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Top Biographical Films (#1-100)

This list also contains autobiographical and semi-autobiographical films.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Subject(s) Overall
Rank
1 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean T.E. Lawrence 16
2 Goodfellas 1990 Martin Scorsese Henry Hill 22
3 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese Jake La Motta 25
4 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg Oskar Schindler 34
5 Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Arthur Penn Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker 55
6 The Sound of Music 1965 Robert Wise The von Trapp Family 121
7 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer Joan of Arc 124
8 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 George Roy Hill Butch Cassidy and Harry Longabaugh 135
9 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri 162
10 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky Andrei Rublev 175
11 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson William Wallace 204
12 Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick Spartacus 254
13 Patton 1970 Franklin J. Schaffner George S. Patton Jr. 282
14 All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward 312
15 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance Napoleon Bonaparte 338
16 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski Wladyslaw Szpilman 376
17 The Elephant Man 1980 David Lynch John Merrick 385
18 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell 396
19 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough Mohandas K. Gandhi 405
20 Fitzcarraldo 1982 Werner Herzog Carlos Fitzcarrald 419
21 The Ten Commandments 1956 Cecil B. DeMille Moses 429
22 Ed Wood 1994 Tim Burton Ed Wood 438
23 Casino 1995 Martin Scorsese Frank Rosenthal 443
24 Ivan the Terrible 1945 Sergei M. Eisenstein Ivan IV 489
25 In the Realm of the Senses 1976 Nagisa Oshima Sada Abe and Kichizo Ishida 498
26 Crumb 1994 Terry Zwigoff Robert Crumb 499
27 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel Adolf Hitler 557
28 Close-Up 1990 Abbas Kiarostami Hossain Sabzian 565
29 Au Revoir, les Enfants 1987 Louis Malle Louis Malle 578
30 A Beautiful Mind 2001 Ron Howard John Nash 581
31 The Last Emperor 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci Pu Yi 585
32 The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini Jesus of Nazareth 590
33 Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 Michael Curtiz George M. Cohan 593
34 The Mirror 1975 Andrei Tarkovsky Andrei Tarkovsky 598
35 Malcolm X 1992 Spike Lee Malcolm X 618
36 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann Sir Thomas More 667
37 Waltz with Bashir 2008 Ari Folman Ari Folman 702
38 Grizzly Man 2005 Werner Herzog Timothy Treadwell 706
39 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier Henry V 721
40 Heavenly Creatures 1994 Peter Jackson Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme 737
41 Out of Africa 1985 Sydney Pollack Isak Dinesen 751
42 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1973 Sam Peckinpah William H. Bonney 761
43 The Insider 1999 Michael Mann Lowell Bergman and Jeffrey Wigand 764
44 Reds 1981 Warren Beatty Jack Reed 784
45 The Straight Story 1999 David Lynch Alvin Straight 805
46 Persepolis 2007 Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi 820
47 Capturing the Friedmans 2003 Andrew Jarecki The Friedman family 823
48 The Color of Pomegranates 1969 Sergei Parajanov Sayat Nova 827
49 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood Lou Gehrig 828
50 My Left Foot 1989 Jim Sheridan Christy Brown 837
51 Topsy-Turvy 1999 Mike Leigh William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan 846
52 Man on Wire 2008 James Marsh Philippe Petit 849
53 Young Mr. Lincoln 1939 John Ford Abraham Lincoln 857
54 The Social Network 2010 David Fincher Mark Zuckerberg 888
55 Serpico 1973 Sidney Lumet Frank Serpico 900
56 Erin Brockovich 2000 Steven Soderbergh Erin Brockovich 908
57 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003 Errol Morris Robert S. McNamara 911
58 Donnie Brasco 1997 Mike Newell Joseph D. Pistone 917
59 The King and I 1956 Walter Lang Anna Leonowens 925
60 Dersu Uzala 1975 Akira Kurosawa Dersu Uzala 960
61 Lola Montès 1955 Max Ophüls Lola Montez 964
62 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 John McNaughton Henry Lee Lucas 1001
63 Miracle 2004 Gavin O'Connor Herb Brooks 1002
64 American Splendor 2003 Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Harvey Pekar 1007
65 Funny Girl 1968 William Wyler Fanny Brice 1024
66 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 Sergei M. Eisenstein and M. Filimonova Ivan IV 1038
67 Ray 2004 Taylor Hackford Ray Charles 1045
68 The Mystery of Kaspar Hausar 1974 Werner Herzog Kaspar Hausar 1046
69 The King's Speech 2010 Tom Hooper George VI 1048
70 Boys Don't Cry 1999 Kimberly Peirce Brandon Teena 1083
71 The Conqueror Worm 1968 Michael Reeves Matthew Hopkins 1085
72 Elizabeth 1998 Shekhar Kapur Elizabeth I 1088
73 Cinderella Man 2005 Ron Howard James J. Braddock 1094
74 Rudy 1993 David Anspaugh Rudy Ruettiger 1125
75 Remember the Titans 2000 Boaz Yakin Herman Boone 1138
76 Ali 2001 Michael Mann Muhammad Ali 1139
77 The Times of Harvey Milk 1984 Rob Epstein Harvey Milk 1148
78 Catch Me If You Can 2002 Steven Spielberg Frank Abagnale, Jr. 1157
79 The Lion in Winter 1968 Anthony Harvey Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine 1186
80 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 Andrew Dominik Jesse James and Robert Ford 1188
81 Henry V 1989 Kenneth Branagh Henry V 1191
82 Queen Christina 1933 Rouben Mamoulian Christina of Sweden 1192
83 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone Ron Kovic 1207
84 Papillon 1973 Franklin J. Schaffner Henri Charriere 1215
85 Sherman's March 1985 Ross McElwee Ross McElwee 1219
86 Finding Neverland 2004 Marc Forster J.M. Barrie 1222
87 Milk 2008 Gus Van Sant Harvey Milk 1242
88 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 Julian Schnabel Jean-Dominique Bauby 1243
89 The Sea Inside 2004 Alejandro Amenábar Ramón Sampedro 1248
90 24 Hour Party People 2002 Michael Winterbottom Tony Wilson 1263
91 Orlando 1992 Sally Potter 1278
92 Capote 2005 Bennett Miller Truman Capote 1280
93 Brian's Song 1971 Buzz Kulik Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo 1302
94 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks Alvin York 1309
95 28 Up 1984 Michael Apted Various People 1312
96 Tombstone 1993 George P. Cosmatos Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday 1330
97 The Miracle Worker 1962 Arthur Penn Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan 1332
98 Sid and Nancy 1986 Alex Cox Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen 1344
99 The Fighter 2010 David O. Russell Micky Ward 1360
100 Walk the Line 2005 James Mangold Johnny Cash 1366
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