Top 50 underrated biography movies

01.
Selena
127 min | 1997 |
6.8 (23960 votes)
|
8.66 (111 reviews)

The true story of Selena Quintanilla, 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.
In Love and War
113 min | 1996 |
6.0 (8041 votes)
|
7.82 (32 reviews)

A bitter love story between a talented writer and a gentle nurse.

03.
The Banker
120 min | 2020 |
7.2 (13312 votes)
|
9.0 (137 reviews)

In the 1960s two African-American entrepreneurs hire a working-class white man to pretend to be the head of their business empire while they pose as a janitor and chauffeur.

04.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (33468 votes)
|
8.07 (165 reviews)

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

05.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (8500 votes)
|
8.16 (327 reviews)

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and her resistance to the British Rule.

06.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (14280 votes)
|
9.79 (34 reviews)

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

07.
Kilo Two Bravo
108 min | 2014 |
7.1 (11595 votes)
|
8.78 (83 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.

08.
Bloodsport
92 min | 1988 |
6.8 (74560 votes)
|
8.42 (206 reviews)

"Bloodsport" 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.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (30384 votes)
|
9.31 (164 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.

10.
Machuca
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (10757 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.

11.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.3 (28557 votes)
|
8.87 (280 reviews)

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

12.
Shadowlands
131 min | 1993 |
7.3 (16692 votes)
|
8.87 (64 reviews)

C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets spirited poet Joy Gresham from the U.S.

13.
Gridiron Gang
125 min | 2006 |
6.9 (51773 votes)
|
8.44 (131 reviews)

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

14.
I Can Only Imagine
110 min | 2018 |
7.3 (13574 votes)
|
8.8 (294 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.
Mask
120 min | 1985 |
7.2 (25439 votes)
|
8.69 (79 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.

16.
Brain on Fire
88 min | 2016 |
6.6 (16232 votes)
|
8.08 (123 reviews)

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

17.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
135 min | 2020 |
7.7 (19058 votes)
|
9.18 (885 reviews)

Tanhaji Malusare, a military chieftain in the army of the Maratha king Shivaji, leads the charge to capture the strategically important Kondhana fort guarded by the army of the fierce Rajput chieftain Udaybhan Rathod.

18.
Rudy
114 min | 1993 |
7.5 (54699 votes)
|
8.97 (157 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.

19.
The Lover
115 min | 1992 |
6.9 (18658 votes)
|
8.36 (72 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.

20.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14531 votes)
|
8.02 (84 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

21.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (39883 votes)
|
8.31 (107 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.

22.
Togo
113 min | 2019 |
8.0 (29900 votes)
|
9.39 (347 reviews)

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

23.
Searching for Bobby Fischer
109 min | 1993 |
7.4 (28709 votes)
|
8.79 (77 reviews)

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

24.
Holding the Man
127 min | 2015 |
7.4 (10161 votes)
|
8.77 (52 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 ...

25.
Radio
109 min | 2003 |
6.9 (37609 votes)
|
8.26 (150 reviews)

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

26.
Tucker: The Man and His Dream
110 min | 1988 |
6.9 (16163 votes)
|
8.25 (56 reviews)

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

27.
The Best of Enemies
133 min | 2019 |
7.1 (8012 votes)
|
8.43 (89 reviews)

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

28.
Heaven & Earth
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (12990 votes)
|
8.12 (43 reviews)

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

29.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (15059 votes)
|
8.52 (48 reviews)

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

30.
Finding Neverland
106 min | 2004 |
7.7 (196037 votes)
|
9.02 (585 reviews)

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

31.
84 Charing Cross Road
100 min | 1987 |
7.4 (8264 votes)
|
8.72 (77 reviews)

True story of a transatlantic business correspondence about used books that developed into a close friendship.

32.
Miss Potter
88 min | 2006 |
6.9 (27479 votes)
|
8.21 (135 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.

33.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (34330 votes)
|
7.61 (239 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.

34.
October Sky
108 min | 1999 |
7.8 (80066 votes)
|
9.1 (313 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.

35.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (29904 votes)
|
8.48 (364 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.

36.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (118414 votes)
|
9.07 (363 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.

37.
Henry V
137 min | 1989 |
7.5 (27692 votes)
|
8.76 (97 reviews)

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

38.
Heavenly Creatures
99 min | 1994 |
7.3 (57978 votes)
|
8.55 (214 reviews)

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

39.
This Boy's Life
115 min | 1993 |
7.3 (45630 votes)
|
8.54 (67 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.

40.
A United Kingdom
111 min | 2016 |
6.8 (13560 votes)
|
8.04 (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.

41.
The Greatest Showman
105 min | 2017 |
7.6 (223874 votes)
|
8.84 (1764 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.

42.
Mrs. Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (13161 votes)
|
8.42 (56 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.

43.
Cannibal! The Musical
95 min | 1993 |
7.1 (11549 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.

44.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (46622 votes)
|
8.71 (237 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.

45.
The World's Fastest Indian
127 min | 2005 |
7.8 (51074 votes)
|
9.0 (243 reviews)

The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, 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.

46.
Maudie
115 min | 2016 |
7.6 (14667 votes)
|
8.79 (97 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.
Once Upon a Time in China II
113 min | 1992 |
7.4 (8833 votes)
|
8.58 (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 ...

