Biopic Films Part II

by BatBanks | created - 21 Sep 2014 | updated - 22 Sep 2014 | Public

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1. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)

R | 113 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

67 Metascore

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts

Votes: 80,524 | Gross: $16.00M

2. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 160,105 | Gross: $5.89M

4. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1975 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of author F. Scott Fitzgerald's two stays in Hollywood to write for films, once in 1927 at the height of his acclaim, and again in 1937 when he arrived with little money, enormous expenses and an ill wife.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Jason Miller, Tuesday Weld, Julia Foster, Dolores Sutton

Votes: 22

5. Factory Girl (2006)

R | 90 min | Biography, Drama

45 Metascore

Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.

Director: George Hickenlooper | Stars: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon

Votes: 20,277 | Gross: $1.66M

6. Funny Girl (1968)

G | 151 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

The life of Fanny Brice, famed comedienne and entertainer of the early 1900s. We see her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, subsequent career, and her personal life, particularly her relationship with Nick Arnstein.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis

Votes: 17,470 | Gross: $58.50M

7. Funny Lady (1975)

PG | 136 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Story of singer Fanny Brice's stormy relationship with showman Billy Rose.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Barbra Streisand, James Caan, Omar Sharif, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 4,695 | Gross: $40.06M

8. Gods and Monsters (1998)

R | 105 min | Biography, Drama

74 Metascore

The last days of Frankenstein (1931) Director James Whale are explored.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 28,070 | Gross: $6.39M

9. Grace Kelly (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

The fairy tale story of the actress who became a princess is told in this biography that traces her rise from Philadelphia socialite to Hollywood movie star.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Lloyd Bridges, Diane Ladd, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 290

10. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,679

11. Gypsy (1962)

Approved | 143 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Paul Wallace

Votes: 5,168 | Gross: $13.01M

12. Gypsy (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 153 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the autobiography of Gypsy Rose Lee, this made-for-TV movie-previously a Broadway smash and a 1962 film-depicts the life and times of a stripper and her domineering mother.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Bette Midler, Peter Riegert, Cynthia Gibb, Edward Asner

Votes: 1,567

13. Gypsy (I)

Biography, Comedy, Drama | Announced

Based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.

Director: Barry Levinson | Star: Barbra Streisand

14. Harlow (I) (1965)

Not Rated | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A screen adaption of the blistering best-seller which examines the story of platinum blonde bombshell Jean Harlow (Carroll Baker) who rose to fame in the reckless Hollywood of the 1930s.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Carroll Baker, Red Buttons, Raf Vallone, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 668

15. Harlow (II) (1965)

109 min | Drama

Loosely based biography of 1930s star Jean Harlow as she begins her climb to stardom.

Director: Alex Segal | Stars: Carol Lynley, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ginger Rogers, Barry Sullivan

Votes: 157

16. The Helen Morgan Story (1957)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Torch singer Helen Morgan rises from sordid beginnings to fame and fortune only to lose it all to alcohol and poor personal choices.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Ann Blyth, Paul Newman, Richard Carlson, Gene Evans

Votes: 679

17. Houdini (1953)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke

Votes: 2,799

18. Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell (1977)

R | 95 min | Biography, Drama

When maverick first-time director Howard Hughes has to recast the female lead in his aerial war picture Hell's Angels (1930), he chooses a fiery, unknown movie extra named Jean Harlow, launching both of their Hollywood careers in the process.

Director: Larry Buchanan | Stars: Victor Holchak, Lindsay Bloom, David McLean, Charles Aidikoff

Votes: 35

19. Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This biography of Dorothy Dandridge follows her career through early days on the club circuit with her sister to her turn in movies, including becoming the first black actress to win a Best... See full summary »

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Halle Berry, Brent Spiner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Obba Babatundé

Votes: 3,095

20. James Dean (1976 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama

A dramatization of the story of legendary movie actor James Dean. The film's writer, William Bast, had roomed with Dean in the early '50s, when both were trying to break into films as actors.

Director: Robert Butler | Stars: Michael Brandon, Stephen McHattie, Brooke Adams, Julian Burton

Votes: 249

21. James Dean (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Valentina Cervi, Enrico Colantoni

Votes: 4,895

22. James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama

Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with ... See full summary »

Director: Mardi Rustam | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Carrie Mitchum, Diane Ladd, Mike Connors

Votes: 290

23. The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.

Director: Dick Lowry | Stars: Loni Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Buktenica, Kathleen Lloyd

Votes: 729

24. Jeanne Eagels (1957)

Not Rated | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The life of 1920s actress Jeanne Eagels.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Kim Novak, Jeff Chandler, Agnes Moorehead, Charles Drake

Votes: 596

25. The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Music

This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Larry Parks, Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,429

26. The Josephine Baker Story (1991 TV Movie)

R | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

Born poor in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker achieved fame and fortune through her sizzlingly exotic, erotic performances. Starting life on the American Vaudeville circuit, success ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 1,151

27. La Vie En Rose (2007)

PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music

66 Metascore

Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 79,207 | Gross: $10.30M

28. The Legend of Valentino (1975 TV Movie)

Unrated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

A "dramatization" of the life of actor Rudolph Valentino, widely regarded as the screen's first male sex symbol.

