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Biopics' is a term derived from the combination of the words "biography" and "pictures." They 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. These films depict the life of an important historical personage (or group) from the past or present era. Biopics cross many genre types, since these films might showcase a western outlaw, a criminal, a musical composer, a religious figure, a war-time hero, an entertainer, an artist, an inventor or doctor, a politician or President, or an adventurer.

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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    Inherit the Wind

    1960, in 5 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    The Miracle Worker

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 21 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 top lists Check
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    1969, in 22 top lists Check
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    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    Papillon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
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    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
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    Zerkalo

    1975 — a.k.a. The Mirror, in 12 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Elephant Man

    1980, in 14 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
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    Amadeus

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 29 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    In the Name of the Father

    1993, in 6 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 31 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Straight Story

    1999, in 10 top lists Check
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    A Beautiful Mind

    2001, in 10 top lists Check
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    Catch Me If You Can

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 19 top lists Check
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    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 10 top lists Check
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    Mar adentro

    2004 — a.k.a. The Sea Inside, in 5 top lists Check
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    Der Untergang

    2004 — a.k.a. Downfall, in 14 top lists Check
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    Cinderella Man

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
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    Into the Wild

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
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    Persepolis

    2007, in 7 top lists Check
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    Le scaphandre et le papillon

    2007 — a.k.a. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, in 5 top lists Check
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    Yip Man

    2008 — a.k.a. Ip Man, in 3 top lists Check
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    The King's Speech

    2010, in 10 top lists Check
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    Intouchables

    2011 — a.k.a. The Intouchables, in 7 top lists Check
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    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dallas Buyers Club

    2013, in 3 top lists Check
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    Rush

    2013, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    2013, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Imitation Game

    2014, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Revenant

    2015, in 13 top lists Check
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    Spotlight

    2015, in 8 top lists Check
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    Hacksaw Ridge

    2016, in 6 top lists Check
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    Lion

    2016, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bohemian Rhapsody

    2018, in 6 top lists Check
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    Green Book

    2018, in 10 top lists
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