Arthouse Movies

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1. By the Grace of God (2018)

137 min | Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

The three men, friends of childhood, will cross, compare their personal experiences and question their life of couple, family and professional.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Melvil Poupaud, Denis Ménochet, Swann Arlaud, Éric Caravaca

Votes: 4,111

2. Pain and Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

87 Metascore

An aging film director suffering from chronic illness and writer's block reflects on his life.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 37,760

3. Leto (2018)

126 min | Biography, Music, Romance

69 Metascore

A love triangle emerges around a rock and roll musician, his protege and his wife in 1980s Russia.

Director: Kirill Serebrennikov | Stars: Teo Yoo, Irina Starshenbaum, Roman Bilyk, Anton Adasinsky

Votes: 4,921

4. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Romance

68 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the DDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 11,339 | Gross: $1.30M

5. Everybody Knows (2018)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister's wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 25,223 | Gross: $2.66M

6. Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018)

R | 96 min | Animation, Action, Crime

75 Metascore

Four expert thieves attempt to steal every famous artwork that is haunting their mutual psychotherapist. A detective attempts to find out who the "Collector" is.

Director: Milorad Krstic | Stars: Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi, Csaba Márton

Votes: 4,746 | Gross: $0.12M

7. Dogman (2018)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A timid dog groomer living in a poor suburb sells cocaine on the side and stays out of trouble, while trying to deal with his unstable, violent acquaintance who is a menace to the whole neighborhood.

Director: Matteo Garrone | Stars: Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi

Votes: 19,240 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Meeting Gorbachev (2018)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

73 Metascore

The life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union in chronological order.

Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer | Stars: Yuri Andropov, James Baker, Leonid Brezhnev, Konstantin Chernenko

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $0.25M

9. Sauvage / Wild (2018)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here - longing for love. He doesn't know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding.

Director: Camille Vidal-Naquet | Stars: Félix Maritaud, Eric Bernard, Nicolas Dibla, Philippe Ohrel

Votes: 3,209 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Monos (2019)

R | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Director: Alejandro Landes | Stars: Sofia Buenaventura, Julián Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón

Votes: 8,488

11. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A young man searches for home in the changing city that seems to have left him behind.

Director: Joe Talbot | Stars: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold

Votes: 9,884 | Gross: $4.52M

12. Transit (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

A man attempting to escape occupied France falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

Director: Christian Petzold | Stars: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman

Votes: 6,180 | Gross: $0.82M

13. Shadow (2018)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama, War

81 Metascore

Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng, Qianyuan Wang

Votes: 9,714 | Gross: $0.52M

14. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

R | 122 min | Drama, Romance

95 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 28,096

15. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 5,979 | Gross: $0.85M

16. One Child Nation (2019)

R | 88 min | Documentary, History

85 Metascore

After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Directors: Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang | Stars: Nanfu Wang, Zaodi Wang, Zhimei Wang, Tunde Wang

Votes: 3,113 | Gross: $0.18M

17. Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Not Rated | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Jiali Ding

Votes: 6,241 | Gross: $0.42M

18. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser

Votes: 9,825

19. Wadjda (2012)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Ahd

Votes: 17,273 | Gross: $1.35M

20. The French Dispatch (2020)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | Completed

A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine".

Director: Wes Anderson | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux

21. Platzspitzbaby (2020)

Drama

Spring 1995 - after the closure of the Needle Park in Zurich, 11-Year- Old Mia and her heroin addicted mother Sandrine are relocated to the countryside.

Director: Pierre Monnard | Stars: Sarah Spale, Jerry Hoffmann, Luna Mwezi, Lea Whitcher

Votes: 168

22. Waves (I) (2019)

R | 135 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

80 Metascore

Traces the journey of a suburban family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Bill Wise

Votes: 9,701

23. The Perfect Candidate (2019)

104 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A determined young Saudi doctor's surprise run for office in the local city elections sweeps up her family and community as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Mila Al Zahrani, Dae Al Hilali, Nora Al Awad, Khalid Abdulraheem

Votes: 364

24. Fantastic Fungi (2019)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Fantastic Fungi is a descriptive time-lapse journey about the magical, mysterious and medicinal world of fungi and their power to heal, sustain and contribute to the regeneration of life on Earth that began 3.5 billion years ago.

