Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.7 (22366 votes)
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8.71 (102 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 (10053 votes)
|
8.99 (63 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 (32218 votes)
|
8.07 (159 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 (17523 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 Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.4 (10678 votes)
|
9.06 (142 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.

06.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (23960 votes)
|
8.8 (70 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.

07.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.3 (8649 votes)
|
8.88 (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...

08.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (69494 votes)
|
8.36 (184 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.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (15557 votes)
|
8.86 (62 reviews)

C.S. Lewis (Sir Anthony Hopkins), a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) from the U.S.

10.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.8 (28235 votes)
|
9.36 (154 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.

11.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.8 (10219 votes)
|
9.29 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

12.
A United Kingdom - Ihre Liebe veränderte die Welt
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (12244 votes)
|
8.28 (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.

13.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (13541 votes)
|
8.35 (46 reviews)

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

14.
Zwischen Himmel und Hölle
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12326 votes)
|
8.25 (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.

15.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (12823 votes)
|
8.03 (104 reviews)

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

16.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (14282 votes)
|
8.6 (44 reviews)

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

17.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.6 (50462 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.

18.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.5 (27182 votes)
|
8.89 (67 reviews)

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

19.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14139 votes)
|
7.95 (82 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

20.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.4 (11460 votes)
|
8.74 (279 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.

21.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (190947 votes)
|
9.04 (574 reviews)

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

22.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (36212 votes)
|
8.23 (148 reviews)

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

23.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38413 votes)
|
8.23 (101 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.

24.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (75297 votes)
|
9.12 (293 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.

25.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (11438 votes)
|
8.87 (86 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.

26.
Coal Miner's Daughter
124 min | 1980 |
7.5 (15244 votes)
|
8.76 (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.

27.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (199847 votes)
|
8.85 (1619 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.

28.
La Bamba
108 min | 1987 |
6.9 (25142 votes)
|
8.14 (57 reviews)

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

29.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.3 (17150 votes)
|
8.53 (301 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.

30.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.4 (56027 votes)
|
8.63 (208 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.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.4 (33606 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.

32.
The World's Fastest Indian
127 min | 2005 |
7.8 (49044 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.

33.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
7.0 (26641 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.

34.
Miracle - Das Wunder von Lake Placid
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (43305 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.

35.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (42590 votes)
|
8.5 (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.

36.
The Miracle Worker
106 min | 1962 |
8.1 (14569 votes)
|
9.29 (78 reviews)

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

37.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.3 (12514 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.

38.
North Face
126 min | 2008 |
7.4 (13633 votes)
|
8.57 (38 reviews)

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

39.
Henry V
137 min | 1989 |
7.6 (26544 votes)
|
8.75 (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.

40.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.9 (113189 votes)
|
9.04 (348 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.

41.
The Dirt
107 min | 2019 |
7.0 (27010 votes)
|
8.14 (517 reviews)

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.

42.
Breathe
118 min | 2017 |
7.1 (15240 votes)
|
8.23 (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.

43.
Charles Dickens: Der Mann, der Weihnachten erfand
104 min | 2017 |
7.0 (9440 votes)
|
8.12 (84 reviews)

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

44.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.2 (11187 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.

45.
Jadotville
108 min | 2016 |
7.3 (24022 votes)
|
8.42 (77 reviews)

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

46.
Awakenings
121 min | 1990 |
7.8 (112144 votes)
|
8.92 (160 reviews)

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

47.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
120 min | 2005 |
7.6 (24996 votes)
|
8.71 (100 reviews)

A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.

48.
A Street Cat Named Bob
103 min | 2016 |
7.4 (23217 votes)
|
8.51 (81 reviews)

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

49.
Topsy-Turvy
154 min | 1999 |
7.4 (11058 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.

50.
A Night to Remember
123 min | 1958 |
7.9 (12369 votes)
|
9.0 (119 reviews)

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
6.6 (22563 votes)
|
2.08 (33 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 |
6.3 (12057 votes)
|
3.01 (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 (23960 votes)
|
3.57 (396 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 (1036022 votes)
|
5.78 (1129 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 (116427 votes)
|
5.39 (998 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 (10464 votes)
|
3.89 (182 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.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (32079 votes)
|
5.33 (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.

08.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.8 (18560 votes)
|
4.14 (143 reviews)

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

09.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.4 (10082 votes)
|
5.74 (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 (154593 votes)
|
3.98 (1079 reviews)

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

11.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.4 (120260 votes)
|
5.8 (1158 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.

12.
Cadillac Records
109 min | 2008 |
7.0 (18333 votes)
|
5.4 (81 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

13.
Sanju : Ein Mann, viele Leben!
155 min | 2018 |
7.9 (40529 votes)
|
6.36 (358 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 (621657 votes)
|
6.46 (1321 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.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (97066 votes)
|
5.22 (248 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

16.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (771431 votes)
|
6.75 (950 reviews)

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

17.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (524500 votes)
|
6.65 (804 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.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (9800 votes)
|
4.35 (54 reviews)

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

19.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (41529 votes)
|
3.98 (847 reviews)

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

20.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (261721 votes)
|
5.7 (546 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.

21.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (130029 votes)
|
5.9 (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.

22.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (66525 votes)
|
5.31 (210 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.

23.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (92949 votes)
|
5.11 (615 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.

24.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (86443 votes)
|
6.36 (179 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.

25.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.1 (79059 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.

26.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (534863 votes)
|
6.47 (686 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.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.9 (62010 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.

28.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (78645 votes)
|
5.54 (617 reviews)

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

29.
The Babe
115 min | 1992 |
5.9 (8596 votes)
|
4.74 (35 reviews)

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

30.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (102499 votes)
|
6.06 (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.

31.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (65602 votes)
|
6.47 (205 reviews)

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

32.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (577550 votes)
|
6.97 (727 reviews)

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

33.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44395 votes)
|
5.23 (296 reviews)

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

34.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.5 (85893 votes)
|
6.44 (303 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.

35.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (22668 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 (20046 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.
Battle of the Sexes
121 min | 2017 |
6.7 (43285 votes)
|
5.69 (144 reviews)

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

38.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (20979 votes)
|
5.49 (127 reviews)

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

39.
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.

40.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (246742 votes)
|
6.56 (434 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.

41.
BlacKkKlansman
135 min | 2018 |
7.5 (149449 votes)
|
6.59 (689 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.
Der rote Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11067 votes)
|
5.5 (72 reviews)

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

43.
I'm Not There
135 min | 2007 |
7.0 (54055 votes)
|
6.1 (217 reviews)

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

44.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (181202 votes)
|
6.21 (310 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.
Denial
109 min | 2016 |
6.7 (16600 votes)
|
5.84 (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.

46.
Secretariat
123 min | 2010 |
7.2 (24543 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.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
126 min | 2007 |
7.3 (42219 votes)
|
6.45 (164 reviews)

The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.

48.
The Bling Ring
90 min | 2013 |
5.6 (77739 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.

49.
A Walk in the Woods
104 min | 2015 |
6.3 (22037 votes)
|
5.51 (143 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.
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
110 min | 2008 |
6.4 (65575 votes)
|
5.62 (95 reviews)

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