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The Best Biographical Movies of 2019

Updated July 13, 2020 532 votes 76 voters 4.7k views34 items

UPDATED: Check out the top 2020 biopics!

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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    The Irishman
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    2

    The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 2
    Rocketman
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    Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

    Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Fighting with My Family
    32
    19

    Fighting with My Family

    Florence Pugh, Lena Headey

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Merchant

    Fighting with My Family is a 2019 comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Merchant, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Dirt
    25
    15

    The Dirt

    Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly

    Released2019

    Directed byJeff Tremaine

    The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical-drama directed by Jeff Tremaine. The story of how... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Ford v. Ferrari
    14
    4

    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Ford v. Ferrari is a 2019 action biographical drama film directed by James Mangold. An... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Two Popes
    12
    2

    The Two Popes

    Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2019

    Directed byFernando Meirelles

    The Two Popes is a 2019 film International drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles. Pope... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    Dolemite Is My Name
    10
    1

    Dolemite Is My Name

    Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key

    Released2019

    Directed byCraig Brewer

    Dolemite Is My Name is a 2019 American biographical comedy film directed by Craig Brewer. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The White Crow
    11
    4

    The White Crow

    Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2019

    Directed byRalph Fiennes

    The White Crow is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Harriet
    10
    2

    Harriet

    Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr.

    Released2019

    Directed byKasi Lemmons

    Harriet is a 2019 American biographical film directed by Kasi Lemmons, based on the life of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Skin
    7
    1

    Skin

    Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald

    Released2019

    Directed byGuy Nattiv

    Skin is an American biographical drama film written and directed by Guy Nattiv. A notorious... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Tolkien
    11
    6

    Tolkien

    Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins

    Released2019

    Directed byDome Karukoski

    Tolkien is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Dome Karukoski. An orphaned... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    JT LeRoy
    11
    7

    JT LeRoy

    Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart

    Released2019

    Directed byJustin Kelly

    JT LeRoy (a.k.a. Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy) is a 2019 biographical film directed by Justin... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Trial by Fire
    8
    4

    Trial by Fire

    Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Trial by Fire is a 2019 American biographical drama directed by Edward Zwick, based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Official Secrets
    7
    2

    Official Secrets

    Keira Knightley, Matt Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Saint Judy
    10
    8

    Saint Judy

    Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany

    Released2019

    Directed bySean Hanish

    Saint Judy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Hanish, based on Judy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Just Mercy
    2
    0

    Just Mercy

    Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan

    Released2019

    Directed byDestin Daniel Cretton

    Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    All Is True
    7
    4

    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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Kid
    10
    9

    The Kid

    Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke

    Released2019

    Directed byVincent D'Onofrio

    The Kid is a 2019 independent biographical western action drama film directed by Vincent... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Richard Jewell
    5
    2

    Richard Jewell

    Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda

    Released2019

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Richard Jewell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on an article... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Brexit
    11
    10

    Brexit

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Boardman

    Released2019

    Directed byToby Haynes

    Brexit is a 2019 British television drama film directed by Toby Haynes. The Campaign Director,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
    11
    10

    Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

    Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke

    Released2019

    Directed byConor Allyn

    Walk Ride Rodeo is a 2019 American biopic directed by Conor Allyn. Nationally-ranked rodeo... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Ip Man 4 The Finale
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    Ip Man 4 The Finale

    Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen

    Released2019

    Directed byWilson Yip

    Ip Man 4: The Finale is a 2019 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Red Joan
    5
    4

    Red Joan

    Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson

    Released2019

    Directed byTrevor Nunn

    Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Driven
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    Driven

    Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace

    Released2019

    Directed byNick Hamm

    Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button