Top 50 Biography, Animation Movies and TV Shows



1. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.8
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83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 63,068 | Gross: $5.21M

2. Loving Vincent (2017)

PG-13 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

7.8
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62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 42,875 | Gross: $6.74M

3. Persepolis (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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90 Metascore

A precocious and outspoken Iranian girl grows up during the Islamic Revolution.

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Gena Rowlands, Danielle Darrieux

Votes: 83,534 | Gross: $4.45M

4. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)

Unrated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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A prophet who has the ability to interpret dreams is sold into slavery in Egypt, where people learn of his gifts.

Directors: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez | Stars: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern

Votes: 9,998

5. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.0
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91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,995 | Gross: $2.28M

6. Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)

80 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.1
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75 Metascore

The true story of how Luis Buñuel made his third movie.

Director: Salvador Simó | Stars: Jorge Usón, Fernando Ramos, Luis Enrique de Tomás, Cyril Corral

Votes: 430 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

TV-MA | 145 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.5
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83 Metascore

An authorized documentary on the late musician Kurt Cobain, from his early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and downfall with the grunge band Nirvana.

Director: Brett Morgen | Stars: Aaron Burckhard, Chad Channing, Don Cobain, Jenny Cobain

Votes: 26,562

8. Another Day of Life (2018)

85 min | Animation, Biography

7.3
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78 Metascore

A gripping story of a three-month-long journey that renowned Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski took across Angola ravaged by a war in which the front lines shifted like a kaleidoscope ... See full summary »

Directors: Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow | Stars: Miroslaw Haniszewski, Vergil J. Smith, Tomasz Zietek, Olga Boladz

Votes: 1,058

9. Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.5
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The raucous adventures of musicians such as Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, as told by those who knew them best. Season 2 covers the legends of funk.

Stars: Kinky Friedman, Mike Judge, Don Adams, Gary Adams

Votes: 833

10. Barefoot Gen (1983)

TV-PG | 83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

8.0
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A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Votes: 6,641

11. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

G | 135 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.4
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The story of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, and three of their stories...

Directors: Henry Levin, George Pal | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Karlheinz Böhm, Walter Slezak

Votes: 1,370 | Gross: $14.17M

12. Dear Basketball (2017)

Not Rated | 6 min | Animation, Short, Biography

7.0
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An animated telling of Kobe Bryant's poem 'Dear Basketball'.

Director: Glen Keane | Star: Kobe Bryant

Votes: 3,249

13. The Miracle Maker (2000)

G | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.0
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The story of Jesus Christ.

Directors: Derek W. Hayes, Stanislav Sokolov | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Michael Bryant, Julie Christie, Rebecca Callard

Votes: 1,285

14. Miss Hokusai (2015)

PG-13 | 93 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

6.7
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74 Metascore

The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.

Directors: Keiichi Hara, Stephanie Sheh, Michael Sinterniklaas | Stars: Yutaka Matsushige, Anne Watanabe, Erica Lindbeck, Richard Epcar

Votes: 2,522 | Gross: $0.22M

15. Cleopatra (1970)

X | 112 min | Animation, Biography, Comedy

6.3
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In order to foil the enemy aliens' "Cleopatra Plan", three people from the future are spiritually sent back to Cleopatra's time to understand the enemy intentions.

Directors: Osamu Tezuka, Eiichi Yamamoto | Stars: Chinatsu Nakayama, Kotoe Hatsui, Tsubame Yanagiya, Nobuo Tsukamoto

Votes: 359

16. Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002)

95 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.5
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47 Metascore

An account of the birth of Islam.

Director: Richard Rich | Stars: Nicholas Kadi, Richard Epcar, Eli Allem, David Llewellyn

Votes: 1,108

17. In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994 TV Movie)

90 min | Animation, Biography, Comedy

7.1
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A nosy reporter wants to find out all she can about Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), and gets told the real facts by several of his characters, with large snippets of his stories and songs... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Paterson | Stars: Kathy Najimy, Matt Frewer, Christopher Lloyd, Graham Jarvis

Votes: 436

18. Banking on Mr. Toad (2020)

Animation, Biography, Drama | Pre-production

A biopic about the writer Kenneth Grahame, the birth of his iconic story "The Wind In The Willows", and his life with wife Elspeth, and Alastair their troubled young son.

Director: Luis Mandoki | Stars: Toby Kebbell, Brian Blessed

19. TheOdd1sOut (2014– )

TV-PG | Animation, Biography, Comedy

8.2
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James tells stories and presents his thoughts through animation.

