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 Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Hidden Figures Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true story of African-American women at NASA.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Miracle Worker Movie Poster Image
Outstanding movie based on life of Helen Keller.
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(Release Year: 1962)
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Selena Movie Poster Image
Touching and ultimately tragic tale of young Tejano star.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Soul Surfer Movie Poster Image
Earnest sports biopic tugs at heart despite clichés.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Stan & Ollie Movie Poster Image
Gentle, affectionate portrait of aging legendary comics.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Young Mr. Lincoln Movie Poster Image
Outstanding, inspirational story of Honest Abe's early days.
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(Release Year: 1939)
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Betty & Coretta Movie Poster Image
Moving tribute to two civil rights widows' legacies.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Saint Judy Movie Poster Image
Emotionally powerful biopic about crusading attorney.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Apollo 13 Movie Poster Image
Thrilling, heartwarming, scary, and superb.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Breathe Movie Poster Image
Feel-good romance tackles serious themes, disability rights.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Catch Me If You Can Movie Poster Image
Excellent account of youngest FBI's Most Wanted.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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First Man Movie Poster Image
Intimate, serious drama about reluctant space hero.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Florence Foster Jenkins Movie Poster Image
Charming period comedy may not sing to younger viewers.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Gandhi Movie Poster Image
Brilliant biopic engages, educates, and inspires.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Moneyball Movie Poster Image
Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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On the Basis of Sex Movie Poster Image
Well-acted if uneven biopic about RBG's early life, career.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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A Quiet Passion Movie Poster Image
Poet Emily Dickinson is focus of thoughtful, serious biopic.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Sully Movie Poster Image
Great performances in tense, quietly powerful true story.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Sunrise at Campobello Movie Poster Image
Exceptional and inspiring biopic about FDR.
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(Release Year: 1960)
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The Walk Movie Poster Image
Terrific, heart-pounding, gravity-defying true story.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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All the President's Men Movie Poster Image
Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.
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(Release Year: 1976)
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Amundsen: The Greatest Expedition Movie Poster Image
Explorer biopic has peril, messages of courage, curiosity.
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(Release Year: 2021)
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At Eternity's Gate Movie Poster Image
Fine performance in challenging, arty Van Gogh biopic.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Big Eyes Movie Poster Image
Delightful, quirky biopic of painter Margaret Keane.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Poster Image
Exuberant music, electric performance in routine biopic.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Fighting with My Family Movie Poster Image
Some language, lots of pro wrestling in funny biopic.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Ford v Ferrari Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, well-paced racing biopic has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Founder Movie Poster Image
Gripping film about burger entrepreneur has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Hitchcock Movie Poster Image
Entertaining biopic focuses on Hitch's marriage and method.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Imitation Game Movie Poster Image
Strong performances buoy teen-friendly historical drama.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Ip Man Movie Poster Image
Excellent martial arts biopic of man who trained Bruce Lee.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Lincoln Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about revered leader's political genius.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Lion Movie Poster Image
Great performances in emotional, intense biographical drama.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Malcolm X Movie Poster Image
Insightful and well-rounded portrait of Malcolm X.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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Marshall Movie Poster Image
Inspirational, entertaining biopic of a very human hero.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Maudie Movie Poster Image
Strong acting in inspiring biopic of Canadian folk artist.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Pawn Sacrifice Movie Poster Image
Fascinating chess biopic deals with mental instability.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Rebel in the Rye Movie Poster Image
Some violence and postwar trauma in whip-smart biopic.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Selma Movie Poster Image
Outstanding drama about MLK's fight for equal rights.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Battle of the Sexes Movie Poster Image
Moving dramedy serves up sexism, sexuality; lots of smoking.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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A Beautiful Mind Movie Poster Image
Oscar-winning biopic is too intense for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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Captain Phillips Movie Poster Image
Nail-biting story of ship hijacking is fabulous but intense.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Coal Miner's Daughter Movie Poster Image
Loretta Lynn's tough but heartwarming biopic.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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The Elephant Man Movie Poster Image
Heartbreaking drama isn't for sensitive viewers.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Gorillas in the Mist Movie Poster Image
Gripping biopic has violence, animals in peril.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Judy Movie Poster Image
Booze, pills, smoking in well-acted but tragic biopic.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The King's Speech Movie Poster Image
Superb drama about overcoming fears is fine for teens.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Love & Mercy Movie Poster Image
Beach Boy biopic is outstanding but has lots of drug use.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Marie Antoinette Movie Poster Image
Teen queen rocks out in punk-scored biopic.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Patton Movie Poster Image
Oscar-winning biographical war epic is complex, violent.
