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Schindler's List (Movie, 1993)

Netflix

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

IMDb: 8.9 (971,114 votes)
Metascore: 93

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

The Intouchables (Movie, 2011)

Netflix

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

IMDb: 8.6 (589,157 votes)
Metascore: 57

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Directed by: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano

Dangal (Movie, 2016)

Netflix

Former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters struggle towards glory at the Commonwealth Games in the face of societal oppression.

IMDb: 8.6 (76,868 votes)

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra

Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari

Braveheart (Movie, 1995)

Netflix

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

IMDb: 8.4 (818,173 votes)
Metascore: 68

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: James Robinson, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, James Cosmo

Directed by: Mel Gibson

Lawrence of Arabia (Movie, 1962)

Netflix

Follows a brilliant, flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during wartime service.

IMDb: 8.3 (216,163 votes)
Metascore: 100

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Directed by: David Lean

A Beautiful Mind (Movie, 2001)

Amazon

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

IMDb: 8.2 (637,161 votes)
Metascore: 72

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

Directed by: Ron Howard

Casino (Movie, 1995)

Netflix

Greed, deception, money, power, and murder occur between two mobster best friends and a trophy wife over a gambling empire.

IMDb: 8.2 (372,485 votes)
Metascore: 73

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Raging Bull (Movie, 1980)

Netflix

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.

IMDb: 8.2 (259,251 votes)
Metascore: 92

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Searching for Sugar Man (Movie, 2012)

Netflix

Searching for Sugar Man

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

IMDb: 8.2 (54,124 votes)
Metascore: 79

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music

Starring: Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore, Dan DiMaggio

Directed by: Malik Bendjelloul

Catch Me If You Can (Movie, 2002)

Amazon

The true story of 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.

IMDb: 8.1 (621,847 votes)
Metascore: 76

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Into The Wild (Movie, 2007)

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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters

IMDb: 8.1 (479,781 votes)
Metascore: 73

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone

Directed by: Sean Penn

Ip Man (Movie, 2008)

Netflix

Ip Man

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the successful martial arts master who taught the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun to the world.

IMDb: 8.1 (186,160 votes)
Metascore: 59

Genre: Action, Biography, Drama

Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Ka Tung Lam, Siu-Wong Fan

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Persepolis (Movie, 2007)

Stan

Persepolis

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

IMDb: 8.1 (76,577 votes)
Metascore: 90

Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama

Starring: Chiara Mastroianni, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Simon Abkarian

Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

Citizenfour (Movie, 2014)

Citizenfour

A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.

IMDb: 8.1 (44,516 votes)
Metascore: 88

Genre: Documentary, Biography, History

Starring: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, William Binney, Jacob Appelbaum

Directed by: Laura Poitras

The Imitation Game (Movie, 2014)

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The Imitation Game

During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

IMDb: 8.0 (558,463 votes)
Metascore: 73

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear

Directed by: Morten Tyldum

The Pursuit of Happyness (Movie, 2006)

Amazon Netflix

The Pursuit of Happyness

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

IMDb: 8.0 (374,655 votes)
Metascore: 64

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Will Smith, Jaden Smith, Thandie Newton, Brian Howe

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

Dallas Buyers Club (Movie, 2013)

Netflix

Dallas Buyers Club

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.

IMDb: 8.0 (368,646 votes)
Metascore: 84

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

The Sound of Music (Movie, 1965)

Netflix

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

IMDb: 8.0 (163,945 votes)

Genre: Biography, Drama, Family

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Directed by: Robert Wise

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (Movie, 1972)

Stan

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.

IMDb: 8.0 (42,402 votes)

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Ruy Guerra

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Captain Phillips (Movie, 2013)

Amazon

Captain Phillips

The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

IMDb: 7.9 (332,286 votes)
Metascore: 83

Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller

Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

Glory (Movie, 1989)

Netflix

Glory

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

IMDb: 7.9 (108,000 votes)

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Directed by: Edward Zwick

American Gangster (Movie, 2007)

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American Gangster

In 1970s America, a detective works to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drug into the country from the Far East.

IMDb: 7.8 (345,165 votes)
Metascore: 76

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Directed by: Ridley Scott

The Fighter (Movie, 2010)

Stan

The Fighter

A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

IMDb: 7.8 (298,035 votes)
Metascore: 79

Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Directed by: David O. Russell

The Big Short (Movie, 2015)

Netflix

The Big Short

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

IMDb: 7.8 (268,796 votes)
Metascore: 81

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Rudy Eisenzopf, Casey Groves, Charlie Talbert

Directed by: Adam McKay

Donnie Brasco (Movie, 1997)

Netflix

Donnie Brasco

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

IMDb: 7.8 (241,301 votes)
Metascore: 76

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama

Starring: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Directed by: Mike Newell

Awakenings (Movie, 1990)

Netflix

Awakenings

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

IMDb: 7.8 (102,663 votes)
Metascore: 74

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson

Directed by: Penny Marshall

The Motorcycle Diaries (Movie, 2004)

The Motorcycle Diaries

The dramatization of a motorcycle road trip Che Guevara went on in his youth that showed him his life's calling.

IMDb: 7.8 (87,877 votes)
Metascore: 75

Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama

Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De la Serna, Mía Maestro, Mercedes Morán

Directed by: Walter Salles

Man On Wire (Movie, 2008)

Man On Wire

A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Center's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, "the artistic crime of the century."

IMDb: 7.8 (45,536 votes)
Metascore: 89

Genre: Documentary, Biography, History

Starring: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix

Directed by: James Marsh

Amy (Movie, 2015)

Netflix

Amy

The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.

IMDb: 7.8 (38,672 votes)
Metascore: 85

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Music

Starring: Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert, Juliette Ashby, Nick Shymansky

Directed by: Asif Kapadia

The Social Network (Movie, 2010)

Amazon

The Social Network

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.

IMDb: 7.7 (528,379 votes)
Metascore: 95

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Bryan Barter, Dustin Fitzsimons

Directed by: David Fincher