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1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 536,013 | Gross: $164.44M

2. Girl, Interrupted (1999)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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51 Metascore

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea DuVall, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 126,928 | Gross: $28.87M

3. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 505,967 | Gross: $32.52M

4. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 189,703 | Gross: $119.52M

5. 127 Hours (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 281,576 | Gross: $18.33M

6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.4
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100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 194,948 | Gross: $6.00M

7. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

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78 Metascore

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 140,012 | Gross: $36.39M

8. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 237,555 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Freedom Writers (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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64 Metascore

A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Director: Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn

Votes: 53,180 | Gross: $36.58M

10. Malcolm X (1992)

PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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72 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee

Votes: 64,560 | Gross: $48.17M

11. Papillon (1973)

R | 151 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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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.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, Don Gordon

Votes: 97,648 | Gross: $53.27M

12. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 81,159 | Gross: $2.42M

13. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 35,854 | Gross: $43.85M

14. The Railway Man (2013)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine

Votes: 28,438 | Gross: $4.44M

15. Chaplin (1992)

PG-13 | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Paul Rhys, John Thaw

Votes: 43,282 | Gross: $9.49M

16. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

R | 145 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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75 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Josh Evans

Votes: 77,510 | Gross: $70.00M

17. Behind the Candelabra (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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A chronicle of the tempestuous six year romance between megastar singer, Liberace, and his teenage lover, Scott Thorson.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Eric Zuckerman, Eddie Jemison

Votes: 32,907

18. Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 20,006

19. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 97,133 | Gross: $37.90M

20. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

R | 113 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

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67 Metascore

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts

Votes: 72,031

21. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 50,540 | Gross: $14.74M

22. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

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Mommie Dearest, best-selling memoir turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 10,700

23. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 70,894 | Gross: $43.98M

24. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.4
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43 Metascore

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.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Brittany Murphy

Votes: 22,665 | Gross: $29.78M

25. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny

Votes: 90,465 | Gross: $5.99M

26. Persepolis (2007)

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

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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 70,832 | Gross: $4.44M

27. Endless Poetry (2016)

128 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

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84 Metascore

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 »

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Leandro Taub, Pamela Flores

Votes: 186

28. What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from abusive husband, Ike Turner.

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Rae'Ven Kelly, Virginia Capers

Votes: 13,539 | Gross: $39.10M

29. Angela's Ashes (1999)

R | 145 min | Drama

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54 Metascore

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 »

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens

Votes: 17,085 | Gross: $13.04M

30. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 42,215 | Gross: $6.00M

31. Running with Scissors (2006)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

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52 Metascore

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.

Director: Ryan Murphy | Stars: Joseph Cross, Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow

Votes: 20,066 | Gross: $6.75M

32. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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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.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens

Votes: 13,058 | Gross: $79.90M

33. The Dance of Reality (2013)

Unrated | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

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76 Metascore

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 »

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Alejandro Jodorowsky

Votes: 4,375 | Gross: $0.19M

34. Desert Flower (2009)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

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54 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Soraya Omar-Scego, Idriss Abdillahi Houfaneh, Awa Saïd Darar, Roun Daher Aïnan

Votes: 8,936 | Gross: $0.04M

35. Patty Hearst (1988)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama

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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 »

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Natasha Richardson, William Forsythe, Ving Rhames, Frances Fisher

Votes: 1,002 | Gross: $1.22M

36. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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55 Metascore

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 »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 6,137 | Gross: $4.81M

37. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War

6.9
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53 Metascore

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 »

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

Votes: 9,382 | Gross: $14.35M

38. I Dreamed of Africa (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

5.6
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33 Metascore

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 »

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Kim Basinger, Vincent Perez, Liam Aiken, Garrett Strommen

Votes: 3,758 | Gross: $6.54M

39. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Approved | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

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The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf

Votes: 11,147

40. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)

Passed | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 5,790

41. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001 TV Mini-Series)

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 1,710

42. Nowhere in Africa (2001)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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72 Metascore

A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.

Director: Caroline Link | Stars: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Matthias Habich, Sidede Onyulo

Votes: 10,713 | Gross: $6.17M

43. Fellini's Casanova (1976)

R | 155 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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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 ?

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Cicely Browne, Carmen Scarpitta

Votes: 5,132

44. Blaze (1989)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

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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.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin, Gailard Sartain

Votes: 2,987 | Gross: $19.13M

45. Tokyo Fiancée (2014)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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A young Japanophile Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton, Alice de Lencquesaing

Votes: 1,117

46. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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75 Metascore

Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).

Directors: Nanette Burstein, Brett Morgen | Stars: Robert Evans, Eddie Albert, Peter Bart, Charlie Bluhdorn

Votes: 6,037 | Gross: $1.43M

47. Bound for Glory (1976)

PG | 147 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.4
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The early life of Woody Guthrie as a vagabond folk singer.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: David Carradine, Ronny Cox, Melinda Dillon, Gail Strickland

Votes: 3,624

48. Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006 TV Movie)

88 min | Biography, Drama, Music

5.7
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Fantasia Barrino overcomes sexual abuse, illiteracy, and other setbacks and becomes the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.

Director: Debbie Allen | Stars: Fantasia Barrino, Loretta Devine, Viola Davis, Kadeem Hardison

Votes: 542

49. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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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 »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 5,076 | Gross: $1.10M

50. The Hiding Place (1975)

PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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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 »

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julie Harris, Jeannette Clift, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Rietty

Votes: 1,330