Top 50 Biography Movies and TV Shows



1. Elvis (2022)

PG-13 | 159 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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64 Metascore

Elvis is Baz Luhrmann's biopic of Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson

Votes: 29,335

2. The Offer (2022)

TV-MA | 586 min | Biography, Drama

8.7
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Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy's never-before-revealed experiences of making The Godfather (1972).

Stars: Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Dan Fogler, Burn Gorman

Votes: 12,757

3. The Staircase (2022)

TV-MA | 519 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.

Stars: Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Patrick Schwarzenegger

Votes: 15,940

4. Rise (II) (2022)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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74 Metascore

Based on the real life story about the family that produced the first trio of brothers to become NBA champions in the history of the league.

Director: Akin Omotoso | Stars: Dayo Okeniyi, Yetide Badaki, Uche Agada, Ral Agada

Votes: 3,280

5. Jerry and Marge Go Large (2022)

PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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52 Metascore

Based on the true story about couple Jerry and Marge Selbee, who win the lottery and use the money to revive their small town.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Rainn Wilson, Larry Wilmore

Votes: 5,503

6. Thirteen Lives (2022)

PG-13 | 142 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller | Completed

A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen, Tom Bateman

7. We Own This City (2022)

TV-MA | 357 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Tells the story of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption surrounding it.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, Josh Charles

Votes: 14,202

8. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022)

157 min | Action, Biography, Drama

9.3
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Based by the life of ISRO Scientist Nambi Narayanan who was framed of being a spy and arrested in 1994. Though free, he is still fighting for justice, with those police officials who have falsely implicated him, still free.

Director: Madhavan | Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Rajit Kapoor, Ravi Raghavendra

Votes: 8,873

9. Our Flag Means Death (2022– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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The year is 1717. Wealthy landowner Stede Bonnet has a midlife crisis and decides to blow up his cushy life to become a pirate. It does not go well. Based on a true story.

Stars: Rhys Darby, Joel Fry, Samson Kayo, Nathan Foad

Votes: 21,773

10. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 193,366

11. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

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: 1,354,794 | Gross: $116.90M

12. Pistol (2022– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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Based on the memoir of Steve Jones, the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist who helped usher in a punk revolution in Britain.

Stars: Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Sydney Chandler, Jacob Slater

Votes: 3,950

13. Gaslit (2022)

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

7.2
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A modern take on the 1970s political Watergate scandal centering on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time.

Stars: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin

Votes: 3,604

14. The Secret (2016)

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The true-crime story of a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday school teacher.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Genevieve O'Reilly, Patrick O'Kane, Nina Woods

Votes: 2,627

15. Blonde (2022)

NC-17 | 166 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery | Completed

A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Ana de Armas, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Nicholson, Adrien Brody

16. Candy (2022)

TV-MA | 257 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right - but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results.

Stars: Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, Timothy Simons

Votes: 8,527

17. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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90 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: 1,127,468 | Gross: $46.84M

18. Father Stu (2022)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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40 Metascore

Follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption.

Director: Rosalind Ross | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Ruiz

Votes: 9,305

19. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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

7.9
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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: 523,082 | Gross: $216.43M

20. Oppenheimer (2023)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Jack Quaid, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Modine, Florence Pugh

21. The First Lady (2022– )

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

6.6
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In the East Wing of the White House, many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.

Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, O-T Fagbenle

Votes: 3,418

22. The Dropout (2022)

TV-MA | 403 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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TV series that chronicles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' attempt to revolutionize the healthcare industry after dropping out of college and starting a technology company.

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill

Votes: 17,501

23. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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The professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined an era, both on and off the court.

Stars: John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 16,510

24. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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94 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: 1,325,131 | Gross: $96.90M

25. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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: 177,642 | Gross: $1.87M

26. Pam & Tommy (2022)

TV-MA | 340 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's relationship, going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.

Stars: Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman

Votes: 29,265

27. Elvis (I) (1979 TV Movie)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.0
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Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell, Robert Gray

Votes: 4,223

28. 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: 238,452

29. 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: 408,822

30. American Crime Story (2016– )

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

8.4
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 94,292

31. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 146,092 | Gross: $56.51M

32. The Great (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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A royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan

Votes: 39,967

33. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 688,110 | Gross: $96.96M

34. The Imitation Game (2014)

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

8.0
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71 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians while attempting to come to terms with his troubled private life.

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

Votes: 754,433 | Gross: $91.13M

35. Belfast (2021)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan

Votes: 61,538

36. King Richard (2021)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.5
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76 Metascore

A look at how tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams became who they are after the coaching from their father Richard Williams.

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Stars: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, Saniyya Sidney

Votes: 97,912

37. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.1
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63 Metascore

A young novitiate is sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 229,179 | Gross: $163.21M

38. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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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: 507,900 | Gross: $67.21M

39. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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94 Metascore

Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 375,923 | Gross: $7.00M

40. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-2007 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: 419,799 | Gross: $70.26M

41. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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68 Metascore

Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

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

Votes: 1,021,860 | Gross: $75.60M

42. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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81 Metascore

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

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

Votes: 373,389 | Gross: $117.62M

43. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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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: 274,656 | Gross: $174.34M

44. WeCrashed (2022)

TV-MA | 427 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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The greed-filled rise and inevitable fall of WeWork, one of the world's most valuable startups, and the narcissists whose chaotic love made it all possible.

Stars: Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, Kyle Marvin, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 11,040

45. Moneyball (2011)

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

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 414,837 | Gross: $75.61M

46. 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: 143,852 | Gross: $47.84M

47. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 224,682 | Gross: $169.61M

48. Mind Over Murder (2022)

TV-MA | 331 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.9
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Chronicles the bizarre and psychologically complex story of six individuals who were convicted for the 1985 murder of a beloved 68- year-old grandmother, Helen Wilson, in Beatrice, Nebraska.

Stars: Cara D'Adamo, Noah Archibald, Tim Shelburne, Keara Benton

Votes: 106

49. Hamilton (2020)

PG-13 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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90 Metascore

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

Director: Thomas Kail | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 89,362

50. Spencer (2021)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

6.6
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76 Metascore

Diana Spencer, struggling with mental-health problems during her Christmas holidays with the Royal Family at their Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, decides to end her decade-long marriage to Prince Charles.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Jack Nielen

Votes: 60,492


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