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Biographies, Part II

Another Playlist dedicated to films that are Biographies or Autobiographies which I like

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Movie: The Man with the Iron Heart ( 2017 )
As the German Fascists expand their borders, scorching Europe from end to end, two brave Czechs of the Resistance prepare for a suicide mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the hideous mastermind behind the "Final Solution".
Movie: Loving Pablo ( 2017 )
A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Movie: Rodin ( 2017 )
An account of the famous French sculptor's romance with Camille Claudel.
Movie: Stealing Sinatra ( 2003 )
In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story.
Movie: My Boy Jack ( 2007 )
Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 18-year-old son after he goes missing during World War I.
Movie: Blaze ( 1989 )
A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure.
Movie: Geronimo ( 1993 )
This story of epic courage and grace is a remarkable window on Native American life and the early years of the last and most feared Apache War Chief.
Movie: Francesco ( 1989 )
Docudrama about the life of St-Francis of Assisi.
Movie: Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash ( 2020 )
The movie centers on drummer Artimus Pyle's experience as a band member in Lynyrd Skynyrd and the tragically fateful day the plane they rented that crashed in the late evening in the swamps of Gillsburg ,MS on October 20th ,1977 and took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant , guitarist Steve Gaines ,his sister back up singer Cassie Gaines , road manager Dean Kilpatrick and the two pilots . This movie focuses on the hours leading up to and the day of the event and the aftermath.
Movie: Joan the Maid 1: The Battles ( 1994 )
A part of Joan of Arc's life. At the beginning, Jeanne (Joan) has already left Domremy, she is trying to convince a captain to escort her to the Dauphin. It ends during Jeanne's first battle, at Orleans. Meanwhile, Jeanne is depicted more as a warrior than a saint (all cliches are avoided), with only her faith for strength.
Movie: Joan the Maid 2: The Prisons ( 1994 )
Film about the later life of Joan Of Arc including her trial and execution.
Movie: Monica Z ( 2013 )
The world famous Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's life through stardom and hardship.
Movie: Reds ( 1981 )
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
Movie: True History of the Kelly Gang ( 2020 )
Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.
Movie: Mathilde ( 2017 )
In the twilight of Imperial Russia, prima ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya becomes the mistress of three Grand Dukes.
Movie: Surviving Picasso ( 1996 )
The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the only lover of Pablo Picasso (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life.
Movie: All the Way ( 2016 )
All the Way is a TV movie starring Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, and Melissa Leo. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year...
Movie: A Royal Affair ( 2012 )
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Movie: The Grandmaster ( 2013 )
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Movie: Spartacus ( 1960 )
The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.
Movie: Breach ( 2007 )
FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Movie: Spielberg ( 2017 )
A documentary on the life and career of one of the most influential film directors of all time, Steven Spielberg.
Movie: Good Vibrations ( 2013 )
A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.
Movie: Hôtel Terminus ( 1989 )
A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.
Movie: Hanna's War ( 1988 )
During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.
Movie: Stalin ( 1992 )
The life and career of the brutal Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin.
Movie: Love Ranch ( 2011 )
A drama centered around a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada.
Movie: Romero ( 1989 )
The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.
Movie: Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct ( 2008 )
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
Movie: Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 ( 2008 )
The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine.
Movie: The Accidental Prime Minister ( 2019 )
Explores Manmohan Singh's tenure as the Prime Minister of India and the kind of control he had over the cabinet and the country.
Movie: Mr. Jones ( 2019 )
A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.
Movie: Lady Jane ( 1986 )
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son King Edward VI is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a scheming minister John Dudley marries off his son, Guilford, to Lady Jane Grey, whom he places on the throne after Edward dies. At first hostile to each other, Guilford and Jane fall in love. But they cannot withstand the course of power which will lead to their ultimate downfall.
Movie: Backbeat ( 1994 )
A dramatization of the Hamburg, Germany phase of The Beatles' early history.
Movie: In Love and War ( 1997 )
A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.
Movie: The King's Choice ( 2016 )
April 1940. Norway has been invaded by Germany and the royal family and government have fled into the interior. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate a peace. Ultimately, the decision on Norway's future will rest with the King.
Movie: Midnight Express ( 1978 )
Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.
Movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ( 1969 )
Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
Movie: Wisegal ( 2008 )
A drama centered around Patty Montanari, the widowed mother of two who went to work for her lover Frank Russo, a Captain in a Brooklyn crime family.
Movie: City of War: The Story of John Rabe ( 2009 )
A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Movie: The Countess ( 2009 )
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.
