Biographical films, or biopics, depict the lives (or segments thereof) of past and present eminent, famous, and infamous people. The biopic distinguishes itself by emphasizing the person rather than a history of an era, at least in its title. The biography movie bases its claims to authenticity on research—written histories of a period, biographies, diaries, journals, paintings, architecture, fashion—often relying on and crediting the work of historical advisers. Watch best biography movies of all time!
#1 Schindler's List 1993
Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
Director: Steven Spielberg. Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall, Embeth Davidtz, Malgorzata Gebel, Shmuel Levy, Mark Ivanir, Béatrice Macola, Andrzej Seweryn, Friedrich von Thun, Krzysztof Luft, Harry Nehring, Norbert Weisser.
Overview: Told from the perspective of businessman Oskar Schindler who saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory. Schindler’s List is based on a true story, illustrated in black and white and controversially filmed in many original locations.
Genres: Drama, History, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 15m. Rated: R.
#2 Goodfellas 1990
Three Decades of Life in the Mafia.
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco, Paul Sorvino, Chuck Low, Frank Sivero, Frank DiLeo, Tony Darrow, Mike Starr, Frank Vincent, Frank Adonis, Catherine Scorsese, Suzanne Shepherd, Gina Mastrogiacomo.
Overview: Henry Hill is a small time gangster, who takes part in a robbery with Jimmy Conway and Tommy De Vito, two other gangsters who have set their sights a bit higher. His two partners kill off everyone else involved in the robbery, and slowly start to climb up through the hierarchy of the Mob. Henry, however, is badly affected by his partners success, but will he stoop low enough to bring about the downfall of Jimmy and Tommy?
Genres: Drama, Crime. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 26m. Rated: R.
#3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962
A Mighty Motion Picture Of Action And Adventure!
Director: David Lean. Cast: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Claude Rains, Anthony Quayle, José Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, Zia Mohyeddin, I.S. Johar, Gamil Ratib, Michel Ray, John Dimech.
Overview: An epic about British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, War. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 3h 36m. Rated: PG.
#4 The Pianist 2002
Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.
Director: Roman Polanski. Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Michal Zebrowski, Wanja Mues, Richard Ridings, Nomi Sharron, Anthony Milner, Lucy Skeaping, Roddy Skeaping.
Overview: The true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.
Genres: Drama, War. Countries: France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 30m. Rated: R.
#5 Raging Bull 1980
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo.
Overview: An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.
Genres: Drama, Sports Film. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 10m. Rated: R.
#6 Amadeus 1984
Amadeus. The man. The music. The magic. The madness. The murder. The mystery. The motion picture.
Director: Milos Forman. Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Bryne.
Overview: Amadeus is the story of the last ten years of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s life told by Director Milos Forman. The main story is about the conflict between a genius’ need for fun and a society that disgraces that type of thing. A spectacular picture about one of the most gifted composers of all times with memorable acting by Tom Hulce who played Mozart.
Genres: Drama, History, Music. Countries: Austria, Czech Republic. Runtime: 2h 40m. Rated: PG.
#7 Downfall 2004
April 1945, a nation awaits its...Downfall
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel. Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler, Heino Ferch, Christian Berkel, Thomas Kretschmann, Ulrich Noethen, Birgit Minichmayr, Rolf Kanies, Justus von Dohnanyi, Michael Mendl, André Hennicke, Christian Redl.
Overview: In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History, War. Countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Russian Federation. Runtime: 2h 36m. Rated: R.
#8 The Elephant Man 1980
I am not an animal! I am a human being! I...am...a man!
Director: David Lynch. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, John Standing, Phoebe Nicholls, Kenny Baker.
Overview: A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
Genre: Drama. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: PG.
#9 Braveheart 1995
Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.
Director: Mel Gibson. Cast: Mel Gibson, Catherine McCormack, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen, Brendan Gleeson, James Robinson, James Cosmo, Sean McGinley, Gerda Stevenson, Mhairi Calvey, Jeanne Marine, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, Alan Tall.
Overview: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron -- his new bride and childhood love -- legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War. Countries: United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 57m. Rated: R.
#10 The King's Speech 2010
God save the king.
Director: Tom Hooper. Cast: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Claire Bloom, Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle, Ramona Marquez, Freya Wilson.
Overview: Tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 59m. Rated: R.
#11 Hotel Rwanda 2004
When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.
Director: Terry George. Cast: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Jean Reno, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Neil McCarthy, Desmond Dube, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Tony Kgoroge, Fana Mokoena, Lebo Mashile, Antonio David Lyons, Leleti Khumalo.
Overview: Inspired by true events this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990’s when more than a million Tutsis’ were killed in a Genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Countries: United Kingdom, Italy, United States of America, South Africa. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: PG-13.
