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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 26 November 2017 at 1:49pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Three only, please. No ties, honourable mentions or contrivances. There are plenty to choose from.

My list:

PATTON (1970)
ED WOOD (1994)
THE QUEEN (2006)

Incidentally, you are more than welcome to include TV movies or direct-to-video films. I know there have been biopics that didn't get theatrical releases.
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Mario Ribeiro
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BIRD (1998)
LENNY (1974)
RAGING BULL (1980)
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Matthew Wilkie
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What are we classing as a biopic, Robbie? For me, it's a film that covers a reasonable chunk of a famous person's life rather than a film that features depictions of famous people. For me the THE QUEEN is the latter - the film is about Diana's death seen through the eyes of others rather than about the Queen's life - but it's only an opinion. What do you, and others, think?
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Doug Centers
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Don't think I've thought much about this as a category before.
Turns out top 3 have a couple sports related stories and a couple starring Gary Cooper.

PRIDE OF THE YANKEES ('42)
SERGEANT YORK ('41}
BRIAN'S SONG ('71)
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Robbie Parry
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What are we classing as a biopic, Robbie? For me, it's a film that covers a reasonable chunk of a famous person's life rather than a film that features depictions of famous people. For me the THE QUEEN is the latter - the film is about Diana's death seen through the eyes of others rather than about the Queen's life - but it's only an opinion. What do you, and others, think?

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Matthew, be as flexible as you like. ;-)

It can be hard. FROST/NIXON was classed as a biopic in a TV guide of mine, but I would have referred to it as a representation of a particular period/event in Nixon's life rather than a biopic. Like the term "graphic novel", a "biopic" appears to be open to interpretation. 

I'm sorry I don't have an answer. I saw THE QUEEN listed as a biopic in a TV guide article. I guess the definition can be both wide and vague.
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Brandon Frye
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Ed Wood
Man on the Moon
LaBamba
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Ted Downum
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I'll go with...

Patton (1970)
Nicholas & Alexandra (1971)
The Aviator (2004)


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Peter Martin
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Goodfellas
Amadeus
Walk the Line

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Eric Smearman
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ED WOOD, THE AVIATOR and RAY.
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Shane Matlock
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Ed Wood
Amadeus
Into the Wild
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Bob Freeman
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The Whole Wide World
Tombstone
The Doors
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