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Top Biographical Films (#101-186)

This list also contains autobiographical and semi-autobiographical films.

Rank Title Year Director(s) Subject(s) Overall
Rank
101 42: Forty Two Up 1998 Michael Apted Various People 1376
102 Hunger 2008 Steve McQueen Bobby Sands 1379
103 Cleopatra 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cleopatra VII 1393
104 Silkwood 1983 Mike Nichols Karen Silkwood 1430
105 An Angel at My Table 1990 Jane Campion Janet Frame 1442
106 Coal Miner's Daughter 1980 Michael Apted Loretta Lynn 1453
107 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen Solomon Northup 1460
108 The Aviator 2004 Martin Scorsese Howard Hughes 1469
109 Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 Jean-Paul Rappeneau Hercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac 1492
110 Seven Up! 1964 Paul Almond Various People 1493
111 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan Gerry Conlon 1502
112 The Long Day Closes 1992 Terence Davies Terence Davies 1507
113 My Dinner with Andre 1981 Louis Malle 1520
114 The Dream of Light 1992 Víctor Erice Antonio López García 1534
115 Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 Barry Levinson Adrian Cronauer 1564
116 21 Up 1977 Michael Apted Various People 1569
117 Midnight Express 1978 Alan Parker Billy Hayes 1572
118 Edvard Munch 1974 Peter Watkins Edvard Munch 1588
119 Gods and Monsters 1998 Bill Condon James Whale 1611
120 The Wolf of Wall Street 2013 Martin Scorsese Jordan Belfort 1620
121 Into the Wild 2007 Sean Penn Christopher McCandless 1628
122 Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone Richard M. Nixon 1630
123 The Hurricane 1999 Norman Jewison Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and Lesra Martin 1638
124 The Life of Emile Zola 1937 William Dieterle Emile Zola 1652
125 The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 Milos Forman Larry Flynt 1653
126 49 Up 2005 Michael Apted Various People 1656
127 The Puppet Master 1993 Hsiao-hsien Hou Tianlu Li 1658
128 The Motorcycle Diaries 2004 Walter Salles Che Guevara and Alberto Granado 1663
129 Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Phillip Noyce Molly and Daisy Craig 1664
130 Senna 2010 Asif Kapadia Ayrton Senna 1685
131 Shine 1996 Scott Hicks David Helfgott 1715
132 Lenny 1974 Bob Fosse Lenny Bruce 1736
133 35 Up 1991 Michael Apted Various People 1743
134 Il Postino 1994 Michael Radford Pablo Neruda 1745
135 October Sky 1999 Joe Johnston Homer Hickam 1746
136 Seven Plus Seven 1970 Michael Apted Various People 1749
137 Monster 2003 Patty Jenkins Aileen Wuornos 1751
138 My Brilliant Career 1979 Gillian Armstrong Sybylla Melvyn 1764
139 Argo 2012 Ben Affleck Tony Mendez 1816
140 The Queen 2006 Stephen Frears Tony Blair and Elizabeth II 1831
141 Good Night, and Good Luck. 2005 George Clooney Edward R. Murrow 1856
142 Knute Rockne, All American 1940 Lloyd Bacon Knute Rockne 1879
143 The Time to Live and the Time to Die 1985 Hsiao-hsien Hou Hsiao-hsien Hou 1883
144 The King of Kong 2007 Seth Gordon Steve Wiebe 1892
145 Blue 1993 Derek Jarman Derek Jarman 1900
146 Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Steven Zaillian Joshua Waitzkin 1905
147 What's Love Got to Do with It 1993 Brian Gibson Tina Turner 1906
148 The Intouchables 2011 Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Abdel Sellou and Philippe Pozzo di Borgo 1944
149 The Ten Commandments 1923 Cecil B. DeMille Moses 1949
150 Girl, Interrupted 1999 James Mangold Susanna Kaysen 1952
151 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 Paul Schrader Yukio Mishima 1976
152 El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar 1993
153 Tarnation 2003 Jonathan Caouette Jonathan Caouette 2004
154 Reversal of Fortune 1990 Barbet Schroeder Claus von Bülow 2007
155 Once Upon a Time in China 1991 Hark Tsui Wong Fei-hung 2029
156 La Vie en rose 2007 Olivier Dahan Édith Piaf 2035
157 Mommie Dearest 1981 Frank Perry Joan and Christina Crawford 2048
158 The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933 Alexander Korda Henry VIII 2053
159 Frida 2002 Julie Taymor Frida Kahlo 2059
160 The New World 2005 Terrence Malick John Smith and Pocahontas 2068
161 The Great Ziegfeld 1936 Robert Z. Leonard Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. 2080
162 No Direction Home: Bob Dylan 2005 Martin Scorsese Bob Dylan 2088
163 Before Night Falls 2000 Julian Schnabel Reinaldo Arenas 2093
164 Moneyball 2011 Bennett Miller Billy Beane 2096
165 Anvil! The Story of Anvil 2008 Sacha Gervasi Anvil 2108
166 Lust for Life 1956 Vincente Minnelli Vincent Van Gogh 2112
167 Control 2007 Anton Corbijn Ian Curtis 2128
168 One Day in September 1999 Kevin Macdonald 2158
169 They Died with Their Boots on 1941 Raoul Walsh George Armstrong Custer 2173
170 Caro Diario 1993 Nanni Moretti Nanni Moretti 2180
171 Awakenings 1990 Penny Marshall Oliver Sacks 2181
172 The Doors 1991 Oliver Stone Jim Morrison 2183
173 Without Limits 1998 Robert Towne Steve Prefontaine 2187
174 The Blind Side 2009 John Lee Hancock Leigh Anne Tuohy and Michael Oher 2190
175 American Gangster 2007 Ridley Scott Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts 2205
176 Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Robert Wise Rocky Graziano 2233
177 Caravaggio 1986 Derek Jarman Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio 2245
178 Gentleman Jim 1942 Raoul Walsh James J. Corbett 2248
179 Evita 1996 Alan Parker Eva Perón 2295
180 My Childhood 1972 Bill Douglas Bill Douglas 2296
181 Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 John Frankenheimer Robert Stroud 2342
182 The Diary of Anne Frank 1959 George Stevens Anne Frank 2356
183 The Last King of Scotland 2006 Kevin Macdonald Idi Amin 2359
184 Nowhere in Africa 2001 Caroline Link Stefanie Zweig 2373
185 Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1997 Werner Herzog Dieter Dengler 2375
186 Lincoln 2012 Steven Spielberg Abraham Lincoln 2419
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