While it's possible to describe certain films as being "arthouse," the term isn't a genre in the same way that drama, comedy, or thriller are all types of genres. Arthouse can sometimes be a genre, but it also feels like the term describes a type of movie, based on its style and overall feel. Arthouse movies are often independently made and usually have niche - rather than broad - appeal, and these sorts of films are also distinguished by being intensely personal and sometimes experimental.