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

73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 703,285 | Gross: $91.13M

Alan Turning, the "father of modern computing (co-claimant)"

2. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 47,855 | Gross: $10.21M

Alfred Kinsey, the "father of the sexual revolution"

3. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

The life of the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

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

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

50 Metascore

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack

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

39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

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

74 Metascore

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

Director: Sergei Bodrov | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Amadu Mamadakov, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun

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

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, Peter Ustinov, Alfred Molina

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Robert Hobbs

Votes: 26,865 | Gross: $8.32M

Nelson Mandela, the "father of South Africa"

Alternative Biopics: Invictus (2009), Mandela and de Klerk (1997), Mandela (1987) and others

9. Creation (I) (2009)

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

51 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Kelly, Guy Henry

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.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Thomas Mitchell

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.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger

Votes: 1,837

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.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 2,407

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.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,002

Alexander Graham Bell, the "father of the telephone" (co-claimant)

14. Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

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.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

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.

Director: Will Vinton | Stars: James Whitmore, Michele Mariana, Gary Krug, Chris Ritchie

Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.85M

Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain, the "father of American literature"

Alternative Biopics: [ The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) and Mark Twain (2001)

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.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks, Susan Kohner

Votes: 2,479

Alfred Freud, the "father of psychoanalysis"

Alternative Biopics: [ A Dangerous Method (2011)

17. Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)

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.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Peter Wintonick | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Mark Achbar, Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Paul Andrews

Votes: 4,497

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

57 Metascore

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis

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

41 Metascore

About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Javier Beltrán, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell

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 »

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Topol, Edward Fox, Colin Blakely, Georgia Brown

Votes: 492

? 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.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien

Votes: 1,059

? 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.

Director: Allan Eastman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Hope Lange, Heather Thomas, Michael Ironside

Votes: 181

? 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

67 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Eli A. Smith, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 7,179

? Nikola Tesla, the "father of scalar energy" and "father of alternating electric current"

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? 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.

Director: Till Endemann | Stars: Felicitas Woll, Ken Duken, Hansjürgen Hürrig, Michou Friesz

Votes: 163

? 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 »

Director: Burt Kearns | Stars: Carmelo Anthony, Red Auerbach, Rick Barry, Jerry Colangelo

Votes: 27

? 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 »

Director: Rebecca Messner | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kerry Washington

Votes: 17

? 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 »

Director: Michael Pack | Stars: Joan Allen, Michael Stewart Allen, Joel Briel, Bryan Clark

Votes: 96

? 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.

Director: Vilgot Sjöman | Stars: Sven Wollter, Rita Russek, Judit Danyi, Féodor Atkine

Votes: 127

? 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.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Alice Faye, Fred MacMurray, Richard Greene, Brenda Joyce

Votes: 188

? Robert Fulton, the "father of the steamboat" (co-claimant)

31. Roosevelt

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Leonardo DiCaprio

? 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.

Director: Jamil Dehlavi | Stars: Christopher Lee, Shireen Shah, James Curran, Zafar Hameed

Votes: 2,746

Muhammad Jinnah

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.

Directors: Jianxin Huang, Haiqiang Ning | Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Jin Liu, Ted Duran, Johnny Huang

Votes: 399

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 »

Director: Antonio Serrano | Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Demián Bichir, Cecilia Suárez, Luis Gerardo Méndez

Votes: 326

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 »

Director: Liana Marabini | Stars: Christopher Lambert, David Wayne Callahan, Steven Cree, Daniela Di Muro

Votes: 22

Gregor Mendel



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