Biography (Sorted by Date of Your Rating Ascending)



1. From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth (1912)

60 min | Biography, Drama

5.8
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An account of the life of Jesus Christ, based on the books of the New Testament: After Jesus' birth is foretold to his parents, he is born in Bethlehem, and is visited by shepherds and wise... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Olcott | Stars: R. Henderson Bland, Percy Dyer, Gene Gauntier, Alice Hollister

Votes: 416

2. Richard Wagner (1913)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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The story of the great German composer, from his childhood through his great triumphs in orchestral and operatic music.

Directors: Carl Froelich, William Wauer | Stars: Giuseppe Becce, Olga Engl, Manny Ziener, Ernst Reicher

Votes: 76

3. Frederick the Great (1914)

20 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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The story opens in Frederick's youth. Frederick William, his father, was a rough, burly man, fond of outdoor sport, a hearty eater and a heavy drinker. Because his son was frail and ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Edwin | Stars: Barry O'Moore, Mary Fuller, Charles Sutton, Richard Neill

4. Regeneration (1915)

72 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer, John McCann

Votes: 982

5. Cleopatra (1917)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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The story of Cleopatra, the fabulous queen of Egypt, and the epic romances between her and the greatest men of Rome, Julius Caesar and Antony.

Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Theda Bara, Fritz Leiber, Thurston Hall, Alan Roscoe

Votes: 285

6. The Fall of the Romanoffs (1917)

80 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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A dramatization of the Russian revolution and the influence upon the Russian royal family of the famous "mad monk," Rasputin.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: Edward Connelly, Iliodor, Alfred Hickman, Conway Tearle

Votes: 11

7. My Mother (1917)

26 min | Biography

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First in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, this film explores the life of Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks.

Stars: Benjamin Chapin, Charles Jackson

8. Myself (1917)

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Third in Benjamin Chapin's four-film cycle on the life of Abraham Lincoln, this film explores the young Abe's beginnings as a country lawyer and political figure.

Stars: Benjamin Chapin, Charles Jackson

9. The Woman the Germans Shot (1918)

60 min | Biography, Drama, War

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The true story of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who served with the underground in Belgium during the First World War.

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: Julia Arthur, Creighton Hale, Thomas Brooks, George LeGuere

10. The Fighting Roosevelts (1919)

60 min | Biography, Drama

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A dramatization of the life of Theodore Roosevelt leading up to his presidency of the United States. Included are depictions of his youth, his membership in the New York State Assembly, his... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Francis J. Noonan, Herbert Bradshaw, E.J. Ratcliffe

11. A Prince of Lovers (1922)

80 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Lord Byron's wife leaves him after a jealous lady plots his ruin.

Director: Charles Calvert | Stars: Howard Gaye, Marjorie Hume, Mary Clare, David Hawthorne

12. Bonnie Prince Charlie (1923)

Biography, Drama, History

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In the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the Young Pretender Bonnie Prince Charlie leads an insurrection to overthrow the Protestant House of Hanover and restore his family, the Catholic branch of the House of Stuart, to the British throne.

Director: Charles Calvert | Stars: Gladys Cooper, Ivor Novello, Hugh Miller, A.B. Imeson

13. Becket (1923)

Biography, Drama, History

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The Archbishop forces the king's mistress to enter a convent, and is murdered.

Director: George Ridgwell | Stars: Frank R. Benson, A.V. Bramble, Bertram Burleigh, Arthur Burne

14. Napoleon and Josephine (1924)

Biography, Drama

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Director: Alexander Butler

15. Peter der Große (1922)

60 min | Biography, Drama

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Director: Dimitri Buchowetzki | Stars: Emil Jannings, Dagny Servaes, Bernhard Goetzke, Cordy Millowitsch

16. Nell Gwyn (1926)

80 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.6
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An actress becomes the king's mistress and persuades him to convert the palace to a serviceman's home.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Dorothy Gish, Randle Ayrton, Juliette Compton, Sydney Fairbrother

