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The Best Biopics of 2018 

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Updated October 1, 2019 2k votes 289 voters 12.3k views 34 items

List Rules Only biographical films. No documentaries.

As opposed to documentaries, 2018 biographical films bring something completely different to the table. Much like movies based on true events, biopics give viewers a glimpse into the real life of notable figures, while providing plenty of entertainment like that of a regular movie. Whether it's the likes of a drama, as it so often is, or even a comedy, there were some great biographical movies in 2018. 

Of all the best biographical movies this year, Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot is a prime example of the drama films that mostly comprise the biopic genre. The film covers the struggling alcoholic and cartoonist John Callahan—which shows viewers both sides of his life. For a little more excitement, criminal biopic Gotti takes a step inside the life of the notorious boss, which is as exciting as it is eye opening. 

So, which films do you think should top the list of best 2018 biopics? Check them out below and vote up your favorites from the year.

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Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Marsh

The Mercy is a 2017 British biographical drama film directed by James Marsh. Amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth) attempts to circumnavigate the globe alone as his family awaits his
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The Happy Prince Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Rupert Everett

The Happy Prince is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Everett. The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett), a person who ...more
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Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jon S. Baird

Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to ...more
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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Biopics of 2018
Fanimation03 added Rami Malek, Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer. A chronicle of the years from the formation of Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) ...more

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Al Pacino, Riley Keough, Kathy Baker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Paterno is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Barry Levinson. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno (Al Pacino) is embroiled in Penn State's ...more
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gus Van Sant

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant, based on the memoir by John Callahan. After nearly losing his life, a slacker (Joaquin Phoenix) ...more
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Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern

Released: 2018

Directed by: Yann Demange

White Boy Rick is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange. The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the ...more
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Mary Shelley Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley

Released: 2018

Directed by: Haifaa al-Mansour

Mary Shelley (originally titled A Storm in the Stars) is a 2017 Irish-American-Luxembourgish romance film directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. The love affair between poet Percy Shelley (Douglas ...more
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On the Basis of Sex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Biopics of 2018
Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Released: 2018

Directed by: Mimi Leder

On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mimi Leder. Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) teams with her husband Marty (Armie Hammer) to bring a ...more
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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell

Released: 2018

Directed by: Adam McKay

Vice is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Adam McKay. The story of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the ...more

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Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Cox

Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by James Cox. Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los Angeles ...more
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Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer

Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanna White

Woman Walks Ahead is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Susanna White. Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a ...more
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Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman

Released: 2018

Directed by: Maya Forbes

The Polka King is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Maya Forbes. Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan (Jack Black) develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in
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Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård

Released: 2017

Directed by: Janus Metz Pedersen

Borg McEnroe is a 2017 internationally co-produced multi-language biographical sports drama film directed by Janus Metz Pedersen. The story of the 1980s tennis rivalry between the placid ...more
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Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Eleanor Tomlinson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Wash Westmoreland

Colette is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Wash Westmoreland. Pushed by her husband to write novels under his name, Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) fights to make her ...more
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J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2018

Directed by: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American drama film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, based on the story behind the Christian song by MercyMe. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) finds inspiration for ...more

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Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin

Released: 2018

Directed by: Marielle Heller

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller, based on the memoir by Lee Israel. When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel (Melissa ...more

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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

Released: 2018

Directed by: Peter Farrelly

Green Book is a 2018 comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. A bouncer (Viggo Mortensen) at a New York nightclub takes a job as a pianist's (Mahershala Ali) chauffeur during a tour in the ...more

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John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach

Released: 2018

Directed by: Kevin Connolly

Gotti is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by Kevin Connolly. The story of crime boss John Gotti (John Travolta) and his son (Spencer Lofranco).
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

First Man is a 2018 American historical biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission ...more

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Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final days in Arles.
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Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Released: 2018

Directed by: Chloé Zhao

The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it ...more
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Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy

Released: 2017

Directed by: Stanley Tucci

Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964, famed painter Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush) asks James Lord (Armie Hammer), the American ...more
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Welcome to Marwen Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger

Released: 2018

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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The Old Man and the Gun Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Lowery

The Old Man and the Gun is a 2018 American crime film directed by David Lowery, based on the 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann. The true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his ...more