48.
North Face
126 min | 2008 |
7.4 (14533 votes)
|
8.58 (40 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.
Topsy-Turvy
160 min | 1999 |
7.3 (11494 votes)
|
8.48 (156 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.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.4 (12278 votes)
|
8.57 (99 reviews)

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

Top 50 overrated biography movies

01.
Nothing to Lose
134 min | 2018 |
5.5 (22825 votes)
|
2.32 (36 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 |
6.1 (11705 votes)
|
2.98 (157 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.

03.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (36529 votes)
|
3.45 (493 reviews)

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

04.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (13065 votes)
|
3.48 (215 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 Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.5 (162226 votes)
|
5.33 (1150 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.
The Wolf of Wall Street
180 min | 2013 |
8.2 (1134789 votes)
|
6.15 (1315 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.

07.
Lords of Chaos
118 min | 2018 |
6.5 (11403 votes)
|
4.83 (144 reviews)

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

08.
Sanju
155 min | 2018 |
7.8 (45616 votes)
|
6.17 (375 reviews)

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

09.
Modigliani
128 min | 2004 |
7.4 (10694 votes)
|
5.8 (60 reviews)

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

10.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (36942 votes)
|
5.44 (94 reviews)

Keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, must save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion in WWII Poland.

11.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (160092 votes)
|
4.07 (1105 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.
All Eyez on Me
139 min | 2017 |
5.8 (20547 votes)
|
4.28 (147 reviews)

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

13.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (681570 votes)
|
6.49 (1460 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 |
5.1 (23545 votes)
|
3.59 (1273 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.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (101653 votes)
|
5.23 (255 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

16.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (157366 votes)
|
5.87 (1281 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.

17.
The Hurricane
146 min | 1999 |
7.6 (89912 votes)
|
6.19 (183 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.

18.
Robin Hood
116 min | 2018 |
5.3 (60003 votes)
|
3.9 (1032 reviews)

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

19.
Pele: Birth of a Legend
107 min | 2016 |
7.2 (15797 votes)
|
5.81 (52 reviews)

Pele's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.

20.
Cadillac Records
109 min | 2008 |
7.0 (19693 votes)
|
5.62 (88 reviews)

Chronicles the rise of Chess Records and its recording artists.

21.
The Irishman
209 min | 2019 |
7.9 (300603 votes)
|
6.55 (2579 reviews)

An old man recalls his time painting houses for his friend, Jimmy Hoffa, through the 1950-70s.

22.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.7 (10266 votes)
|
4.36 (57 reviews)

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

23.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (98270 votes)
|
5.06 (626 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.
Into the Wild
148 min | 2007 |
8.1 (558615 votes)
|
6.77 (882 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.

25.
The Aeronauts
100 min | 2019 |
6.6 (23362 votes)
|
5.3 (355 reviews)

A balloon pilot and a scientist find themselves in a fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon in the 1860s.

26.
Unbroken
137 min | 2014 |
7.2 (142129 votes)
|
5.94 (413 reviews)

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

27.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (276781 votes)
|
5.79 (582 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 (75529 votes)
|
5.4 (242 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.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
113 min | 2002 |
7.0 (81895 votes)
|
5.83 (194 reviews)

An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris (Sam Rockwell), in which he purports to have been a C.I.A. hitman.

30.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
132 min | 2013 |
7.2 (106577 votes)
|
6.05 (325 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.
A Beautiful Mind
135 min | 2001 |
8.2 (824421 votes)
|
7.06 (1018 reviews)

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

32.
Factory Girl
90 min | 2006 |
6.5 (20554 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.

33.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (29337 votes)
|
5.51 (145 reviews)

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

34.
Argo
120 min | 2012 |
7.7 (561658 votes)
|
6.62 (739 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.

35.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (65752 votes)
|
5.77 (215 reviews)

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

36.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (45562 votes)
|
5.27 (299 reviews)

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

37.
Midnight Express
121 min | 1978 |
7.6 (71627 votes)
|
6.57 (225 reviews)

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

38.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (81619 votes)
|
5.69 (629 reviews)

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

39.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (15185 votes)
|
5.7 (123 reviews)

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

40.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (622100 votes)
|
7.12 (822 reviews)

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

41.
Everest
121 min | 2015 |
7.1 (192263 votes)
|
6.15 (326 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.

42.
The Bling Ring
90 min | 2013 |
5.6 (81776 votes)
|
4.65 (190 reviews)

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

43.
Copying Beethoven
104 min | 2006 |
6.8 (12823 votes)
|
5.86 (90 reviews)

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

44.
Orlando
94 min | 1992 |
7.2 (13828 votes)
|
6.26 (61 reviews)

After Queen Elizabeth I commands him not to grow old, a young nobleman struggles with love and his place in the world.

45.
The Current War: Director's Cut
102 min | 2017 |
6.5 (15935 votes)
|
5.56 (174 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.

46.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (91099 votes)
|
6.49 (312 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.
Lone Survivor
121 min | 2013 |
7.5 (260792 votes)
|
6.6 (452 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.

48.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (10429 votes)
|
5.2 (98 reviews)

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

49.
Kidnapping Mr. Heineken
95 min | 2015 |
6.1 (18435 votes)
|
5.21 (38 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.

50.
The Red Baron
106 min | 2008 |
6.4 (11535 votes)
|
5.52 (78 reviews)

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