100 essential biopics

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  1. Bonnie and Clyde (1967, Arthur Penn) - about American criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow
  2. Raging Bull (1980, Martin Scorsese) - about Italian-American boxer Jake LaMotta
  3. Schindler's List (1993, Steven Spielberg) - about German industrialist Oskar Schindler
  4. GoodFellas (1990, Martin Scorsese) - about American mobsters Henry Hill, Jimmy Burke and Thomas DeSimone
  5. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer) - about French folk heroine Joan of Arc
  6. Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman) - about Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  7. Andrei Rublev (1969, Andrei Tarkovski) - about Russian painter Andrei Rublev
  8. Reds (1981, Warren Beatty) - about American journalist John Reed
  9. Patton (1970, Franklin J. Shaffner) - about American general George S. Patton
  10. Napoléon (1927, Abel Gance) - about French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
  11. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Michael Curtiz) - about American entertainer George M. Cohan
  12. The Last Emperor (1987, Bernardo Bertolucci) - about Chinese emperor Puyi
  13. The Life of Emile Zola (1937, William Dieterle) - about French writer Emile Zola
  14. Henry V (1944, Laurence Olivier) - about King Henry V of England
  15. Shine (1996, Scott Hicks) - about Austrialian pianist David Helfgott
  16. Lola Montès (1955, Max Ophüls) - about Irish dancer Lola Montez
  17. Gandhi (1982, Richard Attenborough) - about Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi
  18. The Elephant Man (1980, David Lynch) - about English deformed man Joseph Merrick
  19. Waltz With Bashir (2008, Ari Folman) - about Israeli soldier Ari Folman
  20. Ivan the Terrible, Part One (1945, Sergei Eisenstein) - about Tsar Ivan IV of Russia
  21. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007, Julian Schnabel) - about French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby
  22. Downfall (2004, Oliver Hirschbiegel) - about German dictator Adolf Hitler
  23. The Queen (2006, Stephen Frears) - about Queen Elizabeth II of England
  24. The Social Network (2010, David Fincher) - about American computer programmer Mark Zuckerberg
  25. Crumb (1994, Terry Zwigoff) - about American illustrator Robert Crumb
  26. Alexander Nevsky (1938, Sergei Eisenstein) - about Russian prince Alexander Nevsky
  27. Queen Christina (1933, Rouben Mamoulian) - about Queen Christina of Sweden
  28. Good Night and Good Luck (2005, George Clooney) - about American journalist Edward R. Murrow and American politician Joseph McCarthy
  29. Born on the Fourth of July (1989, Oliver Stone) - about American Vietnam war veteran Ron Kovic
  30. Hoop Dreams (1994, Steve James) - about American basketball players William Gates and Arthur Agee
  31. The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1975, Werner Herzog) - about Kaspar Hauser
  32. The Aviator (2004, Martin Scorsese) - about Howard Hughes
  33. My Left Foot (1989, Jim Sheridan) - about Christy Brown
  34. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939, John Ford) - about Abraham Lincoln