Votes: 221

17. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

96 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,178

18. Billy the Kid (1930)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Western

6.2
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In this version of the Billy the Kid legend, Billy, after shooting down land baron William Donovan's henchmen for killing Billy's boss, is hunted down and captured by his friend, Sheriff ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Wallace Beery, Kay Johnson, Karl Dane

Votes: 322

19. Silver Dollar (1932)

83 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Yates and Sarah Martin are barely getting by in a Colorado boom town grocery store. Sudden wealth leads to greater prosperity and political power. In Denver Yates buys a mansion and builds ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Bebe Daniels, Aline MacMahon, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 252

20. Der Choral von Leuthen (1933)

91 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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The story of the rise to power of King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia of his military campaigns to make Prussia a major power in Europe.

Directors: Carl Froelich, Walter Supper, Arzén von Cserépy | Stars: Otto Gebühr, Olga Tschechowa, Elga Brink, Harry Frank

Votes: 36

21. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

18 | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 3,191

22. Chapaev (1934)

93 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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This film is based on the book about Vasili Ivanovich Chapaev (1887 - 1919) who was in real life the Commander of the 25th Division of the Red Army. Chapaev is an uneducated peasant and a ... See full summary »

Directors: Sergey Vasilev, Georgi Vasilyev | Stars: Boris Babochkin, Leonid Kmit, Varvara Myasnikova, Boris Blinov

Votes: 1,000

23. Napoléon Bonaparte (1935)

140 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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A reedited version of Abel Gance's silent masterpiece 'Napoléon vu par Abel Gance', with sound effects added, dialogue post-dubbed, and with new scenes filmed with additional new cast ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Gina Manès, Damia, Eugénie Buffet

Votes: 87

24. Wilhelm Tell (1934)

14 | 99 min | Biography, Drama

5.7
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Director: Heinz Paul | Stars: Hans Marr, Conrad Veidt, Emmy Göring, Olaf Bach

Votes: 11

25. Das Mädchen Johanna (1935)

87 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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The recount of the 17-year-old peasant girl Joan of Arc of the 15th century tinted to the presence of the National Socialist ideology.

Director: Gustav Ucicky | Stars: Angela Salloker, Gustaf Gründgens, Heinrich George, René Deltgen

Votes: 52

26. Rhodes of Africa (1936)

90 min | Biography

5.7
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This rousing adventure film tells the true story of Cecil Rhodes, a diamond miner who helped found the South African colonies.

Directors: Berthold Viertel, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Walter Huston, Oskar Homolka, Basil Sydney, Frank Cellier

Votes: 145

27. The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

86 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Josephine Hutchinson, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

Votes: 1,913

28. John Ericsson - segraren vid Hampton Roads (1937)

92 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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In 1803 the Swedish inventor John Ericsson is born. After a military career he went to England and became one of the first builders of locomotives. Despite large debts, he invents the ... See full summary »

Director: Gustaf Edgren | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Märta Ekström, Anders Henrikson, Sigurd Wallén

Votes: 15

29. De strijd voor de vrijheid (1937)

118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

5.3
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The life of Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, following from 1880 onward his struggle to secure Home Rule, pursued in prison, Parliament, and elsewhere. Emphasis is on the ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edna May Oliver, Edmund Gwenn

Votes: 419 | Gross: $1.58M

30. Peter de Grote, deel I (1937)

96 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Director: Vladimir Petrov | Stars: Nikolai Simonov, Mikhail Zharov, Nikolay Cherkasov, Mikhail Tarkhanov

Votes: 148

31. The Toast of New York (1937)

109 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Notorious robber baron financier Jim Fisk, who makes and loses fortunes, tries to corner the gold market as well as the heart of a beautiful actress.