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(Release Year: 1970)
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Steve Jobs Movie Poster Image
Compelling portrait of Apple genius has lots of swearing.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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A Tale of Love and Darkness Movie Poster Image
Portman's biopic of Israeli writer is earnest, ethereal.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Temple Grandin Movie Poster Image
Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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The Theory of Everything Movie Poster Image
Hawking's brilliant mind comes to life in thoughtful drama.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Tracks Movie Poster Image
Woman's powerful journey will leave you awestruck.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Amadeus Movie Poster Image
Lavish, award-winning film with mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1984)
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Bombshell Movie Poster Image
Mature sexual misconduct drama brings headlines to life.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Boy Erased Movie Poster Image
Moving, mature conversion-therapy drama has strong cast.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Burton and Taylor Movie Poster Image
Moving biopic digs into past tabloid staples, drinking, sex.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? Movie Poster Image
Wry, painful fact-based comedy has language, drinking.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Cinema Verite Movie Poster Image
Smart biopic raises worthy questions about reality TV.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Dog Day Afternoon Movie Poster Image
Classic 1970s bank heist drama has swearing and violence.
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(Release Year: 1975)
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Erin Brockovich Movie Poster Image
Legal drama based on a true story has lots of cursing.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Get On Up Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, somewhat overlong biopic has edgy material.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Jersey Boys Movie Poster Image
Moving, teen-friendly musical has magic and great songs.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The King Movie Poster Image
Outstanding but brutally violent Henry V historical epic.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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The Last Emperor Movie Poster Image
Beautiful Chinese biography is too long, mature for tweens.
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(Release Year: 1987)
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Mank Movie Poster Image
Riveting Hollywood drama has lots of drinking.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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A Private War Movie Poster Image
War violence, language, nudity in mature biopic.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Ray Movie Poster Image
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Excellent portrayal of extraordinary musician.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Resistance Movie Poster Image
Violent but inspiring WWII story about Marcel Marceau.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Richard Jewell Movie Poster Image
Effective true story about heroism and human nature.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Rocketman Movie Poster Image
Glittery, glam rock musical soars; expect sex and drugs.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Shirley Movie Poster Image
Intriguing biopic of complex author has sex, smoking.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Social Network Movie Poster Image
Fantastic performances, compelling story for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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Walk the Line Movie Poster Image
Fascinating biopic, best for mature teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Vice Movie Poster Image
Irreverent, mature biopic about VP Dick Cheney.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Ali Movie Poster Image
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Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Movie Poster Image
Pitt stars in beautiful -- but brutal -- Western.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Behind the Candelabra Movie Poster Image
Vivid romance between over-the-top men has drugs and sex.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Bessie Movie Poster Image
Gritty biopic has sex, violence, drinking, great music.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Bonnie and Clyde Movie Poster Image
Trendsetting outlaw drama is violent, complex.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Capernaum Movie Poster Image
Powerful, gritty Lebanese drama shows kids in danger.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Capote Movie Poster Image
Fascinating biography, but for adults only.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Colette Movie Poster Image
Lots of sex in biopic about legendary French writer.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Happy Prince Movie Poster Image
Sex, language in drama about Oscar Wilde's last days.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Hurricane Movie Poster Image
Denzel dazzles in biopic of imprisoned boxer.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Into the Wild Movie Poster Image
Powerful, tragic true story is too heavy for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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I, Tonya Movie Poster Image
Fact-based dark comedy has strong language, domestic abuse.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Man on the Moon Movie Poster Image
Entertaining biopic has strong language, brief nudity.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Milk Movie Poster Image
Memorable, mature biopic brings a movement to life.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Talk to Me Movie Poster Image
Cheadle shines in radio icon biopic. Not for kids.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Trumbo Movie Poster Image
Entertaining Hollywood story has important history lesson.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Wild Movie Poster Image
Emotional tale of self-discovery explores grief, addiction.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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American Sniper Movie Poster Image
Powerful, personal, violent story of war and its aftermath.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Boys Don't Cry Movie Poster Image
Excellent but brutal drama examines life of transsexual man.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Movie Poster Image
Mature biopic about alcoholic, quadriplegic cartoonist.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Kill Your Darlings Movie Poster Image
Docudrama digs into early Beat history with sex and drugs.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Neruda Movie Poster Image
Fascinating, mature drama about famed Chilean poet.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Raging Bull Movie Poster Image
Boxing movie masterpiece still brutal, bloody.
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(Release Year: 1980)
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Skin Movie Poster Image
Brutal but important drama about white supremacists.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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What's Love Got to Do with It? Movie Poster Image
Powerful bio of Tina Turner with domestic violence, drugs.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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