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1. Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century.

Director: Steven Shainberg | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Robert Downey Jr., Ty Burrell, Harris Yulin

Votes: 14,609 | Gross: $0.22M

2. Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)

Unrated | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biography of British painter Francis Bacon focuses on his relationship with his lover, George Dyer, a former small time crook.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton, Anne Lambton

Votes: 3,143 | Gross: $0.34M

3. Mary Shelley (2017)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

Life and facts of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who at 16 met 21 year old poet Percy Shelley, resulting in the writing of Frankenstein.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Elle Fanning, Bel Powley, Owen Richards, Joanne Froggatt

Votes: 8,593 | Gross: $0.10M

4. Hannah Arendt (2012)

Not Rated | 113 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A look at the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the war crimes trial of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch

Votes: 9,430 | Gross: $0.71M

5. Rosa Luxemburg (1986)

122 min | Biography, Drama, History

After years of political agitation, Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and Leo Jogiches form a revolutionary German party, the Spartacists.

Director: Margarethe von Trotta | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Daniel Olbrychski, Otto Sander, Adelheid Arndt

Votes: 1,080

6. A Matador's Mistress (2008)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The film starts in the trip from Sevilla to Linares, where Manolete stops in Córdoba to see his mother. He will be remembering some passages of his life.

Director: Menno Meyjes | Stars: Adrien Brody, Penélope Cruz, Santiago Segura, Juan Echanove

Votes: 2,643

7. Palestrina - princeps musicae (2009)

52 min | Biography

To achieve artistic and economic Independence, the most important European polyphonic composer, Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594), modernizes music in the shadow of the powerful Roman Church.

Director: Georg Brintrup | Stars: Domenico Galasso, Stefano Oppedisano, Claudio Marchione, Renato Scarpa

Votes: 5

8. The Railway Man (2013)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine

Votes: 34,615 | Gross: $4.44M

9. Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), his opera interest and friendship with theatre personalities such as Richard Wagner and Joseph Kainz, and at the same time a reflection of the German 1800s.

Director: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg | Stars: Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Köhler, Ursula Strätz

Votes: 225

10. Ella Maillart: Double Journey (2015)

40 min | Short, Biography

Summer 1939. Ella Maillart and Annemarie Schwarzenbach leave Europe for Asia. Ella hopes to make an ethnographic film and to help Annemarie get off drugs. In Kabul she realizes to have lost... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Bigini, Mariann Lewinsky | Star: Irène Jacob

Votes: 6

11. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 348,399 | Gross: $216.43M

12. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

59 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 38,279 | Gross: $2.96M

13. All the Money in the World (2017)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris

Votes: 60,444 | Gross: $25.11M

14. Nijinsky (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Set in the early 1910s at a time of passionate artistic experimentalism, and based on biographical fact, this is the story of Vaslav Nijinsky, the young and brilliant, but headstrong ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Bates, George De La Pena, Leslie Browne, Alan Badel

Votes: 601

15. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

90 Metascore

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 117,125 | Gross: $34.24M

16. Kinsey (2004)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard

Votes: 45,879 | Gross: $10.21M

17. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 255,474 | Gross: $41.91M

18. Would You Rather (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

20 Metascore

Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

Director: David Guy Levy | Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffrey Combs, Jonny Coyne

Votes: 32,472

19. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 171,410 | Gross: $169.61M

20. Séraphine (2008)

Unrated | 125 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

Based on the life of French painter Séraphine de Senlis.

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur, Anne Bennent, Geneviève Mnich

Votes: 5,524 | Gross: $0.88M

21. Rebel in the Rye (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye".

Director: Danny Strong | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Victor Garber, Hope Davis

Votes: 6,379 | Gross: $0.38M

22. Trumbo (2015)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

Votes: 68,910 | Gross: $7.86M

23. At Eternity's Gate (2018)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama

76 Metascore

A look at the life of painter Vincent van Gogh during the time he lived in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise, France.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen

Votes: 16,730 | Gross: $2.29M

24. Boy Erased (2018)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

The son of a Baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program after being forcibly outed to his parents.