#12 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928
Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer. Cast: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Antonin Artaud, Jean d'Yd, Louis Ravet, Armand Lurville, Jacques Arnna, Alexandre Mihalesco, Léon Larive, Maurice Schutz.
Overview: The Passion of Joan of Arc is the masterpiece from Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer that depicts the story of French martyr Joan from Orleans seven years after her canonization from the catholic church.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: France. Runtime: 1h 28m.
#13 Andrei Rublev 1966
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolai Sergeyev, Irma Raush, Nikolay Burlyaev, Yuriy Nazarov, Mikhail Kononov, Yuriy Nikulin, Bolot Beyshenaliev, Stepan Krylov, B. Matysik, Anatoliy Obukhov, Aleksandr Titov, Vladimir Vasiliev.
Overview: An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses a brutal battle and unintentionally becomes involved, he takes a vow of silence and spends time away from his work. As he begins to ease his troubled soul, he takes steps towards becoming a painter once again.
Genres: Drama, History. Country: Soviet Union. Runtime: 3h 3m.
#14 Into the Wild 2007
Your great adventure on Alaska.
Director: Sean Penn. Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian H. Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook, Thure Lindhardt, Signe Egholm Olsen, Cheryl Francis Harrington, Kristen Stewart.
Overview: Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life.
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 28m. Rated: R.
#15 Life of Brian 1979
He wasn't the messiah. He was a very naughty boy.
Director: Terry Jones. Cast: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terence Bayler, Carol Cleveland, Kenneth Colley, Neil Innes, Charles McKeown, John Young, Gwen Taylor, Sue Jones-Davies, John Case.
Overview: A brilliant parody from the British comedy group Monty Python about the history of (not Jesus but the boy born right next door to The Manger, Brian). A Terry Jones directed film from 1979 that has since gained cult status. What many fans don't know is that this movie might never have happened if not for the financial assistance of George Harrison (of The Beatles).
Genre: Comedy. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 1h 34m. Rated: R.
#16 Gandhi 1982
Director: Richard Attenborough. Cast: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Candice Bergen, Roshan Seth, Om Puri, Saeed Jaffrey, Alyque Padamsee, Martin Sheen, Amrish Puri, Ian Charleson, Edward Fox, Geraldine James, Daniel Day-Lewis, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard.
Overview: Director Richard Attenborough tells with this epic, and elaborate produced film, the story of freedom and peace fighter Gandhi, the Indian who helped give Indians their independence. The film was nominated in eleven categories at the Academy Awards, winning eight in total.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, History. Countries: United Kingdom, India. Runtime: 3h 8m. Rated: PG.
#17 Casino 1995
No one stays at the top forever.
Director: Martin Scorsese. Cast: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King, Kevin Pollak, Pasquale Cajano, L.Q. Jones, Dick Smothers, Frank Vincent, Oscar Goodman, Richard Riehle, John Bloom, Catherine Scorsese.
Overview: Master director Martin Scorsese depicts the sloping depth of a casino mafia boss’ fall. Filmed in a semi-documentary fashion; about the life of the gambling paradise Las Vegas and its dark mafia underbelly.
Genres: Drama, Crime. Countries: France, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 58m. Rated: R.
#18 The Diving Bell And The Butterfly 2007
Director: Julian Schnabel. Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz López Garmendia, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Marina Hands, Max von Sydow, Isaach De Bankole, Emma de Caunes, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Gérard Watkins, Nicolas Le Riche.
Overview: Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: France, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m.
#19 Ip Man 2008
The celebrated Kung Fu master of Bruce Lee.
Director: Wilson Yip. Cast: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Yu Xing, You-Nam Wong, Chen Zhi Hui.
Overview: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung.
Genres: Action, Foreign, History. Country: Hong Kong. Runtime: 1h 45m. Rated: R.
#20 Michael the Brave 1970
Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu. Cast: Amza Pellea, Ion Besoiu, Olga Tudorache.
Overview: An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pätrascu (better known as "Mihai Viteazul" / "Michael the Brave"), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia, into the country of Romania, at the end of the 16th century (1599-1601) against the opposition of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires, this movie features large scale battle scenes mixed with political intrigues, murderous treachery, and family drama.
Countries: France, Italy, Romania. Runtime: 1h 47m.
#21 The Sea Inside 2004
Director: Alejandro Amenábar. Cast: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Joan Dalmau, Josep Maria Pou, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Clara Segura, Alberto Jiménez, Tamar Novas, Alberto Amarilla.
Overview: Based on the profoundly moving true story that captured the world’s attention, The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. The Sea Inside is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia (Belén Rueda) a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Lola Dueñas), a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Country: Spain. Runtime: 2h 5m. Rated: PG-13.
