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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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Ip Man 3
Ip Man 3
Legend of Bruce Lee
Legend of Bruce Lee
A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale
The Tiger: An Old Hunter's Tale
Rise of the Legend
Rise of the Legend
Yeh Dillagi
Yeh Dillagi
I.T.
I.T.
Green Street 3: Never Back Down
Green Street 3: Never Back Down
Ungli
Ungli
The Minutemen
The Minutemen
Kung Fu Master
Kung Fu Master
Ayanda and the Mechanic
Ayanda and the Mechanic
Balika Badhu
Balika Badhu
Fathers and Daughters
Fathers and Daughters
Born to Be Blue
Born to Be Blue
The Bouquet
The Bouquet
Ma Ma
Ma Ma
Mashaal
Mashaal
Fatima
Fatima
Hatched
Hyena Road
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Nicky's Family
Phantom Boy
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero
Vaada Raha
The Steps
Arthur and the Invisibles 2: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
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My Big Night
Mia Madre
No Surrender
The Himalayas
Women's Prison
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Crime and Punishment
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In My End is My Beginning
Love You You
One Armed Swordsmen
Spirit of the Forest
Girls' Night Out
Mission To Lars
1st Night
Road to the Big Leagues
Dark Vision
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Mark of the Devil
All The Wrong Reasons
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Long Way North
A Bigger Splash
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A Sister's Kiss
Death Tube
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King Me
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Seve: The Movie
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Time of My Life
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Once Upon A Time In Dublin
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Cupid
The Tenants
Kiara the Brave
Spirits of Bruce Lee
Faasle
Kashmir Ki Kali
Les Cowboys
The Girl I Loved
The Man Who Saved the World
Delivery
Guardian Angel
Jaatishwar
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The Wall
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Ek Aur Ek Gyarah
Neither Heaven Nor Earth
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