If I ask you which movies do you prefer most, Biopics or Regular fiction movies, I am pretty sure your answer would be biopics. Fiction movies are just for entertainment and all of them are pretty much the same but when you watch a biopic, you can relate that movie to your life at some point. The only thing that makes you watch a biopic is a curiosity, what did that particular person wanted from life and what steps did he/she follow to fulfill his/her dreams. If anything, biographical movies definitely teach you some lessons to live your dreams and to be successful. So today I’ve decided to make a list of the Top 10 Best Biographical Movies which you should definitely watch.
Top 10 Best Biographical Movies You Should Definitely Watch
10) The Elephant Man (1980)
Based on the story of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man is a 1980 American classic movie. The movie is based on the friendship of Joseph Merrick and his doctor Frederick Treves. Joseph Merrick is known as “The Elephant Man” was a disfigured man who lived in London from 1862-1890. After being abandoned by his parents, Joseph was exhibited in a side-show freak for several years, where Treves found him and gave him shelter in the local hospital where he lived for the rest of his life. During this time, Treves and Joseph built a strong friendship.
Although it was a black-and-white movie, the movie was still one of the greatest hits of all time. It received a great and positive response from the audience and critics. The way David Lynch put up the story of Joseph into a single film and giving a social message to treat everyone equally was just tremendous.
9) Gandhi (1982)
Whenever we talk about history, the one name that played an important role in the independence of India is Mahatma Gandhi. With its leadership and strong principles, India got its independence in 1947. In 1982, Richard Attenborough created an epic biopic on the story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley as Gandhi. The story starts from the day when Mahatma Gandhi was thrown out of a white compartment of a train in South Africa and ends with his death.
Richard Attenborough’s three-hour-long movie has covered the entire life of Gandhi since his non-violent protest that gave Indians equal rights in South Africa to lead the entire country and give it its independence. The movie was so loved by the audience that it was nominated for 11 Academy Awards out of which it won eight awards including best actor and best director. Well, this three-hour-long amazing biopic is a must-watch movie and it is one of the best biographical movies of all time.
8) Good Fellas (1990)
Whether you love crime-based movies or not but you will definitely going to love this epic biographical movie of 90’s gangster Henry Hill. The movie covers the entire criminal period of Henry’s life from 1955 to 1980. Although there is a lot of violence and awful things happening in the movie but still the way these small things are covered in a single movie, it makes the character of Henry so likable. Henry and his friends append their entire life as criminals doing everything from robberies to drug business and murders but still after watching the movie you are going to love the story of Henry.
The best thing about Good Fellas is that it is one of those movies which is based on a Gangster’s life but still is one of the greatest hits of all time. The movie ended up grossing $48 million worldwide and was nominated for six Academy Awards. The unique story of Henry Hill makes this movie one of the best biographical movies.
7) The Aviator (2004)
Well, there are two reasons for watching this movie, the first one is that it is based on the story of a very successful man Howard Hughes and the second one is that it is a Leonardo DiCaprio movie. The way DiCaprio has portrayed the character of Howard Hughes is just fascinating. This is one of those DiCaprio movies which you will find totally worth watching. It is one of the best biographical movies I have ever seen.
Howard Hughes was a successful filmmaker. Despite his successful career in filmmaking, he was not satisfied with his life. So he decided to fly planes and became one of the greatest aviators of all time. He broke many world air records and later on opened his own aircraft companies. The movie got almost positive reviews worldwide and grossed a total amount of $110 million worldwide.
6) The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Pursuit of Happyness is just not a movie, it is an inspirational biopic of Chris Gardner who has seen many worst moments in his life. Chris was a successful entrepreneur of all time and the movie describes the struggling time period of his life. The movie is adapted from the book written by Chris himself. This movie is literally a cinematic version of “Never Giving Up”, no matter what the moment is, no matter how bad it is, just never give up and one day success will be yours.
