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, surreal, melancholic, thought provoking, stylized and serious films and TV shows about / with surrealism, obsession, death, murder, loneliness, storytelling, art, insanity, existentialism and artistic plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Thriller genres shot in France, USA, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as art house: 8½ (1963), Dogville (2003), Solaris (1972), Eraserhead (1977), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Neon Demon (2016), Stalker (1979), Holy Motors (2012), The Dance of Reality (2013), Greener Grass (2019).

List of art house movies

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: psychological, art house, surreal, stylized, serious ...
Plot: extramarital affair, midlife crisis, childhood, filmmaking, mistress, adultery, dreams, creator, postmodernism, producer, star, showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: italy, europe, copenhagen, rome italy, copenhagen denmark ...
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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, philosophical ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, morality, society, small town life, haunted by the past, gangsters, vengeance, mob boss, victim, woman in danger, rocky mountains ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: los angeles
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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, intellectual, psychedelic, cerebral ...
Plot: outer space, space station, scientist, space travel, hallucination, space and aliens, russian, investigation, astronaut, dreams, back from the dead, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 70s, distant future
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, tokyo
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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, avant garde, art house, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, cult, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, 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: psychological, twists and turns, surreal, mind bending, neo noir ...
Plot: mystery, lesbian, hallucination, surrealism, lesbianism, obsession, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, hollywood, lesbian sex, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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, neo noir, psychological, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: neon light, fashion, model, obsession, teenage girl, cannibalism, murder, photographer, lesbian interest, rivalry, eyeball, party ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, pasadena california, california
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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, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, art house ...
Plot: stalker, surrealism, scientist, russian, wish come true, post apocalypse, desire, future dystopia, human nature, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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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, odd, art house, cerebral, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, hidden identity, double life, surrealism, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment, wig, limousine, disguise, dog, model ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, france, tokyo
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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, realistic, touching, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: surrealism, family life, dysfunctional family, kids in trouble, family relations, family problems, street kid, parents and children, misfit, youth, society, social misfits ...
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, suspense
Plot: husband wife relationship, suburbs, jousting, girlfriend girlfriend relationship, parents and children, rivalry, society, envy, housewife, pretense, female director, wealthy family ...
Place: europe, berlin germany, paris france, cincinnati ohio, france
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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, loss of fortune, job seeking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, europe
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Swallow (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
Style: art house, psychological, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: control, self harm, housewife, obsession, psychotherapist, loneliness, husband wife relationship, dark secret, pregnancy, female protagonist, parents and children, bored housewife ...
Time: 2010s
Place: africa, pittsburgh, new york state
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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
Plot: troll, border guard, sadistic psychopath, child pornography, child molestation, father daughter relationship, baby, child abuse, body horror, deformity, animal cruelty, norse mythology ...
Place: sweden, finland, eastern europe
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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, neo noir, psychedelic, surreal, non-linear
Plot: paranoia, insanity, murder, time loop, hanging, suicide, psychotic, surrealism, delirium, twins, rope, villa
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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: writing, calligraphy, translator, model, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, body painting, publisher, male nudity, legends and myths, lovers, skin ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, shanghai ...
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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, semi autobiographical ...
Plot: fascism, coming of age, small town, family life, social relations, human nature, memory, surrealism, teenage boy, bathtub, sheik, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
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Too Old to Die Young (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 758 min.
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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: neo noir, art house, bloody, artsy, suspense
Plot: sex with a minor, vigilantism, criminal underworld, shooting, neo-noir, double life, corrupt cop, gang war, police brutality, social satire, police officer killed, torture ...
Place: los angeles
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror
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, controversial, bleak, erotic, macabre ...
Plot: sexual perversion, rape, sexual torture, deviant sex, perversion, sex, fascism, kidnapping, captivity, obsession, torture, pubic hair ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
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The Red Cell (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A terminally ill patient, wakes up in a dark, decrepit underground chamber. An IV pumps an unknown liquid into his body and adorning his head is a crown of wires. His last memories lead him back to the hospital where doctors had recently discovered ...
Style: psychotronic, suspense, macabre, art house, sinister ...
