2018 Movies The Best Biopics of 2018  

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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.

Can't get enough biopics? Check out this list of the best 2019 biographical movies

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Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis
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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Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Colin Morgan
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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Bohemian Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Biopics of 2018
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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
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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Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill
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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Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes, Chaske Spencer
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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Samuel Hunt, Merritt Patterson, Vanessa Bell Calloway
Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by Harold Cronk, and the unofficial sequel to the 2014 film Unbroken. Olympian and World War II veteran Louis ...more
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Corey Stoll
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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J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid
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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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell
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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Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
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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Mary Shelley Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley
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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John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach
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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Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Roland Møller
Papillon is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Noer, based on the autographies by Henri Charrière. Unjustly convicted of murder and condemned to life in a ...more
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Paul Rudd, Mark Strong, Sienna Miller
The Catcher Was a Spy is a 2018 biographical spy film directed by Ben Lewin, based on the book by Nicholas Dawidoff. A major league baseball player, Moe Berg (Paul Rudd), lives a double life ...more
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On the Basis of Sex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Biopics of 2018
Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux
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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Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey
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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Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau
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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Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini
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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Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin
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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Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
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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Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy
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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Biopics of 2018
Steve Carell, Leslie Mann, Diane Kruger
Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired by Jeff Malmberg's 2010 documentary Marwencol. A victim (Steve Carell) of a violent assault ...more
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Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Nina Arianda
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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Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more