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The Best Biographical Movies of 2019 

Jason Bancroft
Updated December 30, 2019 396 votes 72 voters 4.2k views 34 items

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dexter Fletcher

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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Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost

Released: 2019

Directed by: Stephen Merchant

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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Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci

Released: 2019

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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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Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jeff Tremaine

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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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

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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Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

Released: 2019

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles

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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Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Wesley Snipes

Released: 2019

Directed by: Craig Brewer

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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Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kasi Lemmons

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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Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal

Released: 2019

Directed by: James Mangold

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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Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ralph Fiennes

The White Crow is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev.
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Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger

Released: 2019

Directed by: Justin Kelly

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dome Karukoski

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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Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall

Released: 2019

Directed by: Guy Nattiv

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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Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade

Released: 2019

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sean Hanish

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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Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gavin Hood

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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Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen, Kwok-Kwan Chan

Released: 2019

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Ip Man 4: The Finale is a 2019 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) arrives in San Francisco, United States where his student, Bruce Lee (Danny ...more
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Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt

Released: 2019

Directed by: Vincent D'Onofrio

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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Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen

Released: 2018

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

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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Richard Jewell Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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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Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Boardman, Richard Goulding

Released: 2019

Directed by: Toby Haynes

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Conor Allyn

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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Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx

Released: 2019

Directed by: Destin Daniel Cretton

Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson. A distinguished civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael ...more
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Red Joan Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes

Released: 2019

Directed by: Trevor Nunn

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: Nick Hamm

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