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, stylized, cerebral and talky films and TV shows about / with storytelling, loneliness, art, existentialism, dialogue, obsession, pornography, runaway, catastrophe and brutality plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Romance genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: Stalker (1979), Eraserhead (1977), Mulholland Drive (2001), Solaris (1972), Dogville (2003), I Remember (1973), 8? (1963), Blue Velvet (1986), The Big Feast (1973), Valhalla Rising (2009).

List of art house movies

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, russian, cause and meaning, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, post apocalypse, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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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, 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: mystery, lesbian, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, cowboy, frustration, obsession, dreams, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, art house, psychological, enigmatic, intellectual ...
Plot: space station, scientist, outer space, space travel, russian, investigation, dreams, back from the dead, astronaut, science, mysterious planet, space and aliens ...
Time: future
Place: russia, tokyo
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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: psychological, bleak, art house, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: female protagonist, rape, 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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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, coming of age, fascism, family life, human nature, social relations, memory, surrealism, teenage boy, bathtub, sheik, mad ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: italy, europe
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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, surreal, stylized, serious, art house ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, postmodernism, star, introspection, showbiz, producer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, england, france, copenhagen denmark ...
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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, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, sexual perversion, surveillance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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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, suicide, weekend, social decay, society, lifestyle, midlife crisis, strong sexual content, sexual relations, friends, sexual promiscuity, gluttony ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, europe, 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, hell, viking ...
Time: middle ages, future
Place: scotland, europe, 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, character study, self control, traveler, code ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
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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: serious, bleak, melancholic, art house, depressing ...
Plot: nun, jewish, family secret, orphan, 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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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, religious cult, cult leader, book ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, england, alabama, pennsylvania, 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: violence, prison, perversion, sexual perversion, deviant sex, exploitation, murder, brutality, prisoner, all male cast, cruelty, jail cell ...
Place: russia
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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: surprise ending, suspense, colourful, art house, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, fashion, cannibalism, photographer, model, teenage girl, murder, neon light, rivalry, swimming pool, lesbian interest, jealousy ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, california, pasadena california
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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: sexy, erotic, sexual, art house, stylized ...
Plot: sexuality, swinger couple, erection, girlfriend, sex scene, love triangle, swinger, love, sex, betrayal, incest, threesome ...
Time: 2010s
Place: paris france, europe, tokyo, russia
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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, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: lust, ancient rome, brutality, intrigue, sexploitation, assassination, roman empire, betrayal, sexual relations, sadism, sexual sadism, state affairs ...
Time: ancient world, 1st century, ancient history
Place: italy, rome 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, 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, extramarital affair, forbidden love, coincidence, neighbor, romance, guilt ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, year 1966
Place: hong kong, singapore, asia, shanghai, japan ...
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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, 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, unfulfillment, power relations, lifestyle change, odd, disguise, dog, model, surrealism, life & death, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
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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, shooting, double life, corrupt cop, gang war, police brutality, urban fantasy, social satire, mexican immigrant, police officer killed ...
Place: los angeles
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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, touching, suspense
Plot: mother daughter relationship, grandmother granddaughter relationship, mother daughter reunion, runaway, lake house, sport, escapades, river, telephone call, dog, dead dog, boat ...
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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, paramedic, alcohol, 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, touching, sincere, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, obsession, prodigy, mentally unstable, contests and competitions, supportive spouse, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
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: banned film, psychological, erotic, bleak, rough ...
Plot: sex, rape, sexual torture, kidnapping, captivity, fascism, sexual relations, sexual perversion, violence spree, obsession, torture, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 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: honeymoon, collector, romance, love affair, tragic love, love and romance, surrealism, escapades, philosophy, marriage proposal, loss of fortune, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Roma (1972)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A virtually plotless, gaudy, impressionistic portrait of Rome through the eyes of one of its most famous citizens.
Style: atmospheric, non-linear, stylized, art house, colourful ...
Plot: fashion, society, lifestyle, memory, bohemian life, clergy, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, traffic jam, politics, filmmaking, theatre milieu ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 20s, 30s, 1930s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, new york, new jersey
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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, suicide by jumping, money, talking during sex, architecture ...
Time: year 1975, future
Place: medical school, london
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Sex Is Comedy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A director struggles with a difficult sex scene between a young actor and actress who can't stand one another. Aided by her loyal assistant, she is hell-bent on getting the scene right without compromise.
Style: erotic, serious, stylized, art house, melancholic ...
Plot: filmmaking, sexual relations, lifestyle, showbiz, love affair, manipulations, actor's life, gender, sex, strong female character, employer employee relationship, erection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: atlantic ocean
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