Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Biopic?

42With “42” upcoming this weekend, I thought that it might be a good time to ask about biopics. Biographical movies… those films that tell the story of historical figures and actual people.

Whether they’re biographies of political figures, such as “The Iron Lady”, “J. Edgar”, or “Nixon”, sports figures, such as “Cobb”, “The Babe” or “Ali”, or musicians, such as “Ray” or “The Doors”, Hollywood has mined the lives of the famous and the historically important for stories ever since they began making movies.

It doesn’t have to be limited to a birth to death straight up biography, either. Recent films such as “Hitchcock”, “Lincoln” and “Moneyball” which tell the true story of a brief period in someone’s life are fine as well. (although I reserve the right to use “What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Based on a True Story?” in the future 😉 )

So what’s YOUR favorite? Is it Kingsley’s “Gandhi”? Or Denzel Washington’s “Malcolm X”? There are movies you wouldn’t think of right away that should be considered… “Goodfellas” is pretty much a biopic of Henry Hill, and “Braveheart” is based on the life of William Wallace.

There’s plenty to choose from, but here’s a listing on Wikipedia if you need help!

Let’s hear it! What’s YOUR favorite biopic?!

182 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Biopic?

  1. Does Tombstone count??? Okay Henry V with Kenneth Braunagh. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Finding Neverland, Patton and Great Escape (Don’t know if that counts – true story though) and I love Elephant Man…though I saw it at about 6 years old the first time and it scared me for years. Years. Freaked me out. I had to watch it again in my twenties just to get over the fear and I also made myself read his biography. Would From Hell count??? Hee!

    • LOL! I’ll give you all of them except “From Hell”. How’s that? I think “From Hell” is straight up fction, even though it borrows actual events and select characters 😉

      I’ve never seen “The Elephant Man” 😯 I’m pretty sure that 6 years old is WAY too young though! LOL

      • Awesome! Tombstone is an amazing flick!! I figured From Hell was pushing it just a bit. You need to see the Elephant Man. And yes. I have very distinct memories of starring at the wall for an hour cause I was to scared to look at the tv. My older brother and I gave my parents fits about it for years. Funny enough, I had bigger nightmares from Kroll than the Elephant Man. But I had deep running fears for years about the Elephant Man. Just no nightmares. Strange. Crazy parents!

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