Perks of Being a Wallflower. Unusual choice maybe, but there is a very distinct quality in the movie. It's like a book in movie form, probably because the writer did most of the writing for it too.
And yes, Life of Pi, man it's artsy. Add Cloud Atlas to the list as well. It's more about the ideas than the action and scenery. Oh, Pan's Labyrinth. Sticks with you and you just appreciate the sort of dark quality it has.
Anything directed by Tarkovsky, Malick, Kubrick, Lynch, or Greenaway Hero The Fall La Dolce Vita The Night of the Hunter The work of Svankmajer or Brothers Quay, including short films I don't even know which movie by Welles to suggest. About the only one that isn't artistry would be The Stranger, but that was pretty much his attempt to make a proper studio picture. I'm sure I could list more without much effort if I had the time.
Life of Pi is definitely one of the most artistic modern movies I've seen. Most Disney animations are very artsy. And then getting back into older stuff, Citizen Kane is so visually powerful and symbolic, and then most of Hitchcock's films, as well.
I'm sure it's been said before, but by far, Life of Pi. Also, my favorite movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (I just found the whole style of it so eye-catching and subtly beautiful) and I noticed someone said Mirrormask. YES.
All directors aren't making films just for the sake of money. Some movies are more artistic than others. I don't think that all directors even consider themselves as artists. Some of them are just workers working for those who hired them to direct film.
Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch, for example, made films for their own satisfaction. Their goal was not to please masses and make money.
I understand your point, but actually we can think that everything around us is art on some level.
AKIRA, yes! That is what I was going to say. I don't even like anime really and that is my favorite movie by a long mile! I don't even consider it an "anime", or some "Japanese" movie; I just consider it an excellent movie, period!
Oh yeah, I forgot 12 Angry Men and to kill a Mockingbird in the "definitely" section (The one above the "Very Personal choices that might not fit in" section), which is funny considering the fact that they're both courtroom dramas.
Most Ghibli movies. I love the animation and the attention to detail in the backgrounds.
I love the artistic style in the older Disney movies. The painted backgrounds (especially in Bambi, Snow White) especially. I like the style in Mulan too. Some of the other newer Disney movies have a style that's a bit too "clean" for my taste.