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Buzz In: What Biopics Have You Enjoyed?

The reviews for Amelia have been kind of dismal, including my own, quieting the Oscar buzz that had surrounded it before it was released. It's not a strange situation for a biopic to be in — many movies about people's lives are so ambitious that sometimes they end up boring and overlong.

The award-baiting flicks can also be very entertaining — Walk the Line and Amadeus number among my favorites because they're enjoyable and compelling. I also love those about powerful icons (Malcolm X), and sometimes, the more obscure the cultural icon, the better (Man on the Moon, Searching for Bobby Fischer).

And of course, there are ones I've sat through that have been a bit boring, despite their accolades (cough, Ray, cough) — or missed the mark, like the Bob Dylan-based disappointment I'm Not There.

But there are still plenty of great biopics that have come out of Hollywood — which ones have you liked?

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PinkNC PinkNC 7 years
Walk the Line was okay. Malcolm X was better. But neither is better than Mommy Dearest in my book. Joan Crawford was off the hook. Faye Dunaway did a great job portraying her.
xlightningboltx xlightningboltx 7 years
I liked Becoming Jane, if that counts.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
Oops. That should be Gandhi.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 7 years
I also really liked Walk the Line and Amadeus. Also: Milk The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Ghandi American Splendor
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
- Midnight Express - The Miracle Worker - The Insider - Grey Gardens (2009) - The Assassination of Jessie James... (2007) - JFK - Marie Antionette (2006) and there are most likely a few others I cannot recall.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I agree; Ray was not boring at all - wow; not to be mean but that makes me question your taste in movies (okay; maybe that is too mean). I know I was the only one; but I actually did not think Walk the Line was all that good - it was not a bad representation of his life, his music, and his influence; but I just felt like it focused too much on his love and marriage of June Carter. I, of course, understood that their love and marriage was a big part of his life; I just wish it had been a little more about him and showed some of those interesting, little-known stories about Sun Studio, etc. anyways; I think the mark of a great biopic is that it not only does justice to the life of and strikes more interest in the subject, but is also a good movie on its own. There are tons of great ones; particularly from the 1960's and 60's = The Ten Commandments, The Great Ziegfield, The Life of Emile Zola (one of my favorite movies of all time), Knute Rockne, All American, Sergeant York, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Macbeth (with Orson Wells), Pride of the Yankees, Anna and the King of Siam/The King and I, Viva Zapata, Spartacus, El Cid, Jesus of Nazareth, The Agony and the Ecstasy, The Miracle Worker, Becket, A Man for All Seasons Patton (one of the best of all time), Raging Bull, Ghandi, The Killing Fields (terrible; painful subject matter but great movie); the list goes on and on and on...
fribblesandyoko fribblesandyoko 7 years
Marie Antoinette, Walk the Line, Capote
butterfly-mama butterfly-mama 7 years
Well, I certainly loved Paula Abdul's reality show. Such a courageous woman, reminds me of my mother at that age.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I love biopics although some of these are very much walking the line between boipic and fiction the following are my favorites: Mommie Dearest, Hurricane, Funny Girl, Cleopatra, All the Presidents Men, Raging Bull, Sid and Nancy, The Doors, Dangerous Minds, Dangerous Beauty, Gia, Elizabeth, Girl, Interrupted, Finding Neverland, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, The Last Kind of Scotland, American Gangster
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
Definitely Walk the Line. I also loved Marie Antoinette.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
Coco Before Chanel, as of late.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
Does Mommie Dearest count?
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
I really, really like Walk The Line.
Candizzle Candizzle 7 years
I loved I'm Not There!
new new 7 years
ow and marie antoinette
new new 7 years
I enjoyed walk the line, amadeus, blow (if that is a biopic), party monster.
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