Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
112 min | 2020 |
5.3 (26250 votes)
|
7.7 (4800 reviews)

Inspired by the life of a fearless young officer who made history by becoming the first Indian female Air Force officer to fly in a combat zone during the 1999 Kargil War

02.
City of Lies
112 min | 2018 |
6.5 (9079 votes)
|
8.79 (137 reviews)

Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

03.
The Big Bull
153 min | 2021 |
6.1 (11989 votes)
|
8.05 (919 reviews)

The story of the film is based on real events of financial market that took place between 1990 and 2000 involving Harshad Mehta and his financial crimes.

04.
In Love and War
113 min | 1996 |
6.0 (8416 votes)
|
7.91 (34 reviews)

A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.

05.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.8 (26958 votes)
|
8.7 (121 reviews)

The true story of Selena, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

06.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (10531 votes)
|
8.23 (380 reviews)

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and her resistance to the British Rule.

07.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (34683 votes)
|
8.06 (166 reviews)

The hit musical based on the life of Eva Perón (Evita Duarte), a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Domingo Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

08.
Mr. Jones
119 min | 2019 |
6.9 (8189 votes)
|
8.58 (95 reviews)

A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in Ukraine in the early 1930s.

09.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (79757 votes)
|
8.47 (236 reviews)

"Bloodsport" follows Frank Dux, an American martial artist serving in the military, who decides to leave the army to compete in a martial arts tournament in Hong Kong where fights to the death can occur.

10.
Kilo Two Bravo
108 min | 2014 |
7.1 (12573 votes)
|
8.73 (100 reviews)

Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life.

11.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (15418 votes)
|
9.69 (48 reviews)

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

12.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (32776 votes)
|
9.29 (172 reviews)

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

13.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (39715 votes)
|
8.82 (428 reviews)

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

14.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (17888 votes)
|
8.82 (70 reviews)

C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham from the U.S.

15.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (58426 votes)
|
8.42 (133 reviews)

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

16.
Machuca
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (11584 votes)
|
9.2 (44 reviews)

Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.

17.
The Photographer of Mauthausen
110 min | 2018 |
6.8 (9322 votes)
|
8.3 (38 reviews)

Based on real events, Francesc Boix is a Spaniard inmate in the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen in Austria who tries to save the evidences of the horrors committed inside its walls.

18.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
135 min | 2020 |
7.6 (23042 votes)
|
9.06 (956 reviews)

Tanhaji Malusare, a military chieftain in the army of the Maratha king Shivaji, leads the charge to capture the strategically important Kondhana fort guarded by the army of the fierce Rajput chieftain Udaybhan Rathod.

19.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (35479 votes)
|
7.76 (245 reviews)

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

20.
The Banker
120 min | 2020 |
7.3 (23273 votes)
|
8.74 (179 reviews)

In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

21.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (27124 votes)
|
8.64 (87 reviews)

A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

22.
Calamity Jane
101 min | 1953 |
7.3 (9159 votes)
|
8.74 (75 reviews)

The story of Calamity Jane, her saloon, and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok.

23.
The Lover
115 min | 1992 |
6.9 (19935 votes)
|
8.34 (75 reviews)

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

24.
Heaven & Earth
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (13718 votes)
|
8.23 (49 reviews)

During the Viet Nam War, a Viet Namese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

25.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (15004 votes)
|
8.03 (84 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

26.
The Best of Enemies
133 min | 2019 |
7.2 (13227 votes)
|
8.61 (117 reviews)

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

27.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (41441 votes)
|
8.3 (109 reviews)

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

28.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (31370 votes)
|
8.3 (75 reviews)

Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.

29.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
113 min | 2019 |
7.6 (32700 votes)
|
9.0 (183 reviews)

Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

30.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (15989 votes)
|
8.56 (52 reviews)

When King George III goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

31.
Cep Herkülü: Naim Süleymanoglu
141 min | 2019 |
8.3 (10218 votes)
|
9.66 (57 reviews)

The biography of Turkish weight lifter, and champion of Olympics, Naim Suleymanoglu.

32.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.5 (59088 votes)
|
8.84 (174 reviews)

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

33.
10 Rillington Place
111 min | 1971 |
7.5 (8082 votes)
|
8.84 (85 reviews)

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

34.
Togo
113 min | 2019 |
8.0 (41944 votes)
|
9.33 (423 reviews)

The story of Togo, the sled dog who led the 1925 serum run despite being considered too small and weak to lead such an intense race.

35.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.4 (15075 votes)
|
8.73 (317 reviews)

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

36.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (38922 votes)
|
8.23 (154 reviews)

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

37.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (17098 votes)
|
8.92 (108 reviews)

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

38.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (85910 votes)
|
9.12 (333 reviews)

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

39.
Breakthrough
116 min | 2019 |
6.3 (8896 votes)
|
7.62 (231 reviews)

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

40.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (201579 votes)
|
9.02 (600 reviews)

The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

41.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (34646 votes)
|
8.51 (397 reviews)

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

42.
Once Upon a Time in China II
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (9385 votes)
|
8.7 (32 reviews)

Arriving by train in Guangzhou, 1895, the trio fight off White Lotus followers, who want to kill all foreigners and the cute, European dressed 13th Aunt. It's not kung fu master Dr. Wong's (Jet Li) last fight.

43.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (19372 votes)
|
7.86 (151 reviews)

A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

44.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
7.0 (28542 votes)
|
8.25 (148 reviews)

The story of Beatrix Potter, the author of the beloved and best-selling children's book, "The Tale of Peter Rabbit", and her struggle for love, happiness, and success.

