AUTO-BIOPIC: Celebrities portray themselves in their own autobiographical film

by jrshouse | created - 25 Apr 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Scripted autobiographical films, not documentaries

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1. The Greatest (1977)

PG | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Muhammad Ali stars as himself in this dramatized version of his life story up to the late 1970s. It includes his Olympic triumphs as Cassius Clay, his conversion to Islam, his refusal of ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gries | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Ernest Borgnine, John Marley, Lloyd Haynes

Votes: 1,191

Muhammed Ali - Heavyweight Champion

2. Private Parts (1997)

R | 109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star.

Director: Betty Thomas | Stars: Howard Stern, Mary McCormack, Robin Quivers, Fred Norris

Votes: 31,738 | Gross: $41.20M

Howard Stern - Radio Host

3. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama

45 Metascore

Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani

Votes: 17,097 | Gross: $36.25M

3 Americans Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler & Spencer Stone who stopped a 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, reenact the event.

4. To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly

Votes: 4,268

Audie Murphy - War Hero

5. The Gong Show Movie (1980)

R | 89 min | Comedy

A week in the life of "The Gong Show" host and creator Chuck Barris who lives through a series of outrageous competitors, stressful situations, a nervous breakdown and other comical ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Barris | Stars: Chuck Barris, Robin Altman, Brian O'Mullin, Jack Bernardi

Votes: 698 | Gross: $6.62M

Chuck Barris - Game Show Host

6. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 945

Jackie Robinson - Baseball Player

7. Headin' Home (1920)

Not Rated | 71 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The "true story" of baseball great Babe Ruth; Ruth plays himself.

Director: Lawrence C. Windom | Stars: Babe Ruth, Ruth Taylor, William Sheer, Margaret Seddon

Votes: 226

Babe Ruth - Baseball Player

8. The Fabulous Dorseys (1947)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Music, Romance

The rise and rise of the Fabulous Dorsey brothers is charted in this whimsical step down memory lane, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey play themselves in this vehicle for their excellent music. From ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Janet Blair, Paul Whiteman

Votes: 401

Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey - Musicians

9. Iron & Silk (1990)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

Mark Salzman always was interested in Kung-Fu and the Chinese culture, claims to have seen every Kung-Fu movie. 1982, with a degree in Chinese literature, he visits a province university in... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Sun | Stars: Mark Salzman, Qingfu Pan, Hangcheng Dong, Xihong Jiang

Votes: 408 | Gross: $0.36M

Mark Salzman - Martial Arts

10. Alice's Restaurant (1969)

R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A cinematic adaption of Arlo Guthrie's classic song story.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Quinn, James Broderick, Pete Seeger

Votes: 3,606 | Gross: $6.30M

Arlo Guthrie - Song Writer

11. The Bob Mathias Story (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him ... See full summary »

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Bob Mathias, Ward Bond, Melba Mathias, Howard Petrie

Votes: 94

Bob Mathias - Olympic Gold Medalist

12. Crazylegs (1953)

Approved | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of the life and career of football star Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch (who plays himself).

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch, Lloyd Nolan, Joan Vohs, James Millican

Votes: 40

Elroy Hirsch - Football Player

13. The Flying Irishman (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Biography, Drama

This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Douglas Corrigan, Paul Kelly, Robert Armstrong, Gene Reynolds

Votes: 120

Douglas Corrigan - Football Player

15. Tatsumi (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A story based on the life and short stories of Yoshihiro Tatsumi, a mangaka known for his gekiga style of alternate Japanese manga.

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Motoko Gollent, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Mike Wiluan

Votes: 621

Yoshihiro Tatsumi - Animation Artist

Harold R. Peat - Lieutenant WWI

17. Beating Back (1914)

60 min | Adventure, Biography, Western

Oklahoma lawyer Al Jennings, whose father was a famous and respected judge, is enraged at the murder of his brother Ed, shot in the back by two killers. As if that wasn't enough, he finds ... See full summary »

Director: Caryl S. Fleming | Stars: Al J. Jennings, J. Morris Foster, Frank Farrington, Albert Froom

Votes: 10

Al J. Jennings - Attorney

18. Men Who Have Made Love to Me (1918)

70 min | Biography, Drama

The story of six affairs of the heart, drawn from controversial feminist author Mary MacLane's. None of MacLane's affairs - with "the bank clerk," "the prize-fighter," "the husband of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Berthelet | Stars: Mary MacLane, Ralph Graves, Paul Harvey, Cliff Worman

Mary MacLane - Author



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