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, stylized, enigmatic, cerebral and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with storytelling, obsession, dialogue, surrealism, existentialism, loneliness, art, death, murder and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in France, USA, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: Stalker (1979), Eraserhead (1977), Mulholland Drive (2001), Dogville (2003), Blue Velvet (1986), The Big Feast (1973), The Limits of Control (2009), The Green Elephant (1999), Caligula (1979), Days of Heaven (1978).

List of art house movies

 8.1
 96K
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, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, wish come true, post apocalypse, russian, cause and meaning, human nature, future dystopia, psychic, society, escapades, surrealism ...
Place: russia
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 7.4
 89K
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, nightmare, baby, freak, existentialism, cult, insanity, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, 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: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, showbiz, uncover truth, obsession, jealousy, actress, frustration, death, hollywood, mystery, amnesia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 8.0
 125K
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, art house, clever, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, rape, small town life, morality, vengeance, haunted by the past, exploitation, secret, mob boss, victim, mountain, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
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 7.8
 160K
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, post modern, art house, dark, enigmatic ...
Plot: small town, amateur detective, mystery, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, surrealism, innocence lost, sexual perversion, villain, psychopath ...
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, midlife crisis, friends, sexual promiscuity, gluttony ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, france, turkey
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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: surreal, psychological, art house, stylized, enigmatic ...
Plot: mysterious character, lone wolves, assassin, crime, african, addiction, poetry, character study, mind control, self control, traveler, code ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
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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: violence, prison, exploitation, brutality, murder, prisoner, russian soldier, anguish, all male cast, cruelty, beating, jail cell ...
Place: russia
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 5.3
 31K
Caligula (1979)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, USA
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: sexual, erotic, epic, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: lust, brutality, intrigue, ancient rome, assassination, betrayal, sexual relations, sadism, state affairs, politics, sex addict, violence ...
Time: ancient world, ancient history, 1st century
Place: italy, rome italy
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 7.9
 45K
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, stylized ...
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, 60s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1962
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia, shanghai, japan ...
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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: odd, double life, hidden identity, power relations, lifestyle change, unfulfillment, disguise, dog, model, surrealism, life & death, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
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 6.1
 142
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, sport, escapades, dead dog, wound, river, tennis, dog ...
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 7.5
 3K
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, art house, disturbing, sad
Plot: married couple, hospital, alcohol, paramedic, nurse, doctor, male objectification, husband wife relationship, drinking, sex in kitchen, emergency, sleeping naked ...
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, touching, sincere, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: italy
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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: psychological, bleak, rough, erotic, macabre ...
Plot: sex, kidnapping, rape, captivity, sexual torture, fascism, sexual relations, sexual perversion, obsession, violence spree, confined, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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 6.5
 14K
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: honeymoon, collector, romance, tragic love, love affair, love and romance, surrealism, escapades, philosophy, marriage proposal, jazz, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 5.6
 34K
High-Rise (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.
Style: surreal, dark humor, futuristic, art house, absurd ...
Plot: class conflict, social class, skyscraper, decadence, high rise, insanity, violence, surrealism, money, suicide by jumping, talking during sex, architecture ...
Time: year 1975, future
Place: medical school, london
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Welcome the Stranger (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Alice arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan's house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend and Alice's paranoia and suspicion force the siblings to cling onto reality amidst ...
Style: psychological, art house, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: suspicion, paranoia, sibling, brother sister relationship, psycho, incest overtones, isolated house, paranormal, incest, mystery, female nudity, female masturbation ...
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Monolith's Whisper (2011)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Uruguay
Duration: 68 min.
Story: STALKER: Monolith's Whisper tells the story of Alexey Savchuk, an exiled victim of the 1986 Chernobyl accident who enters the Exclusion Zone to find his lost brother after "The Second Catastrophe" where a mysterious second explosion ...
Style: bleak, psychological, philosophical, art house
Plot: stalker, mercenary, nuclear explosion, loner, freedom, post apocalypse, nuclear power plant, quest, nuclear, mutant, surrealism, religion ...
Place: ukraine, uruguay
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 6.4
 9K
Newness (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In contemporary Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.
Style: romantic, social, art house, erotic
Plot: female nudity, sex scene, sexuality, infidelity, loneliness, internet dating, fear of commitment, nudity (full frontal - brief), relationships, life philosophy, immaturity, stereotypes ...
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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, surreal, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: surrealism, firefighter, youth, misfit, dysfunctional family, family problems, family life, street kid, coming of age, family relations, kids in trouble, supportive parent ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: chile, latin america
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Living in Oblivion (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick is the director of a low-budget indie film. He tries to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, talky, atmospheric ...
Plot: filmmaking, filmmaker, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, actor's life, lifestyle, friends, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, film within a film, dwarf, actor, character study ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa
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 8.1
 51K
Underground (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Black marketeers Marko and Blacky manufacture and sell weapons to the Communist resistance in WWII Belgrade, living the good life along the way. Marko's surreal duplicity propels him up the ranks of the Communist Party, and he eventually ...
Style: surreal, cynical, satirical, biting, absurd ...
Plot: freedom, lie, society, ambition, resistance, communism, revolution, cellar, resistance fighter, greed, genocide, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 1990s, 1960s, year 1941
Place: europe, former yugoslavia, yugoslavia, berlin germany, poland ...
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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, cannibalism, gangsters, cook, strong sexual content, spouse killer, cheating wife, infidelity, criminal's revenge, love and romance, crimes, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, future
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: isolation, desert, sand dune, entomologist, love affair, love and romance, human nature, kidnapping, couples, captivity, destiny, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.1
 68K
Solaris (1971)
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, surreal, talky, psychological, futuristic ...
Plot: space travel, space station, russian, outer space, scientist, astronaut, space and aliens, mysterious planet, immortality, psychologist, investigation, jealousy ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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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: atmospheric, philosophical, melancholic, stylized, meditative ...
Plot: redemption, teachers and students, guilt, isolation, buddhist monk, buddhism, lust, mentor, human nature, meditation, life changing experience, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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 7.8
 82
Delirium (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Ukraine, Czech Republic
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An ordinary funeral procession moves along its path from church to cemetery. Observing, you slip from reality into a place where time has lost its linearity, looping through the odd images thrown off by a distorted reality. Images of non-existence, ...
Style: art house, surreal, psychedelic
Plot: paranoia, insanity, hanging, suicide, surrealism, neo noir, delirium, time loop, villa, twins, rope, psychotic ...
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 5.7
 41K
Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of ...
Style: art house
Plot: art dealer, consumerism, art thief, art theft, art collector, supernatural, social satire, female nudity, murder, artist, violence, champagne ...
Time: 21st century, 2010s, contemporary
Place: los angeles
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