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List: Top 3 Struggling Artist Movies

List: Top 3 Struggling Artist Movies

This week on Episode 332 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Yesterday, we thought it would be fun to talk about struggling artist movies. To say this was a challenging topic is putting it lightly. “Struggling artist” is a vague term and can mean many things depending on criteria and how that is defined. Simply as is, there are a gazillion movies to choose when it comes to this arena, so we did our best to narrow down the options with the rules we choose for our individual lists. Despite the challenge, we are confident that you’ll enjoy the films we ended up picking. That said, what would be your Top 3?

(Note: Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections)


1) Synecdoche, New York
2) Ed Wood
3) The Commitments


1) Ratatouille
2) Ed Wood
3) Synecdoche, New York


1) The Player
2) Barton Fink
3) La La Land

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Inside Llewyn Davis
Love & Mercy
The Doors
Midnight in Paris
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Shining
The King of Comedy
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Clouds of Sils Maria
Her Smell
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
School of Rock
Tropic Thunder
The Big Sick

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Black Swan
The Wrestler
Andrei Rublev
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
At Eternity’s Gate
The Prestige
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Phantom Thread
The Stuntman

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. As mentioned above, this topic can go in any number of directions depending on criteria and how you define your list. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

For the entire podcast, click here or listen below.

For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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