American biography movies

List of the best American biography movies selected by visitors to our site: The Dirt, The Highwaymen, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Fighting with My Family, Leaving Neverland, Rocketman, The Best of Enemies, Tolkien, First Man, The Post
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
The Dirt (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama, music, biography
Duration02:44
CharactersMusicians, Rockers, Businessmen
PlotOn real events

The story of Mötley Crüe and their rise from the Sunset Strip club scene of the early 1980s to superstardom.

The Highwaymen (2019)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
Duration02:41
CharactersPartners
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Political

In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless are worshiped by the public.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotLove
PlaceUSA, Prison

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Fighting with My Family (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, sport
Duration02:28
CharactersFamily
PlotAdventure
StyleExciting, Action

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Leaving Neverland (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredocumentary, biography
Duration03:52
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events

Explores the experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both befriended and sexually abused by singer Michael Jackson, and the complicated feelings that led them both to confront their experiences.

Rocketman (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
Duration01:53
CharactersCelebrities, Musicians, Singers, Pianists
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleVivid

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

The Best of Enemies (2019)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration02:43
CharactersPartners, Parents
PlotOn real events, Political
StyleDisturbing, Tense

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Tolkien (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, military, biography
Duration01:47
CharactersWriters
PlotAdventure, War, Love, Dancing

England, early 20th century. The future writer and philologist John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and three of his schoolmates create a strong bond between them as they share the same passion for literature and art, a true fellowship that strengthens as they grow up, but the outbreak of World War I threatens to shatter it.

First Man (2018)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:30
CharactersPilots
PlaceSpace
StyleAtmospheric, Tense, For men, Best soundtracks, Worth watching, Oscars

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.

The Post (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:31
CharactersJournalists, Presidential
PlotWar, Political, Mystery, Intrigue, Confrontation
PlaceNew York, Office, USA

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

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A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama, crime, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, China, Cambodia, USA
Duration02:05
CharactersDogs
PlotMartial Arts, Boxing, Love, Survival
PlacePrison

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrecomedy, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:37
CharactersBusinessmen
PlotOn real events, Funeral
StyleNetflix, Smart

The National Lampoon name became globally recognized after the monumental success of Animal House—but before the glory days, it was a scrappy yet divinely subversive magazine and radio show that introduced the world to comedic geniuses like Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. The driving force behind National Lampoon was Doug Kenney (Will Forte), and his truly wild and crazy story unfolds in A Futile and Stupid Gesture from Harvard to Hollywood to Caddyshack and beyond.

Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersBusinessmen, Rich, Scammers, Billionaires
PlotOn real events, Money
PlaceParty, Wall Street
StyleMakes me think, Fascinating

Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 5.2)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersTerrorists, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events
PlaceTrains, Paris, School

In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. One was a college student, one was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, and the other was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

Gotti (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 4.8)
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:12
CharactersMafia, Criminals, Parents, Family, Tough guys, Gangsters
PlaceNew York
StyleHeavy

John Gotti rises to the top of the New York underworld to become the boss of the Gambino crime family. His life takes a tumultuous turn as he faces tragedy, multiple trials and a prison sentence.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, documentary, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:26
CharactersActors
PlotOn real events

A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sri Lanka
Duration02:18
CharactersPoor, Celebrities, Cats, Journalists
PlotSuccess, On real events, Love, Motorcycles
PlaceGhetto, Sea, Aircraft, India
TimeNew Year

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

I Can Only Imagine (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:22
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Parents, Family
PlotDreams
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Philosophical, Deep Meaning, Touching, Makes me think

Growing up in Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. His childhood and relationship with his dad inspires him to write the hit song "I Can Only Imagine" as singer of the Christian band MercyMe.

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersArtists, Disabled people
PlotArt
PlaceParty
StyleInspirational

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Mark4.4 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:24
CharactersJews, Police
PlotInvestigation, Sects, Weapon
StyleOscars, Makes me think

Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Adrift (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, thriller, melodrama, drama, adventure, biography
CountryHong Kong, Iceland, USA
Duration02:28
PlotTornadoes, Survival
PlaceSea, Yachts
StyleAtmospheric

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Operation Finale (2018)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersJews, Special agents, Spy
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceIsrael
TimeWorld War II

In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.

Paterno (2018)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecrime, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersCelebrities, Trainers, Journalists
PlotSports, Soccer, Investigation

After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.

Winchester (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.4)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective, biography
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:46
PlotGhosts, On real events, Curses
PlaceCalifornia
StyleGothic

San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama, music, biography
Duration02:09
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Celebrities, Guitarists, Gay
PlotOn real events
PlaceLondon, Concerts, England
StyleBest soundtracks, Worth watching, Oscars

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

Green Book (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8.2)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
Duration02:10
CharactersDrivers, Friends, Musicians, Police
PlaceNew York, USA
StyleOscars, Fascinating, Light

Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans, forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line, relied on a guide called The Negro Motorist Green Book.

