Film People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)  

Matthew Cole Weiss
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Every awards season it seems countless new biopics are released about notable historical figures, celebrities, and politicians. You would think that nearly every huge figure in history had their own biographical film by now (there's even one about Howard Stern), but you would be wrong. There are lots of important artists, scientists, musicians, and other famous people who have not yet gotten the Hollywood treatment in the form of a biopic.

There are loads of untapped stories for Hollywood to cash in on. Sure, the Oskar Schindlers, the Muhammad Alis, the Abraham Lincolns, and the Ray Charleses of history have had their day in the sun, but there is still a surprising number of people whose lives have not yet been immortalized on film.

The real question - what make's a good story for a biopic?  Adventure?  Laughter?  Tears?   Violence?  Heroism?  Sex?  The best biopics feature one or more of these and are about famous people we all know, but are interested in knowing better. So who else do you want to see a biopic movie about?

Upvote the most interesting people below who you think should have a biopic made about their life? Have a biopic candidate in mind who isn't listed? Add him or her below, and be sure to tell us what makes them interesting and who should play them (both the dream casting choice, and the person Hollywood would most likely cast).
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Tubman was born into slavery, escaped, and rescued about seventy people afterwards. Her anti-slavery work and activism also led her service as a Union spy during the Civil War.

Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 90 (1822-1913)

Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

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#16 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#9 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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From her childhood filled with sexual abuse, to her years of being mute, to her interracial marriage, to the brilliant books she wrote, Angelou's story is ripe for a biopic.  And there's only one person who could play her (even Hollywood wouldn't mess this up). 

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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#15 on American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

#84 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#24 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#34 on The Best American Poets

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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King". His poems include "Mandalay", "Gunga Din", "The Gods of the Copybook Headings", "The White Man's Burden", and "If—". He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

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#38 on The Best Writers of All Time

#31 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#12 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#8 on The Best English Poets of All Time

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Not only was he a genius musician (and a legendary pot smoker) but his political views, his Rastafarian religious views, the rape allegations against him, his eleven children, and many other biographical details make for an amazing movie plot.

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers would go on to release some of the earliest reggae records with producer Lee Scratch Perry. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974, Marley pursued a solo career that culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977, which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records. He was a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

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#33 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#89 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#44 on The Best Singers of All Time

#21 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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