Top 50 Biography Movies and TV Shows



1. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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

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49 Metascore

The story of the legendary 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: 360,488 | Gross: $216.43M

2. Rocketman (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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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: 45,481 | Gross: $93.02M

3. Super 30 (2019)

Not Rated | 162 min | Biography, Drama

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Based on life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna.

Director: Vikas Bahl | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Anjali Chakrani, Pankaj Tripathi

Votes: 5,494 | Gross: $0.87M

4. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 34,075

5. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.7
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52 Metascore

A courtroom frenzy ensues and sweeps 1970s America when a young single mother meets Ted Bundy.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 46,179

6. Fighting with My Family (2019)

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

7.2
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68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 33,462 | Gross: $22.96M

7. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 221,112 | Gross: $85.08M

8. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.6
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48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 202,364 | Gross: $174.34M

9. Breakthrough (I) (2019)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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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: Topher Grace, Josh Lucas, Chrissy Metz, Mike Colter

Votes: 3,187 | Gross: $40.71M

10. The Current War (2017)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama, History

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42 Metascore

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tuppence Middleton, Michael Shannon

Votes: 959

11. Judy (II) (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History | Completed

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon

12. The Irishman (2019)

Biography, Crime, Drama | Post-production

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham

13. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 300,115

14. The Act (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The stranger-than-fiction true-crime series is based on a 2016 BuzzFeed article that detailed the shocking 2015 crime.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Calum Worthy, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 10,224

15. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 206,907

16. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 155,133 | Gross: $48.69M

17. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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63 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 1,247

18. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.2
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75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,043,780 | Gross: $116.90M

19. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 79,525 | Gross: $47.84M

20. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 185,082 | Gross: $115.65M

21. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Votes: 68,523

22. The Professor and the Madman (2019)

124 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

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25 Metascore

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.

Director: Farhad Safinia | Stars: Natalie Dormer, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 14,262

23. The Dirt (2019)

TV-MA | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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39 Metascore

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber, Machine Gun Kelly

Votes: 28,709

24. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.1
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72 Metascore

In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra, Aaron Phagura

Votes: 635

25. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 121,656 | Gross: $34.24M

26. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,097,122 | Gross: $96.07M

27. The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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49 Metascore

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

Director: Robin Bissell | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche

Votes: 2,700 | Gross: $10.21M

28. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 913,276 | Gross: $46.84M

29. The Old Man & the Gun (2018)

PG-13 | 93 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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80 Metascore

Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker and his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover

Votes: 28,165 | Gross: $11.28M

30. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

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84 Metascore

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.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 125,273 | Gross: $44.94M

31. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

Action, Biography, Drama | Post-production

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal

32. The Highwaymen (2019)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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58 Metascore

A pair of Texas Rangers come out of retirement to catch the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 48,002

33. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

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71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 371,214 | Gross: $67.21M

34. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 115,764 | Gross: $56.51M

35. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 626,757 | Gross: $183.64M

36. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

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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: 624,990 | Gross: $91.13M

37. Victoria (2016– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller, Tom Hughes

Votes: 18,618

38. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 312,034 | Gross: $70.26M

39. Molly's Game (2017)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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71 Metascore

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Votes: 106,740 | Gross: $28.78M

40. Unplanned (2019)

R | 106 min | Biography, Drama

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10 Metascore

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she believed in a woman's right to choose. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Directors: Chuck Konzelman, Cary Solomon | Stars: Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott, Jared Lotz

Votes: 7,146 | Gross: $18.85M

41. Everest (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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64 Metascore

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 182,119 | Gross: $43.48M

42. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 25,299 | Gross: $16.47M

43. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 896,276 | Gross: $75.60M

44. The Kid (II) (2019)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Western

6.0
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51 Metascore

The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Director: Vincent D'Onofrio | Stars: Jake Schur, Leila George, Chris Pratt, Dane DeHaan

Votes: 2,754 | Gross: $1.51M

45. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 404,138 | Gross: $350.13M

46. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 368,680 | Gross: $130.16M

47. Bolívar (2019– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Depicts the life and loves of Venezuelan Gen. Simón Bolívar, who helped liberate several Latin American countries from Spain.

Stars: Luis Gerónimo Abreu, Carlos Aguilar, Nohely Arteaga, Amparo Conde

Votes: 216

48. Tolkien (2019)

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

7.0
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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: 5,522 | Gross: $4.54M

49. Medici (2016– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Annabel Scholey, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, Sarah Parish

Votes: 11,873

50. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 140,211 | Gross: $1.87M


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