Movie: Frances ( 1983 )
The story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
Movie: 13 Minutes ( 2015 )
In November 1939, Georg Elser's attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler fails, and he is arrested. During his confinement, he recalls the events leading up to his plot and his reasons for deciding to take such drastic action.
Movie: Love & Mercy ( 2015 )
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.
Movie: Rise of the Footsoldier ( 2007 )
The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.
Movie: The Resistance Banker ( 2018 )
In Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, banker brothers Walraven and Gijs van Hall face their greatest challenge yet when they decide to help fund the Dutch resistance.
Movie: Rise of the Footsoldier Part II ( 2018 )
The life of underworld icon Carlton Leach.
Movie: Rise of the Footsoldier 3 ( 2017 )
Notorious gangster, Pat Tate, rises through the ranks of Essex's criminal underworld. A prequel to the 'Rise of the Footsoldier' franchise.
Movie: Rise of the Footsoldier: Marbella ( 2019 )
Fresh out of prison, Pat Tate (Craig Fairbrass) steps right back into his Essex nightclub business. But although the money is good, he can't stop brooding about the man who had him put away. It's not long before he's off to Marbella to find Frank Harris and seek his revenge. But Harris is long dead and the middle man Terry Fisher offers Pat the biggest drug deal of his life. All Pat needs is for his pals Tony and Craig to deliver the cash from Essex to close the deal. But Craig being Craig, turns a simple plane trip to a massive road trip with a stolen VW van and its hippie German owner in tow. All Tony wants is to make it back in time to support his best friend Nigel Benn at the boxing match of his life. But when their cash gets stolen and Pat is threatened by a local firm, Pat comes up with an even more audacious plan and to get them back to England in time for Tony to walk Nigel Benn out to one of history's greatest fights.
Movie: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan ( 2007 )
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.
Movie: Find Me Guilty ( 2006 )
In the late 1980s, a low level gangster named Jackie DiNorscio defends himself in court in what became the longest criminal trial in American judicial history.
Movie: The King ( 2019 )
Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.
Movie: The Liberator ( 2014 )
Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.
Movie: The Josephine Baker Story ( 1991 )
Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success takes Josephine to Paris where her semi-nude dancing causes an international sensation. Through her marriages to an Italian pseudo-count and an orchestra leader, to her bond with army officer Sydney Williams, Josephine's life is a rollercoaster ride of love and rejection from both her lovers and her country. But semi-nude, or head-to-toes in sequins; in battle fatigues or rags - her beauty and ambition ensured that Josephine Baker will always be remembered as the first, and possibly most loved, truly international star.
Movie: The Infiltrator ( 2016 )
A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
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: Queen of the Desert ( 2015 )
A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
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: Amen. ( 2002 )
During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.
Movie: The Man Who Saved the World ( 2015 )
Retired Soviet Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov, who saved the world from WW3, talks about his life as retiree and shares his opinions on the Cold War with actor Kevin Costner in this melancholic mixture of documentary and reenacted footage.
Movie: Unbroken ( 2014 )
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Movie: 12 Years a Slave ( 2013 )
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Movie: American Animals ( 2018 )
Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.
Movie: Get on Up ( 2014 )
A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.
Movie: Bleed for This ( 2016 )
The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.
Movie: Birth of the Dragon ( 2017 )
Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.
Movie: Inside the Third Reich ( 1982 )
A dramatization of the life of Albert Speer (Rutger Hauer), Adolf Hitler's (Sir Derek Jacobi's) young architect and one-time confidant, and his meteoric rise into the Nazi hierarchy. This movie is based on Speer's autobiography of the same name.
Movie: Agora ( 2009 )
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Movie: Triumph of the Spirit ( 1989 )
Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and brother were also held as insurance that he would continue to fight.
Movie: Colette ( 2013 )
Arnost Lustig was one of the world's most renowned literary authors of our times. Lustig's novel 'A girl from Antwerp' upon which our film Colette is based, draws on the author's personal Nazi Concentration Camp experience and his own recollection of several escape attempts from the hell of Auschwitz. The story of The Pulitzer Prize nominee Lustig is about the power of love under an extreme life circumstances. It is a story of young lovers and their vigorous determination to escape from a hopeless life condition and theirs courage to face death.
Movie: The Goebbels Experiment ( 2005 )
Through archival footage and dramatic readings of his personal writings, the life of Nazi Germany's Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, is examined.
