Brazilian biography movies

List of the best Brazilian biography movies selected by visitors to our site: Correspondências, Paulo Coelho's Best Story, The Salt of the Earth, Reaching for the Moon, Xingu, Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl, Violeta Went to Heaven, Senna, Lope, VIPs: Histórias Reais De Um Mentiroso
In the top there are new films of 2017, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Correspondências (2017)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, documentary, biography, history
CountryPortugal, France, Argentina, Brazil, Greece
PlaceFrance, Greece, USA

Jorge de Sena was forced to leave his country. First he moved to Brazil, and later to the USA. He never returned to Portugal. During his 20-year-long exile, he kept an epistolary correspondence with Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. These letters are a testimony of the profound friendship between the two poets, letters of longing and of desire to “fill years of distance with hours of conversation”. Through excerpts and verses, a dialog is established, revealing their divergent opinions but mostly their strong bond, and their efforts to preserve it until their last breaths.

Paulo Coelho's Best Story (2014)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryBrazil, Spain

Paulo Coelho is the world’s most translated living author, his books having sold over 165 million copies. But he was not always the inspirational global phenomenon he is today. Like the heroes in his spiritual classics THE ALCHEMIST and THE PILGRIMAGE, he long-searched for his calling, flirting with death, escaping madness, falling in love, and making rock ’n’ roll history in Brazil, all-the-while striving for success as a writer. A wild ride through a lifetime of stranger-than-fiction adventures, PAULO COELHO’S BEST STORY is a profoundly moving film that goes straight to the heart of the most beloved literary guru of our time, revealing the most incredible wonder of all: the man behind the masterpieces.

The Salt of the Earth (2014)
Markimdb: 8.5
Genredocumentary, biography, history
CountryFrance, Brazil, Italy
PlaceFrance, Nature

During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history ; international conflicts, starvations and exodus… He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes : a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião's Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.

Reaching for the Moon (2013)
Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CharactersLesbians, Writers, Cats, Gay
PlotDepression, Love, Political, Love triangle, On real events
StyleTouching, Fascinating

In 1951, New York poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit Mary, a college friend. The shy Elizabeth is overwhelmed by Brazilian sensuality. She is the antithesis to Mary’s dashing partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Mary is jealous, but unconventional Lota is determined to have both women at all costs. This eternal triangle plays out against the backdrop of the military coup of 1964. Bishop’s moving poems are at the core of a film which lushly illustrates a crucial phase in the life of this influential Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

Xingu (2012)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, adventure, biography
PlotAdventure, Expeditions, On real events
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating

In the '40s, three brothers decide to live a great adventure and enlisting in the Roncador-Xingu Expedition, which has a mission to tame the Central Brazil. The Villas Boas brothers: Orlando, 27, Claudius, 25, and Leonardo, 23, engage in a fantastic and incredible saga. Soon start to lead the expedition that opens new paths 1,500 km, navigates over 1,000 miles of unspoilt rivers, opens 19 airfields for airplanes Army, gives rise to the creation of 43 towns and 14 make contact with wild Indian tribes, unknown, as the Xavante, courageous and feared warriors, no casualties on both sides. This adventure allows the Villas Boas brothers the creation of the Xingu National Park, the first major Amerindian reservation in Brazil, the size of Belgium, transforming them into true contemporary heroes.

Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl (2011)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.1)
Genredrama, biography
PlotOn real events
StyleFascinating, Exciting, Disturbing

Rachel is a girl, adopted by an upper middle class family, who rebelled at 17 and left her family and studies at a traditional college in Sao Paulo to become a call girl. Shortly after starting work, she decided to write a blog about her experiences. Since some clients thought she looked like a surfer she adopted the name "Surfistinha" which means little surfer girl.

Violeta Went to Heaven (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, music, biography
CountryChile, Argentina, Brazil
PlotSnow, Music
StyleSoulful, To cry, Touching

A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

Senna (2010)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 8.5)
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA, Brazil
PlotRacing, On real events, Cars, Rivalry, Competitions, Success
StyleTouching, Soulful, Fascinating, For men

Senna's remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend's years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.

Lope (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountrySpain, Brazil, France
CharactersWriters, Poets
PlotLove triangle, Funeral
Time16th century
StyleSmart, Fascinating

A chronicle of the life of Spanish playwright and poet Lope de Vega, who dominated Spain's early Golden Age of Theater in the 16th century. Lope returns home from war and enters the theater world when a producer's beautiful daughter takes a shine to him. They embark on a passionate affair as his plays begin to win popular acclaim.

VIPs: Histórias Reais De Um Mentiroso (2010)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.6)
Genredrama, biography
PlotOn real events
StyleExciting, Fascinating

The infamous anti-hero Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha is one of the greatest Brazilian con artists ever that has lured several persons with his schemes. The director and writer Mariana Caltabiano proposes to write his biography and to make a documentary about his life, and she is also lured by the swindler that discloses his rise and fall.

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José & Pilar (2010)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryPortugal, Spain, Brazil

A deeply moving story about love, loss and literature, this documentary follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Río. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his masterpiece "The Elephant's Journey", and how their love quietly sustains them throughout.

Chico Xavier (2010)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography
PlotSupernatural, Religious

A biography of spiritual medium and author Francisco Candido Xavier.

My Name Ain't Johnny (2008)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama, crime, biography

The true story of João Guilherme Estrella ("Johnny"), a young middle-class bon vivant who became a big-time cocaine dealer in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s.

The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama, adventure, biography
CountryArgentina, USA, Chile, Peru, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France
CharactersFriends, Students, Girlfriends, Poor
PlotFate, Motorcycles, Freedom, Travel, On real events
StyleTouching, To cry

"The Motorcycle Diaries" is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.

Madame Satã (2002)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genremelodrama, drama, crime, music, biography
CountryBrazil, France
PlotOn real events
PlaceNight Clubs
StyleHeavy, Depressive

A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos – better known as Madame Satã – was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time.