These days it might seem like are a trend that has started recently, with any semi-famous celebrity getting an on-screen adaptation of themselves but in reality, biopics have been around for a long time. Both the film makers and filmgoers share a fascination with the recreation of the past events and exploring the scenarios of those who came before us, whether they were admired or vilified.
Mostly it is the curiosity that serves to drive our desire to watch such movies and answer the all-important question, “Why did he/she choose to lead their life this way?” While regular fiction movies or fantasy movies often allow us to escape our reality temporarily whereas biopics, on the other hand, allow us to face our common pasts. They allow us to rediscover and celebrate each other as human beings.
I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who are just obsessed with biopics. To calm down the curiosity of such people, we have prepared a list of some of the absolute top-notch biopics which must be seen ASAP. So let us begin the list, shall we?Best biopics of all time that you will ever come across
These days it might seem like are a trend that has started recently, with any semi-famous celebrity getting an on-screen adaptation of themselves but in reality, biopics have been around for a long time. Both the film makers and filmgoers share a fascination with the recreation of the past events and exploring the scenarios of those who came before us, whether they were admired or vilified. Mostly it is the curiosity that serves to drive our desire to watch such movies and answer the all-important question, “Why did he/she choose to lead their life this way?”
While regular fiction movies or fantasy movies often allow us to escape our reality temporarily whereas biopics, on the other hand, allow us to face our common pasts. They allow us to rediscover and celebrate each other as human beings.
I’m sure there are a lot of people like me who are just obsessed with biopics. To calm down the curiosity of such people, we have prepared a list of some of the absolute top-notch biopics which must be seen ASAP. So let us begin the list, shall we?
8. The Social Network (2010)
Sometimes it can be quite difficult to show the human side of technology, to be able to beyond the Nasdaq and the cold hard metal and the glass of the gadgets these days. But Fincher’s The Social Network managed to accomplish exactly that. This movie deftly brights you the raw emotions of all kinds: loneliness, anger, betrayal and jealousy as this epic biopic chronicles the rise of social media, and the creator of facebook Mark Zuckerberg. It even shows us the initial bumps in his path like the break-up with his girlfriend Erica Albright as well as the sad ending of his friendship with co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
Sorkin’s quick-witted writing, when coupled with Jesse Eisenberg’s compelling portrayal of the facebook founder, resulted in this biopic receiving a total of 8 Academy Award nominations while winning three of them.
7. Frida (2002)
This unique movie portrays the life of the most famous painters as it manages to free itself from the usual serious bounds of realism which is adhered to by most biopics. It is evident by seeing how this movie even incorporates Frida Kahlo’s vivid artistic imagination into depicting the events of her own life. The scene transitions are often depicted as still paintings by Frida which come to life and Frida’s daydreams however fanciful they may be, are played out in front of us.
Watching these fantasy-riddled moments and the moving performance of Salma Hayek as Kahlo, you really get a vivid image of who Frida Kahlo was as a woman. Her life really was the stuff of legend but Salma Hayek’s performance really showed us the very human and flawed world behind all this.
6. The King’s Speech (2010)
This spectacular biopic covers a very specific part of King George VI’s life; the period in which he learned to cope up with his speech impediment while ultimately leading his country through World War II and doing so with the help of his speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Colin Firth delivered a masterful performance while the film’s compelling writing was also one of the many reasons which led to this amazing film winning three Oscars.
It is a different kind of King’s tale, instead of this being yet another film with the king gloriously leading his men to victory; it is about a would-be-king trying really hard just to find his voice and the courage within himself to lead his troops through one of the toughest times in the country’s history. What makes this movie even more meaningful is that instead of the story being about the victory, it tells us the inner turmoil and struggle it took to reach a place of victory which makes the story that much more relatable.
5. My Left Foot (1989)
This unique movie is the story of Christy Brown who is an Irish painter and writer who was unfortunately born with severe cerebral palsy. The title of this movie comes from Brown’s autobiography of the same name on which this movie is based and refers to the only part of his whole body of which he was able to completely control.
Daniel Day Lewis’ and Brenda Fricker’s gave us absolutely brilliant performances as the unforgettable Christy Brown and his mother respectively. In fact, the scene of interactions between Brown and his mother throughout the movie are some of the most emotional and moving scenes you will ever watch.
4. La Vie en Rose (2007)
This unique biopic is about an iconic French singer Edith Piaf whose story could be just been another stereotypical biopic or just another episode of VH1’s Behind the Music but luckily it was made into a stunning movie for which we are immensely thankful. It showed us how her life was having all the hallmarks of the troubled and the way her talent shone through and made her into a legend.
What made this biopic even more legendary was the stunningly moving performance of Marion Cotillard as Piaf who really allowed La Vie en Rose to stand out from the crowd of stereotypical musical biopics. Cotillard’s Oscar-winning performance really managed to capture the charismatic soulfulness that Piaf possessed as a performer.
3. Gandhi (1982)
Richard Attenborough managed to give a performance of a lifetime when he directed Gandhi which is often described as a huge, sweeping epic that is about the man who leads India to its independence from Great Britain in 1947. A little over three hours, this spectacle manages to capture Gandhi’s journey towards non-violence as a form of protests which allowed him to gain equal rights for Indians in South Africa and then independence of India from Britain.
Everything about this movie is wonderful, whether it is the all-star cast of Ben Kingsley, Daniel Day-Lewis, Martin Sheen or the film in itself which is incredibly beautifully shot and that makes use of India’s natural beauty and the music which is composed by none other than Ravi Shankar. It should come as no surprise that Gandhi managed to win 8 Oscars including Best Actor in a leading role, Best Picture, and Best Writing.
2. The Raging Bull (1980)
Easily one of the best films of the 80’s, the raging bull contains of the all-time great feats of directing and screen acting which has rarely been recreated after that. The status that Martin Scorsese’s epic currently holds is completely earned as watching it once will give you a fully felt experience. Robert De Niro gained a lot of weight while filming for this movie to authentically capture the physical transformation of Jake LaMotta a boxer. This in itself shows the great symbol of commitment that was put into this film.
The film shows us the story of a fragile and insecure man who communicates his need for love through anger, jealousy, and violence. Scorsese deserves huge praise as he found out lively and inventive ways to capture the relentless experience inside the ring. But what is even more impressive is that it is not just about the fights as each fight serves as a window into LaMotta’s troubled soul.
1. The Schindler’s list (1993)
Where do we even begin this one? It is easily one of the most moving and inspiring movies you will ever come across. Steven Spielberg has that knack of producing spectacular movies with any topic he chooses be it aliens, dinosaurs or even the holocaust event which he chose for this movie. Spielberg managed to produce something that was simply one of the most ambitious and moving motion pictures of our lifetime.
The acting is incredibly super by Liam Neeson, who is so carefree and cocky at the beginning, concerned and determined in the middle and humble, and noble at the end. Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes have also been perfect in their supporting roles. Even the hauntingly beautiful score by John Williams and the breathtaking black-and-white cinematography by Janusz Kaminski sparkle like a star.
But the biggest star of this movie has to be the majestic script by Steven Zaillian who has managed to take the sad Holocaust tale and somehow managed to turn it into a story of triumph.
We all love biopics, don’t we? These were some of the most incredible biopics you will ever come across. They not only move you, but they also educate you and inspire you to be a better human. Movies like The Schindler’s list and Gandhi remind us that superheroes do not always exist in comic books or video games, there exist in real life also.