Biographical movies are the versatile journey to magnificent parts of different human beings throughout history. It’s like a train with colorful compartments. The destination is the ultimate pleasure as well as inner purification. You love to be amazed by the philosophy of life, and that’s the feeling you can expect from biopics. Let’s get to know about the best biopics that have been made all over the world.
Best Biographical Movies of All-time
The Sea Inside | 2004 | Spain | 8/10 IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes
This Spanish drama tells the story of a sailor- Ramon Sampedro. He became paralyzed after a diving accident and followed to struggle for his right to die. Javier Bardem, playing the sailor character, won several awards including European Film Awards, Goya Awards, and Venice Film Festival. This film, directed, screenplay, and produced by Alejandro Amenabar, won Oscar and Golden Globe for the best foreign-language film. Jo Allen and Manolo Garcia got the Oscar nomination for best achievement in makeup.
Lion | 2016 | Australia | 8/10 IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes
An Indian boy, raised in an Australian family, desperately looks for his own family he lost 25 years ago. This is the main theme of ‘Lion’ film directed by Garth Davis. Luk Davies wrote the screenplay based on an autobiography book of Saroo Brierley titled ‘A Long Way Home’. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and David Wenham. The film got Oscar nominations in Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Gandhi | 1982 | UK | 8/10 IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes
This British film features the life of Mahatma Gandhi, a famous political leader of India during the British colonial era. Richard Attenborough directed and produced this joint production film of India and the UK. Ben Kingsley played Gandhi under the screenplay of John Briley. ‘Gandhi’ won Oscars in eight categories out of eleven nominations. Thus it became a movie winning the most categories among the nominated ones in 1983. If you evaluate the film according to the inflation adjustment, it is still included in the top ten highest-grossing British independent films.
Marathon | 2005 | South Korea | 7.7/10 IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes
This is a biopic of Bae Hyeong-jin, an autistic young man who lived with a passion for running. The film director Jeong Yoon-Cheol wrote the screenplay along with Yoon Jin-Ho, and Song Ye-Jin. Cho Seung-Woo won the Busan Film Critics Awards, Grand Bell Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Golden Rooster Awards as Best Actor for playing Hyeong-Jin. Jeong Yoon-Cheol got the Best New Director award in Grand Bell Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Director's Cut Awards.
The Last Emperor | 1987 | China | 7.7/10 IMDb | 89% Rotten Tomatoes
The main idea of this epic drama came from 'From Emperor to Citizen'(1964), an Autobiography written by Aisin-Gioro Puyi. Puyi was the last emperor of China who had to go through a war-torn period as a baby. The director Bernardo Bertolucci and Mark Peploe wrote the screenplay of this Jeremy Thomas production film. Every one of them brought an Oscar for the Chinese film industry for their respective contribution to the film. This film, starring John Lone, won Oscar in a total of nine categories in 1988.
The Postman | 1994 | Italy | 7.7/10 IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes
The movie plot originates from 'Ardiente Paciencia', a Novel by Antonio Skarmeta. He later turned his writing into a movie in 1983. The Postman is the best adaptation of that movie. The story centered on a postman who became a poetry lover while delivering a letter to the famous poet, Pablo Neruda. Anna Pavignano, the director Michael Radford, Furio Scarpelli, Giacomo Scarpelli, and Massimo Troisi who also stars in the film, wrote the screenplay. The film got an Oscar award in Best Original Dramatic Score.
Dangal | 2016 | India | 8.4/10 IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes
This sports biopic centered on Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari who became the first female wrestlers in India. They were trained by their father Mahavir Singh Phogat. The story concept of the Phogat Sisters came from Divya V. Rao. The director Nitesh Tiwari, Piyush Gupta, Shreyas Jain, and Nikhil Meharotra wrote the screenplay under the Aamir Khan Productions. This film, starring Aamir Khan, became the world’s most highest-grossing film in 2017 in the sports genre. Dangal won the Best Asian Film award in the AACTA Awards of Australia in 2017.
Persepolis | 2007 | Iran, France | 8/10 IMDb | 96% Rotten Tomatoes
Marjane Satrapi wrote Persepolis, her four-volume autobiographical graphic novel, in 2000-2003. She later came up with this animated film version based on the same story. This time Vincent Paronnaud is with her in the direction and screenplay of the movie. The story portrays the growing up of a young girl during the Iranian movement. The film was nominated as a best-animated feature in the 80th Oscar Ceremony. This Cartoon won the Jury award at the Cannes Film Fest 2007.
The Pianist | 2002 | France | 8.5/10 IMDb | 95% Rotten Tomatoes
English, German, Russian and French are the four languages used in this war film, directed by Roman Polanski. The story, originating from the autobiography titled ‘The Pianist’ by Wladyslaw Szpilman, depicts how a Polish-Jewish pianist survived a German holocaust. Adrien Brody won Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Cesar Awards for starring in this movie. Polanski won Oscar and Palme d’Or as the best director. Ronald Harwood won Oscar for writing the best adaptive screenplay.
Schindler's List | 1993 | America | 8.9/10 IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes
This historical masterpiece, directed by the unimpeachable filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is the best war film ever made on the Holocaust. The background story was taken from the novel Schindler's Ark(1982) by Thomas Keneally. It explores the greatest work of Oskar Schindler who came as a beacon for around 1000 Polish-Jewish people and saved them from the Holocaust in the backdrop of World War II. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes got the Oscar nominations for the best actor and the best supporting actor respectively. This epic drama won Oscar in seven categories out of twelve nominations.
In a nutshell
These top-rated biographical movies are the greatest attempt to expose the truth. Although the filmographies try to bring the real events as interesting, you must confess that truth is stranger than fiction. No matter how we judge it, life often leaves us mesmerized about the true nature of coincidence and fate.