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Every awards season it seems countless new biopics are released about notable historical figures, celebrities, and politicians. You would think that nearly every huge figure in history had their own biographical film by now (there's even one about Howard Stern), but you would be wrong. There are lots of important artists, scientists, musicians, and other famous people who have not yet gotten the Hollywood treatment in the form of a biopic.

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).
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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41 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.  

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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!

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#1 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#1 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Brigitte Bardot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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30 people just voted on Brigitte Bardot


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Age: 82

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Activist, Model, Actor, Singer

Credits: Contempt, ...And God Created Woman, Spirits of the Dead, Viva Maria!

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#1 on The Best Living Actresses Over 80

#1 on People Only Your Dad Cares About

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Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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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.

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Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Writer

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#20 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#18 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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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.

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Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)

Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands

Profession: Painter, Artist

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#45 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#39 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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#73 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Maya Angelou


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). 

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Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar

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#22 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#87 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#16 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

#6 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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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.  

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Age: 70

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

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#66 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#49 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President

#68 on The Best Punk Bands Of All Time

#86 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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J. R. R. Tolkien


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Age: Died at 81 (1892-1973)

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

Profession: Philologist, Poet, Author, Writer

Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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#3 on The Best Catholic Authors

#6 on The Best Writers of All Time

#76 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#61 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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22 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.

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Age: 75

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

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#33 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#41 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#6 on The Best Singers of All Time

#2 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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