The Best Biography Movies About The Great Historical Figures
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The Best Biography Movies About The Great Historical Figures

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.
Karl Marx

Biography movies dramatize the life or the important years of a real person. In biopic (biographical pictures), the performance of the person who portrays the real figure is very important. Besides the acting skills, the physical appearance of an actor/actress should be also similar to the real person. Therefore, balance in casting is maybe the most crucial part of biography films.

Due to the nature of itself, biographical movies can be a wide variety of genre: It could be music-drama films like La Vie En Rose (2007), Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Walk The Line (2005) or Rocketman (2019), action movies like Ip Man (2008), or a war movie Schindler's List (1993). 

 

 

Since we cannot list every biography film, we had to apply some criteria in film selection that the person who was portrayed in the movie (real person) can be one of the followings; 

  • The leader of a movement, community, nation or country at some point such films like Gandhi (1982), The King's Speech (2010), Lincoln (2012) or Elizabeth (1998).

  • A controversial public figure that causes public disagreement like in the movies  Milk (2008).

  • An artist who has a global or regional reputation like in the movies Before Night Falls (2000), Van Gogh (1991), The Doors (1991).

  • An intellectual, academic, scientist, writer or thinker like H. Arendt in Hannah Arendt (2012), Knut Hamsun in Hamsun (1996), Truman Capote in Capote (2005).

  • A sportsperson who has achieved great success in his field like Muhammad Ali in the movie Ali (2001) or Michael Oher in Blind Side (2009).

 

 


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Edvard Munch (1974)

Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and establis..

biography

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Amadeus (1984)

Antonio Salieri believes that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's music is divine and miraculous. He wishes he was himself as..

70mm

artistic

biography

drama

historical

history

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Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats hi..

biography

black and white

drama

golden palm

melancholy

organized crime

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical ..

biography

drama

love story

philosophy

psychology

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Jinnah (1998)

Biography of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of modern Pakistan is told through flashbacks as his soul tries to fi..

biography

drama

historical

history

war

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Gandhi (1982)

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessi..

70mm

biography

epic

historical

history

philosophy

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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music wor..

biography

drama

lgbt

musical

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Ip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed mar..

action

biography

drama

historical

history

martial arts

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The Imitation Game (2014)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against ..

biography

computers

drama

historical

history

lgbt

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The King's Speech (2010)

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the ..

drama

historical

history

politics

war

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Ed Wood (1994)

Because of his eccentric habits and bafflingly strange films, director Edward D. Wood Jr. is a Hollywood outcast. N..

biography

black and white

golden palm

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A Woman Called Golda (1982)

The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s ..

biography

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Walk the Line (2005)

While growing up in the Great Depression era, Johnny Cash takes an interest in music and eventually moves out of hi..

biography

drama

love story

musical

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The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

In 1952, twenty-three year old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna - Fuser to his friends and later better ..

biography

communism

corruption

drama

life & death

philosophy

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The Last Emperor (1987)

This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After..

autobiography

biography

civil war

communism

drama

epic

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Malcolm X (1992)

Biograpical epic of Malcolm X, the legendary African American leader. Born Malcolm Little, his father (a Garveyite ..

biography

controversial

corruption

historical

history

life & death

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Ray (2004)

The story of Ray Charles, music legend. Told in his adult live with flashbacks to his youth we see his humble origi..

biography

life & death

musical

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Rocketman (2019)

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential a..

biography

drama

lgbt

musical

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