There have been plenty of movie biopics that tell the stories of influential artists. This includes artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, music, writing and even film making itself. Here is a list of some of the greatest films to feature historical artists.

Films That Feature Famous Artists

  • Hugo

Despite being on the surface a film about a young boy living in a train station the story eventually follows one of the pioneers of early silent cinema. The second half of Hugo goes into detail about the life and works of Georges Méliès’.

  • Big Eyes

Big Eyes tells the story of Margaret Keane, a painter whose work became exceedingly popular with the public during the 1960’s. It focuses on how her husband fraudulently laid claim to the paintings she drew, telling people that he was the actual artist. It is an uplifting story about triumph over adversity.

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Vincent van Gogh is considered by many to be history’s most accomplished painter. Though he did not receive wide acclaim during his lifetime, his work is now widely regarded as some of the very best. This film focuses on the later part of his life and circumstances of his death.

  • Straight Outta Compton

The gangster rap group NWA took the world by storm in the 1990’s. This movie follows the group’s rise and eventual downfall. It is an interesting insight into one of the 90’s most controversial musical artists.

  • The Monuments Men

This movie features the paintings of some of the most well-loved artists. The story is set during World War 2 and follows the real-life group of people assigned to protect valuable paintings and other art from harm during the conflict. These artworks include Van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece and Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges to name just a couple