Biographical Movies

After I finished the mystery movie series, it took me some time to think of another theme.  I finally decided on movies based on the life of a real person.  I watched a couple and then took a long hiatus.  But I’m restarting the project.

The ground rules: the movie has to focus on a single person.  The person has to have really lived, of course.  They don’t have to be already dead. The movie can be loosely based on the person (and a lot of them are) but it at least has to use the person’s real name.  For example, Shakespeare in Love and Almost Famous are both out.

While I would like to read a biography or watch a documentary film about the person.  I’ve decided that it’s not required. (Behold, the laziness).

The person doesn’t have to be of great historical importance – they can be celebrities as well.  Also, it can be a documentary.

I think that’s it. Here is a list of ones I’ve watched so far.

3: The Dale Earnhardt Story2004
Coal Miner’s Daughter (Loretta Lynn) 1980
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette (PBS documentary)
De-Lovely(Cole Porter) 2004
Glory Road(Don Haskins) 2006
Miss Potter (Beatrix Potter) 2006


These I’d like to watch but this is not a final list:

Dangerous Beauty (Veronica Franco) 1998
Ali (2001)
Becoming Jane (Jane Austen) 2007
Catch Me if You Can (Frank Abagnale) 2002
Good Night, and Good Luck (Edward R. Murrow) 2005
La Vie en Rose (Edith Piaf) 2007
Selena 1997
The Insider(Jeffrey Wigand) 1999
The Queen (Elizabeth II) 2006
Warrior Queen: Boadicca 2006
When We Were Kings
Hollywoodland (George Reeves) 2006
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Queen Christina (1933)
Ray (Ray Charles) 2004
Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Hilary and Jacqueline du Pre)
Passion of Joan of Arc
People vs. Larry Flynt 1996
Scarlet Empress (Catherine the Great) 1934
Sid and Nancy 1986 (Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen)
Henry and June (Henry Miller and Anais Nin) 1990
Whole Wide World (Robert E. Howard)
Boys Don’t Cry
Brother Sun, Sister Moon 1972
Immortal Beloved (1994)
Isadora (Isadora Duncan) 1968
Mountains of the Moon
Great Balls of Fire! (Jerry Lee Lewis) 1989
Elizabeth: the Golden Age (Elizabeth I) 2007
Hendrix(Jimi Hendrix) 2000

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