Stars: James Rallison, Boyinaband

Votes: 257

20. Müslüm (2017 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Biography

8.6
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After a serious car accident, Müslüm partly loses his hearing and suffers from speech and movement disorders. Life looks very bleak. Until the eccentric Muslum finds his salvation in music and as a phoenix rises from his ashes.

Director: Gökhan Okur | Stars: Timuçin Esen, Güray Dinçol

Votes: 198

21. Jaiden Animations (2014– )

TV-G | 15 min | Animation, Biography, Comedy

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Through animation, Jaiden provides stories, anecdotes, and her thoughts about life.

Stars: Jaiden Dittfach, James Rallison, Alex Clark, TonyvToons

Votes: 130

22. Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.1
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76 Metascore

A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.

Director: Michel Gondry | Stars: Noam Chomsky, Michel Gondry, Richard Feynman, Michèle Oshima

Votes: 3,170 | Gross: $0.13M

23. El Cid: The Legend (2003)

90 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

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Rodrigo's life as a child was a noble and happy one, he entered school at a young age. Often he went on adventures with his best friend Sancho and often visited his beloved one Jimena, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jose Pozo | Stars: Nacho Castaño, Manel Fuentes, Sancho Gracia, Carlos Latre

Votes: 782

24. Talking About Adultery (2019)

72 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

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Love is to have, desire is to want. TALKING ABOUT ADULTERY is a documentary essay about the human struggle for both. A film about what marriage means in today's world and what is it that we all strive for.

Director: Bara Jichova Tyson | Stars: Iva Gocheva, Caleb Hammond, Becca Lewis

25. Swami Ayyappan (2012)

90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Swami Ayyappan, who was known as Manikandan during his lifetime, is a mythological super-hero. He is wise and well-versed in martial arts. He is soft and kind to the good and a nightmare to... See full summary »

Directors: Chetan Sharma, Mahesh Vettiyar

Votes: 27

26. Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston? (2015)

15 min | Animation, Short, Biography

8.1
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Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging musician coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.

Director: Gabriel Sunday | Stars: Daniel Johnston, Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod, Soko

Votes: 120

27. Rezo (2018)

62 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

8.0
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Rezo is a movie told and painted by Rezo Gabriadze, Georgian artist, writer and creator of Marionette theatre. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of ... See full summary »

Director: Levan Gabriadze

Votes: 114

28. Testing Movie1 (2010)

PG-13 | 123 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

7.2
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Many sheep go about their daily lives.

Directors: Dom Fantana, Rachel MacTaggart, Ruarc Sorensen, Timothy Fantastic | Stars: Dom Fantana, Jonny Kramer, Marty Bower, Paul Ohlhaut

Votes: 74 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Danny Says (2015)

Unrated | 104 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.7
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64 Metascore

Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors,... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Toller | Stars: Mx Justin Vivian Bond, John Cale, Judy Collins, Alice Cooper

Votes: 681 | Gross: $0.04M

30. MILVIO (2020)

Documentary, Animation, Biography | Post-production

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Director: Milbert Pérez | Star: Milvio Pérez

31. Ryan (2004)

TV-PG | 14 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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The movie talks about the life of Ryan Larkin, a gifted Canadian animator of the late '60s and the early '70s.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Ryan Larkin, Chris Landreth, Felicity Fanjoy, Derek Lamb

Votes: 2,639

32. Cloud Air: The Movie (2013)

120 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.4
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Touching story of a cloud and his family meeting air for the first time.

Director: Adam Carlson | Stars: Nic Bachhuber, Erika Benites, Lina Zaproudi-Ellman, Rachel MacTaggart

Votes: 27

33. Dieter (2006 TV Movie)

86 min | Animation, Biography, Comedy

3.5
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A satirical autobiography about German musician Dieter Bohlen and his work with Modern Talking.

Directors: Toby Genkel, Michael Schaack | Stars: Bertram Hiese, Antonia von Romatowski, Susanna Clasen, Robert Missler

Votes: 967

34. Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)

85 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.3
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Three years after the Hiroshima bombing, a teenager helps a group of orphans to survive and find their new life.

Director: Toshio Hirata | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Masaki Kôda, Kei Nakamura, Takami Aoyama

Votes: 898

35. Hairy (2017 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.2
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Audacious, tamed and sensual - Anka Schmid tells of delicate body parts in an artistically playful manner.

Director: Anka Schmid

Votes: 8

36. Virus Tropical (2017)

97 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Paola is born in a traditional Colombian family, or at least that is what they try to be. Her father is a priest, her mother is a "psychic" and her sisters are not what their parents ... See full summary »

Director: Santiago Caicedo | Stars: María Cecilia Sánchez, Martina Toro, Alejandra Borrero, Diego León Hoyos

Votes: 412

37. Approved for Adoption (2012)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.3
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73 Metascore

Comic-book artist Jung returns to Seoul for the first time since he was abandoned at the age of 5.

