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Old 10-25-2011, 05:24 PM
Top 10 Biopics

1. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
2. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
3. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
4. Amadeus (Miloš Forman, 1984)
5. Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, 1982)
6. Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
7. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
8. Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008)
9. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
10. The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004)

Honorable mentions:
Julius Caesar (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1953)
La Bamba (Luis Valdez, 1987)
Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)
Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
Bronson (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2008)
The King's Speech (Tom Hooper, 2010)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle, 2010)
Moneyball (Bennett Miller, 2011)

Yours?

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Old 10-25-2011, 05:37 PM
Would Almost Famous count? If it would that would be my number 1...but if not...

1. Goodfellas
2. Schindler's List
3. Raging Bull
4. Amadeus
5. The Fighter
6. Memories of Murder
7. Carlos
8. The Aviator
9. Casino
10. City of God

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Old 10-26-2011, 03:07 PM
1. Goodfellas
2. Erin Brockovich
3. A Beautiful Mind
4. Elizabeth
5. Schindler's List
6. The Elephant Man
7. The Insider
8. Amadeus
9. JFK
10. Quills


Damn, that was hard!
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:21 PM
In no particular order:

World Trade Center
Cinderella Man
The Aviator
The Insider
Braveheart
Schindler's List
Malcolm X
Born on the Fourth of July
Goodfellas
Man on the Moon

Honorable mentions: The Hurricane and some others I'm forgetting.



Not really sure if movies like JFK, Glory, The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, Platoon and Seabiscuit really count so I left them off the list. Ditto for the already mentioned Almost Famous.
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Old 10-26-2011, 06:03 PM
I looked up a list of biographical films on wikipedia and a lot of the films mentioned are on there.

I've never really been sure how to define a biopic. When I think of biopics I think of more conventional movies like Ray, The Aviator, or Gandhi.

Here is my top 10 in alphabetical order.

1. Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
2. Bound For Glory
3. Danton
4. Diving Bell And The Butterfly, The
5. JFK
6. Goodfellas
7. Lawrence Of Arabia
8. Patton
9. Topsy-Turvy
10. Young Mr. Lincoln

Here are the rest that I think are worth mentioning from most recent to oldest.

The Social Network
Carlos
Rescue Dawn
Persepolis
Into The Wild
Shattered Glass
Pollock
The Insider
Quiz Show
Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Impromptu
Reversal Of Fortune
Europa Europa
The Untouchables
Prick Up Your Ears
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer
Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters
Amadeus
Missing
Raging Bull
Coal Miner's Daughter
Breaker Morant
Dog Day Afternoon
The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser
Papillon
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
Bonnie And Clyde
A Man For All Seasons
Becket
Lust For Life
Yankee Doodle Dandy
The Pride Of The Yankees
The Westerner
Rembrandt
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:38 PM
1. goodfellas
2. raging bull
3. bonnie and Clyde
4. Patton
5. social network
6. private parts
7. ten commandments
8. Amadeus
9. Lawrence of Arabia
10. la bamba
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:28 PM
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I've never really been sure how to define a biopic. When I think of biopics I think of more conventional movies like Ray, The Aviator, or Gandhi.
Me too, but many times I forget that movies like Goodfellas and Casino are about real people, albeit less famous people. I guess a biopic would be defined as a biographical film, that is, any film about a real person or people.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:29 PM
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Me too, but many times I forget that movies like Goodfellas and Casino are about real people, albeit less famous people. I guess a biopic would be defined as a biographical film, that is, any film about a real person or people.
I love Biopics. Couldn't really compile a top 10 because I have a hard time with defining Biopics. I usually consider a long movie that spans most of an important or significant persons entire life to be a biopic.

One of my favorites is The Last Emperor. It takes you through nearly the entire life of the last emperor of China. We see him as a toddler, a teen, a young man, and finally a much older man. His part was portrayed by 3 different actors.
Whereas a movie mentioned previously "Dog Day Afternoon" is great, and it's about a real man, but it really only shows you a small portion of his life. So I have a hard time considering it as a "Biographical Picture".
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:39 PM
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I've never really been sure how to define a biopic. When I think of biopics I think of more conventional movies like Ray, The Aviator, or Gandhi.
I'd say it doesn't have to be conventional to qualify, but those are biopics while some of these are not.

