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A playlist of film Biographies I like


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Movie: Frida ( 2002 )
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
Movie: Darkest Hour ( 2017 )
In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Movie: Patton ( 1970 )
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.
Movie: LBJ ( 2017 )
Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.
Movie: Lincoln ( 2012 )
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Movie: Into the Storm ( 2009 )
Continuing the storyline of The Gathering Storm (2002), Churchill at War is a look at the former British prime minister's life and career at the end of WWII.
Movie: Tesla ( 2020 )
A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.
Movie: De-Lovely ( 2004 )
Inspecting a magical biographical stage musical, composer Cole Porter reviews his life and career with his wife, Linda.
Movie: Capone ( 2020 )
The 47-year old Al Capone, after 10 years in prison, starts suffering from dementia and comes to be haunted by his violent past.
Movie: Radioactive ( 2020 )
A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie Sklodowska-Curie (Polish scientist) and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Movie: Sid and Nancy ( 1986 )
The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.
Movie: Resistance ( 2020 )
The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.
Movie: La Vie en Rose ( 2007 )
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
Movie: Winston Churchill: Walking with Destiny ( 2010 )
Walking With Destiny highlights Churchill's years in the political wilderness, his early opposition to Adolf Hitler and Nazism, and his support for Jews under threat by the Nazi regime. As historian John Lukacs explains, Churchill may not have won the War in 1940, but without him, the War most certainly would have been lost. Sir Martin Gilbert, historical consultant for the film and Churchill's official biographer, adds that had Churchill's warnings about Nazi Germany's racial policies towards Jews been heeded in the early 1930's, the Holocaust may never have occurred. The film examines why Winston Churchill's legacy continues to be relevant in the 21st Century and explores why his leadership remains inspirational to current day political leaders and diplomats.
Movie: Tucker: The Man and His Dream ( 1988 )
The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.
Movie: Kundun ( 1998 )
From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.
Movie: The Madness of King George ( 1994 )
When King George III goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Movie: Ford v Ferrari ( 2019 )
American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.
Movie: The Aeronauts ( 2019 )
Pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.
Movie: Hoffa ( 1992 )
The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate and mysteriously disappears in 1975.
Movie: The Motorcycle Diaries ( 2004 )
The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.
Movie: Michael Collins ( 1996 )
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
Movie: Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy ( 2001 )
A light-hearted look at the life and career of porn star Ron Jeremy, from his devoted fanbase to his unlikely status as a sex symbol and his goal to achieve mainstream success.
Movie: The Buddy Holly Story ( 1978 )
The story of the life and career of the early rock and roll singer, from his meteoric rise to stardom, to his marriage and untimely death.
Movie: The Last Man on the Moon ( 2016 )
When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.
Movie: For the Love of Spock ( 2016 )
An examination of the enduring appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock in Star Trek (1966).
Movie: Gandhi ( 1983 )
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Movie: Churchill ( 2017 )
96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.
Movie: Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story ( 1993 )
A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar.
Movie: La Bamba ( 1987 )
Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Movie: The People vs. Larry Flynt ( 1997 )
The story of a controversial pornography publisher and how he became a defender of free speech.
Movie: Chaplin ( 1992 )
A movie about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.
Movie: The Elephant Man ( 1980 )
When a prestigious doctor takes on the task of studying a deformed gentlemen known as "the Elephant Man", he finds that the man is quite personable and intelligent.
Movie: The Right Stuff ( 1983 )
The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.
Movie: Rob Roy ( 1995 )
In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.
Movie: Che: Part One ( 2008 )
In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Movie: Che: Part Two ( 2009 )
In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.
Movie: The Young Victoria ( 2009 )
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Movie: Mask ( 1985 )
A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.
Movie: Elizabeth ( 1998 )
The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Movie: Ali ( 2001 )
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Movie: Secretariat ( 2010 )
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.
Movie: The Other Boleyn Girl ( 2008 )
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.
Movie: Selena ( 1997 )
The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.
Movie: Factory Girl ( 2007 )
Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.
Movie: The Basketball Diaries ( 1995 )
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Movie: J. Edgar ( 2011 )
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.
Movie: Invincible ( 2006 )
Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
Movie: The Spirit of St. Louis ( 1957 )
Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.
Movie: Rocketman ( 2019 )
A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Movie: Tolkien ( 2019 )
The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.
Movie: The Last King of Scotland ( 2007 )
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.
Movie: X-Rated Ambition: The Traci Lords Story ( 2007 )
A documentary about Traci Lords, one of the most popular American porn stars of the 1980s, who almost brought down the industry when it was discovered that she had been under 18 years old.
Movie: Brian's Song ( 1971 )
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Movie: The Professor and the Madman ( 2019 )
Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.
Movie: The Dirt ( 2019 )
The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.
Movie: The Krays ( 1990 )
This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld.
Movie: W. ( 2008 )
A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.
Movie: Mary Queen of Scots ( 2018 )
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody ( 2018 )
The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).
Movie: Private Parts ( 1997 )
The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.
Movie: Wild Bill ( 1995 )
The early career of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickock is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane.
Movie: Hitchcock ( 2012 )
The relationship between Sir Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Dame Helen Mirren) during the filming of Psycho (1960) in 1959 is explored.
Movie: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll ( 2010 )
A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.
Movie: First Man ( 2018 )
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Movie: Outlaw King ( 2018 )
A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
Movie: Ned Kelly ( 2003 )
An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.
Movie: Silkwood ( 1984 )
A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.
Movie: Gorillas in the Mist ( 1988 )
The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.
Movie: Seven Years in Tibet ( 1997 )
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
Movie: Kill the Irishman ( 2012 )
The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.
Movie: Ed Wood ( 1994 )
Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.
Movie: Capote ( 2006 )
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Movie: Fat Man and Little Boy ( 1989 )
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Movie: Elvis ( 1979 )
Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.
Movie: Bathory: Countess of Blood ( 2008 )
Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to men's aspirations for power and wealth.
Movie: Bugsy ( 1991 )
The story of how Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel started Las Vegas.
Movie: Milk ( 2009 )
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.
Movie: Legend ( 2015 )
Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.
Movie: Ray ( 2004 )
The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s.
Movie: Amadeus ( 1984 )
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Movie: Miracle ( 2004 )
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
Movie: The Iron Lady ( 2011 )
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Movie: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford ( 2007 )
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.
Movie: Raging Bull ( 1980 )
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, who's violence and temper that lead him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
Movie: Anthropoid ( 2016 )
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Movie: The King's Speech ( 2010 )
The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.
Movie: The Queen ( 2006 )
After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.
Movie: Monster ( 2004 )
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Movie: Immortal Beloved ( 1995 )
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to find out who this beloved was--not easy, as Beethoven has had many women in his life.
Movie: I Saw the Light ( 2016 )
The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his rise to fame and its tragic effect on his health and personal life.
Movie: Cinderella Man ( 2005 )
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Movie: Gods and Monsters ( 1998 )
The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.
Movie: Walk the Line ( 2005 )
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 recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Movie: Basquiat ( 1996 )
The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.
Movie: Elizabeth: The Golden Age ( 2007 )
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.
Movie: Cocaine Godmother ( 2018 )
The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than 200 murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life.
Movie: Remember the Titans ( 2000 )
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Movie: Erin Brockovich ( 2000 )
An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.
Movie: Lee Daniels' The Butler ( 2013 )
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
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