Top 50 Biography Movies and TV Shows



1. Blonde (2022)

NC-17 | Biography, Drama, Mystery | Completed

A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Garret Dillahunt, Bobby Cannavale

2. Elvis (2022)

PG-13 | 159 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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63 Metascore

From his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his rise to stardom starting in Memphis, Tennessee and his conquering of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley becomes the first rock 'n roll star and changes the world with his music.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson

Votes: 8,214

3. The Staircase (2022)

TV-MA | 519 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Tells the story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16-year judicial battle that followed.

Stars: Colin Firth, Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Patrick Schwarzenegger

Votes: 13,924

4. The Offer (2022)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama

8.7
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Oscar-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy's never-before-revealed experiences of making The Godfather (1972).

Stars: Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Dan Fogler, Burn Gorman

Votes: 10,795

5. We Own This City (2022)

TV-MA | 357 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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Tells the story of the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption surrounding it.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector, Josh Charles

Votes: 12,662

6. Pistol (2022– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama, Music

7.6
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Based on the memoir of Steve Jones, the legendary Sex Pistols guitarist who helped usher in a punk revolution in Britain.

Stars: Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Sydney Chandler, Jacob Slater

Votes: 3,485

7. Jerry and Marge Go Large (2022)

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

6.9
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52 Metascore

Based on the true story about couple Jerry and Marge Selbee, who win the lottery and use the money to revive their small town.

Director: David Frankel | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Annette Bening, Rainn Wilson, Larry Wilmore

Votes: 3,475

8. Gaslit (2022)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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A modern take on the 1970s political Watergate scandal centering on untold stories and forgotten characters of the time.

Stars: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Dan Stevens, Betty Gilpin

Votes: 3,215

9. Candy (2022)

TV-MA | 257 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Candy Montgomery is a 1980s housewife and mother who did everything right - but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. Until someone tells her to shush. With deadly results.

Stars: Jessica Biel, Melanie Lynskey, Pablo Schreiber, Timothy Simons

Votes: 7,968

10. Father Stu (2022)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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40 Metascore

Follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption.

Director: Rosalind Ross | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Ruiz

Votes: 8,407

11. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 192,857

12. Our Flag Means Death (2022– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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The year is 1717. Wealthy landowner Stede Bonnet has a midlife crisis and decides to blow up his cushy life to become a pirate. It does not go well. Based on a true story.

Stars: Rhys Darby, Joel Fry, Samson Kayo, Nathan Foad

Votes: 21,174

13. The First Lady (2022– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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In the East Wing of the White House, many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies.

Stars: Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Gillian Anderson, O-T Fagbenle

Votes: 3,131

14. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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75 Metascore

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey

Votes: 1,351,536 | Gross: $116.90M

15. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 145 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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90 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 1,125,316 | Gross: $46.84M

16. Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty (2022– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

8.3
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The professional and personal lives of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of sports' most revered and dominant dynasties - a team that defined an era, both on and off the court.

Stars: John C. Reilly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Gaby Hoffmann

Votes: 15,908

17. Major (2022)

150 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.7
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Based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who was martyred in action during the November 2008 Mumbai attacks and was consequently awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award, on 26 January 2009.

Director: Sashi Kiran Tikka | Stars: Adivi Sesh, Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Prakash Raj

Votes: 9,933

18. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 143,362 | Gross: $47.84M

19. Oppenheimer (2023)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Florence Pugh

20. The Dropout (2022)

TV-MA | 403 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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TV series that chronicles Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' attempt to revolutionize the healthcare industry after dropping out of college and starting a technology company.

Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Naveen Andrews, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill

Votes: 16,800

21. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 521,179 | Gross: $216.43M

22. Gentleman Jack (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner, and cryptic diarist Anne Lister.

Stars: Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Ben Hunter

Votes: 12,872

23. Pam & Tommy (2022)

TV-MA | 340 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Follows the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's relationship, going back to their whirlwind romance that started with them marrying after only knowing each other for 96 hours in 1995.

Stars: Lily James, Sebastian Stan, Seth Rogen, Nick Offerman

Votes: 28,804

24. Halftime (2022)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

6.5
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62 Metascore

An intimate look at Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her milestones and evolution as an artist, and navigates the second half of her career continuing to entertain, empower and inspire.

Directors: Amanda Micheli, Sam Wrench | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Adam Blackstone, Kim Burse

Votes: 2,542

25. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 177,119 | Gross: $1.87M

26. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 408,001

27. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,323,224 | Gross: $96.90M

28. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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50 Metascore

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 145,739 | Gross: $56.51M

29. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.1
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63 Metascore

A young novitiate is sent by her convent in 1930s Austria to become a governess to the seven children of a widowed naval officer.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 228,605 | Gross: $163.21M

30. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 238,163

31. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.4
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 94,167

32. The Great (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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A royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan

Votes: 39,802

33. WeCrashed (2022)

TV-MA | 427 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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The greed-filled rise and inevitable fall of WeWork, one of the world's most valuable startups, and the narcissists whose chaotic love made it all possible.

Stars: Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, Kyle Marvin, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 10,529

34. Angelyne (2022)

TV-MA | 53 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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Fame, identity, billboards, Corvettes, women teasing men, men obsessed with women, West Hollywood, crystals, UFOs, and the self-proclaimed Rorschach test in pink, glow-in-the-dark queen of the universe, Angelyne.

Stars: Emmy Rossum, Alex Karpovsky, Hamish Linklater, Charlie Rowe

Votes: 777

35. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.5
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48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 274,112 | Gross: $174.34M

36. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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94 Metascore

Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 375,062 | Gross: $7.00M

37. Julia (2022– )

TV-MA | Biography, Drama

8.4
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Inspired by Julia Child's extraordinary life and her show The French Chef, which essentially invented food television.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, Fran Kranz

Votes: 6,534

38. 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 late 1960s.

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

Votes: 182,438 | Gross: $28.87M

39. Belfast (2021)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan

Votes: 60,935

40. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 506,655 | Gross: $67.21M

41. The Duke (2020)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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74 Metascore

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London.

Director: Roger Michell | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Stephen Rashbrook, James Wilby

Votes: 5,549

42. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.1
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81 Metascore

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitríona Balfe

Votes: 372,068 | Gross: $117.62M

43. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.8
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95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 687,002 | Gross: $96.96M

44. Blow (2001)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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52 Metascore

The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 257,925 | Gross: $52.99M

45. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 299,731 | Gross: $97.10M

46. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research, they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 418,963 | Gross: $70.26M

47. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.1
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66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 183,217 | Gross: $11.11M

48. Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.6
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72 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 67,811 | Gross: $18.34M

49. Hamilton (2020)

PG-13 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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90 Metascore

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

Director: Thomas Kail | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 88,851

50. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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72 Metascore

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 914,974 | Gross: $170.74M


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