  35. The Ten Commandments (1956, Cecil B. DeMille) - about Moses
  36. The Thin Blue Line (1988, Errol Morris) - about Randall Dale Adams
  37. Out of Africa (1985, Sydney Pollack) - about Karen Blixen
  38. Coal Miner's Daughter (1980, Michael Apted) - about Loretta Lynn
  39. Topsy-Turvy (1999, Mike Leigh) - about Arhtur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert
  40. Malcolm X (1992, Spike Lee) - about Malcolm X
  41. Finding Neverland (2004, Marc Forster) - about J.M. Barrie
  42. Serpico (1973, Sidney Lumet) - about Frank Serpico
  43. Nanook of the North (1922, Robert J. Flaherty) - about Nanook
  44. The Scarlet Empress (1934, Josef Van Sternberg) - about Catherine the Great of Russia
  45. Capote (2005, Bennett Miller) - about Truman Capote
  46. Lust for Life (1956, Vincente Minnelli) - about Vincent van Gogh
  47. The Miracle Worker (1962, Arthur Penn) - about Helen Keller
  48. Sergeant York (1941, Howard Hawks) - about Alvin York
  49. Milk (2008, Gus Van Sant) - about Harvey Milk
  50. Frost/Nixon (2008, Ron Howard) - about David Frost and Richard Nixon
  51. My Brilliant Career (1979, Gillian Armstrong) - about Miles Franklin
  52. Henry V (1989, Kenneth Branagh) - about King Henry V of England
  53. Becket (1964, Peter Glenville) - about Thomas Becket
  54. Elizabeth (1998, Shekhar Kapur) - about Queen Elizabeth I of England
  55. The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933, Alexander Korda) - about King Henry VIII of England
  56. The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996, Milos Forman) - about Larry Flynt
  57. The Last Waltz (1978, Martin Scorsese) - about The Band
  58. American Splendor (2003, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini) - about Harvey Pekar
  59. Silkwood (1983, Mike Nichols) - about Karen Silkwood
  60. Julius Caesar (1953, Joseph L. Mankiewicz) - about Julius Caesar
  61. A Beautiful Mind (2001, Ron Howard) - about John Forbes Nash Jr.
  62. Richard III (1955, Laurence Olivier) - about King Richard III of England
  63. Viva Zapata! (1952, Elia Kazan) - about Emiliano Zapata
  64. Sherman's March (1986, Ross McElwee) - about William Tecumseh Sherman
  65. Julia (1977, Fred Zinnemann) - about Lillian Hellman and Julia
  66. Moulin Rouge (1952, John Huston) - about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  67. Grizzly Man (2005, Werner Herzog) - about Timothy Treadwell
  68. Midnight Express (1978, Alan Parker) - about Billy Hayes
  69. Ivan the Terrible, Part Two (1958, Sergei M. Eisenstein) - about Czar Ivan IV of Russia
  70. The Sea Inside (2004, Alejandro Amenábar) - about Ramón Sampedro
  71. Capturing the Friedmans (2003, Andrew Jarecki) - about Arnold and Jesse Friedman
  72. The Fighter (2010, David O. Russell) - about Micky Ward
  73. Don't Look Back (1967, D.A. Pennebaker) - about Bob Dylan
  74. The Puppetmaster (1993, Hsiao-hsien Hou) - about Li Tian-Lu
  75. The Wild Child (1970, Francois Truffaut) - about Victor of Aveyron
  76. La Vie en Rose (2007, Olivier Dahan) - about Édith Piaf
  77. Funny Girl (1968, William Wyler) - about Fanny Brice
  78. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959, George Stevens) - about Anne Frank
  79. Dance with a Stranger (1985, Mike Newell) - about Ruth Ellis
  80. The Motorcycle Diaries (2004, Walter Salles) - about Che Guevara
  81. American Movie (1999, Chris Smith) - about Mark Borchardt
  82. The Pride of the Yankees (1942, Sam Wood) - about Lou Gehrig
  83. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993, Francois Girard) - about Glenn Gould
  84. Bugsy (1991, Barry Levinson) - about Bugsy Siegel
  85. Lenny (1974, Bob Fosse) - about Lenny Bruce
  86. Danton (1983, Andrzej Wajda) - about Georges Danton
  87. Shadowlands (1993, Richard Attenborough) - about C.S. Lewis
  88. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986, John McNaughton) - about Henry Lee Lucas
  89. The Madness of King George (1994 Nicholas Hytner) - about King George III of the United Kingdom
  90. Ray (2004, Taylor Hackford) - about Ray Charles
  91. The Long Day Closes (1992, Terence Davies) - about Bud
  92. Best Boy (1979, Ira Wohl) - about Philly Wohl
  93. I Want to Live! (1958, Robert Wise) - about Barbara Graham
  94. Bound for Glory (1976, Hal Ashby) - about Woody Guthrie
  95. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, Martin Scorsese) - about Jesus Christ
  96. Rembrandt (1936, Alexander Korda) - about Rembrandt van Rijn
  97. The Great Ziegfeld (1936, Robert Z. Leonard) - about Florenz Ziegfeld
  98. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973, Sam Peckinpah) - about Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
  99. Changeling (2008, Clint Eastwood) - about Christine Collins
  100. Stavisky... (1974, Alain Resnais) - about Alexandre Stavisky