German movies about artists

List of the best German movies about artists selected by visitors to our site: Francofonia, Never Look Away, Modigliani, Rembrandt, Klimt, Mr. Turner, Vincent & Theo, Paula, Me and Kaminski, The Danish Girl.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, history
CountryFrance, Germany, Netherlands
Duration01:54
CharactersArtists, Friends, Architects, Emperors
PlotWar, Passion, Music, Mummies, Death
PlaceAircraft, Ships, Russia, France, Castle
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Tense, Disturbing

Master filmmaker Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) transforms a portrait of the world-renowned museum into a magisterial, centuries-spanning reflection on the relation between art, culture and power.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryGermany, Italy
Duration02:16
CharactersDogs, Artists, Artists
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Relationship, Art
PlacePrison, Germany, Berlin
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Tense

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany, Romania, France, Italy
Duration02:08
CharactersArtists, Artists
PlotOn real events
PlaceFrance
StyleGloomy, Touching, Serious

Set in Paris in 1919, biopic centers on the life of late Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, focusing on his last days as well as his rivalry with Pablo Picasso. Modigliani, a Jew, has fallen in love with Jeanne, a young and beautiful Catholic girl. The couple has an illegitimate child, and Jeanne's bigoted parents send the baby to a faraway convent to be raised by nuns. Modigliani is distraught and

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryFrance, Germany, Netherlands
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Death
StyleFascinating, Serious

This French-German-Dutch biopic on the life of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is told in flashbacks from the point-of-view of the aged artist. Soon after establishing his career as a painter in Amsterdam, he marries the radiant Saskia. As he makes a name for himself, he can soon afford to buy a large house by teaching wealthy aristocrats how to paint. However, the couple's happiness is short-lived; Saskia dies soon after bearing their son, Titus. Crushed, van Rijn seeks comfort first in the arms of his maid Geertje and then with his second wife, Hendrickje, who gives birth to a daughter. In spite of his genius, van Rijn's determinedly eccentric behavior alienates the very members of the elite who were paying his bills. At one point, the artist's home and belongings, including many of his paintings, are seized and sold for humiliatingly low prices in a rigged auction.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama, biography
CountryAustria, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration02:11
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Friends, Mothers, Artists
PlotLove, On real events, Passion, Obsession, Mental disorders
PlaceFrance, Hospitals
Time19th century
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

A portrait of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt whose lavish, sexual paintings came to symbolize the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersArtists
PlotOn real events, Art
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Smart, Gloomy

Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryFrance, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, USA
Duration03:14
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Poor, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Art
StylePsychological problems, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

The tragic story of Vincent van Gogh broadened by focusing as well on his brother Theodore, who helped support Vincent. Based on the letters written between the two.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography
CountryFrance, Germany
CharactersArtists, Poets, Artists
PlotOn real events
PlaceParis, Germany
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, Disturbing

Painting is an unacceptable vocation for a woman in provincial Germany in the year 1900, but budding artist Paula Becker is determined to make her own rules.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryBelgium, Germany
CharactersArtists, Musicians, Writers, Journalists, Blind
PlotTravel, Breakup
PlaceMountains, Beach, Germany, Hotels
StyleLight, Fascinating

Young journalist Sebastian Zöllner is writing an article on artist Manuel Kaminski. Zöllner hopes that Kaminski dies soon, so that he can cash in on his article.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Japan
Duration02:35
CharactersGay, Artists, Transgender people, Surgeons, Artists
PlotOn real events, Art, Mystery
StyleFascinating, Touching, Heartbreaking, Serious

When Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar to fill in as a portrait model, Einar discovers the person she's meant to be and begins living her life as Lili Elbe. Having realized her true self and with Gerda's love and support, Lili embarks on a groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrebiography, history
CountryItaly, France, Spain, Germany
Duration03:00
CharactersArtists
PlotObsession
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

The tumultuous and adventurous life of Michelangelo Merisi, controversial artist, called by Fate to become the immortal Caravaggio. A violent genius that will dare to defy the ideal vision of the world imposed by the Renaissance painters. A provoker that scandalized patrons and institutions, raising the altars the outcast figures he knew so well: drunkards, vagrants and prostitutes.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryFinland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, USA
Duration02:03
CharactersGay, Teachers, Thieves, Artists, Jews
PlotLove, Dancing, Passion, Poker, Relationship
PlaceAircraft, Trains, Party, Germany, USA
TimeWinter

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, USA
Duration01:33
CharactersArtists
PlotSurvival, Obsession
PlaceParis