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I guess a biopic would be defined as a biographical film, that is, any film about a real person or people.
Well, yes and no. Biopics are biographical pictures, but a biography isn't just a true story and subsequently biopics aren't merely true stories. Biopics, like biographies, are an account of someone's life, not merely a day or week in it or one dramatic thing that happened to them but their life story (the many relevant, dramatic parts of it at least). It's a distinct subset of movies based on a true story.

From Wikipedia:

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A biographical film, or biopic (biographical motion picture), is a film that dramatizes the life of an actual person or people. They differ from films “based on a true story” or “historical films” in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a person’s life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.
From Tim Dirks's filmsite.org:

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Biopic Films (or biographical pictures) are a sub-genre of the larger drama and epic film genres, and although they reached a hey-day of popularity in the 1930s, they are still prominent to this day. 'Biopics' is a term derived from the combination of the words "biography" and "pictures." These films depict and dramatize the life of an important historical personage (or group) from the past or present era.
As such, I don't think these really count as biopics:

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3. Dog Day Afternoon (Sidney Lumet, 1975)
8. Frost/Nixon (Ron Howard, 2008)
Hotel Rwanda (Terry George, 2004)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle, 2010)
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World Trade Center
Since they're all really just about one brief event in a person's life. Stone's Nixon is a biopic of the man, Howard's Frost/Nixon and Altman's Secret Honor are just focused on one moment in his life. We don't have to follow everything from birth to death (Milk for instance skips the first 40 years of its protagonist's life to begin the moment he becomes a person of note), but I think pretty much by definition there needs to be a larger scope to biopics and they need to cover a longer time period in a person's life.

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9. Sleepers
And I think that one doesn't count because it's not based on a true story (Carcaterra was outed for pulling a James Frey). Not sure about Aguirre either since its opening scroll is fallacious, it's a work of fiction, even if it is based loosely on the exploits of a real figure. I do think you can take a lot of liberties with the facts, so I guess it's an arguable one.


Anyway, my top ten would be something like:

1.) Raging Bull (Jake LaMotta)
2.) Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
3.) Andrei Rublev (Andrei Rublev)
4.) GoodFellas (Henry Hill)
5.) Lawrence of Arabia (T.E. Lawrence)
6.) Che (Ernesto Guevara)
7.) Napoleon (Napoleon Bonaparte)
8.) Carlos (Ilich Ramírez Sánchez)
9.) The People Vs. Larry Flynt (Larry Flynt)
10.) Gandhi (Mohandas Gandhi)


Highly fictionalized, great biopic-ish movies:
Citizen Kane (William Randolph Hearst)
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (Robert Parker & Henry Longbaugh)
Drugstore Cowboy (Jim Fogle)
Talk Radio (Alan Berg)
Sid & Nancy (Sid Vicious)
Amadeus (Salieri)
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Jesus Christ)
I'm Not There (Bob Dylan)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Yukio Mishima)

Honorable mention to Born on The Fourth of July, Patton, Schindler's List, The Life of Emile Zola, and other usual suspects as well as the innovative Diving Bell and The Butterfly. I also really need to see Watkin's Edvard Munch.

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Old 10-31-2011, 04:50 PM
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I love Biopics. Couldn't really compile a top 10 because I have a hard time with defining Biopics. I usually consider a long movie that spans most of an important or significant persons entire life to be a biopic.

One of my favorites is The Last Emperor. It takes you through nearly the entire life of the last emperor of China. We see him as a toddler, a teen, a young man, and finally a much older man. His part was portrayed by 3 different actors.
Whereas a movie mentioned previously "Dog Day Afternoon" is great, and it's about a real man, but it really only shows you a small portion of his life. So I have a hard time considering it as a "Biographical Picture".
I was trying to compile my list when you posted this, so pardon the redundancy, but yeah.
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Old 10-31-2011, 04:58 PM
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And I think that one doesn't count because it's not based on a true story (Carcaterra was outed for pulling a James Frey).
Aw really, i didn't know that, my bad. Took that off added City of God.

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Old 10-31-2011, 10:36 PM
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I was trying to compile my list when you posted this, so pardon the redundancy, but yeah.
No problem, I liked your version more anyway. You explained it thoroughly. Whereas i'm too lazy
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:28 AM
1. GoodFellas
2. Raging Bull
3. Malcolm X
4. Schindler's List
5. The Elephant Man
6. Lawrence of Arabia
7. Casino
8. The People vs. Larry Flynt
9. Gandhi
10. Patton
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:09 PM
Would 'Soldier Of Orange' be admissible?

If yes, I would like to throw that one in as my favorite.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:23 AM
DRAGON - The Bruce Lee Story
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