Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.7 (22927 votes)
|
8.66 (104 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 (10451 votes)
|
8.89 (66 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 (32610 votes)
|
8.05 (162 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 (17865 votes)
|
8.62 (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.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (13486 votes)
|
9.8 (30 reviews)

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

06.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (28878 votes)
|
9.36 (156 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.

07.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (24508 votes)
|
8.8 (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 (71042 votes)
|
8.38 (188 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 (10421 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

10.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (44843 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.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (16033 votes)
|
8.86 (63 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.

12.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (20140 votes)
|
8.82 (185 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.

13.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.5 (51892 votes)
|
8.99 (145 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.
Zwischen Himmel und Hölle
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12577 votes)
|
8.27 (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.

15.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.3 (12328 votes)
|
8.76 (283 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.

16.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.4 (9175 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...

17.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (14538 votes)
|
8.63 (45 reviews)

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

18.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.4 (27695 votes)
|
8.81 (72 reviews)

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

19.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (14116 votes)
|
8.01 (110 reviews)

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

20.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (36889 votes)
|
8.26 (150 reviews)

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

21.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14289 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.

22.
A United Kingdom
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (12742 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.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (14484 votes)
|
8.24 (52 reviews)

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

24.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (192709 votes)
|
9.04 (577 reviews)

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

25.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (24274 votes)
|
8.52 (330 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.

26.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (77162 votes)
|
9.11 (294 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.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38986 votes)
|
8.21 (103 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.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
6.9 (26952 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.

29.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (33882 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.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12715 votes)
|
8.47 (52 reviews)

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

31.
Henry V
137 min | 1989 |
7.5 (26975 votes)
|
8.77 (94 reviews)

In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

32.
Dolemite Is My Name
117 min | 2019 |
7.4 (21707 votes)
|
8.66 (220 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.

33.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (24748 votes)
|
8.25 (99 reviews)

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

34.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (114953 votes)
|
9.04 (350 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.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.3 (56723 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.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (209479 votes)
|
8.82 (1660 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.

37.
Coal Miner's Daughter
124 min | 1980 |
7.5 (15613 votes)
|
8.72 (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.

38.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (25976 votes)
|
8.11 (60 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.

39.
Stand and Deliver
103 min | 1988 |
7.3 (15037 votes)
|
8.51 (78 reviews)

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

40.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.1 (11322 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.

41.
Es war einmal in China 2
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (8545 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 ...

42.
The World's Fastest Indian
127 min | 2005 |
7.8 (49766 votes)
|
9.0 (238 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.

43.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (44284 votes)
|
8.7 (231 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.

44.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (43679 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.

45.
Topsy-Turvy
154 min | 1999 |
7.3 (11222 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.

46.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (12583 votes)
|
8.78 (88 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.
The Falcon and the Snowman
131 min | 1985 |
6.8 (9870 votes)
|
7.98 (47 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.

48.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
104 min | 2017 |
7.0 (10057 votes)
|
8.17 (87 reviews)

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

49.
The Miracle Worker
106 min | 1962 |
8.1 (14929 votes)
|
9.27 (78 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 (13988 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.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
5.6 (22737 votes)
|
2.12 (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.

02.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.4 (12590 votes)
|
3.02 (141 reviews)

96 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 (30055 votes)
|
3.5 (435 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 (1073214 votes)
|
5.9 (1164 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.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.6 (138007 votes)
|
5.37 (1056 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.

06.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (11451 votes)
|
3.76 (186 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.

07.
Lords of Chaos
118 min | 2018 |
6.5 (8565 votes)
|
4.79 (129 reviews)

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

08.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (33696 votes)
|
5.36 (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.

09.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.8 (19399 votes)
|
4.16 (144 reviews)

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

10.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.4 (10299 votes)
|
5.77 (60 reviews)

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

11.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (156693 votes)
|
3.99 (1082 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 (18747 votes)
|
5.43 (80 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

13.
Sanju
155 min | 2018 |
7.8 (42951 votes)
|
6.27 (361 reviews)

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

14.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (140348 votes)
|
5.77 (1203 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.

15.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (645477 votes)
|
6.49 (1359 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.

16.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (98674 votes)
|
5.25 (250 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

17.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (53257 votes)
|
3.89 (953 reviews)

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

18.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (10009 votes)
|
4.29 (56 reviews)

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

19.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (536391 votes)
|
6.7 (822 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.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (791786 votes)
|
6.83 (962 reviews)

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

21.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (87564 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.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (94945 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.

23.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (265857 votes)
|
5.73 (551 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.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (133185 votes)
|
5.93 (383 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.

25.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (69814 votes)
|
5.42 (216 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.

26.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (544833 votes)
|
6.53 (694 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.

27.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (80186 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.

28.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (104039 votes)
|
6.07 (319 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.

29.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (79613 votes)
|
5.57 (620 reviews)

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

30.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (63571 votes)
|
5.7 (208 reviews)

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

31.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (67705 votes)
|
6.51 (210 reviews)

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

32.
Factory Girl
90 min | 2006 |
6.5 (20221 votes)
|
5.42 (102 reviews)

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

33.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44889 votes)
|
5.24 (298 reviews)

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

34.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (8701 votes)
|
4.84 (36 reviews)

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

35.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (593478 votes)
|
7.05 (769 reviews)

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

36.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (252036 votes)
|
6.47 (439 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 Red Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11223 votes)
|
5.44 (74 reviews)

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

38.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
95 min | 2015 |
6.1 (17564 votes)
|
5.14 (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.

39.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23150 votes)
|
5.84 (168 reviews)

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

40.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (185199 votes)
|
6.15 (312 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.

41.
BlacKkKlansman
135 min | 2018 |
7.5 (170381 votes)
|
6.55 (714 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.

42.
Battle of the Sexes
121 min | 2017 |
6.7 (45488 votes)
|
5.76 (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.

43.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (87514 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.

44.
Rise of the Footsoldier
119 min | 2007 |
6.8 (18320 votes)
|
5.89 (78 reviews)

The life of career criminal Carlton Leach.

45.
All the Money in the World
132 min | 2017 |
6.8 (64263 votes)
|
5.9 (205 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.

46.
I'm Not There
135 min | 2007 |
6.9 (54650 votes)
|
6.06 (218 reviews)

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

47.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (24345 votes)
|
5.68 (138 reviews)

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

48.
Secretariat
123 min | 2010 |
7.2 (25059 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.

49.
The Man with the Iron Heart
120 min | 2017 |
6.4 (11893 votes)
|
5.58 (36 reviews)

As the German Fascists expand their borders, scorching Europe from end to end, two brave Czechs of the Resistance prepare for a suicide mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the hideous mastermind behind the "Final Solution".

50.
A Walk in the Woods
104 min | 2015 |
6.3 (22653 votes)
|
5.49 (144 reviews)

After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.