Movie: Riphagen ( 2016 )
The story about Riphagen, a cunning Dutch traitor during WW2 who helped Nazi round up Jews, stealing their treasures for himself. He destroyed Resistance groups, making many who pursued justice after the war look like fools.
Movie: Rebel in the Rye ( 2017 )
The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".
Movie: Ignatius of Loyola ( 2016 )
'If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it secret?' A historical drama based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. This is the story of a soldier, a man of vice and violence who, in his attempt to turn to the light, was forced to wrestle with his inner demons to the very brink of death. A Filipino production shot in Spain and the Philippines, the film chronicles his valiant but futile defense at the Battle of Pamplona, his struggles with depression and near-suicide, his trial before the Inquisition, and his ultimate vindication.
Movie: Mao Zedong 1949 ( 2019 )
The film is set in 1949, as the members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China prepare to establish a new Chinese state, the People's Republic of China.
Movie: Jinnah ( 1998 )
The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
Movie: The Borgia ( 2006 )
A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Movie: Most Wanted ( 2020 )
In 1989, a Canadian journalist investigates the circumstances surrounding the suspicious arrest of a heroin addict imprisoned in a Thai jail.
Movie: Modigliani ( 2004 )
The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.
Movie: RKO 281 ( 1999 )
RKO 281 is a TV movie starring Liev Schreiber, James Cromwell, and Melanie Griffith. Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane (1941), despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.
Movie: All the Money in the World ( 2017 )
The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
Movie: Killing Jesus ( 2015 )
A miniseries chronicling the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
Movie: Valentino ( 1977 )
In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. Ball-room dancer Valentino manipulated his good looks and bestial grace into a Hollywood career. His smoldering love-making, tinged with a touch of masterful cruelty, expressed a sexuality which was at once both shocking and sensual.
Movie: Zen ( 2009 )
'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities.
Movie: Imagine: John Lennon ( 1988 )
A biography of the rock music star.
Movie: Queen Margot ( 1994 )
Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.
Movie: The Legend of Alfred Packer ( 1980 )
Based on a true story of Colorado's only convicted killer/cannibal Alfred Packer.
Movie: Heneral Luna ( 2015 )
Set during the Philippine-American war, a short-tempered Filipino general faces an enemy more formidable than the American army: his own treacherous countrymen.
Movie: The Whole Wide World ( 1996 )
In Texas in the 1930s, young schoolteacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric, interesting young man named Robert Howard. He's a successful writer - of the pulp stories of 'Conan the Barbarian'; she's an aspiring one. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by Novalyne Price.
Movie: Barabbas ( 2012 )
Billy Zane stars as Barabbas--the man whose life was spared because of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Based on the Nobel Prize in Literature winning novel by Par Lagerkvist, Barabbas is a story rooted in the Bible which will come to life on REELZ as a four-hour miniseries and tells the ultimate story of redemption. Barabbas was shot on location in Tunisia and is directed by Emmy Award winner Roger Young.
Movie: My Name Ain't Johnny ( 2008 )
The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.
Movie: Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming ( 1990 )
Ian Fleming's life (1908-64) as journalist and naval intelligence officer was a lot like the womanizing James Bond, he would later write 12 spy novels about.
Movie: The Man with Thousand Faces ( 2016 )
The story of a man who fooled an entire country. A tale of cheats and impostors, taking its inspiration from true facts and from one of the most intriguing characters of recent decades: the spy Francisco Paesa.
Movie: Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told ( 2013 )
Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, then further to his entry into politics. His service in the army, accolades, his writing Mein Kampf, politics and most importantly Germany's revival are well explained followed by WW2. It also covers the effect on Germany's after the WW2 defeat up until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Movie: The Duchess ( 2008 )
A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Movie: The Taking of Tiger Mountain ( 2014 )
A story focusing on a conflict between a People's Liberation Army squad and a bandit gang in north-east China during the Chinese revolution.
Movie: Frank & Jesse ( 1995 )
At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice.
Movie: Crazy ( 2017 )
Inspired by the life of Hank Garland, CRAZY is the story of a legendary guitar player who emerged from Nashville in the 1950's.
Movie: Gauguin: The Full Story ( 2003 )
Gauguin is best known for his gorgeous paintings of Tahiti in which beautiful native girls sit enticingly on perfect South Pacific beaches. But has the fame of Gauguin's Tahiti pictures blinded us to the bigger truth about his achievements? Acclaimed British host Waldemar Januszczak believes so, and his epic biography of Gauguin follows the painter through the twists and turns of a fateful life.
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.
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