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The Best Biographical Movies of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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As opposed to documentaries, 2019 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 2019. 

Of all the best biographical movies this year, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile about the life and times of Ted Bundy is bound to be among the darkest while Rocketman will give fans more insight into Elton John's career. 

So, which films do you think should top the list of best 2019 biopics? Check them out below and vote up your favorites from the year. 

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Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of ...more
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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger. Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) struggle to accept the ...more
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Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film ...more
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Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost
Fighting with My Family is a 2019 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the the life of WWE wrestler Paige. The Bevis family, who all are professional wrestlers, try to work ...more
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Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber
The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical-drama directed by Jeff Tremaine. The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.
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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn
Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) escapes slavery and leads hundreds of ...more
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Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes
Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer. The story of performer Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy), who assumed the role of an iconic pimp named ...more
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Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins
The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) struggle to find common ground to ...more
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Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall
Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious white supremacist decides to transform his life with the help of a black activist and the woman he ...more
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Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
The White Crow is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev.
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Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode
Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) ...more
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Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal
Ford v. Ferrari is a 2019 action biographical drama film directed by James Mangold. An eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby ...more
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Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger
JT LeRoy (a.k.a. Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy) is a 2019 biographical film directed by Justin Kelly based on the memoir by Savannah Knoop. A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) ...more
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Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney
Tolkien is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski. An orphaned author (Nicholas Hoult) finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow ...more
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Richard Jewell Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell
Richard Jewell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on an article published by Vanity Fair in 1997. American security guard, Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser), is ...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
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Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade
Trial by Fire is a 2019 American biographical drama directed by Edward Zwick, based on the article "Trial by Fire" by David Grann. Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O'Connell) is executed ...more
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Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common
Saint Judy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Hanish, based on Judy Wood. The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan), and how she ...more
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Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt
The Kid is a 2019 independent biographical western action drama film directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The story of a young boy (Jake Schur) who reaches out to Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) to help ...more
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Red Joan Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes
Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.
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Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Boardman, Richard Goulding
Brexit is a 2019 British television drama film directed by Toby Haynes. The Campaign Director, Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch), of the official designated Brexit-supporting group Vote ...more
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Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke, Bailey Chase
Walk Ride Rodeo is a 2019 American biopic directed by Conor Allyn. Nationally-ranked rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke) barely survives a car accident that leaves her paralyzed ...more
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Charlie Says Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendón
Charlie Says is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mary Harron. A graduate student begins visiting three female followers of the notorious killer Charles Manson to aide them in ...more
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Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, Riccardo Scamarcio
Loro is a 2018 Italian biographical drama film directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Sergio Morra (Riccardo Scamarcio) is a young businessman from Taranto who manages small-scale trafficking of young ...more