Director: Melville Shavelson | Stars: Franco Nero, Suzanne Pleshette, Judd Hirsch, Lesley Ann Warren

Votes: 79

29. Lenny (1974)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine, Jan Miner, Stanley Beck

Votes: 13,561

30. Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)

TV-PG | 170 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The Judy Garland story from the 1930s until her death.

Stars: Judy Davis, Victor Garber, Hugh Laurie, John Benjamin Hickey

Votes: 1,998

31. Lillian Russell (1940)

Passed | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

Life story of the musical star from her discovery in 1890 by band leader Tony Pastor till her retirement in 1912 when she married newspaperman Alexander Moore.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Henry Fonda, Edward Arnold

Votes: 368

32. Lillie (1978– )

52 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Lillie Langtry, trapped in a loveless marriage, takes full advantage of her beauty, attracting many lovers and admirers including the Prince of Wales and Oscar Wilde. As her husband slowly ... See full summary »

Stars: Francesca Annis, Catherine Feller, Peggy Ann Wood, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 464

33. Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

This made for TV movie tells the story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It begins in the 1930's when they met as actors under contract at RKO and ends with their divorce in 1960. In between ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Frances Fisher, Maurice Benard, Robin Pearson Rose, John Wheeler

Votes: 193

34. Mae West (1982 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of the curvaceous and sharp-witted actress who scandalized Broadway and Hollywood in the 1920s-30s with her frank approach to sex.

Director: Lee Philips | Stars: Ann Jillian, James Brolin, Piper Laurie, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 123

35. Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

Approved | 122 min | Biography, Drama

The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau

Votes: 2,212

36. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Votes: 119,221 | Gross: $34.58M

37. Margot (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 85 min | Biography, Drama

At the age of forty, Dame Margot Fonteyn (Anne-Marie Duff) is considered to be past her best as a prima ballerina and Dame Ninette de Valois is reducing her roles at the Royal Ballet. Then ... See full summary »

Director: Otto Bathurst | Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Penelope Wilton, Con O'Neill, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 197

38. Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993 TV Movie)

TV-14 | Drama

As the title implies, this is a highly fictionalized account of a supposed sexual relationship Marilyn Monroe had with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy after her supposed affair with... See full synopsis »

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Melody Anderson, James F. Kelly, Jonathan Banks, Kristoffer Tabori

Votes: 56

39. Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980 TV Movie)

156 min | Biography, Drama

The story of how Norma Jean, once an orphan in Hollywood, becomes Marilyn Monroe, the movie star and celebrity. The movie begins with her as a child and ends with the mysterious way she ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Arnold, John Flynn, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Catherine Hicks, Richard Basehart, Frank Converse, John Ireland

Votes: 189

40. Mommie Dearest (1981)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama

55 Metascore

The abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother, screen queen Joan Crawford, is depicted.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest, Howard Da Silva

Votes: 13,471 | Gross: $19.03M

41. Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996 TV Movie)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama

This film follows Norma Jean from her simple, ambitious youth to her superstar pinnacle and back down. She moves from lover to lover in order to further her career. She finds fame but never happiness, only knowing seduction but not love.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Josh Charles, Ron Rifkin

Votes: 2,438

42. The Notorious Bettie Page (2005)

R | 91 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

The life of Bettie Page, a 1950s pin-up model and one of the first sex icons in America, who became the target of a Senate investigation due to her risqué bondage photos.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, Chris Bauer, Jared Harris

Votes: 10,111 | Gross: $1.41M

43. Nowhere Boy (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, David Threlfall

Votes: 33,588 | Gross: $1.45M

44. Rainbow (1978 TV Movie)

97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The early life and struggles of Judy Garland (portrayed by Andrea McArdle), and of the film star's trials as a youngster in dealing with the Movie Studio system that held her back while her... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Cooper | Stars: Andrea McArdle, Don Murray, Michael Parks, Rue McClanahan

Votes: 194

45. Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

The life and times of silverscreen goddess Rita Hayworth.

Director: James Goldstone | Stars: Lynda Carter, Michael Lerner, John Considine, Jane Hallaren

Votes: 75

46. RKO 281 (1999 TV Movie)

R | 86 min | Biography, Drama

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