Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.7 (23095 votes)
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8.65 (105 reviews)

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, 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.

02.
Kilo Two Bravo
108 min | 2014 |
7.1 (10550 votes)
|
8.93 (67 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.

03.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (32758 votes)
|
8.04 (163 reviews)

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan PerĂ³n, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

04.
The Lover
115 min | 1992 |
6.9 (17965 votes)
|
8.61 (66 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.

05.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (29093 votes)
|
9.36 (157 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.

06.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (13604 votes)
|
9.75 (31 reviews)

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

07.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (24648 votes)
|
8.82 (71 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.

08.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (71493 votes)
|
8.4 (193 reviews)

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.

09.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (10472 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

10.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (45026 votes)
|
8.47 (129 reviews)

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

11.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (21453 votes)
|
8.85 (200 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.

12.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (16153 votes)
|
8.82 (64 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.

13.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.5 (52380 votes)
|
9.0 (148 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.

14.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.3 (12564 votes)
|
8.78 (287 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.

15.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (14609 votes)
|
8.65 (46 reviews)

When King George III (Sir Nigel Hawthorne) goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

16.
Heaven & Earth
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12658 votes)
|
8.25 (38 reviews)

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

17.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.4 (9325 votes)
|
8.83 (40 reviews)

Tim and John fell in love while teenagers at their all-boys high school. John was captain of the football team, Tim an aspiring actor playing a minor part in Romeo and Juliet. Their romance...

18.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.4 (27853 votes)
|
8.82 (72 reviews)

A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.

19.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (37042 votes)
|
8.26 (150 reviews)

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

20.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14331 votes)
|
7.95 (82 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.

21.
Richard Jewell
131 min | 2019 |
7.6 (10119 votes)
|
8.94 (175 reviews)

American security guard Richard Jewell saves thousands of lives from an exploding bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but is vilified by journalists and the press who falsely reported that he was a terrorist.

22.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (193287 votes)
|
9.03 (580 reviews)

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

23.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (77551 votes)
|
9.12 (295 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.

24.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
6.9 (27080 votes)
|
8.2 (129 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.

25.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (33953 votes)
|
7.59 (238 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.

26.
Togo
113 min | 2019 |
8.2 (12834 votes)
|
9.49 (185 reviews)

The story of the sled dog, Togo, who led the 1925 serum run, but was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race.

27.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (14500 votes)
|
7.89 (113 reviews)

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

28.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (25897 votes)
|
8.47 (346 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.

29.
Dolemite Is My Name
118 min | 2019 |
7.3 (34482 votes)
|
8.57 (270 reviews)

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

30.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (14859 votes)
|
8.17 (53 reviews)

The story of Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept.

31.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (39131 votes)
|
8.16 (104 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.

32.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12807 votes)
|
8.45 (53 reviews)

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

33.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (24946 votes)
|
8.25 (100 reviews)

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

34.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (115414 votes)
|
9.05 (353 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.

35.
A United Kingdom
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (12894 votes)
|
8.03 (65 reviews)

The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.

36.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.3 (56968 votes)
|
8.53 (212 reviews)

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

37.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (212858 votes)
|
8.82 (1676 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.

38.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (44649 votes)
|
8.71 (230 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.

39.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (26252 votes)
|
8.11 (61 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.

40.
Stand and Deliver
103 min | 1988 |
7.3 (15141 votes)
|
8.51 (78 reviews)

The story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

41.
Coal Miner's Daughter
124 min | 1980 |
7.5 (15713 votes)
|
8.71 (72 reviews)

Biographical story of the legendary country singer's rise from humble, poverty-stricken beginnings in Kentucky to worldwide superstardom and how she changed the sound and style of country music forever.

42.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.1 (11364 votes)
|
8.31 (107 reviews)

The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.

43.
Es war einmal in China 2
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (8613 votes)
|
8.6 (30 reviews)

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ...

44.
The World's Fastest Indian
127 min | 2005 |
7.8 (49989 votes)
|
9.0 (239 reviews)

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

45.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (44000 votes)
|
8.49 (61 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.

46.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (12797 votes)
|
8.78 (90 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.

47.
Topsy-Turvy
160 min | 1999 |
7.3 (11270 votes)
|
8.48 (155 reviews)

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

48.
The Falcon and the Snowman
131 min | 1985 |
6.8 (9991 votes)
|
7.98 (48 reviews)

The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.

