Biopic Movies

Sometimes real life is even more entertaining -- and inspiring -- than fiction. This list of our favorite biopics includes movies about all-star athletes, memorable musicians, powerful politicians, and more. Some are famous, some are infamous, but all of them lived incredible, interesting lives. The films on this list let us imagine what these heroes and celebrities were feeling and really going through as they influenced society in unbelievable ways. For even more true stories that will captivate kids, try our Best Documentaries list or read up on our favorite Biographies.

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Secretariat

age 8+

Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Hidden Figures

age 10+

Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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The Miracle Worker

age 10+

Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1962)
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Selena

age 10+

Touching and ultimately tragic tale of young Tejano star.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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Soul Surfer

age 10+

Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite clichés.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Stan & Ollie

age 10+

Gentle, affectionate portrait of aging legendary comics.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Young Mr. Lincoln

age 10+

Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1939)
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Betty & Coretta

age 11+

Moving tribute to two civil rights widows' legacies.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Saint Judy

age 11+

Emotionally powerful biopic about crusading attorney.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Apollo 13

age 12+

Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1995)
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Breathe

age 12+

Feel-good romance tackles serious themes, disability rights.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Catch Me If You Can

age 12+

Excellent account of youngest FBI's Most Wanted.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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First Man

age 12+

Intimate, serious drama about reluctant space hero.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Florence Foster Jenkins

age 12+

Charming period comedy may not sing to younger viewers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Gandhi

age 12+

Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1982)
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Moneyball

age 12+

Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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On the Basis of Sex

age 12+

Well-acted if uneven biopic about RBG's early life, career.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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A Quiet Passion

age 12+

Poet Emily Dickinson is focus of thoughtful, serious biopic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Sully

age 12+

Great performances in tense, quietly powerful true story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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Sunrise at Campobello

age 12+

Exceptional and inspiring biopic about FDR.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1960)
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