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The Best Biopics of 2018

Updated October 1, 2019 4.7k votes 293 voters 13.0k views34 items

List RulesOnly 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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    The Mercy
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    The Mercy

    Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Marsh

    The Mercy is a 2017 British biographical drama film directed by James Marsh. Amateur sailor... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    The Happy Prince
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    21

    The Happy Prince

    Rupert Everett, Colin Firth

    Released2018

    Directed byRupert Everett

    The Happy Prince is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Everett. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Stan & Ollie
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    14

    Stan & Ollie

    Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly

    Released2018

    Directed byJon S. Baird

    Stan & Ollie is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Jon S. Baird. Stan Laurel (Steve... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Bohemian Rhapsody
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Rami Malek, Ben Hardy

    Released2018

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 American-British biographical drama film directed by Bryan Singer.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    On the Basis of Sex
    21
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    On the Basis of Sex

    Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer

    Released2018

    Directed byMimi Leder

    On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mimi Leder. Young... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Paterno
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    Paterno

    Al Pacino, Riley Keough

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Paterno is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Barry Levinson. After becoming... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Billionaire Boys Club
    18
    61

    Billionaire Boys Club

    Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Cox

    Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by James Cox. Led by... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Green Book
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    71

    Green Book

    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Farrelly

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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot is a 2018 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    White Boy Rick
    18
    107

    White Boy Rick

    Richie Merritt, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2018

    Directed byYann Demange

    White Boy Rick is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange. The story of... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Can You Ever Forgive Me?
    19
    148

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant

    Released2018

    Directed byMarielle Heller

    Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a 2018 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Marielle Heller,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Colette
    16
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    Colette

    Keira Knightley, Dominic West

    Released2018

    Directed byWash Westmoreland

    Colette is a 2018 British biographical drama film directed by Wash Westmoreland. Pushed by her... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    I Can Only Imagine
    18
    147

    I Can Only Imagine

    J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman

    Released2018

    Directed byAndrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

    I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American drama film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, based on... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Woman Walks Ahead
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    Woman Walks Ahead

    Jessica Chastain, Michael Greyeyes

    Released2018

    Directed bySusanna White

    Woman Walks Ahead is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Susanna White.... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    All Is True
    2
    15

    All Is True

    Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench

    Released2018

    Directed byKenneth Branagh

    All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    First Man
    19
    158

    First Man

    Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

    First Man is a 2018 American historical biographical drama film directed by Damien Chazelle. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    At Eternity's Gate
    8
    66

    At Eternity's Gate

    Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend

    Released2018

    Directed byJulian Schnabel

    At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Welcome to Marwen
    8
    69

    Welcome to Marwen

    Steve Carell, Leslie Mann

    Released2018

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

    Welcome to Marwen is a 2018 American fantasy drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis, inspired... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Final Portrait
    7
    68

    Final Portrait

    Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer

    Released2017

    Directed byStanley Tucci

    Final Portrait is a 2017 British-American drama film directed by Stanley Tucci. In Paris 1964,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Borg vs McEnroe
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    Borg vs McEnroe

    Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2017

    Directed byJanus Metz Pedersen

    Borg McEnroe is a 2017 internationally co-produced multi-language biographical sports drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Gotti
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    Gotti

    John Travolta, Kelly Preston

    Released2018

    Directed byKevin Connolly

    Gotti is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by Kevin Connolly. The story... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    The Rider
    14
    137

    The Rider

    Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau

    Released2018

    Directed byChloé Zhao

    The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    The Old Man and the Gun
    13
    126

    The Old Man and the Gun

    Robert Redford, Casey Affleck

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Lowery

    The Old Man and the Gun is a 2018 American crime film directed by David Lowery, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    The Front Runner
    10
    107

    The Front Runner

    Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga

    Released2018

    Directed byJason Reitman

    The Front Runner is a 2018 American biographical dark comedy film directed by Jason Reitman,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Papillon
    10
    106

    Papillon

    Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Noer

    Papillon is a 2017 American biographical drama film directed by Michael Noer, based on the... more on Wikipedia