Biographies

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Ray (2004)
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The story of the life and career of the legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles, from his humble beginnings in the South, where he went blind at age seven, to his meteoric rise to stardom during the 1950s and 1960s. (152 mins.)
Director: Taylor Hackford
 
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Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
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The life and career of wildly controversial rock 'n' roll star Jerry Lee Lewis. (108 mins.)
Director: Jim McBride
 
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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
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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. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
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The Real Patsy Cline (1986 Documentary)
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Director: Mark Hall
 
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La Bamba (1987)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Luis Valdez
 
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Selena (1997)
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The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts. (127 mins.)
Director: Gregory Nava
 
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The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992 TV Series)
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The Jacksons are your average working-class family in Gary, Indiana; but when their father discovers... (240 mins.)
 
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The Temptations (1998 TV Series)
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Biography of the singers who formed the hit Motown musical act, The Temptations. (175 mins.)
Director: Allan Arkush
 
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The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and Priscilla (2002 Documentary)
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(50 mins.)
 
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The Soloist (2009)
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A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
 
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Ali (2001)
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A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
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The Intouchables (2011)
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After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver. (112 mins.)
 
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Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
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Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
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A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects. (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols