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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite Biography films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best biography movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This biopic movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of biopic films also contains biography movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This biography films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best biopic movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films. This biography movie list can be sorted alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorite biopics to get them to rise to the top of the list.

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These are the top films in the biography genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the biography genre in it. Be it the motifs of the biopic genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

If you're a fan of Constant Forge: Part Two or Benjy, make sure you give them some love. If we missed any biography movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous biopic movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about biography movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the biography movies. List includes photos and biography movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

A list made up of movies like The Last Bolshevik and Speck.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these biography movies on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good biopic movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest biography movies, here is the full biopic movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Al Pacino and Orson Welles have both directed Biography movies, as have many other great directors.

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner
Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American biographical crime drama film based on the life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his 19th birthday, successfully performed cons worth millions of dollars by ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Biography Movies
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Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical period drama, directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas ...more

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Biography Movies
Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva ...more

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Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Biography Movies
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson
Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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Robert Downey Jr., Milla Jovovich, Diane Lane
Chaplin is a 1992 British-American biographical comedy-drama film about the life of British comedian Charlie Chaplin. It was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and stars Robert ...more

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Jeffrey Jones, Cynthia Nixon, Christine Ebersole
Amadeus - Directors Cut is a 1984 biography drama film written by Peter Shaffer and directed by Milos Forman.

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Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg
The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the life of ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Biography Movies
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright
Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 ...more

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Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington
Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Fighting with My Family is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Biography Movies
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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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle
Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo ...more

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Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner
La Vie en Rose released in France as La Môme, is a 2007 French and Canadian biographical musical film about the life of French singer Édith Piaf co-written, and directed by Olivier ...more

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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Tor Johnson
Houdini is a 1953 biographical film about the life of the magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, played by Tony Curtis, co-starring with then-wife Janet Leigh. It was made by Paramount ...more

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Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts
Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book for the screenplay. It is based ...more

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Malcolm X is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X's life: his ...more

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JFK is a 1991 American historical legal-conspiracy thriller film directed by Oliver Stone. It examines the events leading to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent ...more

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Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti
Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American film directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp. Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby, James Russo, and Anne Heche appeared in supporting roles. The ...more

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Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is a 2002 biographical spy comedy film depicting the life of popular game show host and producer Chuck Barris, who claimed to have also been an agent for the ...more

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Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty
Bugsy is a 1991 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. It stars Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Harvey Keitel, Ben Kingsley, Elliott Gould, ...more

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Helter Skelter is a 2004 television film directed by John Gray based on the murders of the Charles Manson Family. The film was a remake of the 1976 two-part TV movie. Unlike the 1976 version ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more

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Jessica Manley, Lili Taylor, Jelena Juklova
Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a two-part mini-series based on the book Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller. The mini-series aired on ABC on May 20 and 21, 2001. The series starred ...more