These 14 Artsy Netflix Films Will Make You Feel Super Cultured

Banksy | © seanbjack/Flickr
Banksy | © seanbjack/Flickr
Photo of India Irving
Social Media Editor11 December 2017

You’re cuddling on the couch with that brand new special someone, trying to decide what to Netflix-and-chill to. The problem is, you still don’t know each other that well. This scenario can get real awkward real quick. Plus, if you pick the wrong thing, you could look like a total loser. Pro-tip: skip the excessive scrolling and feast your eyes on one of these 14 artsy options that will make you look cultured in front of your date.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring, 1665 | © Johannes Vermeer / WikiCommons

A sexy adaptation of the best-selling novel, this movie starring Scarlett Johansson is based on the famous painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.

International Street Art (2014)

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Examining an edgier sector of the art world, this documentary showcases street art from New York, Paris, Berlin and São Paulo, revealing how graffiti artists can add true beauty to otherwise mundane areas.

Bob Ross, Beauty Is Everywhere (1991)

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Nothing is more chill than Bob Ross. Enough said.

Iris (2014)

Iris Apfel at O Cinema, Miami Beach | © Miami Film Festival/Flickr

A quirky and fun documentary on 93-year-old fashion sensation Iris Apfel.

How to Sell a Banksy (2012)

Banksy | © R/Flickr

Another street art film, this one takes a look at restoring and selling a work by Banksy lifted from an East London bridge.

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (2014)

Wolfgang Beltracchi creates forgeries of high-profile art | © Edvard Munch, The Scream/Ian Burt/Flickr

Art meets crime with this documentary about artist and master forger Wolfgang Beltracchi.

Art Basel: A Portrait (2014)

Art Basel, Unlimited | © Chiaki Hayashi/Flickr

This documentary is only 26 minutes long and examines the history and world-renowned status of the famed Basel Art Fair.

Saving Banksy (2017)

Banksy | © seanbjack/Flickr

Another Banksy one for you, this film focuses on the unauthorised sellers of the artist’s work.

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)

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Get the fireworks going with this beautiful film about Chinese pyrotechnic artist Chinese Cai Guo-Qiang.

I Am Sun Mu (2015)

North Korea, Pyongyang | © (Stephan)/Flickr

For those who are obsessed with both North Korea and art, don’t miss this thrilling docu featuring a North Korean propagandist who escaped to Seoul and now creates dangerous satirical art about his homeland’s terrifying regime.

Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (2016)

Body Painting | © berta_marti/Flickr

This Skin Wars spinoff is hosted by the fabulous RuPaul and showcases talented artists competing in body art.

Abstract: The Art of Design (2017)

Black Wire Art | © William Bout/Unsplash

This film showcases work by some of the world’s most innovative creators and is perfect for the design-obsessed.

The Little Prince (2015)

Planet Rock | © Bryan Goff/Unsplash

Childhood meets adulthood with this beautifully animated version of the classic children’s book.

Dorian Gray (2009)

Oscar Wilde | © Napoleon Sarony/WikiCommons

Racy and dark, this film rendition of Oscar Wilde’s classic novel takes on the Narcissus-esque scenario of what happens when an artist paints a portrait of young man who becomes so obsessed with his own image that he sells his soul in exchange for eternal beauty.

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