Paradise Found is a biography about the painter Paul Gauguin. Focusing on his personal conflict between citizen life and his family life and the art scene in Frane. In an incredible imagery montage Gauguin manages to make a successful living in the South Pacific, while being in opposition to France.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersArtists, Lawyers, Sisters, Priests, Farmers
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Motorcycles, Betrayal
PlacePrison, Village, Trains, Court, Mountains
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Makes me think

The story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Based on real events.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryPeru, Germany, Norway
CharactersTeens, Gay, Artists
PlotReligious
PlaceSmall cities
StylePsychological problems, Fascinating, Disturbing

Segundo sees silence as his only option for dealing with his father Noé’s secret. The 14-year-old lives with his parents in a village high up in the mountains of Peru. Noé is a respected artisan and Segundo’s role model. With loving eye for detail, he artfully crafts altarpieces for church and homes, and is preparing his son to follow in his footsteps. But cracks form in their tight bond.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredocumentary
CountryGermany
Duration02:07
CharactersArtists, Celebrities, Directors

A 30 years odyssey: the world's most intriguing artists and thinkers from the fields of visual art, music, filmmaking, acting, literature, philosophy, politics, business and science, are asked the same question: "Why are you creative?"

Markimdb: 4.9
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller
CountryCanada, Italy, Germany
CharactersMonsters, Serial killers, Rabbits, Artists, Cannibals
PlotBreakup, Pursuit, Inheritance, Ghosts
StyleHeavy, Depressive

As midnight falls, all manner of terror invades the Earth. demons, cannibals, killers, ghosts and monsters swarm the world in these tales of the supernatural, the fantastic, and the just plain horrific. Featuring nine stories of horror.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany
Duration01:40
CharactersArtists, Students, Friends, Artists
PlotMusic, Friendship, Love triangle, Music group
PlaceEngland, Germany
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

Chronicles the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, and Sutcliffe's girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:09
CharactersFirefighters, Artists, Artists

A renowned artist must uncover a young dancer's secrets in order to truly capture her likeness for a commissioned work.

Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA, Germany, France, United Kingdom
Duration01:41
CharactersDogs, Artists, Businessmen
PlotObsession, Art
PlaceTrains, France, London, Mansions
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Smart, Serious, Disturbing

After his friend, a hot young artist, is killed, a resourceful American man living in London covers up the crime and tries to keep the friend's name alive in order to exploit his legacy and reap millions in the process.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
CharactersArtists, Heroes, Jews, Orphans
PlotLove, On real events
TimeWorld War II

The story of mime Marcel Marceau as he works with a group of Jewish boy scouts and the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Art, Fate, Mystery, Justice
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Smart, Tense

The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUSA, Mexico, Canada
Duration01:58
CharactersLesbians, Strong women, Artists, Disabled people, Artists
PlotLoneliness, Art, Jealousy, Divorce, Dreams
PlaceMexico
StyleSoulful, Vital signs, Serious

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary

Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersArtists, Cats
PlotPaintings

The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever.

Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, documentary, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:27
CharactersArtists, Friends, Losers, Artists
PlotObsession, Art, Success, Uprising
PlaceEngland, London, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Soulful, Smart

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Art, Success
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Inspirational, Soulful, Atmospheric, Gloomy

In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has fittingly been called "an artist dedicated to concealment, a celebrity who nobody knew." As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantastic, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, Canada, USA, Germany
Duration01:16
CharactersHackers, Serial killers, Hired assassins, Strong women, Detectives
PlotPassion, Investigation, Internet, Technology
PlaceNight Clubs
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Dystopian, Action, Twisted plot

Set in a near-future world where there is no privacy, ignorance or anonymity, our private memories are recorded and crime almost ceases to exist. In trying to solve a series of unsolved murders, Sal Frieland stumbles onto a young woman who appears to have subverted the system and disappeared. She has no identity, no history and no record. Sal realizes it may not be the end of crime but the beginning. Known only as 'The Girl', Sal must find her before he becomes the next victim.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersArtists, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Passion, Friendship, Art
PlaceNew York
StyleInspirational, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:46
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Loneliness, Mental disorders, Religious
PlaceNature, Psychiatric hospitals, France, Hospitals
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Heavy, Touching, Disturbing

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, USA
Duration01:40
CharactersArtists, Maids, Artists
PlotArt, Jealousy
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Serious

This film, adapted from a work of fiction by author Tracy Chevalier, tells a story about the events surrounding the creation of the painting "Girl With A Pearl Earring" by 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer. A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works.





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