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List Rules 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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Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Chaplin Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane

The 12 Most Extreme Actor Transformations The Greatest Works of Hunter S. Thompson

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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Coal Miner's Daughter Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

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What's Love Got to Do with It is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
What's Love Got to Do with It Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Khandi Alexander

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Frances is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Frances Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange, Anjelica Huston

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Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner, Jonathan Penner

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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
James Dean James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Edward Herrmann - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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My Week with Marilyn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
My Week with Marilyn Emma Watson, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench

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Auto Focus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Auto Focus Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

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The Life and Death of Peter Se... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum, John Lithgow

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Madonna: Innocence Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Madonna: Innocence Lost Wendie Malick, Dean Stockwell, Jeff Yagher

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Gable and Lombard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Gable and Lombard James Brolin, Red Buttons, Jill Clayburgh

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The Buster Keaton Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Buster Keaton Story Peter Lorre, Rhonda Fleming, Donald O'Connor - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Too Much, Too Soon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Too Much, Too Soon Errol Flynn, Dorothy Malone

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Man of a Thousand Faces is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Man of a Thousand Faces James Cagney, Jim Backus, Jane Greer

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Harlow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Harlow Angela Lansbury, Ginger Rogers, Leslie Nielsen - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

The Best Artist Biopics These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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The Audrey Hepburn Story is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Audrey Hepburn Story Jennifer Love Hewitt, Emmy Rossum, Sarah Hyland

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I'll Cry Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
I'll Cry Tomorrow Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet

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The Actress is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Actress Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins, Jean Simmons

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Burton and Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Burton and Taylor Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West, William Hope

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Sweetheart of the Gods is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Sweetheart of the Gods Peter van Eyck, Robert Graf, Harry Meyen

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Prince of Players is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Prince of Players Richard Burton, Raymond Massey, John Derek

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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Mommie Dearest Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

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The George Raft Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The George Raft Story Jayne Mansfield, Julie London, Ray Danton

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The Jayne Mansfield Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Jayne Mansfield Story Arnold Schwarzenegger, Loni Anderson, G. D. Spradlin

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The Babe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
The Babe John Goodman, James Cromwell, Kelly McGillis

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Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Stor... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Sherilyn Fenn, Katherine Helmond, Kevin McCarthy

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My Wicked, Wicked Ways... The ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors

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Blonde is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Blonde Kirstie Alley, Ann-Margret, Poppy Montgomery

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Liz & Dick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Biopics About Actors
Liz & Dick Lindsay Lohan, Theresa Russell, Charles Shaughnessy