25 best biopics ever

Lives less ordinary are often immortalised in film. Some are triumphant, some tragic. These are the best

The 25 best biopic movies, in no particular order, are:

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Marriage can get stale, so why not go on the rob? Bonnie and Clyde did exactly that with plenty of stealing and violence throughout their wedded life. This film might be a bit less harsh and violent than the (pretty grim) reality, but it’s still an enticing watch. If only they had two TVs per household back in those days, this might have been avoided.

My Left Foot (1989)

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Christy Brown, a man with cerebral palsy who can control just one limb – the eponymous left foot. Inspirationally (the less charitably-inclined might say annoyingly) he mastered amazing feats of art and writing with it.

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Ray (2004)

Ray Charles never made it to the premier (he died of lung cancer shortly before the screening). As a result, we don’t know how he felt about Taylor Hackford’s masterly screen narrative of his life. Jamie Foxx filled in the blanks, with an Oscar-winning performance as the drug-dependent R&B legend.

The Aviator (2004)

Christopher Nolan, Warren Beatty and Michael Mann all tried to make a film based on the life of Howard Hughes – but it was Martin Scorsese who eventually grabbed the prize. Leonardo Dicaprio does sterling work as Hughes, whose obsessive character takes him from the highs of Hollywood glamour and grandiose feats of engineering to his eventual fate as a germophobic recluse.

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Audrey Tautou plays Coco Chanel in this rags-to-fur-coats tale that depicts the style icon’s struggle from obscurity to become one of the leading lights of 20th century fashion. Don’t be put off by the vapidity of modern vanity – this is a steely drama that beds its steely roots in raw feminism and can be safely enjoyed by the sandal-and-sock-wearing man.

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