Photo: via Wikimedia

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

Matthew Cole Weiss
39.5k votes 2.6k voters 29.2k views 120 items Embed

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).
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
Photo: via Imgur
1
945 1,297

Freddie Mercury


Though plans to make a movie about the Queen frontman's life, which included his battle with HIV and his sexuality, have been floating around forever, nobody can pull the trigger. Sacha Baron Cohen wanted to play him. Johnny Depp wanted to play him. Then producers cast Ben Whishaw to play him. Unfortunately, that film fell apart.  

Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more

Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#1 on The Best Singers of All Time

#1 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#1 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

see more on Freddie Mercury
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
Photo: via Tumblr
2
634 860

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

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#87 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#2 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

#9 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

see more on Maya Angelou
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
Photo:  uploaded by Ramona DeGrenet
3
1,406 2,027

Sarah Jane Borges added Randy Savage


Age: Died at 59 (1952-2011)

Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Rapper, Wrestler, Baseball player, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Spider-Man, Bolt, WrestleMania IV, Glago's Guest

Also Ranked

#8 on The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever

#1 on The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

#38 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#2 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

see more on Randy Savage
Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)
Photo: Library of Congress/via Wikimedia Commons
4
634 901

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

Profession: Activist, Writer

Also Ranked

#18 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

see more on Harriet Tubman