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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).
Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Age: Died at 71 (1865-1936)

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

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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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Maya Angelou


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). 

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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

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#27 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#90 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#46 on The Best American Poets

#61 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

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Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Harriet Tubman


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.

Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
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Patti Smith


Forget Janis Joplin, singer Patti Smith's story is where it's at. The strange singer-songwriter had a notorious relationship with gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. We smell an indie romance flick.  

Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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