Plot: cancer, survival, bondage, blood, psychopath, terminal illness, insanity, evil man, illness, hallucination, fear, evil ...
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Applecart (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 57 min.
Story: There is no normal. We all wear masks. Applecart is a portmanteau film featuring stories dealing with the perversions, shame, rage, and secrets we all keep hidden. Applecart is presented to you as an experimental silent film with a unique sound ...
Style: anthology, psycho sexual, art house, disturbing, rough
Plot: dysfunctional family, pregnancy, revenge, father daughter relationship, murder, obsession, perversion, hypocrisy, rebellious daughter, violence, incest overtones, father daughter incest ...
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Pharmakon film (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Albania
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Branko is a young man of twenty five, doing a dreary job as a pharmacist in the suburbs of Tirana. He lives under the tutelage of his father, Dr. Sokrat, a socially respected oncologist, owning almost everything in his sons life, including the ...
Style: realistic, serious, art house, controversial, contemplative ...
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, society, family relations, young lovers, inventions and discoveries, adolescence vs adulthood, doctor, illegal drugs, debut, oedipus complex, freudian
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: usa, sweden
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The Adventures of God (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Argentina
Duration: 84 min.
Story: It tells the story of a man and a woman trapped inside what appears to be a dream set in the labyrinthine hallways, mysterious rooms of a large hotel in the 30's, facing the sea.
Style: art house, captivating, absurd, surreal
Plot: miraculous event, religion, surrealism, philosophy, pregnancy, absurdism, murder, beach, dream, hotel, sheep, memory ...
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Beyond the Grave (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Western
Country: Brazil
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a devastated post-apocalyptic world where the rules of reality are transformed by magic and madness, a vengeful police officer searches for a possessed serial killer in a battle of the not-so-good versus absolute evil.
Style: art house, serious, suspense, suspenseful, parody ...
Plot: tough guy, psychopath, manhunt, survival, chase, serial murder, pursuit, apocalypse, murder, serial killer, revenge, investigation ...
Time: 2010s, future
Place: brazil
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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: humorous, satirical, art house, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: sex, sexual promiscuity, dark humor, suicide, weekend, decadence, social decay, society, lifestyle, midlife crisis, sexual relations, friends ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: france, europe, paris france, turkey
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The Summer of Massacre (2012)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ungodly brutal beatings turns Chris, a young man, into a fiend that sets off a bloody, like never before seen, rampage. Beauty is truly only skin deep - Watch a young paraplegic, whose body is also wrecked with spinal bifida, fight for her life as ...
Style: psychotronic, underground film, macabre, art house, slasher ...
Plot: violence, death, brutality, swashbuckler, mercilessness, massacre, blood, murder, revenge, dismemberment, victim, graphic violence ...
Place: usa
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Midnight Runner (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Switzerland
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jonas Widmer, one of the best runners in Switzerland, is focussed on participating in the Olympic games. Besides sports, Jonas is also a successful cook and plans to move in with his girlfriend, Simone. But Jonas's perfect life is increasingly ...
Style: art house, sincere, suspenseful, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: family drama, violence against women, brother brother relationship, family relations, feral child, loner, childhood trauma, police chase, mishap, double life, manhunt, anger ...
Place: switzerland
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Interstelar (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Russia
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A group of men go into space but never come out.
Style: silent film, art house, amateur film, underground film, experimental ...
Plot: computer program, outer space, alien planet, spacecraft, alien, sacrifice, end of the world, propaganda, russian, meteorite, suicide, victim ...
Place: russia, siberia, crimea
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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, suspense, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: obsession, psycho, coming out, gay couple, jealousy, friendship between men, male bonding, survival, male friendship, romantic obsession, fired from the job, lust ...
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A Reckoning (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A lone man, trapped and imprisoned in a barren, desolate landscape. His only companions are a village of straw people with which he converses with as neighbours and friends; he even teaches straw children at the local school. Yet, this anchor, this ...
Style: art house, psychological, unusual plot structure, disturbing, scary
Plot: survival, death, insanity, cell, meaning of life, prison, loneliness, isolation, hell on earth, alone, human, driven mad ...
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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, love triangle, self discovery, life turned upside down, couples, romance, love and romance, midlife crisis, couple relations, seduction, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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