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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
Erste Liebe (First Love)
Erste Liebe (First Love)
Dil Hai Tumhaara
Dil Hai Tumhaara
L' Amour Humain (The Awakening) (Virgin Lovers)
L' Amour Humain (The Awakening) (Virgin Lovers)
Milarepa
Milarepa
Bhoot (Ghost House)
Bhoot (Ghost House)
Hitman
Hitman
Mark of the Devil
Mark of the Devil
Legend of Bruce Lee
Legend of Bruce Lee
My Way
My Way
Full Contact
Full Contact
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
Angus Buchan's Ordinary People
Avenging Eagle
Avenging Eagle
To Walk With Lions
To Walk With Lions
Cupid
Cupid
Hecho En Mexico
Hecho En Mexico
Kanoon
Kanoon
Ticket to Heaven
Ticket to Heaven
Sangdil Sanam (Sangdil Sanam: The Heartless Lover)
Sangdil Sanam (Sangdil Sanam: The Heartless Lover)
Don's Plum
Don's Plum
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook
Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
Ricochet River
Ricochet River
Behind the Lines
Behind the Lines
The Green Wave
The Green Wave
Mexico City
Mexico City
De Stilte Rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)
De Stilte Rond Christine M. (A Question of Silence)
Prague Duet (Lies and Whispers)
Prague Duet (Lies and Whispers)
Degree of Murder (Mord und Totschlag)
Degree of Murder (Mord und Totschlag)
Heroes of the East
Heroes of the East
Two Champions of Shaolin
Two Champions of Shaolin
Unishe April (19th April)
Unishe April (19th April)
Yaraana
Yaraana
Tattoo, a Love Story
Tattoo, a Love Story
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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)
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Life's a Breeze
Life's a Breeze
Tutto a posto e niente in ordine (All Screwed Up) (Everything Ready, Nothing Works)
Tutto a posto e niente in ordine (All Screwed Up) (Everything Ready, Nothing Works)
El corazon del roble (Dragon Guardians)
El corazon del roble (Dragon Guardians)
Le Sang des betes (Blood of the Beasts)
Le Sang des betes (Blood of the Beasts)
Man of Her Dreams (The Fiance)
Man of Her Dreams (The Fiance)
Dead Sleep
Dead Sleep
Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate)
Sequestro (kidnapping)
Sequestro (kidnapping)
The Flats
The Flats
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)
Crucible of Horror (The Velvet House)
When Justice Fails
When Justice Fails
Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde
Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde
River's End
River's End
Love-Carrot 3 (Lubov Morkov 3)
Love-Carrot 3 (Lubov Morkov 3)
The Big Bad
The Big Bad
The Bouquet
The Bouquet
Love the Hard Way
Love the Hard Way
The Art of Murder
The Art of Murder
Easy Money
Easy Money
Capulina Contra Los Vampiros
Capulina Contra Los Vampiros
Butterfly and Sword
Butterfly and Sword
Honey for Oshun
Honey for Oshun
Red Siren
Red Siren
Angela
Angela
I'm Crazy About Iris Blond
I'm Crazy About Iris Blond
Wifemistress
Wifemistress
Den Rode Kappe (Hagbard and Signe) (The Red Mantle)
Den Rode Kappe (Hagbard and Signe) (The Red Mantle)
Daikaiju kuchu kessan: Gamera tai Gyaosu (Gamera vs. Gyaos)(Return of the Giant Monsters)
Daikaiju kuchu kessan: Gamera tai Gyaosu (Gamera vs. Gyaos)(Return of the Giant Monsters)
Der Mann Nebenan (A Demon in My View) (The Man Next Door)
Der Mann Nebenan (A Demon in My View) (The Man Next Door)
Volver a Empezar (Begin the Beguine) (Starting Over) (To Begin Again)
Volver a Empezar (Begin the Beguine) (Starting Over) (To Begin Again)
Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires)
Le Frisson des vampires (The Shiver of the Vampires)
Porte Aperte (Open Doors)
Porte Aperte (Open Doors)
El Nido (The Nest)
El Nido (The Nest)
Il Caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair)
Il Caso Mattei (The Mattei Affair)
Amanti (A Place for Lovers)
Amanti (A Place for Lovers)
Milan
Milan
Shakti
Shakti
Our Lady of the Assassins
Our Lady of the Assassins
Jing wu men (Fist of Fury) (The Chinese Connection)
Jing wu men (Fist of Fury) (The Chinese Connection)
The Anonymous Venetian (Anonimo veneziano)
The Anonymous Venetian (Anonimo veneziano)
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters
Bloody Fists
Bloody Fists
36 Ghante
36 Ghante
Hedda
Hedda
A Matter of Time (Nina)
A Matter of Time (Nina)
Mehbooba
Mehbooba
Doosra Aadmi
Doosra Aadmi
El Pez que Fuma (The Smoking Fish)
El Pez que Fuma (The Smoking Fish)
Shalimar (Deadly Thief) (Raiders of the Sacred Stone)
Shalimar (Deadly Thief) (Raiders of the Sacred Stone)
Times Square
Times Square
Chakra
Chakra
Lonely Hearts
Lonely Hearts
Prem Rog
Prem Rog
Damage Done
Damage Done
MacArthur's Children
MacArthur's Children
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
La Famiglia (The Family)
La Famiglia (The Family)
Getting It Right
Getting It Right
Hammers over the Anvil
Hammers over the Anvil
Julia Has Two Lovers
Julia Has Two Lovers
Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar)
Tsareubiytsa (Assassin of the Tsar)
Camping Cosmos
Camping Cosmos
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