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2000s Biographical Movies

Public list by WPS with 91 movies or TV shows/series

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Catch Me If You Can(2002)

PG-13
| 2h 21min | Drama, Crime
4.0/5 (with 5,077 votes)

A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit.

American Gangster(2007)

R
| 2h 37min | Drama, Crime
3.8/5 (with 1,758 votes)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. Partly based on a true story.

A Beautiful Mind(2001)

PG-13
| 2h 15min | Drama, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 3,564 votes)

John Nash is a brilliant but asocial mathematician fighting schizophrenia. After he accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Blow(2001)

R
| 2h 4min | Crime, Drama
3.7/5 (with 1,513 votes)

A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.

Ip Man(2008)

R
| 1h 48min | Drama, Action, History
3.9/5 (with 1,239 votes)

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Directed by Wilson Yip, the film stars Donnie Yen in the lead role, and features fight choreography by Sammo Hung.

Public Enemies(2009)

R
| 2h 20min | Crime, Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 1,524 votes)

Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

24 Hour Party People(2002)

R
| 1h 57min | Comedy, Drama, Music
3.5/5 (with 129 votes)

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Monster(2003)

R
| 1h 50min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 692 votes)

An emotionally scarred highway drifter shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her, and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.

United 93(2006)

R
| 1h 51min | Drama, History, Crime, Thriller, Action
3.6/5 (with 436 votes)

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

The Greatest Game Ever Played(2005)

PG
| 2h | Drama
3.6/5 (with 137 votes)

A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.

Bronson(2008)

R
| 1h 32min | Drama, Action, Crime
3.5/5 (with 829 votes)

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

Julie & Julia(2009)

PG-13
| 2h 3min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.4/5 (with 735 votes)

Julia Child and Julie Powell – both of whom wrote memoirs – find their lives intertwined. Though separated by time and space, both women are at loose ends... until they discover that with the right combination of passion, fearlessness and butter, anything is possible.

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Ted Bundy(2002)

1h 39min | Crime, Drama, Horror
2.9/5 (with 49 votes)

Docu-drama based on the life of Ted Bundy, a serial killer who killed at least 19 young women during the 1970's (though some sources say as many as 30 to 35 were murdered). Set from his college student years, to his first victims, his capture, escape from prison (twice), his final killing spree to his trial, conviction and execution.

Savage Grace(2007)

NR
| 1h 37min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 58 votes)

This examination of a famous scandal from the 1970s explores the relationship between Barbara Baekeland and her only son, Antony. Barbara, a lonely social climber unhappily married to the wealthy but remote plastics heir Brooks Baekeland, dotes on Antony, who is homosexual. As Barbara tries to "cure" Antony of his sexuality -- sometimes by seducing him herself -- the groundwork is laid for a murderous tragedy.

Bathory: Countess of Blood(2008)

R
| 2h 21min | Drama, Fantasy
2.9/5 (with 31 votes)

Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth Bathory was a modern Renaissance woman who ultimately fell victim to men’s aspirations for power and wealth.

Everything is Illuminated(2005)

PG-13
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Drama
3.7/5 (with 253 votes)

A young Jewish American man endeavors—with the help of eccentric, distant relatives—to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II—in a Ukrainian village which was ultimately razed by the Nazis.

Persepolis(2007)

PG-13
| 1h 35min | Animation, Drama
4.0/5 (with 622 votes)

In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she witnesses first hand how the new Iran, now ruled by Islamic fundamentalists, has become a repressive tyranny on its own.

The Edge of Love(2008)

R
| 1h 50min | Drama, History, Romance / Love
3.1/5 (with 108 votes)

When the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and his flirtatious wife Caitlin sweep into war-torn London, the last thing they expect is to bump into Dylan's childhood sweetheart Vera. Despite her joy at seeing Dylan after so many years, Vera is swept off her feet by a dashing officer, William Killick, and finds herself torn between the open adoration of her new found beau and the wily charms of the exotic Welshman.

American Splendor(2003)

R
| 1h 41min | Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 126 votes)

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Dahmer(2002)

R
| 1h 41min | Drama, Horror
2.6/5 (with 73 votes)

On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, one of the world's most infamous serial killers, was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years in federal prison. This movie is based on events from his life. Certain characters and events are fictional.

Man on Wire(2008)

PG-13
| 1h 34min | Documentary
3.8/5 (with 291 votes)

On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement.

Directed by James Marsh - With Philippe Petit

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind(2002)

3.4/5 (with 354 votes)

Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off screen. Television producer by day, CIA assassin by night, Chuck Barris was recruited by the CIA at the height of his TV career and trained to become a covert operative. Or so Barris said.

The World's Fastest Indian(2005)

PG-13
| 2h 7min | Drama
3.8/5 (with 192 votes)

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle—a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.

Ed Gein(2000)

1h 29min | Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 30 votes)

The true story of Edward Gein, the farmer whose horrific crimes inspired Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs. This is the first film to Gein's tormented upbringing, his adored but domineering mother, and the 1957 arrest uncovered the most bizarre series of murders America has ever seen.

The Capture of the Green River Killer(2008)

1h 30min per episode | Documentary, Drama
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

The Capture of the Green River Killer is a 2008 2-part television film that first aired on Lifetime Television and tells the story of the Green River killer serial murders between 1982 and 1998. The film was named one of the top 10 television productions of 2008 by Variety and was twice nominated for a 2008 Gemini Award for best direction and for best costuming. Lifetime's premiere of The Capture of the Green River Killer miniseries delivered two million viewers, making it 10-year-old Lifetime Movie Network's most-watched telecast ever.

Directed by Norma Bailey - With Tom Cavanagh

Chopper(2000)

1h 34min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
3.4/5 (with 105 votes)

The true and intense story of Mark 'Chopper' Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison.

Directed by Andrew Dominik - With Eric Bana, Bill Young, Kate Beahan

61*(2001)

2h 9min | TV Movie, Drama, History
3.4/5 (with 38 votes)

In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. Which man would reach it?

Pollock(2000)

R
| 2h 2min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 98 votes)

In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has fittingly been called "an artist dedicated to concealment, a celebrity who nobody knew." As he struggled with self-doubt, engaging in a lonely tug-of-war between needing to express himself and wanting to shut the world out, Pollock began a downward spiral.

Karla(2006)

R
| 1h 39min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
2.7/5 (with 34 votes)

Based on real events, Canada's most notorious serial killers, Paul Bernardo and wife Karla Homolka kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Stoned(2005)

1h 42min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 14 votes)

A chronicle of the sordid life and suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.

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