Favorite Biographical "Father of ...." Movie?by urbanemovies | created - 28 Sep 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Which select movie about a game-changing person who is commonly regraded as the "father of ...." for a notable discovery, a pioneering effort or inspiring a nation is your favorite biopic?
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1. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 703,285 | Gross: $91.13M
Alan Turning, the "father of modern computing (co-claimant)"
2. Kinsey (2004)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
Votes: 47,855 | Gross: $10.21M
Alfred Kinsey, the "father of the sexual revolution"
3. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.
Votes: 220,146 | Gross: $52.77M
Mohandas Gandhi, the 'father of India"
4. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
Votes: 7,148 | Gross: $3.56M
J. Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb"(co-claimant)
5. Alexander (2004)
R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.
Votes: 164,401 | Gross: $34.30M
Alexander the Great, "father of the Macedonian empire" and "father of the Greeks"
6. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
R | 126 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.
Votes: 45,146 | Gross: $5.70M
Genghis Khan, the "father of the Mongol empire" Father of the Mongols, Founding Father of Mongolia
7. Luther (2003)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.
Votes: 14,892 | Gross: $5.79M
Martin Luther, the "father of Lutheranism" and "father of Protestantism "
8. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Votes: 26,865 | Gross: $8.32M
9. Creation (I) (2009)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife.
Votes: 14,019 | Gross: $0.34M
Charles Darwin, the "father of natural selection" and "father of evolution (co-claimant)"
10. Wilson (1944)
Passed | 154 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of the political career of US President Woodrow Wilson.
Votes: 1,452 | Gross: $2.00M
Woodrow Wilson, the "father of public administration"
11. The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War
A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.
William 'Billy' Mitchell, the "father of U.S. Air Force" (co-claimant)
12. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
Passed | 86 min | Biography, Drama, History
The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.
Louis Pasteur, the "father of microbiology (co-claimant)" and "father of bacteriology (co-claimant)"
13. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
Alexander Graham Bell, the "father of the telephone" (co-claimant)
14. Tolkien (2019)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 35,218 | Gross: $4.54M
J.R.R. Tolkien, the "father of modern fantasy literature"
15. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)
G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.
Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.85M
16. Freud (1962)
Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama
An examination of Czech-Austrian psychologist Sigmund Freud's career when he began to treat patients diagnosed with hysteria, using the radical technique of hypnosis.
Alfred Freud, the "father of psychoanalysis"
Alternative Biopics: [ A Dangerous Method (2011)
Not Rated | 167 min | Documentary, Biography, War
A film about the noted American linguist/political dissident and his warning about corporate media's role in modern propaganda.
Noam Chomsky, the "father of modern linguistics" (co-claimant)
Alternative Biopics: [ Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
18. Flash of Genius (2008)
PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama
Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.
Votes: 16,591 | Gross: $4.23M
? Robert 'Bob' Kearns, the "father of the intermittent automobile wiper blade"
19. Little Ashes (2008)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Votes: 8,793 | Gross: $0.48M
Salvador Dali, the "father of surrealism"
20. Galileo (1975)
PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama
This biopic is about Galileo Galilei, the seventeenth century Italian who laid the foundations of modern science. Galileo made himself one of the world's first telescopes and discovered the... See full summary »
? Galileo Galile, the 'father of modern physics (co-claimant)"
21. John Paul Jones (1959)
126 min | Action, Biography, History
The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.
? John Paul Jones, the "father of the U.S. Navy" (co-claimant)
22. Ford: The Man and the Machine (1987 TV Movie)
200 min | Biography, Drama
The life of Henry Ford, and how he changed America while keeping his family together.
? Henry Ford, the "father of the assembly line and "father of industrial management" (co-claimant)
23. Tesla (I) (2020)
PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama
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.
? Nikola Tesla, the "father of scalar energy" and "father of alternating electric current"
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24. Peter the First (1937)
96 min | Biography, Drama, War
? Pyotr 'Peter the Great' Alexeyevich Romanov, the "father of Russian empire"
25. Carl & Bertha (2011 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, History
The biopic film follows visionary Inventor Carl Benz, who invented the first car and was the founding father of Mercedes-Benz.
? Carl Benz, the "father of the gasoline automobile"
26. Basketball Man (2007 Video)
100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
The life and legacy of Dr. James Naismith, inventor of the game of basketball and its 13 original rules, is told through the mission of his grandson, Ian, who travels the country in an RV, ... See full summary »
? James Naismith, the "father of basketball"
27. The Olmsted Legacy: America's Urban Parks (2011 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary
From PBS - Frederick Law Olmsted designed New York City's Central Park with Calvert Vaux over 150 years ago, and it remains an undisputed haven of tranquility amidst one of the largest, ... See full summary »
? Frederick M. Olmsted, the "father of American landscape architecture"
28. Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power (2014)
TV-PG | 116 min | Biography
Combative, provocative, and searingly blunt, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover was a flamboyant maverick and a unique American hero. When few thought it possible, then-Captain Rickover harnessed ... See full summary »
? Hyman G. Rickover, the "father of the atomic submarine" and "father of the nuclear navy"
29. Alfred (1995)
118 min | Biography, Drama
The life of the Swedish engineer Alfred Nobel. How he invented dynamite and later in his life founded the Nobel-Prize.
? Alfred Nobel, the "father of dynamite" and "father of the Nobel prize"
30. Little Old New York (1940)
Approved | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Steamboat inventor Robert Fulton shows up in New York in 1807. Tavern keeper believes in him, but her boyfriend doesn't. All seems lost when sailors afraid of losing their jobs burn his boat.
? Robert Fulton, the "father of the steamboat" (co-claimant)
Biography, Drama, History | Announced
A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt.
? Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, the "father of America's national parks"
32. Jinnah (1998)
110 min | Biography, Drama, War
The story of Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.
33. Mao Zedong 1949 (2019)
140 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
34. Hidalgo - La historia jamás contada. (2010)
115 min | Biography, Drama, History
From his jail cell at Chihuahua's Military Hospital, Hidalgo begins to remember moments of his life, particularly his tenure as Parish Priest in the town of San Felipe Torres Mochas where ... See full summary »
35. The Gardener of God (2010)
110 min | Biography, Drama
Gregor Mendel (1822 - 1884) is the father of the modern genetics. He was a catholic priest who lived in the XIXth century in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The film describes his struggle to ... See full summary »