Top 50 Biography Movies and TV Shows



1. SCAM 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020– )

Biography, Crime, Drama

9.6
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Set in 1980's and 90's Bombay, it follows the life of Harshad Mehta, a stockbroker who took the stock market to dizzying heights and his catastrophic downfall.

Stars: Shreya Dhanwanthary, Pratik Gandhi, Anjali Barot, Hemant Kher

Votes: 17,144

2. Mank (2020)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama | Completed

Follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's tumultuous development of Orson Welles' iconic masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941).

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Lily Collins, Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Tuppence Middleton

3. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 358,893 | Gross: $75.61M

4. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020)

PG | 83 min | Documentary, Biography

9.1
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72 Metascore

One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey | Stars: David Attenborough, Max Hughes

Votes: 13,316

5. Hamilton (2020)

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

8.7
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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: 44,162

6. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

R | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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: 1,152,742 | Gross: $116.90M

7. Bombshell (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A group of women take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow

Votes: 75,513

8. 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, Caitriona Balfe

Votes: 266,343 | Gross: $117.62M

9. Judy (II) (2019)

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

6.8
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66 Metascore

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 37,132

10. 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: 219,253

11. 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: 343,783

12. Just Mercy (2019)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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68 Metascore

World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Charlie Pye Jr.

Votes: 41,076

13. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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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: 1,191,823 | Gross: $96.90M

14. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.6
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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: 229,405 | Gross: $174.34M

15. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 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: 999,655 | Gross: $46.84M

16. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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94 Metascore

An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

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

Votes: 309,951 | Gross: $7.00M

17. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 212,470 | Gross: $49.28M

18. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 127,243 | Gross: $96.37M

19. Richard Jewell (2019)

R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

After foiling a bomb attack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics security guard Richard Jewell is an instant hero. However when the FBI leaks to the media that he is a suspect in the bombing his life becomes a nightmare.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Brandon Stanley, Ryan Boz

Votes: 52,264

20. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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62 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 82,230

21. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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80 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 53,189 | Gross: $61.70M

22. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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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: 613,373 | Gross: $96.96M

23. 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: 423,134 | Gross: $67.21M

24. Tesla (I) (2020)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama

5.0
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67 Metascore

A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

Director: Michael Almereyda | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson, Eli A. Smith, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 3,622

25. On the Basis of Sex (2018)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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59 Metascore

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston

Votes: 24,804 | Gross: $24.62M

26. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 349,999 | Gross: $85.08M

27. Radioactive (2019)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.2
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56 Metascore

The incredible true story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Rosamund Pike, Yvette Feuer, Mirjam Novak, Ralph Berkin

Votes: 5,942

28. The Great (2020– )

TV-MA | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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: 13,356

29. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 74,630

30. 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: 352,383 | Gross: $70.26M

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: 77,896

32. Manhunt (II) (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

Stars: Gethin Anthony, Arliss Howard, Kelly Jenrette, Cameron Britton

Votes: 47,735

33. Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2020– )

59 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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This investigative docuseries explores the greed, fraud and corruption that built up - and ultimately brought down - India's most infamous tycoons.

Votes: 1,375

34. Medici (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Alessandra Mastronardi, Synnove Karlsen, Sebastian De Souza

Votes: 14,898

35. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

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

8.0
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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: 437,987 | Gross: $216.43M

36. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 55,339 | Gross: $21.50M

37. Shirley (2020)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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76 Metascore

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

Director: Josephine Decker | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman

Votes: 5,548

38. Dark Waters (2019)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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73 Metascore

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman

Votes: 49,185

39. Ammonite (2020)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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76 Metascore

1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 397

40. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

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

8.1
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75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

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

Votes: 808,635 | Gross: $164.62M

41. 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: 833,439 | Gross: $170.74M

42. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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68 Metascore

Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 946,457 | Gross: $75.60M

43. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 50,611 | Gross: $20.76M

44. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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: 124,058 | Gross: $56.51M

45. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 287,854 | Gross: $255.96M

46. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 195,423 | Gross: $169.61M

47. Molly's Game (2017)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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71 Metascore

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Votes: 136,135 | Gross: $28.78M

48. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 628,942 | Gross: $56.67M

49. First Man (2018)

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

7.3
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84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 162,462 | Gross: $44.94M

50. The Theory of Everything (2014)

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

7.7
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72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 395,266 | Gross: $35.89M


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