The Best Actor Biopics Films

The Best Actor Biopics

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List Criteria: Vote up the best true biographical movies about actors and actresses

The idea of making an actor biopic is kind of hilarious - you're actively inviting an actor to pretend to be the real version of another actor on the silver screen. Many people are fascinated with the lives of celebrities, however, so biopics are the best way to learn about all of the ins and outs of a specific celebrity's life.


What is the best actor biopic? Robert Downey Jr. stars as Charlie Chaplin in
Chaplin. Critics weren’t in love with it, but audiences found it compelling. On this list, you’ll also find James Franco playing another famous James: James Dean. My Week with Marilyn stars Michelle Williams as the blonde bombshell herself, and Jennifer Love Hewitt plays her famous brunette pop-cultural counterpart in The Audrey Hepburn Story. Other notable titles include Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.


Part of the fun of biographical movies about actors is judging how close the resemblance is between the real person and the person portraying them. Vote up the best actor biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

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    Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

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    Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Jonathan Penner

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    James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Edward Herrmann Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

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    Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench

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    Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

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    James Cagney, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

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    Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Emmy Rossum, Sarah Hyland

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    Errol Flynn, Dorothy Malone

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    Peter Lorre, Rhonda Fleming, Donald O'Connor Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    James Brolin, Red Buttons, Jill Clayburgh

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    Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West, William Hope

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    Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet

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    Angela Lansbury, Ginger Rogers, Leslie Nielsen Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins, Jean Simmons

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Loni Anderson, G. D. Spradlin

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    Richard Burton, Raymond Massey, John Derek

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    Peter van Eyck, Robert Graf, Harry Meyen

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    Jayne Mansfield, Julie London, Ray Danton

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    Lindsay Lohan, Theresa Russell, Charles Shaughnessy

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