25 “Must-See” Biographical Films

In no particular order:

1.  Schindler’s List (1993)

2. The Aviator (2004)

3. Elizabeth (1998)

4. Gandhi (1982)

5. Milk (2008) 

6. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

7. The Pianist (2002)

8. Amazing Grace (2006)

9. The Elephant Man (1980)

10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

11. Control (2007)

12. Braveheart (1995)

13. Erin Brockovich (2000)

14. Twelve Years a Slave (2013)

15. The Imitation Game (2014)

16. Downfall (2004)

17. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

18. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

19. Malcolm X (1992)

20. Lincoln (2012)

21. In the Name of the Father (1993)

22. The King’s Speech (2010)

23. Papillon (1973)

24. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

25. Frida (2002)


27 Responses to 25 “Must-See” Biographical Films

  1. vinnieh says:

    Some amazing choices here. I love Elizabeth.

  2. Excellent list. The Elephant Man makes me cry every time I watch. I would also add Walk The Line(bio of Johnny Cash). Glad to see some more love for the much underrated Frida.

  3. Nice list. I love Jane Campion and adore “Frida”. That one would be up in my top 10. Also love ‘Cinderella Man’ a lot about boxer James Braddock. I’ve not seen your number six.

    • dbmoviesblog says:

      The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a really great film, Cindy and I recommend watching it, especially if you’ve seen and liked the Sea Inside, because they share similar themes. Cinderella Man is a good choice, too. I have to admit I’m rubbish when it comes to “sports” films. Maybe if I were any keen on them, The Fighter or the Blind Side, or even Moneyball would have been on that list.

  4. I’d add Saving Mr. Banks as well.

  5. Jade says:

    Lots of brilliant films on this list! 🙂 Happy to see Control on there. It’s such an underappreciated film.

  6. Thanks for following my blog! It’s good to see that A Beautiful Mind is on this list; it is my favorite bio pic.

  7. raistlin0903 says:

    Great list, I have seen most of these film, except for a few of them. Especially like Hacksaw Ridge, 12 years a slave and Schindler’s list.

  8. Liam says:

    Great list. I haven’t seen a lot of these, but there’s quite a few I’ve been meaning to see for a while like The Pianist. But I especially like catch me if you can, hacksaw ridge and the aviator.

  9. Jay says:

    Great list, lots to love – some I find I forget to think of as biographies\true stories.

  10. Usually lists like this make me cringe a little only because there are so many important films that I’ve yet to see. but I’m happy to say I’ve seen more than half the ones on your list.

    As for the other half, thank you. I’ll be looking for these titles. 🙂

  11. These are some great choices and some that have come to my attention. I recently saw Hacksaw Ridge which shocked me in a powerful and moving way that I had forgotten about since Mel Gibson in Braveheart. It’s more than just a war movie with action and I loved the direction it took to make it compelling for the audience, and the music is very beautiful. ☺

    • dbmoviesblog says:

      I gave Hacksaw Ridge 9/10 in my review. I was impressed that Gibson not only made a war film, but also showed such a touching love story there. Many action/war epics tend to overlook or pay only lip service to such things.

  12. sati says:

    Awesome to see Elizabeth here! Still my favorite Blanchett performance right after Blue Jasmine

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