#22 Aguirre: The Wrath of God 1972
Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra, Peter Berling, Cecilia Rivera, Edward Roland, Daniel Ades, Armando Polanah, Alejandro Repulles.
Overview: A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: Germany, Peru. Runtime: 1h 33m.
#23 The Social Network 2010
You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
Director: David Fincher. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Patrick Mapel, Max Minghella, Toby Meuli, Rashida Jones, Malese Jow, Brenda Song, Dakota Johnson.
Overview: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 1m. Rated: PG-13.
#24 Patton 1970
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong.
Overview: "Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination.
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 52m. Rated: PG.
#25 The Miracle Worker 1962
Director: Arthur Penn. Cast: Anne Bancroft, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Kathleen Comegys.
Overview: The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 46m. Rated: PG-13.
#26 Ed Wood 1994
Movies were his passion. Women were his ispiration. Angora sweaters were his weakness.
Director: Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones, G.D. Spradlin, Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Murray, Mike Starr, Max Casella, Brent Hinkley, George 'The Animal' Steele, Juliet Landau, Clive Rosengren, Norman Alden.
Overview: Ed Wood is the worst director of all times. Together with his friends they film B-movies one after another without ever becoming famous or successful. A strange black and white Tim Burton/Johnny Depp film.
Genres: Comedy, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: R.
#27 In the Name of the Father 1993
Director: Jim Sheridan. Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite, John Lynch, Beatie Edney, Mark Sheppard.
Overview: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends fifteen years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence.
Genres: Drama, Foreign. Countries: United Kingdom, Ireland. Runtime: 2h 8m. Rated: R.
#28 Becket 1964
Director: Peter Glenville. Cast: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Donald Wolfit, David Weston, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer.
Overview: King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.
Genres: Drama, History. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 28m. Rated: PG-13.
#29 Bonnie and Clyde 1967
They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people.
Director: Arthur Penn. Cast: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Evans Evans, Mabel Cavitt, Patrick Cranshaw, Owen Bush, Clyde Howdy, Russ Marker, Ken Mayer.
Overview: Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as the New Hollywood.
Genres: Crime, Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 51m. Rated: R.
#30 The Straight Story 1999
A true story that proves a little determination goes a very, very long way.
Director: David Lynch. Cast: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter, Donald Wiegert, Tracey Maloney, Dan Flannery, Ed Grennan, Jack Walsh, Gil Pearson, Barbara June Patterson, Everett McGill, James Cada, Sally Wingert, Barbara Kingsley.
Overview: A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight learns one day that his distant brother Lyle has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.
Genre: Drama. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 52m. Rated: G.
#31 Papillon 1973
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner. Cast: Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Woodrow Parfrey, Robert Deman, Anthony Zerbe, Victor Jory, Don Gordon, Bill Mumy.
Overview: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 25m. Rated: PG.
#32 JFK 1991
The story that won’t go away.
Director: Oliver Stone. Cast: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Jack Lemmon, Laurie Metcalf, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, John Candy, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jay O. Sanders, Walter Matthau, Sally Kirkland, Donald Sutherland.
Overview: JFK is a thriller from Oliver Stone that revolves around the Murder of US President John F. Kennedy and the conspiracy theory follow-up.
Genres: Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 9m. Rated: R.
#33 Spartacus 1960
More titanic than any story ever told!
Director: Stanley Kubrick. Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall, Woody Strode, Harold J. Stone, Charles McGraw, Joanna Barnes, Peter Brocco.
Overview: Spartacus is a 1960 American historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. The film stars Kirk Douglas as the rebellious slave Spartacus who leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. The film was awarded four Oscars and stands today as one of the greatest classics of the Sword and Sandal genre.
Genres: Action, Drama, History. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 3h 17m. Rated: PG-13.
#34 A Man for All Seasons 1966
...a motion picture for all times!
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Cyril Luckham, Jack Gwillim, Thomas Heathcote, Yootha Joyce, Anthony Nicholls.
Overview: A depiction of the conflict between King Henry VIII of England and his Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who refuses to swear the Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry Supreme Head of the Church in England.
Genres: Drama, History. Country: United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h. Rated: G.
#35 Persepolis 2007
Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi. Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian, Chiara Mastroianni, Gabrielle Lopes Benites, François Jerosme, Paola Cortellesi, Licia Maglietta, Sergio Castellitto, Angelica Bolognesi, Miranda Bonansea, Danielle Darrieux.
Overview: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.
Genres: Animation, Drama, Foreign. Countries: France, Iran. Runtime: 1h 35m. Rated: PG-13.
#36 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974
Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira, Willy Semmelrogge, Volker Prechtel, Herbert Achternbusch, Kidlat Tahimik.
Overview: The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man who wears a black overcoat and top hat who feeds him.
Genres: Drama, History, Foreign. Country: Germany. Runtime: 1h 50m.
