Best Biography Movies

The Fighter

The Fighter

The Fighter
IMDb: 7.8
116 min

The Fighter, is a drama about boxer ”Irish” Micky Ward’s unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded…

The Social Network

The Social Network

The Social Network
IMDb: 7.7
121 min

On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury…

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech
IMDb: 8.0
118 min

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (’Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne….

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Ip Man

Ip Man

Ip Man
IMDb: 8.0
108 min

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place…

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Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir

Waltz with Bashir
IMDb: 8.0
90 min

Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra…

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Into The Wild

Into The Wild

Into The Wild
IMDb: 8.1
148 min

The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and…

Persepolis

Persepolis

Persepolis
IMDb: 8.0
95 min

In 1970s Iran, Marjane ’Marji’ Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah’s defeat in the Iranian…

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
IMDb: 8.0
112 min

The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using…

The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian

The World’s Fastest Indian
IMDb: 7.8
127 min

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville…

Walk The Line

Walk The Line

Walk The Line
IMDb: 7.8
136 min

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash’s life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he…

Cinderella Man 2005

Cinderella Man 2005

Cinderella Man 2005
IMDb: 8.0
144 min

The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially…

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
IMDb: 7.7
106 min

Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia…

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
121 min

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the…

Downfall

Downfall

Downfall
IMDb: 8.2
156 min

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In…

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The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside
IMDb: N/A
125

The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of Ramón’s relationships…

The Pianist

The Pianist

The Pianist
IMDb: 8.5
150 min

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman’s experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing…

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
IMDb: 8.2
135 min

At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually…

The Insider

The Insider

The Insider
IMDb: 7.8
157 min

Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.

The Straight Story

The Straight Story

The Straight Story
IMDb: 8.0
112 min

A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to…

Casino

Casino

Casino
IMDb: 8.2
179 min

In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam ”Ace” Rothstein gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he’s a great success in the job, but over…

Braveheart

Braveheart

Braveheart
IMDb: 8.3
177 min

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord’s soldiers. This leads the village to…

Ed Wood

Ed Wood

Ed Wood
IMDb: 7.8
127 min

The mostly true story of the legendary ”worst director of all time”, who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List
IMDb: 8.9
195 min

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

In The Name Of The Father

In The Name Of The Father

In The Name Of The Father
IMDb: 8.1
133 min

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his…

JFK

JFK

JFK
IMDb: 8.0
189 min

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Goodfellas

Goodfellas

Goodfellas
IMDb: 8.7
145 min

The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under…

Amadeus

Amadeus

Amadeus
IMDb: 8.3
160 min

The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival, Antonio Salieri—now confined to an insane asylum.

Gandhi

Gandhi

Gandhi
IMDb: 8.0
191 min

In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance…

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Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Raging Bull
IMDb: 8.2
129 min

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he’s a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he’s a ticking time…

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man
IMDb: 8.1
124 min

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his ”owner” as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and…

Life of Brian

Life of Brian

Life of Brian
IMDb: N/A
94

Brian Cohen is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he’s not dodging his followers or being…

The Message

The Message

The Message
IMDb: N/A
177

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Mirror

Mirror

Mirror
IMDb: N/A
107

A dying man in his forties recalls his childhood, his mother, the war and personal moments that tell of and juxtapose pivotal moments in Soviet history with daily life.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
IMDb: N/A
109

The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time,…

Papillon

Papillon

Papillon
IMDb: N/A
151

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God
IMDb: N/A
93

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth….

Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave

Michael the Brave
IMDb: N/A
203

An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pătrașcu (better known as “Mihai Viteazul” / “Michael the Brave”), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania…

Patton

Patton

Patton
IMDb: N/A
172

“Patton” tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton’s career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion…

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde
IMDb: N/A
111

In the 1930s, bored waitress Bonnie Parker falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and…

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev
IMDb: N/A
183

An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually…

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons

A Man for All Seasons
IMDb: N/A
120

A depiction of the conflict between King Henry VIII of England and his Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who refuses to swear the Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry Supreme Head…

The Gospel According to Matthew

The Gospel According to Matthew

The Gospel According to Matthew
IMDb: N/A
137

Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Biblical drama follows the life of Jesus Christ (Enrique Irazoqui) as depicted in the Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament. Much of the dialogue in the…

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music
IMDb: N/A
175

A tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music…

Becket

Becket

Becket
IMDb: N/A
148

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome…

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia
IMDb: N/A
217

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic…

The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker

The Miracle Worker
IMDb: N/A
106

The true story of the frightening, lonely world of silence and darkness of 7-year-old Helen Keller who, since infancy, has never seen the sky, heard her mother’s voice or expressed…

Spartacus

Spartacus

Spartacus
IMDb: N/A
197

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners…

Sergeant York

Sergeant York

Sergeant York
IMDb: N/A
134

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes…

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Queen Christina
IMDb: N/A
99

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne…

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc

The Passion of Joan of Arc
IMDb: N/A
82

A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc…