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List Rules Vote Up &/Or Add Your Favorite Biopic & True Story Films. Feature Length Films and TV Movies Only, Please.

Not every biopic (biographical film) has to be entirely dramatic.  Even the most trying situations can result in some comedy, dark humor, momentary triumph, and even a happy ending (sometimes).

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Bernie


Bernie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Biopics & True Life Stories in Film
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Bernie is a 2011 black comedy film directed by Richard Linklater, and written by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. The film stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. It is based on a 1998 Texas Monthly magazine article by Hollandsworth, "Midnight in the Garden of East Texas," that chronicles the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas by her 38-year-old companion, Bernhardt "Bernie" Tiede. Tiede proved so highly regarded in Carthage that, in spite of having confessed to the police, the district attorney was eventually forced to request a rare prosecutorial change of venue in order to secure a fair trial. ...more

Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Dial, Brandon Smith, + more

Initial Release: 2011

Directed by: Richard Linklater

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Masterminds


Masterminds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Biopics & True Life Stories in Film
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Masterminds is a 2016 American comedy film based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Directed by Jared Hess, the film stars Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis. It premiered in Los Angeles on September 26, 2016, and was theatrically released in the United States on September 30, 2016, by Relativity Media. The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $23 million. ...more

Actors: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis

Directed by: Jared Hess

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Ed Wood


Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Biopics & True Life Stories in Film
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Ed Wood is a 1994 American period comedy-drama biopic directed and produced by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp as cult filmmaker Ed Wood. The film concerns the period in Wood's life when he made his best-known films as well as his relationship with actor Bela Lugosi, played by Martin Landau. Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, Lisa Marie, and Bill Murray are among the supporting cast. The film was conceived by writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski when they were students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Irritated at being thought of solely as writers for family films with their work on Problem Child and its sequel, Alexander and Karaszewski struck a deal ...more

Actors: Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Florence Foster Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Biopics & True Life Stories in Film
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Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Frears. A New York heiress (Meryl Streep) decides to became an opera singer despite her painful lack of singing skill. ...more

Actors: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson, Nina Arianda

Initial Release: 2016

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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