Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.7 (23232 votes)
|
8.66 (106 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 (10654 votes)
|
8.95 (71 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 (32852 votes)
|
8.05 (164 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 Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

04.
The Lover
115 min | 1992 |
6.9 (18061 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 (29298 votes)
|
9.35 (159 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 (13692 votes)
|
9.75 (31 reviews)

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

07.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (71857 votes)
|
8.41 (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.

08.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (22634 votes)
|
8.91 (210 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.

09.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (45234 votes)
|
8.49 (129 reviews)

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

10.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (24770 votes)
|
8.78 (72 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.

11.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (10520 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

12.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (16248 votes)
|
8.83 (65 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 (52710 votes)
|
9.0 (149 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 (12719 votes)
|
8.77 (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 (14678 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.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.5 (14360 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.

17.
Heaven & Earth
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12711 votes)
|
8.22 (39 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.

18.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (15114 votes)
|
8.31 (54 reviews)

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

19.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.4 (27960 votes)
|
8.8 (72 reviews)

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

20.
Togo
113 min | 2019 |
8.1 (17174 votes)
|
9.49 (235 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.

21.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (37126 votes)
|
8.26 (150 reviews)

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

22.
A United Kingdom
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (12993 votes)
|
8.15 (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.

23.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (14758 votes)
|
7.94 (114 reviews)

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

24.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (193690 votes)
|
9.03 (580 reviews)

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

25.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (39239 votes)
|
8.22 (105 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.

26.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (77798 votes)
|
9.12 (297 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.

27.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.4 (9453 votes)
|
8.72 (42 reviews)

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

28.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
6.9 (27153 votes)
|
8.21 (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.

29.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (34027 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.

30.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (26837 votes)
|
8.48 (349 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.

31.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (25051 votes)
|
8.27 (101 reviews)

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

32.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12861 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.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (115742 votes)
|
9.04 (354 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.

34.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (26513 votes)
|
8.13 (62 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.

35.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.3 (57124 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.

36.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (45058 votes)
|
8.73 (229 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.

37.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (214583 votes)
|
8.83 (1695 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.
Stand and Deliver
103 min | 1988 |
7.3 (15220 votes)
|
8.51 (78 reviews)

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

39.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.1 (11393 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.

40.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (44256 votes)
|
8.5 (62 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.

41.
The World's Fastest Indian
127 min | 2005 |
7.8 (50129 votes)
|
9.0 (240 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.

42.
Coal Miner's Daughter
124 min | 1980 |
7.5 (15786 votes)
|
8.7 (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.

43.
Es war einmal in China 2
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (8641 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.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (12904 votes)
|
8.79 (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.

45.
Topsy-Turvy
160 min | 1999 |
7.3 (11300 votes)
|
8.49 (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.

46.
Richard Jewell
131 min | 2019 |
7.5 (17949 votes)
|
8.68 (279 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.

47.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.4 (11943 votes)
|
8.58 (98 reviews)

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

48.
The Dirt
107 min | 2019 |
7.0 (33622 votes)
|
8.15 (535 reviews)

Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.

49.
The Miracle Worker
106 min | 1962 |
8.1 (15052 votes)
|
9.24 (79 reviews)

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

50.
Infamous
110 min | 2006 |
7.0 (15890 votes)
|
8.14 (99 reviews)

While researching his novel "In Cold Blood", Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith.

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.4 (12808 votes)
|
2.98 (151 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 (22789 votes)
|
2.16 (34 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 (32779 votes)
|
3.52 (466 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.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (12176 votes)
|
3.46 (202 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.

05.
The Wolf of Wall Street
180 min | 2013 |
8.2 (1091256 votes)
|
5.88 (1193 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.

06.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.6 (148260 votes)
|
5.31 (1098 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 (9826 votes)
|
4.64 (131 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 (10402 votes)
|
5.76 (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 (34694 votes)
|
5.38 (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 (19781 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 (157787 votes)
|
4.02 (1092 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 (18935 votes)
|
5.43 (80 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

13.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (658366 votes)
|
6.46 (1387 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.

14.
Chhapaak
120 min | 2020 |
4.8 (21718 votes)
|
3.27 (1221 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.

15.
Sanju
155 min | 2018 |
7.8 (43701 votes)
|
6.27 (366 reviews)

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

16.
The Irishman
209 min | 2019 |
8.0 (247304 votes)
|
6.49 (2347 reviews)

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

17.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (146286 votes)
|
5.82 (1233 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.

18.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (99706 votes)
|
5.25 (252 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).

19.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (542060 votes)
|
6.68 (830 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.

20.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (56023 votes)
|
3.9 (988 reviews)

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

21.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (88254 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.

22.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (801761 votes)
|
6.86 (968 reviews)

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

23.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (10090 votes)
|
4.37 (56 reviews)

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

24.
The Current War: Director's Cut
102 min | 2017 |
6.5 (9870 votes)
|
5.22 (131 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.

25.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (136364 votes)
|
5.93 (392 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.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (95766 votes)
|
5.13 (620 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.

27.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (268643 votes)
|
5.74 (557 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.

28.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (71532 votes)
|
5.36 (222 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.

29.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (550759 votes)
|
6.54 (703 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.

30.
The Aeronauts
100 min | 2019 |
6.6 (15722 votes)
|
5.44 (282 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.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (104764 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.

32.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (80760 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.

33.
Factory Girl
90 min | 2006 |
6.5 (20316 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 (602507 votes)
|
7.02 (779 reviews)

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

35.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (8764 votes)
|
4.84 (36 reviews)

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

36.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (64206 votes)
|
5.74 (211 reviews)

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

37.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (254813 votes)
|
6.44 (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.

38.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (45084 votes)
|
5.25 (299 reviews)

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

39.
Battle of the Sexes
121 min | 2017 |
6.7 (46329 votes)
|
5.65 (150 reviews)

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

40.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (68762 votes)
|
6.57 (214 reviews)

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

41.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (80293 votes)
|
5.69 (625 reviews)

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

42.
Grace of Monaco
103 min | 2014 |
5.7 (17440 votes)
|
4.7 (68 reviews)

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

43.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (187458 votes)
|
6.11 (317 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.

44.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
95 min | 2015 |
6.1 (18435 votes)
|
5.12 (35 reviews)

The inside story of the planning, execution, rousing aftermath, and ultimate downfall of the kidnappers of beer tycoon Alfred "Freddy" Heineken in 1983, which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual.

45.
The Red Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11326 votes)
|
5.45 (76 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.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (88381 votes)
|
6.46 (307 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.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (26072 votes)
|
5.67 (139 reviews)

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

48.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (9374 votes)
|
5.17 (93 reviews)

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

49.
BlacKkKlansman
135 min | 2018 |
7.5 (179566 votes)
|
6.57 (729 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.

50.
Copying Beethoven
104 min | 2006 |
6.8 (12542 votes)
|
5.9 (88 reviews)

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