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1. Christine (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 11,678 | Gross: $0.30M

2. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 271,967 | Gross: $255.96M

3. The Polka King (2017)

TV-14 | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

Local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan develops a plan to get rich that shocks his fans and lands him in jail.

Director: Maya Forbes | Stars: Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jason Schwartzman, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 7,541

4. For the Love of Nancy (1994 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama

The parents of an anorexic woman fight to save her life.

Director: Paul Schneider | Stars: Tracey Gold, Jill Clayburgh, Cameron Bancroft, Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Votes: 872

5. The Ryan White Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Ryan White, a 13-year-old haemophiliac who contracted AIDS from factor VIII, which was used to control this disorder.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Judith Light, Lukas Haas, Michael Bowen, Nikki Cox

Votes: 675

6. A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

In the early 1980s, football star Ricky Bell befriends Ryan Blankenship, a disabled boy.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Susan Ruttan, Lane R. Davis, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 191

7. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 50,174 | Gross: $58.97M

8. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 17,142 | Gross: $0.22M

9. Lust for Life (1956)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh.

Directors: Vincente Minnelli, George Cukor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown

Votes: 9,647

10. Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon, Larenz Tate

Votes: 3,430 | Gross: $12.41M

11. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 386,155 | Gross: $216.43M

12. Beautiful Boy (I) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Jack Dylan Grazer, Oakley Bull

Votes: 35,940 | Gross: $7.65M

13. Never Say Never: The Deidre Hall Story (1995 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama

Story of a soap celeb Deidre Hall's attempt to have a baby; based on the actress' story of how she conquered childlessness in which the beauteous Hall plays herself.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: Deidre Hall, Daniel Hugh Kelly, Ray Baker, Eve Gordon

Votes: 106

14. Frankie & Alice (2010)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

A drama centered on a go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and begins working with a psychotherapist to uncover the mystery of the inner ghosts that haunt her.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson

Votes: 4,761 | Gross: $0.69M

15. A Walk in the Woods (2015)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Biography, Comedy

51 Metascore

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 22,445 | Gross: $29.47M

16. The Ann Jillian Story (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography

Ann Jillian finds out she has cancer and the movie shows how she deals with that (the hospital treatments and impact on her life).

Director: Corey Allen | Stars: Ann Jillian, Tony Lo Bianco, Leighton Bewley, Diane D'Aquila

Votes: 143

17. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s.

Director: George C. Wolfe | Stars: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sylvia Grace Crim, Reed Birney, Karen Wheeling Reynolds

Votes: 2,815

18. Breakthrough (I) (2019)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama

46 Metascore

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace, Sarah Constible, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 4,647 | Gross: $40.71M

19. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 72,605 | Gross: $96.37M

20. Gypsy (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 153 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,544

21. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,664

22. Dawn Anna (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Drama

The true story of a single mom who overcomes many of life's obstacles.

Director: Arliss Howard | Stars: Debra Winger, Alex Van, Sam Howard, Stephen Warner

Votes: 926

23. Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 83 min | Biography, Drama

A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.

Director: Jason Ensler | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Tim Matheson, Joanna Cassidy, Jude Ciccolella

Votes: 506

24. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 785,751 | Gross: $170.74M

25. A Child's Wish (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A family discovers their youngest daughter has cancer. But the real struggle has yet to start.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: John Ritter, Tess Harper, Anna Chlumsky, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 294

26. ...First Do No Harm (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.

Director: Jim Abrahams | Stars: Meryl Streep, Fred Ward, Seth Adkins, Margo Martindale

Votes: 1,564

27. 90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, Bobby Batson

Votes: 3,162 | Gross: $4.70M

28. A Conversation with Gregory Peck (1999 TV Movie)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

Famed and beloved actor Gregory Peck candidly delves into conversation and reflection about his on-screen roles and off-screen life.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Gregory Peck, Cecilia Peck, Veronique Peck, Colleen Sheehy

Votes: 101

29. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama

This highly-rated television film covers the life of American movie/TV/pop music idol Annette Funicello. The movie starts with the move of her family from New York to California, where in ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Corcoran | Stars: Eva LaRue, Len Cariou, Frank Crudele, Jack Gilardi

Votes: 230

30. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 85,751 | Gross: $107.53M

31. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 370,133 | Gross: $1.59M

32. The Three Faces of Eve (1957)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Mystery

A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

Director: Nunnally Johnson | Stars: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb, Edwin Jerome

Votes: 6,755

33. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Not Rated | 106 min | Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 14,855

34. Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

R | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The story of the troubled life and career of the legendary Jazz singer, Billie Holiday.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Votes: 3,377 | Gross: $9.60M

35. Sybil (1976)

198 min | Biography, Drama

A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.

Stars: Joanne Woodward, Sally Field, Brad Davis, Martine Bartlett

Votes: 6,094

36. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens-Liptak

Votes: 15,515 | Gross: $67.18M

37. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 13,305 | Gross: $19.03M

38. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi, Roshan Seth

Votes: 209,514 | Gross: $52.77M

39. Silkwood (1983)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson

Votes: 17,002 | Gross: $35.62M

40. Out of Africa (1985)

PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen

Votes: 65,982 | Gross: $87.10M

41. Sweet Dreams (1985)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

The story of Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country music singer who died in a tragic plane crash at the height of her fame.

Director: Karel Reisz | Stars: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon

Votes: 3,877 | Gross: $9.09M

42. Heartburn (1986)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

A food writer pregnant with her second baby finds out her husband is having an affair.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson, Jeff Daniels, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 8,562 | Gross: $25.31M

43. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench, Jean De Baer

Votes: 7,278 | Gross: $1.08M

44. La Bamba (1987)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Luis Valdez | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto, Elizabeth Peña

Votes: 25,803 | Gross: $54.22M

45. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

75 Metascore

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bryan Larkin, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava

Votes: 91,272 | Gross: $70.00M

46. Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure (1989 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Drama

A caring community and variety of people nation-wide come together to rescue a baby who is trapped in an abandoned water well, but they have a short time before something bad might happen.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Roxana Zal, Will Oldham

Votes: 657

47. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 62,238 | Gross: $14.74M

48. Awakenings (1990)

PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

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