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1. A Man for All Seasons (1966)

G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, Leo McKern

Votes: 28,143 | Gross: $28.35M

2. Chasing Mavericks (2012)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

45 Metascore

When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.

Directors: Michael Apted, Curtis Hanson | Stars: Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler, Elisabeth Shue, Abigail Spencer

Votes: 28,946 | Gross: $6.00M

3. Too Big to Fail (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Biography, Drama, History

Chronicles the financial meltdown of 2008 and centers on Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: James Woods, John Heard, William Hurt, Erin Dilly

Votes: 13,892

4. The Wrestler (2008)

R | 109 min | Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Margolis

Votes: 276,775 | Gross: $26.24M

5. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 115,693 | Gross: $37.31M

6. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack

Votes: 6,315 | Gross: $3.56M

7. Richard III (1955)

Not Rated | 161 min | Biography, Drama, History

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed King and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Ralph Richardson

Votes: 3,706

8. The Thirty Nine Steps (1978)

PG | 102 min | Crime, History, Mystery

In March 1914, a mining engineer named Richard Hannay tries to prevent Prussian Agents from executing a political assassination designed to trigger World War I.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Robert Powell, David Warner, Eric Porter, Karen Dotrice

Votes: 2,034

9. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 2,093

10. Sade (2000)

100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A man prepares himself to be transferred to a detention center and rest home where he will relive one more time the highlights of his youth.

Director: Benoît Jacquot | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Marianne Denicourt, Jeanne Balibar, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 1,602 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led 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: 241,102 | Gross: $44.82M

12. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 93,070 | Gross: $5.70M

13. The Great White Hope (1970)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert, Joel Fluellen

Votes: 2,150

14. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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: 45,518 | Gross: $6.00M

15. Killing Reagan (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

A look at John Hinkley's 1981 assassination attempt against U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Tim Matheson, Joel Murray, Cynthia Nixon, Brian F. Durkin

Votes: 773

16. Anastasia (1956)

Unrated | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

An opportunistic Russian businessman tries to pass a mysterious impostor as the Grand Duchess Anastasia. But she is so convincing in her performance that even the biggest skeptics believe her.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 6,886

17. The Boy in Blue (1986)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion. Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat."

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Cynthia Dale, Christopher Plummer, David Naughton

Votes: 991 | Gross: $0.28M

18. The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 944

19. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 61,109 | Gross: $14.28M

20. Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

46 Metascore

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo, Andre Royo

Votes: 31,774 | Gross: $49.88M

21. His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

A Yankee sea captain has adventures in paradise trying to become an entrepreneur in Micronesia.

Directors: Byron Haskin, Burt Lancaster | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 1,043

22. My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

Director: Mauro Lima | Stars: Selton Mello, Giulio Lopes, Júlia Lemmertz, Felipe Severo

Votes: 5,775

23. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 16,651 | Gross: $0.22M

24. A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Nancy McKeon, Dale Midkiff, Graham Jarvis, Yvette Heyden

Votes: 945

25. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (2017)

113 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on a true story, "Bingo" is a film about the man behind the mask. Augusto is an actor hungry for a place in the spotlight, following the footsteps of his mother, a stage artist in the... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Rezende | Stars: Vladimir Brichta, Leandra Leal, Tainá Müller, Augusto Madeira

Votes: 3,282

26. Marshall (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.

Director: Reginald Hudlin | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown

Votes: 14,289 | Gross: $10.05M

27. Jacob (1994 TV Movie)

91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Bean, Joss Ackland

Votes: 693

28. Joseph (1995– )

185 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers' favorite.

Stars: Ben Kingsley, Paul Mercurio, Martin Landau, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 2,026

29. Lenny (1974)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck

Votes: 13,044

30. The Mercy (2018)

Not Rated | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth, David Thewlis, Genevieve Gaunt

Votes: 5,357

31. Naomi & Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge (1995 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Based on the lives of mother-daughter singers the Judds.

Director: Bobby Roth | Stars: Kathleen York, Viveka Davis, Bruce Greenwood, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 226

32. Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

A real-life story about a high school teacher and football coach who is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease but refuses to give in.

Director: Roy Campanella II | Stars: Pam Dawber, Michael Nouri, Bess Meyer, Peter Berg

Votes: 82

33. The Brawler (2018)

95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

In 1975, a Bayonne, New Jersey underdog boxer gets a shot to fight the champ.

Director: Ken Kushner | Stars: Zach McGowan, Amy Smart, Joe Pantoliano, Taryn Manning

Votes: 192

34. Saint Judy (2018)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood, and how she single-handedly changed the U.S. law of asylum to save women's lives.

Director: Sean Hanish | Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfred Molina

Votes: 142 | Gross: $0.08M

35. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama

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: 98,384 | Gross: $5.99M

36. Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 83 min | Biography, Drama

A grim look at homemaking business tycoon Martha Stewart's story, behind the facade of her motherly housewife appearance, including a crime she committed that brought her fame to a halt.

Director: Jason Ensler | Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Tim Matheson, Joanna Cassidy, Jude Ciccolella

Votes: 502



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