There are loads of untapped stories for Hollywood to cash in on. Sure, the Oskar Schindlers, the Muhammad Alis, the Abraham Lincolns, and the Ray Charleses of history have had their day in the sun, but there is still a surprising number of people whose lives have not yet been immortalized on film.
The real question - what make's a good story for a biopic? Adventure? Laughter? Tears? Violence? Heroism? Sex? The best biopics feature one or more of these and are about famous people we all know, but are interested in knowing better. So who else do you want to see a biopic movie about?
Upvote the most interesting people below who you think should have a biopic made about their life? Have a biopic candidate in mind who isn't listed? Add him or her below, and be sure to tell us what makes them interesting and who should play them (both the dream casting choice, and the person Hollywood would most likely cast).
23 people just voted on Harriet Tubman
Tubman was born into slavery, escaped, and rescued about seventy people afterwards. Her anti-slavery work and activism also led her service as a Union spy during the Civil War.
Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Writer
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From her childhood filled with sexual abuse, to her years of being mute, to her interracial marriage, to the brilliant books she wrote, Angelou's story is ripe for a biopic. And there's only one person who could play her (even Hollywood wouldn't mess this up).
Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more
Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar
#220 on The Best Writers of All Time
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37 people just voted on Patti Smith
Forget Janis Joplin, singer Patti Smith's story is where it's at. The strange singer-songwriter had a notorious relationship with gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. We smell an indie romance flick.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more
Credits: Natural Born Killers, Noah, The Rum Diary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life
#185 on The Best Rock Vocalists
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7 people just voted on Vincent van Gogh
He cut off his own ear! It's the part of a lifetime! Vincent van Gogh was the definition of a tortured artist. The painter suffered from mental illness, anxiety attacks and took his own life at the age of 37. It's the stuff biopic dreams are made of.
Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
Profession: Painter, Artist
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28 people just voted on Freddie Mercury
Though plans to make a movie about the Queen frontman's life, which included his battle with HIV and his sexuality, have been floating around forever, nobody can pull the trigger. Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to play him. Johnny Depp wanted to play him. Then producers cast Ben Whishaw to play him. Unfortunately, that film fell apart.
Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Singer, + more
Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!
#1 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on Freddie Mercury
51 people just voted on Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul revolutionized the music industry with her voice, her appearance, and her award winning songs. She's one of the best selling female artists of all time, and her gospel based tone made her an instant legend. Her public struggles with weight and health compounded with her attitude has kept her in the public eye for years now.
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Singer, + more
Credits: The Blues Brothers, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, The Last King of Scotland
#40 on The Best Rock Vocalistssee more on Aretha Franklin
Age: Died at 59 (1952-2011)
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Rapper, Wrestler, Baseball player, Actor Voice acting
Credits: Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV, Glago's Guest
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Birthplace: Paris, France
Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer
Credits: Contempt, ...And God Created Woman, Spirits of the Dead, Viva Maria!
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