Personally, Pursuit of Happyness is one of my favorite biographical movies because the story is so inspiring that it can literally give you goosebumps. If a person can become a successful entrepreneur from nearly being homeless then anything is possible. Chris’s story managed to inspire many people to achieve financial independence. The movie was one of the most popular movies ever made, it grossed a total amount of $162 million worldwide.
5) Catch Me If You Can (2002)
If you love watching biopics in which people manage to make millions in a very short time, you are definitely going to love this amazing crime-based biographical movie of Frank Abagnale. Frank Abagnale was a teenager, obsessed with making great money, and guess what, he manages to make millions before his 19th birthday. He performed many cons posing as a doctor, a pilot, and a prosecutor. The movie basically describes his life story from age 15-21 in which he made millions with his con tricks and escaped from police and FBI several times. Later on, he was arrested by the FBI but due to his experience as an impostor, he was hired by the FBI to catch other check frauds.
Catch Me if You Can be a great hit of all time. It grossed an amount of $382million worldwide and was nominated for Academy Awards for best actor. Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as Frank Abagnale was amazing and it was highly loved by the audience. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, I recommend you should definitely watch it, it is one of those movies which you cannot miss watching.
4) Steve Jobs (2015)
Isn’t it great when you get to watch the story of your ideal in a movie? Steve Jobs is an epic biographical movie based on the story of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs. The movie covers fourteen years of his life from 1984-1998 during which he worked as a personal computing innovator and later on became the co-founder of Apple-Inc. this movie is the portrayal of the struggling time period of Job’s life.
The reason you should watch this movie is that it is based on the story of one of the most successful businessmen of all time and it is great to learn from the life of such a successful person. Steve Jobs is not only one of the best biographical movies, but it is also one of the most successful movies of all time. The movie grossed $34.5 million worldwide and it was also nominated for several awards including the Golden Globe Award for best screenplay and the Academy Award for best actor.
3) The Social Networking (2010)
If you have an innovative idea, want to do your own startup, you should definitely watch The Social Networking. The Social Networking is an amazing biographical movie of Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. This movie is about the real story behind Facebook was, how Mark came up with the idea, how he invented Facebook, and how he started making billions from Facebook. I am pretty sure most of you are fascinated with the life of Mark Zuckerberg and want to be successful like him, but to become successful you should first know how he led his life towards success.
And the way Jesse Adam Eisenberg has done the role of Mark Zuckerberg is the best thing about the movie. The movie also became a great hit of all time, it received three Academy Awards and grossed a total amount of $224 million worldwide. This movie is really an inspirational movie for all those people who want to start their own business and make millions from it. All you need is an innovative idea and a dream to achieve something.
2) The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Is it me or Leonardo DiCaprio obsessed with making epic biopics? The Wolf of Wall Street is another epic biographical movie based on the life of successful stockbroker Jordan Belfort beautifully played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Jordan Belfort was known as the Wolf of Wall Street, the way he started his own company and made billions from it is totally worth watching. Jordan’s life inspired many people to go into the broker business.
The Wolf of Wall Street is not just a biopic, it is also an inspirational movie for all those who want real success in the broker business. The movie shows various techniques on how to sell stocks to people and how to convince them to buy more stocks and make a profit from them. Even though what Jordan did was illegal, he has still inspired many people to go into stock marketing and make money. Well, personally this is my all-time favorite movie.
1) Schindler’s List (1993)
I was never a fan of classic and old movies but after watching this movie I just loved it. Schindler’s List is a classic 1993 movie based on the story of businessman Oskar Schindler who saved thousands of Jews during World War II. Literally, there is no biographical movie where a person has saved thousands of people from dying and giving them work. And that’s what makes this movie the best biographical movie of all time.
The movie covers different phases of Oskar Schindler’s life one in which he was just a carefree person and the second in which he felt responsible. Oskar Schindler gave work to thousands of Jews and saved them from being killed in the Holocaust. The movie was a great hit of all time, it won seven Academy Awards out of 12 nominations including best actor and best director.
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