Director: Joel Edgerton | Stars: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe

Votes: 18,987 | Gross: $6.79M

25. Vatel (2000)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Vatel is in charge of the reception to the king Louis XIV. With the prince's political ambitions at stake, its essential to please him. But when he falls in love with the king's lover, passion and duty seem to contradict each other.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Julian Glover

Votes: 6,979 | Gross: $0.05M

26. Freeheld (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Peter Sollett | Stars: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon

Votes: 10,555 | Gross: $0.53M

27. Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, War

48 Metascore

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 4,397 | Gross: $4.54M

28. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 3,813 | Gross: $0.06M

29. Renoir (2012)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir -- son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste -- returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I. At his ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Bourdos | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret

Votes: 4,812 | Gross: $2.29M

30. Basquiat (1996)

R | 107 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, Claire Forlani

Votes: 18,259 | Gross: $2.96M

31. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,594 | Gross: $11.57M

32. Antonia. (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

A journey through the last ten years in the brief life of Italian poet Antonia Pozzi. This is the portrait of an artist and of her art set in 1930s Milan.

Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino | Stars: Linda Caridi, Filippo Dini, Alessio Praticò, Perla Ambrosini

Votes: 156

33. Mad Love (2001)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Pilar López de Ayala, Daniele Liotti, Rosana Pastor, Giuliano Gemma

Votes: 3,455 | Gross: $0.28M

34. Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 155 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A drama centered on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and World War II correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway's inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, David Strathairn, Rodrigo Santoro

Votes: 8,171

35. Control (2007)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, Music

78 Metascore

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson, Alexandra Maria Lara

Votes: 57,905 | Gross: $0.87M

36. Cezanne et Moi (2016)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A historical drama traces the lifelong friendship between two renowned 19th century French artists - painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and writer Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet) - ... See full summary »

Director: Danièle Thompson | Stars: Guillaume Canet, Guillaume Gallienne, Alice Pol, Déborah François

Votes: 778 | Gross: $0.26M

37. Young Catherine (1991 TV Movie)

Unrated | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Marthe Keller

Votes: 853

38. This Boy's Life (1993)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones | Stars: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin, Jonah Blechman

Votes: 42,623 | Gross: $4.10M

39. De Sade (1969)

X | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

Hounded by the police on charges of inflammatory writing, the once handsome Marquis De Sade seeks refuge in an abandoned family mansion. This colorful movie depicts DeSade's life from ... See full summary »

Directors: Cy Endfield, Roger Corman, Gordon Hessler | Stars: Keir Dullea, Senta Berger, Lilli Palmer, Anna Massey

Votes: 469 | Gross: $1.25M

40. Byron (2003 TV Movie)

147 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Following the success of his poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage", Byron becomes the toast of London.

Director: Julian Farino | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Oliver Milburn, Michael Elwyn, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 848

41. Mahler (1974)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Music

Composer Gustav Mahler's life, told in a series of flashbacks as he and his wife discuss their failing marriage during a train journey.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Robert Powell, Georgina Hale, Lee Montague, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 2,109

42. Savage Messiah (1972)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama

Biographical film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Kemp

Votes: 1,178

43. Valentino (1977)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama

In 1926, the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female movie-goers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide - that actor was Rudolph Valentino. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane

Votes: 1,506

44. Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black

Votes: 14,334 | Gross: $1.44M

45. Violette (2013)

Not Rated | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel

Votes: 1,780

46. Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Metcalfe | Stars: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene, Cara Buono

Votes: 2,052 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Haunted Summer (1988)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Philip Anglim, Laura Dern, Alice Krige, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 410

48. A Hidden Life (2019)

173 min | Biography, Drama, War

76 Metascore

The Austrian St. Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 223

49. The Young Karl Marx (2017)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History