#37 A Beautiful Mind 2001
I need to believe that something extra ordinary is possible....
Director: Ron Howard. Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Jason Gray-Stanford, Judd Hirsch, Austin Pendleton, Vivien Cardone, Jillie Simon, Victor Steinbach, Tanya Clarke.
Overview: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he turns to teaching, becoming romantically involved with his student Alicia. Meanwhile the government asks his help with breaking Soviet codes, which soon gets him involved in a terrifying conspiracy plot. Nash grows more and more paranoid until a discovery that turns his entire world upside down. Now it is only with Alicia's help that he will be able to recover his mental strength and regain his status as the great mathematician we know him as today.
Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 15m. Rated: PG-13.
#38 The Fighter 2010
Everyone deserves a fighting chance.
Director: David O. Russell. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Robert Wahlberg, Dendrie Taylor, Jack McGee.
Overview: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO'd by drugs and crime.
Genres: Drama, Sports Film. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 56m. Rated: R.
#39 Waltz with Bashir 2008
Director: Ari Folman. Cast: Ron Ben-Yishai, Dror Harazi, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman.
Overview: One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life.
Genres: Animation, Documentary, Drama, Foreign, History, War. Countries: Israel, France, Germany. Runtime: 1h 30m. Rated: R.
#40 The Insider 1999
Director: Michael Mann. Cast: Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora.
Overview: Tells the true story of a 60 Minutes television series exposé of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand
Genres: Drama, Thriller. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 37m.
#41 Cinderella Man 2005
Biography | Drama | Romance
Director: Ron Howard. Cast: Russel Crowe, René Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko.
Overview: The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
Runtime: 2h 24m.
#42 The Mirror 1975
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Cast: Margarita Terekhova, Oleg Yankovskiy, Larisa Tarkovskaya, Alla Demidova, Ignat Daniltsev, Nikolai Grinko, Yuriy Nazarov, Filipp Yankovsky, Tamara Ogorodnikova.
Overview: A man in his forties is going to die and remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments but things that also tell the story of all the Russian nation.
Genres: Documentary, Drama, Foreign, Indie. Country: Russian Federation. Runtime: 1h 46m.
#43 The Message 1977
Director: Moustapha Akkad. Cast: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest, Garrick Hagon, Nicholas Amer.
Overview: Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Action, History. Countries: Kuwait, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Lebanon, United Kingdom. Runtime: 2h 57m. Rated: PG.
#44 The World's Fastest Indian 2005
Director: Roger Donaldson. Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell, Aaron Murphy, Tim Shadbolt, Annie Whittle, Greg Johnson, Kate Sullivan, Antony Starr, Craig Hall, Jim Bowman, Phoebe Falconer, Charles Pierard, Barry Ryan, Alison Bruce.
Overview: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: Switzerland, Japan, United States of America. Runtime: 2h 7m. Rated: PG-13.
#45 Walk the Line 2005
Love is a burning thing.
Director: James Mangold. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Tyler Hilton, Johnathan Rice, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Payne, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Dan Beene, Lucas Till, Victoria Hester.
Overview: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
Genres: Drama, Music, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 16m. Rated: PG-13.
#46 Finding Neverland 2004
Director: Marc Forster. Cast: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman, Freddie Highmore, Radha Mitchell, Kate Maberly, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud, Luke Spill, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Toby Jones.
Overview: Finding Neverland is an amusing drama about how the story of Peter Pan and Neverland came to be. During a writing slump play writer J.M. Barrie meets the widowed Sylvia and her three children who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece “Peter Pan.”
Genre: Drama. Countries: United Kingdom, United States of America. Runtime: 1h 41m. Rated: PG.
#47 Sergeant York 1941
Director: Howard Hawks. Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Margaret Wycherly.
Overview: Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.
Genres: Action, Drama, History. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 14m.
#48 Queen Christina 1933
Director: Rouben Mamoulian. Cast: Greta Garbo.
Overview: Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.
Genres: Drama, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 1h 39m.
#49 The Sound of Music 1965
The happiest sound in all the world!
Director: Robert Wise. Cast: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn, Peggy Wood, Charmian Carr, Anna Lee, Portia Nelson, Heather Menzies, Nicholas Hammond, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright, Debbie Turner, Kym Kareth, Ben Wright.
Overview: Film adaptation of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on a nun who becomes a governess for an Austrian family.
Genres: Drama, Family, Music, Romance. Country: United States of America. Runtime: 2h 54m. Rated: G.
#50 Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini. Cast: Enrique Irazoqui, Margherita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini, Marcello Morante, Mario Socrate, Settimio Di Porto, Alfonso Gatto.
Overview: The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew.
Genres: Drama, Foreign, Indie. Countries: France, Italy. Runtime: 2h 17m.
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