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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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Amadeus 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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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Biography Movies
A Beautiful Mind 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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Catch Me If You Can 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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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Biography Movies
Braveheart 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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The Blind Side 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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Moneyball 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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beernbugs added Malcolm X Denzel Washington, Al Sharpton, Nelson Mandela 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 stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as ...more

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Biography Movies
beernbugs added Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley 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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The Fighter 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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Blow Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Emma Roberts Blow is a 2001 American biopic about the American cocaine smuggler George Jung, directed by Ted Demme. David McKenna and Nick Cassavetes adapted Bruce Porter's 1993 book Blow: How a Small Town ...more

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Milk James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more

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Hotel Rwanda 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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Remember the Titans 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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Chaplin 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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Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 British-American biographical war drama film based on the 1952 book of the same name written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet ...more

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Anne Frank: The Whole Story 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

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La Vie en rose 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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Radio Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more

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Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti Donnie Brasco is a 1997 American crime 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. ...more

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Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 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 assassin for the ...more

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beernbugs added JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon 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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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer. A hitch-hiking prostitute, she killed seven of her clients, and is now on death row in the State of Florida facing the ...more

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A Serious Man Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more

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beernbugs added Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field 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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A Woman Called Golda Ingrid Bergman, Leonard Nimoy, Ned Beatty A Woman Called Golda is a 1982 American made-for-television film biopic of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Made by Paramount Television and directed by Alan Gibson, the film stars Ingrid ...more

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The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Biography Movies
The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman ...more

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The Social Network 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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Capote Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Cooper, Catherine Keener Capote is a 2005 biographical film about Truman Capote, following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. Philip Seymour Hoffman won several awards, including ...more

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Dance with a Stranger Ian Holm, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson Dance with a Stranger is a 1985 British drama film, directed by Mike Newell. Telling the story of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain in the 1950s, this moving biographical ...more

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Buena Vista Social Club Guitarist/composer Ry Cooder teams up with acclaimed director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) to bring to life the Grammy Award® winning smash hit album featuring the rediscovered talents of ...more

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Crumb Robert Crumb Crumb is a 1994 documentary film about the noted underground cartoonist Robert Crumb and his family. Directed by Terry Zwigoff and produced by Lynn O'Donnell, it won widespread acclaim. It was ...more

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Dahmer Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Dion Basco Dahmer is a 2002 American biopic horror film about the American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeremy Renner stars in the title role. There are two timelines in the film: The "present" ...more

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Houdini 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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Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills is a 1996 documentary film directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky about the trials of three teenage boys who came to be known as the ...more

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Dillinger Anne Jeffreys, Marc Lawrence, Jack Mulhall Dillinger is a 1945 gangster film telling the story of John Dillinger. The film was directed by Max Nosseck. Dillinger was the first major film to star Lawrence Tierney. The B-movie was shot in ...more

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Bugsy Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley, Warren Beatty Bugsy is a 1991 American crime-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 ...more

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Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, John Goodman Beyond the Sea is a 2004 American biographical film based on the life of singer/actor Bobby Darin. Starring in the lead role and using his own singing voice for the musical numbers, Kevin Spacey ...more

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Backbeat Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Ehle, Ian Hart Backbeat is a 1994 Anglo-German drama film directed by Iain Softley. It chronicles the early days of the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany. The film focuses primarily on the relationship between ...more

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A Brief History of Time A Brief History of Time is a 1991 biographical documentary film about the physicist Stephen Hawking, directed by Errol Morris. The title derives from Hawking's bestselling book A Brief History ...more

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24 Hour Party People Christopher Eccleston, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis 24 Hour Party People is a 2002 British comedy-drama film about Manchester's popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records. It was written by Frank Cottrell ...more

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A Huey P. Newton Story Roger Guenveur Smith A Huey P. Newton Story is an American film adaptation directed by Spike Lee. The movie was created, written and performed, as a solo performance, by Roger Guenveur Smith at The Joseph Papp ...more

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Control Samantha Morton, Toby Kebbell, Alexandra Lara Control is a 2007 British-American biographical film about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of the late-1970s English post-punk band Joy Division. It is the first feature film directed by Anton ...more

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84 Charing Cross Road Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Anne Bancroft 84 Charing Cross Road is a 1987 British-American drama film directed by David Jones. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore is based on a play by James Roose-Evans, which itself was an adaptation of ...more

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Patty Hearst Dana Delany, Ving Rhames, Natasha Richardson Patty Hearst is a 1988 biographical film directed by Paul Schrader and stars Natasha Richardson as Hearst Corporation heiress Patricia Hearst and Ving Rhames as Symbionese Liberation Army leader ...more

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beernbugs added The Iron Lady Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Iain Glen The Iron Lady is a 2011 drama and biography film written by Abi Morgan and directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

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Cromwell Alec Guinness, Richard Harris, Timothy Dalton Cromwell is a British 1970 historical drama film, based on the life of Oliver Cromwell who led the Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War and, as Lord Protector, ruled Great Britain ...more

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Edvard Munch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Biography Movies
beernbugs added Edvard Munch Susan Troldmyr, Hjordis Ulriksen, Geir Westby Edvard Munch is a 1974 biographical film about the Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch, written and directed by Peter Watkins. It was originally created as a three-part miniseries ...more

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Antwone Fisher Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Salli Richardson Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by Denzel Washington, marking his directorial debut. He also stars in the film as the psychiatrist Jerome Davenport, alongside ...more

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Basquiat David Bowie, Courtney Love, Willem Dafoe Basquiat is a 1996 biopic/drama film directed by Julian Schnabel based on the life of American postmodernist/neo expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat, born in Brooklyn, used his ...more