo-noir, double life, corrupt cop, gang war, police brutality, social satire, police officer killed ...
Place: los angeles
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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, bleak, rough, controversial, psychological ...
Plot: sexual torture, sexual perversion, rape, sex, deviant sex, kidnapping, torture, fascism, perversion, captivity, youth, sexual relations ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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Mood Indigo (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A woman suffers from an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs.
Style: surreal, sentimental, touching, art house, stylized ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, surrealism, philosophy, love affair, honeymoon, love and romance, collector, escapades, tragic love, marriage proposal, inventions and discoveries, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Border (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, 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
Plot: troll, sadistic psychopath, father daughter relationship, baby, human becoming an animal, child abuse, border guard, animal cruelty, deformity, body horror, childhood trauma, psychology ...
Place: sweden, finland
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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, sexual promiscuity, suicide, weekend, social decay, society, lifestyle, strong sexual content, midlife crisis, sexual relations, friends, gluttony ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, turkey
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October Moon (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A straight man's life becomes disastrous - and obsessively dangerous - when his family, fiancee and friends all begin to reject him after he realizes he has fallen in love with another man.
Style: art house, psychological, suspense, suspenseful
Plot: obsession, male bonding, friendship between men, jealousy, coming out, psycho, male friendship, survival, gay couple, romantic obsession, stalking, fired from the job ...
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Red Is the Color of (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The tense marriage between two painters is shaken and stirred when the husband's provocative free-spirited nude model ignites his wife's sexual and spiritual awakening. In a three way game of subtle seduction, each of the three confront ...
Style: realistic, serious, art house, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: marriage, destructive relationship, self discovery, life turned upside down, love triangle, midlife crisis, couples, love and romance, romance, couple relations, seduction, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Nenette and Boni (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenage siblings Nenette and Boni were raised apart as a result of their parents' divorce. Their mother, who doted on her son Boni, has died. He works for an interesting couple as a pizza baker, and is surprised and enraged when his younger ...
Style: psychological, art house, melancholic, sexy, realistic ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, obsession, siblings relations, teenage life, human nature, love and romance, single parent, coming of age, erotica, school, pregnancy, incest ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo, london
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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, crime, crimes, african, addiction, murderer, poetry, character study, mind control, self control, traveler ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo, madrid
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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, serious, emotional, melancholic, art house ...
Plot: nun, anti semitism, family secret, orphan, uncover truth, jewish, human nature, haunted by the past, world war two, faith, murder, murder of family ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: poland, europe, denmark
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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, nudity (full frontal - brief), psychiatry, mentor, brainwashing, addiction, cult leader, religious cult ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s, future
Place: usa, new york, alabama, pennsylvania, england ...
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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, macabre, art house, rough, sinister ...
Plot: male rape, violence, prison, exploitation, deviant sex, brutality, pervert, cruelty, all male cast, sexual cruelty, beating, jail cell ...
Place: russia
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Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: France, Taiwan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The first part in a new series of films produced by Musée d'Orsay, 'Flight of the Red Balloon' tells the story of a French family as seen through the eyes of a Chinese student. The film was shot in August and September 2006 on ...
Style: sentimental, enigmatic, art house, absurd, melancholic ...
Plot: single parent, nanny, balloon, parents and children, neglect, boy, puppet, telephone call, family relations, museum, imaginary friend, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, tokyo, japan, brussels
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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, anthology, sentimental, melancholic, art house ...
Audience: student film
Plot: isolation, supernatural, freak, city life, fall in love, obsession, metamorphosis, transformation, imagination, translator, neurosis, destruction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new york ...
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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, rough, atmospheric ...
Plot: lust, brutality, sexual sadism, ancient rome, sexploitation, orgy, unsimulated sex, roman empire, intrigue, sadism, sexual relations, assassination ...
Time: ancient world, 1st century, ancient history
Place: rome italy, italy
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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, psychological, stylized, contemplative ...
Plot: love triangle, farm, farmer, class differences, impossible love, harvest, society, loneliness, couple relations, love, countryside, stabbing ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: texas, usa, chicago illinois
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