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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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  1. 30 -

    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
  2. 15 +2

    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
  4. 5 +2

    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
  5. 28 -

    The Miracle Worker

    1962, in 5 top lists Check
  6. 32 -

    The Sound of Music

    1965, in 21 top lists Check
  7. 16 -1

    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 28 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
  9. 40 +2

    Papillon

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dersu Uzala

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
  11. 38 -5

    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
  13. 46 -3

    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
  14. 17 -1

    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
  17. 42 +2

    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
  18. 7 -1

    Amadeus

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  20. 8 -

    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
  23. 6 -1

    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
  24. 47 -

    The Straight Story

    1999, in 10 top lists Check
  25. 13 -

    A Beautiful Mind

    2001, in 10 top lists Check
  26. 19 -

    Catch Me If You Can

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  27. 3 -

    The Pianist

    2002, in 19 top lists Check
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    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 10 top lists Check
  29. 49 -

    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
  31. 44 +2

    Cinderella Man

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
  32. 37 +1

    The Pursuit of Happyness

    2006, in 2 top lists Check
  33. 22 -1

    Into the Wild

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
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    Persepolis

    2007, in 8 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
  36. 43 -2

    Yip Man

    2008 — a.k.a. Ip Man, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 34 +1

    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
  39. 23 -1

    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 14 top lists Check
  40. 36 +1

    Dallas Buyers Club

    2013, in 3 top lists Check
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    Rush

    2013, in 5 top lists Check
  42. 35 +1

    The Imitation Game

    2014, in 4 top lists Check
  43. 33 +1

    The Revenant

    2015, in 14 top lists Check
  44. 21 +2

    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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