Special Report

These Are the Best Movies Made About Real People

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50. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
> Index score: 2.63 — #952 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: No data available
> Starring: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Eddie Murphy scored rave reviews for his depiction of blaxploitation icon Rudy Ray Moore in this acclaimed biopic. The project was in development for 15 years before finally arriving on Netflix. In real life, Murphy and Mooore had met in person on a few occasions.

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49. Captain Phillips (2013)
> Index score: 2.63 — #937 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $120.7 million
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Director Paul Greengrass found a perfect outlet for his handheld shooting style in the story of hijacked ship captain Richard Phillips (played by Tom Hanks). Based on a book by the real-life Philips, it depicts the captain as a courageous leader and calculating decision-maker. According to former crewmates, however, he was the exact opposite.

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48. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
> Index score: 2.64 — #894 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $660 million
> Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Wild west outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker (played by Paul Newman) and Harry Longabaugh (played by Robert Redford) inspired this iconic dramedy and its violent finale. It won four Academy Awards, including one for William Goldman’s seminal screenplay.

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47. The Imitation Game (2014)
> Index score: 2.64 — #894 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $102.2 million
> Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Andrew Hodges’ biography of math genius Alan Turing laid the groundwork for this Oscar-winning biopic, set during WWII. Tasked with cracking the German Enigma code, Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) helps pave the way for modern computing. The film reportedly takes various liberties in its portrayal.

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46. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
> Index score: 2.64 — #894 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $1.1 million
> Starring: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

From the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” — Paul Schrader, also a noted director — comes this fictionalized account of Japanese author and political figure Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata). Divided into four chapters, it blends real-life occurrences with dramatized events from the author’s own books.