Directors: Rowland V. Lee, Alexander Hall | Stars: Edward Arnold, Cary Grant, Frances Farmer, Jack Oakie

Votes: 836

32. Alexander Njefski (1938)

112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.7
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,443

33. Peter de Grote, deel II (1938)

96 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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Director: Vladimir Petrov | Stars: Nikolai Simonov, Alla Tarasova, Nikolay Cherkasov, Irina Zarubina

Votes: 98

34. The Great Waltz (1938)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Music

6.7
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In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauss II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg | Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 940

35. Marie Antoinette (1938)

149 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,410

36. The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

91 min | Biography, Music, Musical

6.7
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Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Allan Jones, Mary Martin, Walter Connolly, Lee Bowman

Votes: 45 | Gross: $0.30M

37. Made in Germany (1957)

101 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Director: Wolfgang Schleif | Stars: Winnie Markus, Carl Raddatz, Margit Saad, Werner Hinz

Votes: 13

38. Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)

108 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.6
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English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Edna May Oliver, George Sanders, May Robson

Votes: 219

39. Robert Koch, de strijder tegen de dood (1939)

113 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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The young country doctor Dr. Robert Koch is desperate seeking a cure for a tuberculosis epidemic costing many children in his district life.

Director: Hans Steinhoff | Stars: Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss, Viktoria von Ballasko, Raimund Schelcher

Votes: 50

40. The Star Maker (1939)

94 min | Biography, Comedy, Music

6.0
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This is a film about the life of Gus Edwards, a well known vaudeville composer, entertainer, and producer.

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: Bing Crosby, Louise Campbell, Linda Ware, Ned Sparks

Votes: 48

41. Swanee River (1939)

84 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.6
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More fictional than factual biography of Stephen Foster. Songwriter from Pittsburgh falls in love with the South, marries a Southern gal (Leeds), then is accused of sympathizing when the ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Don Ameche, Andrea Leeds, Al Jolson, Felix Bressart

Votes: 111 | Gross: $0.29M

42. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

100 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 6,468

43. A Dispatch from Reuters (1940)

90 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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Starting with a small flock of carrier pigeons, nineteenth-century entrepreneur Julius Reuter turns his small company into Europe's most respected news wire service.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Edna Best, Eddie Albert, Albert Bassermann

Votes: 487

44. Het leven van Dr. Ehrlich (1940)

103 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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True story of the doctor who considered it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Ruth Gordon, Otto Kruger, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,261

45. Lady with Red Hair (1940)

78 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Bernhardt | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Claude Rains, Richard Ainley, Laura Hope Crews

Votes: 266

46. Moi universitety (1940)

96 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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The last installment of Russian director Mark Donskoy's Maxim Gorky trilogy. Having endured a painful youth in De jeugd van Maxim Gorki (1938) and a torturous sojourn as a serf in My ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Donskoy | Stars: Nikolai Valbert, Stepan Kayukov, Nikolai Dorokhin, Nikolai Plotnikov

Votes: 134

47. Suvorov (1941)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Primarily a biographical documentary about the military career of Alexander Vasilvich Suvorov, who was Field Marshal of the armies of Catherine the Great and Czar Paul I. After many ... See full summary »

Directors: Mikhail Doller, Vsevolod Pudovkin | Stars: Nikolay P. Cherkasov, Aleksandr Khanov, Mikhail Astangov, Apollon Yachnitskiy

Votes: 128

48. Blossoms in the Dust (1941)

99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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After losing her young son, Edna Gladney opposes the unfair laws discriminating against children whose parents are unknown, and opens an orphanage for those children.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, Felix Bressart, Marsha Hunt

Votes: 1,511

49. Aleksandr Parkhomenko (1942)

94 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.1
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Director: Leonid Lukov | Stars: Aleksandr Khvylya, Nikolay Bogolyubov, Pyotr Aleynikov, Vera Shershnyova

Votes: 46

50. Gentleman Jim (1942)

104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.7
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As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson, Alan Hale

Votes: 2,829


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