45.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (128602 votes)
|
9.04 (397 reviews)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

46.
A Twelve-Year Night
122 min | 2018 |
7.5 (9159 votes)
|
8.73 (37 reviews)

1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we...

47.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (51232 votes)
|
8.73 (248 reviews)

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.

48.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (50395 votes)
|
8.52 (75 reviews)

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.

49.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (251966 votes)
|
8.81 (1918 reviews)

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

50.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (27083 votes)
|
8.21 (110 reviews)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
5.4 (22877 votes)
|
2.26 (37 reviews)

Self-financed fictional biopic of Brazilian bishop Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and owner of Record TV network.

02.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.1 (14687 votes)
|
3.03 (164 reviews)

Ninety-six hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

03.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (45504 votes)
|
3.43 (578 reviews)

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

04.
True History of the Kelly Gang
124 min | 2019 |
6.0 (9346 votes)
|
3.59 (212 reviews)

Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

05.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (14715 votes)
|
3.68 (248 reviews)

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

06.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.5 (182207 votes)
|
5.41 (1210 reviews)

In early 18th-century England, the status quo at the court is upset when a new servant arrives and endears herself to a frail Queen Anne.

07.
Shakuntala Devi
127 min | 2020 |
6.1 (8220 votes)
|
4.27 (452 reviews)

Shakuntala Devi, a mathematician's journey to become 'The Human Computer' and her relationship with her daughter.

08.
Lords of Chaos
118 min | 2018 |
6.6 (13641 votes)
|
4.95 (162 reviews)

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

09.
Sanju
155 min | 2018 |
7.7 (49960 votes)
|
6.15 (394 reviews)

Sanju is a biopic of the controversial life of actor Sanjay Dutt: his film career, jail sentence and personal life.

10.
Chhapaak
120 min | 2020 |
5.1 (25510 votes)
|
3.57 (1295 reviews)

The trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing. Chhapaak is the story of the unquashable human spirit.

11.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (40818 votes)
|
5.52 (94 reviews)

Keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, must save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion in WWII Poland.

12.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.9 (21938 votes)
|
4.44 (153 reviews)

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.

13.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.3 (11342 votes)
|
5.85 (61 reviews)

The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne.

14.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (165212 votes)
|
4.17 (1127 reviews)

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

15.
The Wolf of Wall Street
180 min | 2013 |
8.2 (1245209 votes)
|
6.79 (1507 reviews)

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

16.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.5 (104922 votes)
|
5.1 (657 reviews)

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

17.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (67985 votes)
|
3.91 (1152 reviews)

A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.

18.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (93714 votes)
|
6.22 (195 reviews)

The story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.

19.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (107400 votes)
|
5.34 (266 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

20.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (176646 votes)
|
5.96 (1387 reviews)

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

21.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (732768 votes)
|
6.69 (1594 reviews)

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

22.
Cadillac Records
109 min | 2008 |
7.0 (20652 votes)
|
5.7 (94 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

23.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (589558 votes)
|
6.81 (982 reviews)

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

24.
The Aeronauts
100 min | 2019 |
6.6 (29743 votes)
|
5.31 (409 reviews)

A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

25.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (155818 votes)
|
5.93 (456 reviews)

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

26.
Shirley
107 min | 2020 |
6.1 (9829 votes)
|
4.84 (112 reviews)

A famous horror writer finds inspiration for her next book after she and her husband take in a young couple.

27.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (85715 votes)
|
5.76 (202 reviews)

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), in which he purports to have been a C.I.A. hitman.

28.
Rise of the Footsoldier
119 min | 2007 |
6.8 (19659 votes)
|
5.57 (99 reviews)

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.

29.
The Irishman
209 min | 2019 |
7.8 (345758 votes)
|
6.57 (2773 reviews)

Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.

30.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (586577 votes)
|
6.5 (789 reviews)

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

31.
Radioactive
109 min | 2019 |
6.2 (14355 votes)
|
5.01 (189 reviews)

The incredible true story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world.

32.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (10713 votes)
|
4.53 (58 reviews)

A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

33.
Copying Beethoven
104 min | 2006 |
6.8 (13289 votes)
|
5.65 (91 reviews)

A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life.

34.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (75891 votes)
|
6.47 (237 reviews)

Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

35.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (69230 votes)
|
5.68 (223 reviews)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

36.
Mank
131 min | 2020 |
6.9 (64007 votes)
|
5.8 (542 reviews)

1930's Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane (1941).

37.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (288217 votes)
|
5.94 (608 reviews)

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

38.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (47031 votes)
|
5.26 (305 reviews)

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

39.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (36640 votes)
|
5.56 (169 reviews)

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

40.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (84299 votes)
|
5.71 (645 reviews)

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

41.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (83930 votes)
|
5.61 (269 reviews)

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

42.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (111169 votes)
|
6.24 (340 reviews)

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

43.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (873941 votes)
|
7.26 (1092 reviews)

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

44.
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
110 min | 2008 |
6.4 (68504 votes)
|
5.46 (105 reviews)

A British writer struggles to fit in at a high-profile magazine in New York City.

45.
The Red Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (12033 votes)
|
5.47 (80 reviews)

German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.

46.
The Angel
114 min | 2018 |
6.6 (12942 votes)
|
5.67 (141 reviews)

As his country prepares for war, top Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan makes contact with Israel and wades into a shadowy game of high-stakes espionage.

47.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (10699 votes)
|
4.97 (43 reviews)

Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

48.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (95181 votes)
|
6.48 (323 reviews)

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

49.
Steve Jobs
122 min | 2015 |
7.2 (160423 votes)
|
6.28 (429 reviews)

Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

50.
The Bling Ring
90 min | 2013 |
5.6 (85267 votes)
|
4.72 (200 reviews)

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.