Biography, Thriller (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Narcos (2015–2017)

16 | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 278,179

2. The Irishman (2019)

Biography, Crime, Drama | Post-production

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Al Pacino, Sebastian Maniscalco

3. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Thriller | Completed

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich

4. Billionaire Boys Club (2018)

R | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

5.6
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30 Metascore

A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly.

Director: James Cox | Stars: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts

Votes: 6,646

5. The Post (2017)

6 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 100,212 | Gross: $81.90M

6. Adrift (I) (2018)

12 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.6
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56 Metascore

A true story of survival, as a young couple's chance encounter leads them first to love, and then on the adventure of a lifetime as they face one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Hawthorne

Votes: 28,969 | Gross: $31.45M

7. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Richard Madden, Stuart Martin, Annabel Scholey, Guido Caprino

Votes: 10,171

8. Everest (2015)

12 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.1
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64 Metascore

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 177,382 | Gross: $43.48M

9. Operation Finale (2018)

16 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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58 Metascore

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz

Votes: 16,828 | Gross: $17.61M

10. American Sniper (2014)

16 | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 392,607 | Gross: $350.13M

11. Legend (I) (2015)

16 | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 134,467 | Gross: $1.87M

12. All the Money in the World (2017)

16 | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris

Votes: 55,964 | Gross: $25.11M

13. The Imitation Game (2014)

12 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 602,031 | Gross: $91.13M

14. American Made (2017)

12 | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

7.2
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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 123,328 | Gross: $51.34M

15. Lords of Chaos (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.7
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62 Metascore

A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.

Director: Jonas Åkerlund | Stars: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer, Jon Øigarden

Votes: 507

16. Lizzie (2018)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.7
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59 Metascore

A psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.

Director: Craig William Macneill | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Fiona Shaw, Chloë Sevigny, Kim Dickens

Votes: 2,807 | Gross: $0.64M

17. Argo (2012)

12 | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 525,888 | Gross: $136.03M

18. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

12 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.9
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47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 106,042 | Gross: $25.02M

19. Monster (2003)

16 | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 122,432 | Gross: $34.47M

20. City of Lies (2019)

12 | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss, Dayton Callie

Votes: 209

21. American Gangster (2007)

16 | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 360,801 | Gross: $130.16M

22. Snowden (2016)

9 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 114,194 | Gross: $21.59M

23. Winchester (2018)

16 | 99 min | Biography, Fantasy, Horror

5.4
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28 Metascore

Ensconced in her sprawling California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey, Jason Clarke

Votes: 21,582 | Gross: $25.09M

24. Kill the Messenger (2014)

12 | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 40,302 | Gross: $2.45M

25. Captain Phillips (2013)

12 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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83 Metascore

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

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman, Catherine Keener

Votes: 380,004 | Gross: $107.10M

26. Alias Grace (2017)

60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Stars: Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Zachary Levi

Votes: 17,107

27. Alpha Dog (2006)

16 | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis

Votes: 94,328 | Gross: $15.23M

28. The Infiltrator (2016)

16 | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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66 Metascore

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan

Votes: 59,627 | Gross: $15.43M

29. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.7
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48 Metascore

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Yasmin Kassim, Luis Jose Lopez, Lily Sullivan

Votes: 33,200

30. All the President's Men (1976)

12 | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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80 Metascore

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Votes: 89,713 | Gross: $70.60M

31. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

12 | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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76 Metascore

Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau

Votes: 102,442 | Gross: $43.00M

32. 127 Hours (2010)

16 | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 317,899 | Gross: $18.34M

33. The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Biography, Drama, Mystery | Completed

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

Director: Farhad Safinia | Stars: Natalie Dormer, Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Jennifer Ehle

34. HHhH (2017)

16 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Thriller

6.4
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As the German Fascists expand their borders, scorching Europe from end to end, two brave Czechs of the Resistance prepare for a suicide mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the hideous mastermind behind the "Final Solution".

Director: Cédric Jimenez | Stars: Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell, Jack Reynor

Votes: 10,061

35. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.4
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76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 91,878 | Gross: $5.70M

36. The Iceman (2012)

16 | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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60 Metascore

The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

Director: Ariel Vromen | Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder

Votes: 64,426 | Gross: $1.94M

37. Aquarius (2015–2016)

42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who's slowly building his cult.

Stars: David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont

Votes: 9,652

38. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

9 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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67 Metascore

In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez | Stars: Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 31,508 | Gross: $0.64M

39. Changeling (2008)

16 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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63 Metascore

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 220,498 | Gross: $35.74M

40. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

AL | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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49 Metascore

The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 8,516 | Gross: $0.77M

41. Fair Game (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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69 Metascore

CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong

Votes: 43,282 | Gross: $9.53M

42. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

12 | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 214,706 | Gross: $50.00M

43. The Walk (II) (2015)

9 | 123 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.3
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70 Metascore

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Émilie Leclerc

Votes: 107,451 | Gross: $10.14M

44. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

7.2
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59 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 36,697 | Gross: $2.96M

45. Midnight Express (1978)

16 | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes, an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Brad Davis, Irene Miracle, Bo Hopkins, Paolo Bonacelli

Votes: 64,045 | Gross: $35.00M

46. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

16 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 163,149 | Gross: $17.61M

47. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

16 | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Director: Richie Smyth | Stars: Richard Lukunku, Danny Sapani, Andrew Stock, Mark Strong

Votes: 22,359

48. Serpico (1973)

12 | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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87 Metascore

An honest New York cop named Frank Serpico blows the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe, Biff McGuire

Votes: 94,902 | Gross: $29.80M

49. Het recht van de sterkste (1973)

18 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.0
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60 Metascore

Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Leif Garrett, Dawn Lyn

Votes: 4,320

50. The Aeronauts (2019)

Action, Adventure, Biography | Post-production

Pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a hot air balloon.

Director: Tom Harper | Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Courtenay, Rebecca Front


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