Best movie biographies

A Listmania! list by D. Roberts "Hadrian12" (Battle Creek, Michigan United States)
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The list author says: "The life & times of extraordinary folks, transposed to DVD."
Amadeus
1.  Amadeus DVD ~ F. Murray Abraham
The list author says:
  "Terrific movie about perhaps the greatest musician to ever trod the Earth.  Told thru the eyes of Mozart's arch-rival, .Antonio Salieri.  Sets the standard for movie biographies."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,750 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

Immortal Beloved (Special Edition)
2.  Immortal Beloved (Special Edition) DVD ~ Michael Culkin
The list author says:
  "A wonderful companion to AMADEUS that tells the story of the world's next great composer:  Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Gary Oldman's finest performance of his career."
$9.14   Used & New from: $3.97
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)

Mahler
3.  Mahler DVD ~ Robert Powell
The list author says:
  "A bizarre movie about a bizarre (but gifted) composer.  Brooding, introspective, almost Kafkaesque.   Just like Mahler's music!"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Wagner: The Complete Epic [VHS]
4.  Wagner: The Complete Epic [VHS] VHS Richard Burton
The list author says:
  "Excessively long, yes.  But also full of grandeur and majesty.  Hey, sounds like Wagnerian opera!"
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Impromptu
5.  Impromptu DVD ~ Judy Davis
The list author says:
  "A delightful  film about the relationship between Frederick Chopin & George Sand."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

Surviving Picasso [VHS]
6.  Surviving Picasso [VHS] VHS Anthony Hopkins
The list author says:
  "A lesser known but worthwhile flick starring none other than the great Anthony Hopkins as Pablo Picasso."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

In Love and War
7.  In Love and War DVD ~ Sandra Bullock
The list author says:
  "Not a great movie, but one which details the time period of Earnest Hemingway's life that was the impetus for his novel A FAREWELL TO ARMS.  The film stars the lovely Sandra Bullock."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Spartacus
8.  Spartacus DVD ~ Kirk Douglas
The list author says:
  "An accurate (for the most part) portrayal of a gladiator who dared defy the might of Rome.  Has been hailed by movie buffs and classical history scholars alike."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews) | 6 customer discussions

Patton
9.  Patton DVD ~ George C. Scott
The list author says:
  "George C. Scott becomes George Patton in this classic of a World War II hero."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,063 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Cleopatra
10.  Cleopatra DVD ~ Billy Zane
The list author says:
  "A well done rendition of the last Pharaoh of Egypt (not to mention a descendent of one of Alexander's greatest Generals, Ptolemy)."
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I-Clavdivs
11.  I-Clavdivs DVD ~ Derek Jacobi
The list author says:
  "Centers around Claudius, but tells a whole lot about the 1st 4 emperors of Rome:  Caesar Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula & Claudius.  Did someone mention scandals???"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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Braveheart
12.  Braveheart DVD ~ Mel Gibson
The list author says:
  "A tremendous portrayal of the great William Wallace.  One of Mel Gibson's most impressive performances to date."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,687 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Attila
13.  Attila DVD ~ Gerard Butler
The list author says:
  "A film about one of the most hated & ruthless men in all of history.  Yep, I'm talking top-20 most hated material here."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

A Beautiful Mind (Two-Disc Awards Edition)
14.  A Beautiful Mind (Two-Disc Awards Edition) DVD ~ Russell Crowe
The list author says:
  "Yes, it is a fabrication of Nash's life, but it's also a very well-done fabrication.  See the movie for the drama of his life.  Read the book for his full story."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,185 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Collector's Series)
15.  Shakespeare in Love (Miramax Collector's Series) DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
The list author says:
  "Not a movie for accurate depictions of a biography, but what a concept!  A Shakespearian-style comedy about an epoch in the Bard' s life.  Terrific!"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (927 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Fat Man And Little Boy [VHS]
16.  Fat Man And Little Boy [VHS] VHS Paul Newman
The list author says:
  "Dwight Schultz is captivating as Robert Oppenheimer.  The film covers the politics, neurosis, paranoia, ethical controversy and 2nd guessing of the Manhattan Project."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

Tom & Viv [VHS]
17.  Tom & Viv [VHS] VHS Willem Dafoe
The list author says:
  "Willen Dafoe is superb as the sagacious Thomas Stearns Elliot."
$5.00   Used & New from: $0.15
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Shadowlands
18.  Shadowlands DVD ~ Anthony Hopkins
The list author says:
  "Anthony Hopkins in his memorable portryal of the great Oxford author,  Clyde Staples Lewis."
$80.00   Used & New from: $33.92
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Infinity
19.  Infinity DVD ~ Matthew Broderick
The list author says:
  "A wonderful movie that details Richard P. Feynman's love that he shared with his first wife."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Copenhagen (PBS Hollywood Presents)
20.  Copenhagen (PBS Hollywood Presents) DVD ~ Stephen Rea
The list author says:
  "Based on a play by Michael Frayn, it re-enacts one of the most controversial private meetings ever between 2 renowned scientists."
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Leonard Bernstein - Reaching for the Note
21.  Leonard Bernstein - Reaching for the Note DVD ~ Alexander Bernstein
The list author says:
  "A terrific documentary on the life of what was perhaps the greatest conductor of the 20th century."
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Sylvia
22.  Sylvia DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
The list author says:
  "Although very little of Sylvia Plath's poetry is recited, Gwen Paltrow still becomes the troubled poet and makes this one a keeper."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

Moliere
23.  Moliere DVD ~ Romain Duris
The list author says:
  "An instant classic written in the spirit of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.   Utterly brilliant!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dangerous Beauty
24.  Dangerous Beauty DVD ~ Catherine McCormack
The list author says:
  "The true story of a Venetian courtesan during the time of the Inquisition.  Unforgettable."
$34.99   Used & New from: $0.78
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Agora
25.  Agora DVD ~ Rachel Weisz
The list author says:
  "The story of one of the greatest astronomers of antiquity, Hypatia of Alexandria"
$9.09   Used & New from: $4.96
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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