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The term "art house film" usually refers to a film that sits somewhere outside the mainstream genres of big-budget commercial films. The term refers to the "art house" cinema, typically a small independent theater that specializes in showing films that appeal to a niche audience rather than the mass audience that prefers Hollywood blockbusters. Because of language barriers and cultural differences, international films also tend to appeal to smaller audiences in America, so films made in other countries are often grouped together with art films.

The art-house trend began in America in the 1940s and 1950s, when a part of the movie-going audience began to lose interest in the light-hearted homogeneous entertainment being produced by Hollywood. Small theaters in large cities and university towns began to show less ambitious, more serious films, and art-house audiences acquired a taste for high-minded European films, particularly those produced by a group of French filmmakers who were dubbed the "French New Wave."

Toward the end of the twentieth century, the art film began to share the niche-market space with the independent film. Like art films, independent films are produced outside the mainstream Hollywood studio system, and they are also likely to attract a smaller audience than a mainstream commercial film. Early art films, however, were typically serious and intellectual in tone, while contemporary independent films fall into a wide range of genres and may be as light-hearted as mainstream films.

In the early days, art house cinemas were usually confined to big cities, and audiences outside large metropolitan areas had limited access to art films and international films. With the rise of the internet and the wide-spread availability of on-demand viewing, though, the importance of the art house cinema has declined at the same time that the audience for international, independent and art films has increased.

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Tarzan
Tarzan
My Way
My Way
Der Mann Nebenan (A Demon in My View) (The Man Next Door)
Der Mann Nebenan (A Demon in My View) (The Man Next Door)
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
Milarepa
Milarepa
First Love
First Love
Dil Hai Tumhaara
Dil Hai Tumhaara
3 Steps to Heaven
3 Steps to Heaven
The Big Bad
The Big Bad
Dead Sleep
Dead Sleep
Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar)
Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar)
Our Lady of the Assassins
Our Lady of the Assassins
Mark of the Devil
Mark of the Devil
River's End
River's End
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
Bhoot (Ghost House)
Bhoot (Ghost House)
Man of Her Dreams (The Fiance)
Man of Her Dreams (The Fiance)
Cupid
Cupid
Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)
Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)
Love the Hard Way
Love the Hard Way
To Walk With Lions
To Walk With Lions
Me You Them
Me You Them
Prince of Central Park
Prince of Central Park
Spirit of the Forest (Espiritu del bosque)
Spirit of the Forest (Espiritu del bosque)
Full Contact
Full Contact
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
Heroes of the East
Heroes of the East
Angela
Angela
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L' Amour Humain (The Awakening) (Virgin Lovers)
Prem Rog
Prem Rog
WMD.
WMD.
Hit and Runway
Hit and Runway
Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
When Justice Fails
When Justice Fails
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Dr. Ravi and Mr. Hyde
Hecho En Mexico
Hecho En Mexico
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Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires)
Most Likely To
Most Likely To
The Stepdaughter
The Stepdaughter
Viva la muerte... tua! (Don't Turn the Other Cheek) (Long Live Your Death)
Viva la muerte... tua! (Don't Turn the Other Cheek) (Long Live Your Death)
Le Sang des betes (Blood of the Beasts)
Le Sang des betes (Blood of the Beasts)
Doosra Aadmi
Doosra Aadmi
Brotherhood IV: The Complex
Brotherhood IV: The Complex
Seven Doors to Death
Seven Doors to Death
Loveless in Los Angeles
Loveless in Los Angeles
Ricochet River
Ricochet River
The White Warrior (Agi Murad il diavolo bianco)
The White Warrior (Agi Murad il diavolo bianco)
Legend of Bruce Lee
Legend of Bruce Lee
Easy Money
Easy Money
Butterfly and Sword
Butterfly and Sword
The Green Wave
The Green Wave
I'm Crazy About Iris Blond
I'm Crazy About Iris Blond
A Place for Lovers
A Place for Lovers
Mexico City
Mexico City
Hitman
Hitman
Jing wu men (Fist of Fury) (The Chinese Connection)
Jing wu men (Fist of Fury) (The Chinese Connection)
Shalimar (Deadly Thief) (Raiders of the Sacred Stone)
Shalimar (Deadly Thief) (Raiders of the Sacred Stone)
Damage Done
Damage Done
The Low Life
The Low Life
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook
Tattoo, a Love Story
Tattoo, a Love Story
Special When Lit
Special When Lit
Suske en Wiske: De Texas rakkers (Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers)
Suske en Wiske: De Texas rakkers (Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers)
The Bouquet
The Bouquet
Shakti
Shakti
Degree of Murder (Mord und Totschlag)
Degree of Murder (Mord und Totschlag)
Avenging Eagle
Avenging Eagle
Grizzly Falls
Grizzly Falls
Main Aisa Hi Hoon
Main Aisa Hi Hoon
The Lost Legion
The Lost Legion
Christmas Rescue (The Horses Of Mcbride)
Christmas Rescue (The Horses Of Mcbride)
The Wipers Times
The Wipers Times
Il Caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair)
Il Caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair)
Milan
Milan
De Stilte Rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)
De Stilte Rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)
Prague Duet
Prague Duet
The Anonymous Venetian
The Anonymous Venetian
Two Champions of Shaolin
Two Champions of Shaolin
La Famiglia (The Family)
La Famiglia (The Family)
Unishe April (19th April)
Unishe April (19th April)
Last Summer in the Hamptons
Last Summer in the Hamptons
Yaraana
Yaraana
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
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The Mafia, The Salesman
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Conduction
Conduction
All Screwed Up
All Screwed Up
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
Mann
Mann
Behind the Lines
Behind the Lines
Sequestro (kidnapping)
Sequestro (kidnapping)
The Flats
The Flats
Dreaming of Space
Dreaming of Space
Venice/Venice
Venice/Venice
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Adventures of Tarzan
Runway
Runway
Eating
Eating
Love-Carrot 3 (Lubov Morkov 3)
Love-Carrot 3 (Lubov Morkov 3)
The Art of Murder
The Art of Murder
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Capulina Contra Los Vampiros
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