We all need inspiration in life. To brave through trying times or to continue the success story. The truth is that, sometimes just a pat on the back does the trick and sometimes a splash of rainbow in the sky does it all. Here are my Top 10 biopic movies, some inspiring and the rest eye-opening (have not mentioned any musician’s life story, they will be part of another post). Once again, feel free to shoot your picks 🙂
10. MONSTER (2003)
IMDB Ratings: 7.3
Who is a Monster? What makes one a Monster? This one is based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, which convincingly points out how much we lose in trying to comprehend the world in terms of Black and White. And furthermore, that loss is insignificant, when it occurs at the cost of a ‘hooker’. Why? Well, can a prostitute ever be raped? Moreover, should she have the audacity to retaliate and defend herself? A heart-wrenching performance by Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci adds to the film.
9. THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (2004)
IMDB Ratings: 7.8
Ernesto de la Serna Guevara, Gael Garcia Bernal, Walter Salles and Gustavo Alfredo Santa Olalla… enough to create a masterpiece. Latin American movies are truly ruling the art form. This movie is one of the examples. Young Che leaves for a continent-wide tour, which exposes him to the reality of the New World. This tour shapes up the El Che-to-be. Bernal’s physicality is nowhere close to Guevara’s. But he deserves immense appreciation for proving that very notion wrong… he transcends beyond the need to have external commonalities and strikes a chord with the audience, as Che. At one point it ceases to be a movie and one becomes a part of Che’s journey.
8. MALCOLM X (1992)
IMDB Ratings: 7.7
From one revolutionary to another. Spike Lee’s Malcolm X is 3hours long, but not for a moment will one get distracted. A tale of a rookie, on his way to becoming an important activist, to a martyr, teaches you a word or two about life.
7. ERIN BROCKOVICH (2000)
IMDB Ratings: 7.3
Divorcee, mother of three, academically under qualified, economically ‘busted’, remains a… No, she does not remain anything, she evolves and becomes someone. She speaks for someone, she fights for someone, and she inspires someone… rather a multitude of someone. This woman surely knows how to make it count for one and for all. She continues to work her magic wand around, with aplomb and compassion.
6. RAGING BULL (1980)
IMDB Ratings: 8.3
What does, never having to give up mean? To mould and rediscover oneself with changing time? Raging Bull certainly shows us one way. Martin Scorsese won over our hearts, yet again. And Mr. De Niro, no one could have and will ever be able to outplay you as The Bronx Bull (or any of your characters) *a true fan girl’s moment *
5. LENNY (1976)
IMDB Ratings: 7.6
WTF? WE FK BAN! OH! THE POLITICIANS ARE BIG TIME CKSUCKERS! How f**king easily can we utter cusses, with or without any need? But there was a man, who took one for the team. Freedom, justice and rights were (are?!) fancy words, misused by the establishment to “blah your blah”. Lenny Bruce channelized messages through his brand of humour. Mr. Dustin Hoffman #Respect
4. DOWNFALL (2004)
IMDB Ratings: 8.3
‘as evil as Hitler’? Keeping aside my sympathies for Hitler (please no kill me for that!) I truly believe this film is a winner! It depicts the final 10 days of the Fuhrer’s life, when his Reich land got reduced to the underground bunker. Told from the perspective of his secretary, this beautifully depicts the emotional turmoil of Hitler. Each and every strand of emotion has been spectacularly explored by Bruno Ganz. Surely one man’s Downfall is another’s Rise.
3. FRIDA (2002)
IMDB Ratings: 7.4
A free-spirited girl (to the truest sense of the term) shows ‘the bird’ to every adversity posed by life. One of the eminent surrealists received a surreal tribute through this film which is nothing short of surrealism in motion. All her creations, thoughts and actions come alive in the Salma Hayek-starrer.
2. THE IRON LADY (2011)
IMDB Ratings: 6.4
The first woman British PM (till now, the only), the most effective Peacetime British PM… a wife, a mother… The Iron Lady. This film meanders through the personal and public life of Margaret Thatcher, which weaves the Iron lady. A special mention of the music, which makes its way to your heart. Sad, yet beautiful (whoever said sad is ugly anyway?).
1. ELIZABETH I & II (1998)
IMDB Ratings: 7.5
Mr. Shekhar Kapur, there could not have been a better depiction of the life of, one of the first women ‘doing a man’s job’. Performance, storytelling and the enticing imageries open up much more than the Elizabethan world. It aesthetically clubs the traits of the Monarch-to-be and the ‘Wife of England’ in the first instalment, and that of the Monarch and the Nurturer of England in the second. Cate Blanchette you are much, much more than ‘one of the best actresses ever’.