Though it seems like “biopic” or biographical films are the latest trends with every celebrity getting an on-screen version, biopic has been around a long time. Both audiences and filmmakers share a lure with recreations of the earlier period, exploring those who came before us, whether they are admired or vilified.
Below is the list of the 5 all-time great biopic movies ever made:
1#. My Left Foot
It is the story of Christy Brown, an Irish writer, and painter who was born with ruthless intellectual palsy. The name of the film comes from the label of the autobiography of Christy Brown on which the movie is based and refers to the only part of his body he was able to control even with intellectual palsy. Brenda Fricker’s and Daniel Day-Lewis’ radiantly artful performances as the impressive Brown’s mother and Christy Brown, respectively, are no doubt, the major reasons you should watch this movie.
The fine line between insanity and genius is the theme of this high-budget costume drama that proved just how typical musicians could be. Milos Foreman scratches the naughty underbelly of the awe-inspiring, and the result is braying of Thomas Hulce, chitterling laugh as the wild-child wonder, Wolfgang Mozart. F. Murray Abraham’s depiction of Antonio Salieri’s drop into madness fueled by envy is the great foil. Envy, lust, greed all of the fatal sins are here, set to some of the supreme music ever written.
Gandhi, the movie is often portrayed as a huge, sweeping blockbuster about the man that led India to its independence from the British in the year 1947. A little more than 3 hours long, the movie chronicles not the entire life of Gandhi, but his expedition towards non-violence as a form of protest which in turn allows him to attain identical rights for Indians in South Africa. And it also covers the eventual story of independence of India from Britain. Everything about this movie works marvelously together: there is an all-star cast including Ben Kingsley, Candace Bergen, and Martin Sheen, to name a few); the movie itself is delightfully shot. In the year following its release, that the movie won 8 Oscars, including Best Writing, Best Picture, and Best Actor in a Leading Role.
4#. Raging Bull
The best movie of the 1980s has one of the all-time immense acts of directing and one of the all-time immense feats of on-screen acting. The standing that Raging Bull has attained in the years since its release is earned. Over the decade, much has been made of the weight gained by Robert De Niro while filming Raging Bull to dependably capture the physical transformation of Jake LaMotta, the boxer. The camera movements, the sudden shifts, the quick edits in speed all reflect his psychological state, his requirement to damage himself or cause harm to others. Such expressive, visceral filmmaking has hardly ever been equaled.
5#. Schindler’s List
It is hard to find a more inspirational, moving tale to tell than that of Oskar Schindler. And before seeing this movie, many people assumed that Steven Spielberg was just the wrong person to tell it. But all thanks to the film gods that people were not a studio head in the ‘90s because Spielberg produced what was merely one of the wisest, ambitious, and moving motion pictures of the lifetime.