49.
The Miracle Worker
106 min | 1962 |
8.1 (14985 votes)
|
9.26 (79 reviews)

The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

50.
Wilde
118 min | 1997 |
6.9 (14036 votes)
|
8.04 (66 reviews)

The turmoil in poet/playwright Oscar Wilde's life after he discovers his homosexuality.

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.4 (12716 votes)
|
3.05 (145 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.

02.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
5.5 (22764 votes)
|
2.15 (35 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.

03.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (31753 votes)
|
3.54 (458 reviews)

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

04.
The Wolf of Wall Street
180 min | 2013 |
8.2 (1083587 votes)
|
5.82 (1178 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.

05.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (11816 votes)
|
3.51 (196 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 |
7.6 (143627 votes)
|
5.34 (1072 reviews)

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.

07.
Lords of Chaos
118 min | 2018 |
6.5 (9374 votes)
|
4.66 (129 reviews)

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

08.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.4 (10365 votes)
|
5.77 (60 reviews)

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

09.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (34318 votes)
|
5.37 (94 reviews)

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

10.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.8 (19647 votes)
|
4.19 (146 reviews)

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

11.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (157303 votes)
|
4.02 (1088 reviews)

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

12.
Cadillac Records
109 min | 2008 |
7.0 (18849 votes)
|
5.43 (80 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

13.
Sanju
155 min | 2018 |
7.8 (43424 votes)
|
6.27 (365 reviews)

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

14.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (653155 votes)
|
6.49 (1377 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.

15.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (143897 votes)
|
5.8 (1221 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.

16.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (99326 votes)
|
5.24 (252 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

17.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (539686 votes)
|
6.68 (827 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.

18.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (55079 votes)
|
3.89 (973 reviews)

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

19.
The Current War: Director's Cut
102 min | 2017 |
6.5 (8954 votes)
|
5.12 (128 reviews)

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

20.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (87959 votes)
|
6.24 (180 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.

21.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (797604 votes)
|
6.84 (966 reviews)

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

22.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (10062 votes)
|
4.37 (56 reviews)

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

23.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (267549 votes)
|
5.71 (552 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.

24.
The Irishman
209 min | 2019 |
8.0 (205102 votes)
|
6.71 (2111 reviews)

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

25.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (95395 votes)
|
5.12 (619 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.

26.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (134894 votes)
|
5.96 (387 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.

27.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (70883 votes)
|
5.37 (220 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.

28.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (548211 votes)
|
6.52 (699 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.

29.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (104488 votes)
|
6.07 (320 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.

30.
The Aeronauts
100 min | 2019 |
6.6 (13006 votes)
|
5.47 (240 reviews)

Balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

31.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (80507 votes)
|
5.87 (193 reviews)

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.

32.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (80000 votes)
|
5.6 (623 reviews)

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

33.
Factory Girl
90 min | 2006 |
6.5 (20271 votes)
|
5.4 (101 reviews)

Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, concentrating on her relationships with Andy Warhol and a folk singer.

34.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (598616 votes)
|
7.0 (774 reviews)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

35.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (63920 votes)
|
5.71 (210 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.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (253654 votes)
|
6.42 (435 reviews)

Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

37.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (8742 votes)
|
4.84 (36 reviews)

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

38.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44999 votes)
|
5.25 (299 reviews)

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

39.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (68283 votes)
|
6.55 (211 reviews)

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

40.
Battle of the Sexes
121 min | 2017 |
6.7 (45957 votes)
|
5.7 (149 reviews)

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

41.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
95 min | 2015 |
6.1 (17564 votes)
|
5.13 (35 reviews)

The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath, and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

42.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (186578 votes)
|
6.14 (315 reviews)

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

43.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (25368 votes)
|
5.66 (140 reviews)

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

44.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23295 votes)
|
5.87 (169 reviews)

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

45.
BlacKkKlansman
135 min | 2018 |
7.5 (175881 votes)
|
6.57 (721 reviews)

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

46.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (87992 votes)
|
6.48 (306 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.

47.
The Red Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11276 votes)
|
5.5 (75 reviews)

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

48.
I'm Not There
135 min | 2007 |
6.9 (54831 votes)
|
6.05 (219 reviews)

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

49.
All the Money in the World
132 min | 2017 |
6.8 (65924 votes)
|
5.98 (211 reviews)

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.

50.
Secretariat
123 min | 2010 |
7.2 (25198 votes)
|
6.38 (119 reviews)

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.