Directors: Laurent Boileau, Jung | Stars: Maxym Anciaux, Cathy Boquet, Mahé Collet, Christelle Cornil

Votes: 532 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Turning Table (1988)

80 min | Animation, Biography, Comedy

7.0
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While working at his editing table cartoon maker Paul Grimault is visited by a little clown, the star of his movie "Le Roi et l'Oiseau". Paul, who is delighted, shows his guest several ... See full summary »

Directors: Paul Grimault, Jacques Demy | Stars: Paul Grimault, Anouk Aimée, Mathieu Demy, Jean-Charles Rousseau

Votes: 169

39. American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.8
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55 Metascore

Photo-animated feature documentary, uniquely narrated by the 10 people who knew Bill best.

Directors: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas | Stars: Bill Hicks, Dwight Slade, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks

Votes: 4,638 | Gross: $0.09M

40. 1917 - Der wahre Oktober (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.3
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The Russian revolutionary year narrated from the point of view of the involved artists.

Director: Katrin Rothe | Stars: Maximilian Brauer, Inka Friedrich, Arne Fuhrmann, Klemens Fuhrmann

Votes: 22

41. Meine Freundin Conni (2012– )

Documentary, Animation, Biography

6.1
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Conni is a five year old girl having little adventures in everyday life. She experiences her first sleepover, goes to the hairdresser or celebrates festivities with her family or in kindergarten.

Stars: Kerstin Draeger, Christian Rudolf, Betti Lott, Selina Böttcher

Votes: 31

42. The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (2014)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.4
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82 Metascore

When a legendary escape artist comes up for parole after 30 years behind bars, a chance for freedom must be weighed against his infamous past.

Director: Gabriel London | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham

Votes: 286

43. The Legend of Joan of Arc (2019)

48 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

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A young girl receives a divine vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Steven Ritz-Barr | Stars: Andia Winslow, William O'Leary, Phil Baron, Steven Ritz-Barr

44. Hoffmaniada (2018)

78 min | Animation, Biography

6.2
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Based around three of Hoffmann's tales; Klein Zaches, The Golden Pot and The Sandman, with the main character being Hoffmann himself.

Director: Stanislav Sokolov | Stars: Anna Artamonova, Natalya Fisson, Vladimir Koshevoy, Anvar Libabov

Votes: 52

45. Buddha: The Great Departure (2011)

111 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

6.2
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2005 years ago in India, a boy named Siddhartha Gautama of the kingdom Shakya is born. When Siddhartha was born there was a prophecy that the boy would become a king of all the kingdoms. At... See full summary »

Director: Kôzô Morishita | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tesshô Genda, Kiyokazu Kanze

Votes: 315

46. Pablo (2012)

90 min | Animation, Biography

6.6
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Pablo blends documentary and animation elements to tell the saga of "famous unknown" Pablo Ferro, a man with a personal journey that spans from Havana, during the pre-Cuban revolution to ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Goldgewicht | Stars: Andrew Ableson, Julian Barry, Richard Benjamin, Beau Bridges

Votes: 147

47. I Am Sun Mu (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

7.2
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The life and work of North Korean defector turned political pop artist Sun Mu.

Director: Adam Sjöberg | Stars: Angela, Ho Bin, Il Gon, Liang Kegang

Votes: 183

48. Vincent: The Life and Death of Vincent Van Gogh (1987)

105 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.3
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This documentary, on the life of artist Vincent Van Gogh, is told through his letters to his brother Theo, from 1872 until his tragic death. We gain first hand insight into the man, his motivations, and his humanity.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: John Hurt, Marika Rivera, Gabriella Trsek

Votes: 349 | Gross: $1.58M

49. Bolívar: el héroe (2003)

75 min | Animation, Biography

1.2
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this film is based on the life of Simón Bolívar (a Latin American military and political leader who fought against Spanish colonial rule), with a very cartoonish style.

Director: Guillermo Rincón | Stars: Manuel Cabral, Julio César Luna, Luis Fernando Orozco, Edgardo Román

Votes: 523

50. The Creep Behind the Camera (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Animation, Biography

5.9
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An exploration of the making of b-movie sci-fi cult classic "The Creeping Terror" and its con-man director Art "A.J." Nelson/Vic Savage.

Director: Pete Schuermann | Stars: Josh Phillips, Jodi Lynn Thomas, Bill LeVasseur, Laurel Harris

Votes: 187


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