Outlaw King (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
Duration01:57
CharactersKings, Knights
PlotWar, Uprising
PlaceScotland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAtmospheric

Forced into exile by the English after being crowned King of Scotland, legendary warrior Robert the Bruce fights to reclaim the throne.

Whitney (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
Duration01:44
CharactersActors, Celebrities, Singers
PlotOn real events

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 8.4)
Genredocumentary, biography
Duration02:27
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events

Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred's ideal of good neighbors?

The Favourite (2018)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration01:55
CharactersKings, Maids, Lesbians
PlotRivalry
PlaceEngland
Time18th century
StyleOscars

England, early 18th century. The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

Beautiful Boy (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredrama, biography
Duration02:00
CharactersParents, Family
PlotDrug addict, Relationship, Divorce

After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff struggles to help their teenage son, who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine.

At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Geniuses
PlotArt, Obsession
PlaceFrance

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

RBG (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredocumentary, biography
Duration02:27
CharactersCelebrities, Judge

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land.

Vice (2018)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
Duration02:07
CharactersLesbians, Horses
PlotPolitical, On real events, Power
PlaceUSA

George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

Mrs Wilson (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, detective, biography
Duration00:40
CharactersFamily, Spy
PlotRelationship
PlaceIndia
TimeCold War

After the sudden death of ex-Secret Intelligence Service man Alexander, his wife Alison investigates when mysteries from her husband's past come knocking.

On the Basis of Sex (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:55
CharactersStrong women, Judge, Lawyers, Family
PlotSuccess, Obsession, Relationship
StyleInspirational, For girls, Uplifting, Smart, Unexpected ending

Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of sex discrimination.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Mark2 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
Duration01:42
CharactersScammers, Writers, Cats, Lesbians, Gay
PlotMoney
PlaceParty

When a bestselling celebrity biographer is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Colette (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration02:37
CharactersGeniuses, Writers, Strong women
PlotMoney
StyleFor girls, Womens in main roles, Inspirational

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as Willy, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels.

My Dinner with Hervé (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:41
CharactersActors, Celebrities

An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist and actor Hervé Villechaize, the world's most famous gun-tothing dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both

Boy Erased (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:55
CharactersGay, Teens
PlotReligious
PlacePsychiatric hospitals

Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

The Old Man & the Gun (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, biography
Duration02:33
CharactersGrandparents
PlotBank robbery, Robbery

The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Stan & Ollie (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
Duration01:37
CharactersActors, Friends, Comedians
StyleSoulful, Touching

With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public

Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.1)
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, biography
Duration01:55
CharactersArtists, Witch
PlotOn real events, Lost memory, Dancing
PlaceAircraft, Village
StyleInspirational, Kind, Soulful, Interesting, Deep Meaning, To cry, Worth watching

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

Bigger (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.4)
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:25
CharactersBodybuilders
PlotSuccess, Sports, Rivalry
StyleFascinating, For men

The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of the fitness movement as we now know it, Joe & Ben Weider. Battling anti-Semitism, racism and extreme poverty, the brothers beat all odds to build an empire & inspire future generations.

White Boy Rick (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genredrama, crime, biography
Duration01:51
CharactersScammers, Criminals, Parents, Family, FBI
PlotOn real events, Money
StyleTense, Heavy

The story of a teenager, Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the police during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Blaze (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, music, biography
Duration02:14
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Jews
PlotMusic, Death
PlaceTrains

A re-imagining of the life and times of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas Outlaw Music movement.

A Private War (2018)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredrama, military, biography
Duration02:34
CharactersJournalists, Strong women, Photographers
PlotOn real events, War, Survival
StyleWomens in main roles, Action, Disturbing

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

Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 6.3)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration02:04
CharactersKings, Strong women, Sisters
PlotPolitical, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlaceEngland, Scotland
Time16th century
StyleWomens in main roles

In 1561, Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, returns to Scotland, reclaims her rightful throne and menaces the future of Queen Elizabeth I as ruler of England, because she has a legitimate claim to the English throne. Betrayals, rebellions, conspiracies and their own life choices imperil both Queens. They experience the bitter cost of power, until their tragic fate is finally fulfilled.

Uncle Howard (2017)
Mark10
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:25
PlotDeath
PlaceNew York, USA

When Howard Brookner lost his life to AIDS in 1989, the 35-year-old director had completed two feature documentaries and was in post-production on his narrative debut, Bloodhounds of Broadway. Twenty-five years later, his nephew, Aaron, sets out on a quest to find the lost negative of Burroughs: The Movie, his uncle's critically-acclaimed portrait of legendary author William S. Burroughs. When Aaron uncovers Howard's extensive archive in Burroughs’ bunker, it not only revives the film for a new generation, but also opens a vibrant window on New York City’s creative culture from the 1970s and ‘80s, and inspires a wide-ranging exploration of his beloved uncle's legacy.

The Lost City of Z (2017)
Mark5.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:59
CharactersAmazons
PlotExpeditions, Fate
PlaceJungle

A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilazation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.

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