Most Popular "Based On Autobiography" Titles
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1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor.
Votes: 536,013 | Gross: $164.44M
4. Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Votes: 189,703 | Gross: $119.52M
5. 127 Hours (2010)
R | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
Votes: 281,576 | Gross: $18.33M
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 194,948 | Gross: $6.00M
7. The Thin Red Line (1998)
R | 170 min | Drama, War
Votes: 140,012 | Gross: $36.39M
8. Raging Bull (1980)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.
Votes: 237,555 | Gross: $0.05M
9. Freedom Writers (2007)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Votes: 53,180 | Gross: $36.58M
10. Malcolm X (1992)
PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
Votes: 64,560 | Gross: $48.17M
11. Papillon (1973)
R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Votes: 97,648 | Gross: $53.27M
12. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Votes: 81,159 | Gross: $2.42M
13. Soul Surfer (2011)
PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.
Votes: 35,854 | Gross: $43.85M
14. The Railway Man (2013)
R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.
Votes: 28,438 | Gross: $4.44M
16. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War
The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Votes: 77,510 | Gross: $70.00M
17. Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
18. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama
A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.
19. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
Votes: 97,133 | Gross: $37.90M
20. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
R | 113 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.
22. Mommie Dearest (1981)
R | 129 min | Biography, Drama
24. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.
Votes: 22,665 | Gross: $29.78M
25. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.
Votes: 90,465 | Gross: $5.99M
26. Persepolis (2007)
PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.
Votes: 70,832 | Gross: $4.44M
27. Endless Poetry (2016)
128 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Through Alejandro Jodorowsky's autobiographical lens, Endless Poetry narrates the years of the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from all of his former limitations, ... See full summary »
28. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from abusive husband, Ike Turner.
Votes: 13,539 | Gross: $39.10M
29. Angela's Ashes (1999)
R | 145 min | Drama
Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »
Votes: 17,085 | Gross: $13.04M
30. American Splendor (2003)
R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
Votes: 42,215 | Gross: $6.00M
31. Running with Scissors (2006)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Augusten Burroughs absorbs experiences that could make for a shocking memoir: the son of an alcoholic father and an unstable mother, he's handed off to his mother's therapist, Dr. Finch, and spends his adolescent years as a member of Finch's bizarre extended family.
Votes: 20,066 | Gross: $6.75M
32. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 13,058 | Gross: $79.90M
33. The Dance of Reality (2013)
Unrated | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,375 | Gross: $0.19M
34. Desert Flower (2009)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama
The autobiography of a Somalian nomad circumcised at 3, sold in marriage at 13, fled from Africa a while later to become finally an American supermodel and is now at the age of 38, the UN ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,936 | Gross: $0.04M
35. Patty Hearst (1988)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama
The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970's. Her time spent with her captors made her question herself and her way of life and she joined forces... See full summary »
Votes: 1,002 | Gross: $1.22M
36. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,137 | Gross: $4.81M
37. Tea with Mussolini (1999)
PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War
In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,382 | Gross: $14.35M
38. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Kuki, a divorced Italian socialite, changes her life after a serious car crash. She accepts a marriage proposal from Paolo Gallmann, a man she doesn't know well, and she moves to Kenya with... See full summary »
Votes: 3,758 | Gross: $6.54M
40. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.
43. Fellini's Casanova (1976)
R | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History
Casanova is a libertine, collecting seductions and sexual feats. But he is really interested in someone, and is he really an interesting person ? Is he really alive ?
44. Blaze (1989)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama
A middle-aged Louisiana governor falls in love with a young stripper, which jeopardizes his political career and the radical policies which have made him a controversial figure.
Votes: 2,987 | Gross: $19.13M
46. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).
Votes: 6,037 | Gross: $1.43M
48. Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006 TV Movie)
88 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Fantasia Barrino overcomes sexual abuse, illiteracy, and other setbacks and becomes the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.
49. An Angel at My Table (1990)
R | 158 min | Biography, Drama
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,076 | Gross: $1.10M
50. The Hiding Place (1975)
PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their uneventful lives are disrupted with the coming of the Nazis. ... See full summary »