7 Movies Like Phantom Thread You Must See (2022)

7 Movies Like Phantom Thread You Must See (2022) – ‘Phantom Thread’ recounts the extraordinary love storey of famed and eccentric dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his equally interesting muse, Alma. The complicated relationship that emerges between the central duo is the result of two universes meeting. Alma discovers a way to love Reynolds on her own terms while immersed in the flashy and delicate world of the talented dressmaker.

If you loved the film’s emotionally complex narrative, which was enhanced by the oddball central characters, we have some choices for films that are just as deep. The majority of these films, such as ‘Phantom Thread,’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or Disney+.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

‘Shakespeare in Love,’ a period romance with an identifiable concept, has a self-explanatory title. What the title does not convey is the perfect blend of romantic drama, history, and subtle humour that this multi-award-winning picture has. The plot follows the titular writer as he falls in love while writing “Romeo and Juliet.” The mysterious confluence of art and love forms the centre of the plot of this deserving 90s masterpiece, as it did in ‘Phantom Thread.’ The film’s modern-day humour is as flawlessly tongue-in-cheek and well-timed as Reynolds and Alma’s subtle interactions.

Belle (2013)

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‘Belle’ is an insightful look at changing race relations in the 18th century through the viewpoint of the titular Dido Elizabeth Belle — the mixed-race daughter of a nobleman who holds an uncommon position in society due to her ancestry and inherited fortune. Dido, who has been set up to marry an aspiring lawyer, finds embroiled in a racially fraught legal and social conflict. The storey expertly combines romance, historical charm, and societal conflict. If you’re searching for a film with an artistic bent like ‘Phantom Thread,’ this one is supposedly inspired by a 1779 painting of the titular character, who is based on a real person.

Pride & Prejudice (2005)

The film is based on Jane Austen’s classic novel of the same name and follows five sisters on their different journeys. The core relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is understated but insightful. The plot also deviates from the novel in that it places a greater emphasis on realism while preserving much of the book’s beauty. Like in ‘Phantom Thread,’ the central pair in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ is powerful and eccentric.

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

‘Requiem for a Dream,’ a much darker, more current take on the artistic process, bends the concept of love and beauty by investigating it via addiction. Relationships deteriorate gradually until a very strange finale tops the heartbreaking storey. With all of its visual elegance, ‘Phantom Thread’ has a terrifying finale to the key couple’s relationship. The heroes of ‘Requiem for a Dream’ face a fate that is both tragic and poetic.

The Pianist (2002)

This biographical war drama is typical Roman Polanski, examining the influence of art, or in this case, music, through some of humanity’s worst days. The titular musician (played by Adrien Brody) is based on Wadyslaw Szpilman, a pianist and composer who survived the Holocaust and whose book inspired the film. It is a hauntingly beautiful film that depicts an artist’s undying love for his profession as painfully as ‘Phantom Thread,’ with similarly gorgeous historical visuals.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The recognisable musical drama ‘Moulin Rouge!’ is as flashy as it is romantic. The film expertly portrays profound emotional subtleties through poetic, over-the-top set pieces as it follows the storey of a young, lonely poet who falls in love with a cabaret dancer. The somewhat predictable love narrative adds to the ending’s appeal and pulls off romance in a way that only artists can. This picture is a visual feast on par with ‘Phantom Thread,’ and it contains significant emotional depth for those who seek it.

The Artist (2011)

‘The Artist’ chronicles the developing love storey of a famous silent-movie performer and a young, up-and-coming actress. The film, visually spellbinding in all its monochromatic splendour, investigates how the titular artist reacts to the arrival of talkies and how it affects his profession and relationship. The themes of art, passion, and heartbreak are as beautifully nuanced as in ‘Phantom Thread,’ and fans of Reynolds Woodcock will be equally fascinated (and repulsed) by George Valentin.