The noughties has seen its fair share of biopics, each offering an exceptional portrayal of real-life characters the public has grown to know and love. This list is in no way a comprehensive collection of the best biographical movies released over the last decade, but it does include some of the most widely talked about dramatizations of notable characters throughout the world’s history. In no particular order, here are some of the greatest biographical movies since 2000:
The Theory of Everything
This biopic offers a glimpse into the relationship between iconic physicist, Stephen Hawking and his wife, Jane. The Theory of Everything also chronicle’s Hawking’s fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease, which greatly altered the course of his marriage but didn’t stop his academic renown. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones top billed this well received biographical masterpiece.
Summer in February
This period biographical drama is set at the beginning of the 20th century, during which the Newly School of Artists flourished. The film tells the story of the wild bohemian Lamorna Group as they try to figure out a complex love triangle in the shadow of The Great War.
This biographical film follows the inspiring true-to-life story of South Africa’s most celebrated leader, Nelson Mandela, as he joins forces with the captain of the country’s rugby team in an effort to unite the nation. New president-elect Mandela recognizes how his countrymen remains economically and racially divided as an aftermath of apartheid. He succeeds in bringing the country together by rallying with South Africa’s rugby team in their historic run toward the Rugby World Cup Championship of 1995.
Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Christian Stolte, Public Enemies chronicles the notoriety of America’s most wanted gangsters, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson at the height of the 1930s crime wave.
12 Years a Slave
Named the 2013 Oscar Best Picture of the Year, 12 Years a Slave portrays the incredible story of a man’s fight for freedom and survival in pre-Civil War US. A free black man living peacefully in upstate New York, Solomon Northup finds his life upended as he gets abducted and then sold into slavery. The film revolves around his 12-year odyssey and struggle to stay alive and retain his dignity.
A Beautiful Mind
Ron Howard’s masterpiece from way back the early 2000s, A Beautiful Mind depicts the inspiring story of John Forbes Nash, Jr., a mathematical genius who went through a harrowing journey toward self-discovery before finally achieving his dream of a Nobel Prize.
Jamie Foxx stars as legendary R&B musician, Ray Charles, in this inspiring biopic that narrates the story of the singer’s life and career—from his simple beginnings and the tragic loss of his sight to his rise to stardom in the 50s and 60s.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Front lined by Leonardo Di Caprio, The Wolf of Wallstreet is based on the real-life story of Jordan Belfort, a Long Island stockbroker who amassed great wealth and later on served time in prison by defrauding investors in a huge securities scam involving widespread corruption in the corporate banking world and on Wall Street.
Set in 1950s Chicago, this biopic portrays the rise of “Chess Records” and its artists, many of whom became some of America’s most celebrated musical Legends.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Who could forget the story of struggling salesman, Christopher Gardner and his young child, who stopped at nothing until he achieved success even if it meant taking an unpaid internship in a stockbrokerage, which later on led to a life-changing career?
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