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10 Movie Scenes Inspired by Famous Paintings

Art is a form of storytelling through its shapes, colors and movement. Movies frequently draw inspiration from famous paintings. Prominent artists have dazzled audiences with their innovative creativity and emotional turmoil.

Films often rely on art to convey their messages, so here are 10 of the most prominent pieces that inspired many movies.


1. Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh - Seen in "Loving Vincent" (2017)

Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night can be found in "Loving Vincent," an animated feature film chronicling his life.

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh - Seen in "Loving Vincent" (2017)
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh - Seen in "Loving Vincent" (2017)

2. American Gothic by Grant Wood - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

American Gothic by Grant Wood was featured prominently in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) during its "Time Warp" scene.


3. Ophelia by John Everett Millais - Melancholia (2011)

"Ophelia" by John Everett Millais - Justine's floating through a river scene from "Melancholia" (2011) is strikingly reminiscent of Millais' depiction of Ophelia from Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

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4. The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci - The final dinner scene in "Trainspotting (1996)

"Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper" - In "Trainspotting", the final dinner scene attempts to replicate this iconic composition from Leonardo.

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5. The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault -Life of Pi (2012)

"The Raft of Medusa" by Theodore Gericault - In "Life of Pi" (2012), when Pi and Richard Parker find themselves on an inflatable raft in turbulent seawater conditions is an allusion to Gericault's powerful painting "The Raft of Medusa."

6. The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck - "The Addams Family" (1991)

Jan van Eyck's Painting "The Arnolfini Portrait" can be found in "The Addams Family," 1991 where Gomez and Morticia Addams pose similarly as Gomez and Morticia did in Van Eyck's portrait.

"The Arnolfini Portrait" by Jan van Eyck - In "The Addams Family" (1991)
"The Arnolfini Portrait" by Jan van Eyck - In "The Addams Family" (1991)
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7. Saturn Devouring His Son by Francisco Goya - "Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Francisco Goya's painting "Saturn Devouring His Son" provides clear inspiration for Pan's Labyrinth (2006); Pale Man draws his appearance and behavior directly from this disturbing work of art.

8. The Scream by Edvard Munch - Home Alone" (1990)

Edvard Munch's Scream made an appearance in "Home Alone" (1990) during Kevin's application of aftershave.

9. The Last Judgment by Hieronymus Bosch - Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

"Mad Max: Fury Road," (2015) features an epic rally scene between Immortan Joe and his War Boys that draws visual and thematic influence from Michelangelo's painting 'The Last Judgment".

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10. The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Frozen (2013)

Jean-Honore Fragonard's The Swing can be seen during Anna's signature "For the First Time Ever" scene from "Frozen".

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