Director: Louie Schwartzberg | Stars: Brie Larson, Andrew Weil, Giuliana Furci, Paul Stamets

Votes: 491

25. It Must Be Heaven (2019)

102 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Elia Suleiman, Tarik Kopty, Kareem Ghneim, George Khleifi

Votes: 1,679

26. The Traitor (2019)

R | 145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

The real life of Tommaso Buscetta, the so-called "boss of the two worlds," the first mafia informant in Sicily in the 1980s.

Director: Marco Bellocchio | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fausto Russo Alesi, Maria Fernanda Cândido

Votes: 5,116

27. The Whistlers (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

76 Metascore

Not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a policeman who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 1,898

28. The Congo Murders (2018)

122 min | Crime, Drama

In the spring of 2009 two Norwegian adventurers, Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland, are accused of killing their hired chauffeur just before crossing into the eastern Congo. The following manhunt starts a political and diplomatic headache.

Director: Marius Holst | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Tobias Santelmann, Ine F. Jansen, Dennis Storhøi

Votes: 859

29. The Truth (2019)

PG | 106 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A stormy reunion between scriptwriter Lumir with her famous mother and actress, Fabienne, against the backdrop of Fabienne's autobiographic book and her latest role in a Sci-Fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier

Votes: 1,824

30. Who You Think I Am (2019)

101 min | Drama, Romance

Claire, a 50-year-old divorced teacher, creates a fake Facebook profile of a 24-year-old woman. She finds a photo of a pretty young blonde and uses it. She has created an entirely fictional character, but why?

Director: Safy Nebbou | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil, Marie-Ange Casta

Votes: 2,769

31. Cronofobia (2018)

93 min | Drama, Thriller

A mysterious lonely man and a young rebel woman, confront each other in a psychological drama about suspended identity.

Director: Francesco Rizzi | Stars: Vinicio Marchioni, Sabine Timoteo, Leonardo Nigro, Giorgia Salari

Votes: 85

32. Chicken with Plums (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 8,697 | Gross: $0.25M

33. In Syria (2017)

85 min | Drama, War

A mother attempts to keep her family safe as war rages and a sniper lies in wait outside her home. This nerve-wracking study of life in Damascus won an Audience Award at Berlinale.

Director: Philippe Van Leeuw | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Diamand Bou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas

Votes: 2,217

34. The Patience Stone (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama, War

64 Metascore

In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before.

Director: Atiq Rahimi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat

Votes: 4,394 | Gross: $0.15M

35. We Are Young. We Are Strong. (2014)

123 min | Crime, Drama, History

On 24th August 1992 in the eastern German city of Rostock a rampaging mob, to the applause and cheering of more than 3,000 bystanders, besieged and set fire to a residential building ... See full summary »

Director: Burhan Qurbani | Stars: Jonas Nay, Trang Le Hong, Devid Striesow, Joel Basman

Votes: 1,739

36. Theeb (2014)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination.

Director: Naji Abu Nowar | Stars: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox

Votes: 9,507 | Gross: $0.28M

37. Far from Men (2014)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, War, Western

74 Metascore

Algeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

Director: David Oelhoffen | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin

Votes: 6,278

38. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 17,334 | Gross: $9.04M

39. Winter Sleep (2014)

Not Rated | 196 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deals with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan

Votes: 40,913 | Gross: $0.17M

40. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 114,109 | Gross: $2.73M

41. Searching for Sugar Man (2012)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

79 Metascore

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock n roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul | Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore

Votes: 61,101 | Gross: $3.97M

42. The Insult (2017)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

After an emotional exchange between a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee escalates, the men end up in a court case that gets national attention.

Director: Ziad Doueiri | Stars: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh, Diamand Bou Abboud

Votes: 12,861 | Gross: $1.00M

43. God's Own Country (2017)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones, Ian Hart

Votes: 21,254 | Gross: $0.34M

44. Girls of the Sun (2018)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

51 Metascore

A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.

Director: Eva Husson | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut, Sinama Alievi

Votes: 1,366 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Framing John DeLorean (2019)

Unrated | 109 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man.

Directors: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Josh Charles, Dean Winters

Votes: 920 | Gross: $0.15M

46. Atlas (2018)

99 min | Drama

Walter is a 60-year-old removal man for forced evictions. He recognizes in one of the tenants about to be evicted his estranged son, Jan. In order to help Jan, Walter has to confront not only his crooked boss but also his own past.

Director: David Nawrath | Stars: Rainer Bock, Albrecht Schuch, Uwe Preuss, Thorsten Merten

Votes: 235

47. American Factory (2019)

TV-14 | 110 min | Documentary