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The Best Biopics About Actors

Updated November 8, 2019 4.2k votes 363 voters 18.1k views32 items

List RulesVote 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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    My Week with Marilyn

    Emma Watson, Michelle Williams
    My Week with Marilyn is a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by...  more

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    Frances

    Kevin Costner, Jessica Lange
    Frances is a 1982 American biographical film starring Jessica Lange as actress Frances Farmer....  more

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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek
    Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music...  more

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    Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

    Lauren Holly, Robert Wagner
    Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is a 1993 American biographical drama film written and directed by...  more

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    The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

    Charlize Theron, Heidi Klum
    This film is a 2004 British/American film about the life of English comedy actor Peter...  more
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    Auto Focus

    Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello
    Auto Focus is a 2002 American biographical film directed by Paul Schrader, starring Greg...  more
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    Gable and Lombard

    James Brolin, Red Buttons
    Gable and Lombard is a 1976 American biographical film directed by Sidney J. Furie. The...  more
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    The Buster Keaton Story

    Peter Lorre, Rhonda Fleming
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    The Buster Keaton Story is a 1957 American black and white film starring Donald O'Connor as...  more
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    My Dinner with Hervé

    Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan
    My Dinner with Hervé is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Sacha Gervasi. A...  more
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    The Audrey Hepburn Story

    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Emmy Rossum
    The Audrey Hepburn Story is a 2000 television film biopic of actress and humanitarian Audrey...  more
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    Too Much, Too Soon

    Errol Flynn, Dorothy Malone
    Too Much, Too Soon is a 1958 biographical film made by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Art...  more
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    I'll Cry Tomorrow

    Susan Hayward, Eddie Albert
    I'll Cry Tomorrow is a biopic which tells the story of Lillian Roth, a Broadway star who...  more
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    Man of a Thousand Faces

    James Cagney, Jim Backus
    Man of a Thousand Faces is a film detailing the life of silent movie actor Lon Chaney, in...  more
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    Harlow

    Angela Lansbury, Ginger Rogers
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    Harlow is a 1965 American biographical film directed by Gordon Douglas about the life of film...  more
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    Prince of Players

    Richard Burton, Raymond Massey
    Prince of Players is a 1955 20th Century Fox biographical film about the 19th century American...  more
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    Judy

    Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley
    Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation...  more
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    The Actress

    Spencer Tracy, Anthony Perkins
    The Actress is an 1953 American comedy-drama film based on Ruth Gordon's autobiographical play...  more
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    Chaplin

    Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich
    Chaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British...  more
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    Sweetheart of the Gods

    Peter van Eyck, Robert Graf
    Sweetheart of the Gods is a film directed by Gottfried Reinhardt released on Apr 12, 1960....  more
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    Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story

    Sherilyn Fenn, Katherine Helmond
    Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story is a 1995 biographical TV film directed by Kevin Connor. The...  more
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    Honey Boy

    Noah Jupe, Shia LaBeouf
    Honey Boy is a 2019 American drama film directed by Alma Har'el, based on Shia LaBeouf's...  more
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    The George Raft Story

    Jayne Mansfield, Julie London
    The George Raft Story is a 1961 American biographical film of Hollywood film star George Raft....  more
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    Burton and Taylor

    Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West
    Burton and Taylor is a 2014 drama film written by William Ivory and directed by Richard Laxton....  more
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    Blonde

    Kirstie Alley, Ann-Margret
    Blonde is a 2001 TV drama film directed by Joyce Chopra....  more