Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.7 (22782 votes)
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8.7 (103 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 (10382 votes)
|
8.91 (65 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 (32504 votes)
|
8.06 (161 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 (17791 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 (13402 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 (28693 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.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (18373 votes)
|
8.9 (161 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.

08.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (24371 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.

09.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (42626 votes)
|
8.47 (129 reviews)

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

10.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (15927 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.

11.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (70634 votes)
|
8.35 (187 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.

12.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.4 (27522 votes)
|
8.93 (69 reviews)

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

13.
Zwischen Himmel und Hölle
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12500 votes)
|
8.32 (36 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.

14.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.5 (51471 votes)
|
9.0 (138 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.

15.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.8 (10219 votes)
|
9.29 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

16.
A United Kingdom - Ihre Liebe veränderte die Welt
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (12605 votes)
|
8.28 (64 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.

17.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (13819 votes)
|
8.33 (47 reviews)

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

18.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.4 (9053 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...

19.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (14463 votes)
|
8.61 (44 reviews)

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

20.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (36735 votes)
|
8.29 (148 reviews)

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

21.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (13798 votes)
|
7.95 (109 reviews)

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

22.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14239 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.

23.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (22617 votes)
|
8.55 (312 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.

24.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (192211 votes)
|
9.04 (574 reviews)

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

25.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (76683 votes)
|
9.12 (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.

26.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.4 (12090 votes)
|
8.72 (282 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.

27.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (33815 votes)
|
7.62 (237 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.

28.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38862 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.

29.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
6.9 (26874 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.

30.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.3 (56535 votes)
|
8.59 (210 reviews)

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

31.
Henry V
137 min | 1989 |
7.5 (26832 votes)
|
8.78 (91 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.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12655 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.

33.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (114531 votes)
|
9.04 (351 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.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (207082 votes)
|
8.84 (1641 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.

35.
Stand and Deliver
103 min | 1988 |
7.3 (14931 votes)
|
8.53 (76 reviews)

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

36.
Coal Miner's Daughter
124 min | 1980 |
7.5 (15522 votes)
|
8.73 (72 reviews)

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

37.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.1 (11273 votes)
|
8.32 (106 reviews)

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

38.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (12384 votes)
|
8.81 (87 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.

39.
Topsy-Turvy
154 min | 1999 |
7.3 (11173 votes)
|
8.51 (154 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.

40.
Jadotville
108 min | 2016 |
7.3 (25552 votes)
|
8.5 (80 reviews)

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

41.
Es war einmal in China 2
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (8493 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 (49564 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 - Das Wunder von Lake Placid
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (43933 votes)
|
8.7 (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 Russian squad.

44.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (25809 votes)
|
8.09 (58 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.

45.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (43359 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.
Wilde
118 min | 1997 |
6.9 (13946 votes)
|
8.07 (67 reviews)

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

47.
The Miracle Worker
106 min | 1962 |
8.1 (14859 votes)
|
9.27 (78 reviews)

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

48.
North Face
126 min | 2008 |
7.4 (13827 votes)
|
8.57 (38 reviews)

Based on a true story, North Face is a survival drama film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ...

49.
Charles Dickens: Der Mann, der Weihnachten erfand
104 min | 2017 |
7.0 (9725 votes)
|
8.14 (85 reviews)

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

50.
Breathe
118 min | 2017 |
7.1 (15986 votes)
|
8.24 (63 reviews)

The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
5.6 (22717 votes)
|
2.1 (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 (12442 votes)
|
3.06 (137 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 (28721 votes)
|
3.52 (419 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 (1063444 votes)
|
5.84 (1146 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 (133225 votes)
|
5.33 (1033 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 (11215 votes)
|
3.89 (183 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.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.8 (19143 votes)
|
4.14 (143 reviews)

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

08.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (33349 votes)
|
5.35 (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.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.4 (10255 votes)
|
5.75 (59 reviews)

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

10.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (156062 votes)
|
3.96 (1080 reviews)

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

11.
Lords of Chaos
118 min | 2018 |
6.5 (8076 votes)
|
4.93 (120 reviews)

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

12.
Cadillac Records
109 min | 2008 |
7.0 (18655 votes)
|
5.43 (81 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

13.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (638844 votes)
|
6.47 (1340 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.
Sanju : Ein Mann, viele Leben!
155 min | 2018 |
7.8 (42393 votes)
|
6.28 (360 reviews)

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

15.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (136583 votes)
|
5.78 (1191 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 (98273 votes)
|
5.25 (250 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

17.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (9938 votes)
|
4.27 (55 reviews)

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

18.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (786090 votes)
|
6.77 (952 reviews)

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

19.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (533056 votes)
|
6.68 (811 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 (50864 votes)
|
3.95 (898 reviews)

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

21.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (264630 votes)
|
5.71 (547 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.

22.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (94455 votes)
|
5.11 (616 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.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (132341 votes)
|
5.97 (381 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.

24.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (542216 votes)
|
6.5 (690 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.

25.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (87240 votes)
|
6.4 (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.

26.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (69035 votes)
|
5.4 (213 reviews)

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

27.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (79299 votes)
|
5.55 (618 reviews)

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

28.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (79889 votes)
|
5.87 (192 reviews)

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

29.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (103628 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.

30.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (589008 votes)
|
6.97 (731 reviews)

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

31.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (67067 votes)
|
6.48 (207 reviews)

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

32.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (63208 votes)
|
5.73 (207 reviews)

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

33.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44782 votes)
|
5.23 (296 reviews)

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

34.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (8682 votes)
|
4.85 (35 reviews)

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

35.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23009 votes)
|
5.77 (167 reviews)

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

36.
Factory Girl
90 min | 2006 |
6.4 (20167 votes)
|
5.38 (102 reviews)

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

37.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (250578 votes)
|
6.53 (438 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.
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.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (8276 votes)
|
5.14 (86 reviews)

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

40.
Der rote Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11179 votes)
|
5.44 (73 reviews)

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

41.
Battle of the Sexes
121 min | 2017 |
6.7 (44977 votes)
|
5.75 (147 reviews)

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

42.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (86940 votes)
|
6.47 (305 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.

43.
BlacKkKlansman
135 min | 2018 |
7.5 (165823 votes)
|
6.6 (702 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.

44.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (184045 votes)
|
6.21 (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.

45.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (23451 votes)
|
5.63 (134 reviews)

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

46.
Secretariat
123 min | 2010 |
7.2 (24912 votes)
|
6.34 (117 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.

47.
All the Money in the World
132 min | 2017 |
6.8 (63114 votes)
|
5.97 (199 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.

48.
Denial
109 min | 2016 |
6.7 (17113 votes)
|
5.89 (101 reviews)

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

49.
A Walk in the Woods
104 min | 2015 |
6.3 (22453 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.

50.
The Bling Ring
90 min | 2013 |
5.6 (78550 votes)
|
4.8 (168 reviews)

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