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20 best movies like Frida (2002)

List of the best movies like Frida (2002): Pollock, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Maudie, Séraphine, Lust for Life, My Masterpiece, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Midnight in Paris, The Danish Girl, Mr. Turner.

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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: 6.9
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.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Canada
CharactersDogs, Doctors, Artists, Disabled people, Poor
PlotOn real events, Art, Snow, Happiness
PlaceForest, Hospitals, Canada, Small cities
StyleRomantic, Soulful, Touching

Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis falls in love with a fishmonger while working for him as a live-in housekeeper.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:05
CharactersArtists, Losers, Nuns, Maids, Artists
PlotOn real events, Mental disorders, Art
PlaceVillage, France
StyleUnexpected ending, To cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The tragic story of French naïve painter Séraphine Louis aka Séraphine de Senlis (1864-1942), a humble servant who becomes a gifted self-taught painter. Discovered by prominent critic and collector William Uhde, she came to prominence between the wars grouped with other naïve painters like Henri Rouseau only to descend into madness and obscurity with the onset of Great Depression and World War II.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:02
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Doubles, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Loneliness
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating

An intense and imaginative artist, revered Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo, the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin and struggles to find greater inspiration.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryArgentina, Spain
Duration01:44
CharactersDogs, Artists, Clowns, Scammers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Art
PlaceHospitals
StyleLight, Soulful, Fascinating, Black humor

Arturo, the successful owner of an art gallery, and Renzo, a talented but decadent painter, are old friends who cannot stop bickering. One day, Arturo comes up with a solution to all their problems, but the plan they concoct turns out to be crazier and riskier than they originally expected.

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: 7.7
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Spain
Duration01:34
CharactersArtists, Writers, Artists
PlotTime travel, Magic, Vacation, Fate, Dreams
PlaceParis, France
StyleRomantic, Light, To cry, Cute, Soulful

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

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: 6.8
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: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryRussia, Poland, Serbia
Duration01:29
CharactersArtists, Writers, Friends, Artists
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Art, Political, Freedom
PlaceRussia, USSR, St. Petersburg
StyleAtmospheric, Serious

Dovlatov charts six days in the life of brilliant, ironic writer who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70s Soviet Russia. Sergei Dovlatov fought to preserve his own talent and decency with poet and writer Joseph Brodsky while watching his artist friends get crushed by the iron-willed state machinery.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredocumentary, history
CountryCanada, USA, France, Germany, United Kingdom
Duration01:30
CharactersScientists, Artists
PlotArt, Mystery
PlaceCaves, France, Antarctica
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

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: 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: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:59
CharactersArtists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Loneliness, Art
PlaceParis, France
Time19th century
StyleTo cry, Soulful, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Fictional account of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom
Duration01:43
CharactersArtists, Writers, Disabled people, Losers, Poets
PlotOn real events
PlaceIreland
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think

In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be retarded for the first ten years of his life.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:33
CharactersGay, Artists, Artists
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Love triangle, Art, Curses
PlaceItaly
Time16th century
StyleAtmospheric, Gloomy, Serious

As influential Italian artist Caravaggio dies in exile in 1610, he recalls his short life, from his childhood to his initial artistic failures to his later triumphs as he catches the eye of a sympathetic cardinal to his destructive relationship with a dashing gambler.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, cartoon, crime, biography
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, USA, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Duration02:17
CharactersGeniuses, Snake, Artists, Friends, Fathers
PlotLove, On real events, Fight, Money, Investigation
PlaceVillage, Trains, Paris, London
Time19th century, Summer
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance
Duration02:04
CharactersHorses, Artists, Fish, Artists
PlotOn real events, Money, Death, Creation
PlaceMountains, Hospitals
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Action, Soulful, By books, Fascinating

Paul Gauguin feels smothered by the atmosphere prevailing in Paris in the year 1891. Around him, everything is so artificial and conventional: he needs authenticity to renew his art. Failing to convince his wife Mette and his five children to follow him to Paradise Lost, he sets out for Tahiti alone. Once there, he chooses to settle down in Mataiera, a village far away from Papeete, installing himself in a native-made hut. He soon starts working passionately, painting and carving in a style close to the primitive art specific to the island. During his two-year stay the artist will experience poverty, cardiac problems and other displeasures but also happiness in the arms of Tehura, a beautiful young native girl.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountrySpain
Duration01:34
CharactersTeens, Artists, Students, Friends, Artists
PlotLove, Dancing, Friendship, Love triangle, Art
PlaceKitchen, Beach
StyleAtmospheric, Fascinating

In an attempt to help his friend with his impotence, Jaime sets up two friends together. But after the failure, he comes in to help. What first appeared to be just a sexual experience evolves to a full romantic relationship of three people.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama
CountryFrance
Duration01:51
CharactersArtists, Family, Models, Brothers, Fathers
PlotLove, War, On real events
PlaceFrance
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The Côte d’Azur. 1915. In his twilight years, Pierre-Auguste Renoir is tormented by the loss of his wife, the pains of arthritic old age and the terrible news that his son Jean has been wounded in action. But when a young girl miraculously enters his world, the old painter is filled with a new, wholly unexpected energy. Blazing with life, radiantly beautiful, Andrée will become his last model, and the wellspring of a remarkable rejuvenation. Back at the family home to convalesce, Jean too falls under the spell of the new, redheaded star in the Renoir firmament. In their Mediterranean Eden - and in the face of his father's fierce opposition - he falls in love with this wild, untameable spirit... and as he does so, within weak-willed, battle-shaken Jean, a filmmaker begins to grow.

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: 4.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:26
CharactersHorses, Artists, Models, Photographers, Artists
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Passion, Obsession
PlaceJapan, France
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Touching

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor - the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersDogs, Teachers, Artists, Students, Writers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Virtual Reality, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceAircraft, Hotels, USA
StyleSoulful, By books, Philosophical, Makes me think, Serious

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace's groundbreaking epic novel, 'Infinite Jest.'

Markimdb: 5.6
Genrebiography
CountryItaly
Duration01:21
CharactersGeniuses, Artists, Scientists, Artists
PlotDeath, Art
PlaceItaly
Time16th century
StyleInspirational, Touching, Intellectual, Serious

Discover Leonardo da Vinci, the man, the painter, the scientist and the inventor, through a unique, engaging and fascinating journey in the mind of Leonardo.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Australia
Duration02:35
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Lawyers
PlotTravel, Passion, Relationship, Art, Love with age difference
PlaceParty, Hotels, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleRomantic, Gloomy, Serious

In 1950s New York, a department-store clerk who dreams of a better life falls for an older, married woman.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:31
CharactersProgrammers, Geniuses, Family, Scientists, Inventors
PlotOn real events, Apocalypse, Obsession, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year, Post apocalypse
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Smart, Vital signs, Makes me think

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

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: 7.7
Genremusical, documentary
CountryGermany, France, United Kingdom, USA
Duration01:43
CharactersArtists
PlotDancing, Ballet, Art, Freedom
PlaceGermany
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Pina is a feature-length dance film in 3D with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, featuring the unique and inspiring art of the great German choreographer, who died in the summer of 2009.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:19
CharactersLesbians, Gay, Strong women, Writers, Friends
PlotMotorcycles, Money, Obsession, Friendship, Snow
PlaceFrance
TimeWorld War II
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

Born out of wedlock early in the last century, Violette Leduc meets Simone de Beauvoir in postwar Saint-Germain-des-Près. An intense lifelong relationship develops between the two women authors, based on Violette's quest for freedom through writing and on Simone's conviction that she holds in her hands the destiny of an extraordinary writer.





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