Top 50 Biography, Family Movies and TV Shows



1. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.0
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53 Metascore

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 42,624 | Gross: $43.85M

2. The Sound of Music (1965)

G | 172 min | Biography, Drama, Family

8.0
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63 Metascore

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Richard Haydn

Votes: 187,066 | Gross: $163.21M

3. Double Teamed (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.1
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Two sisters become world-famous basketball players.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Poppi Monroe, Annie McElwain, Teal Redmann, Nick Searcy

Votes: 2,878

4. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.5
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A Disney-produced anthology covering many different genres.

Stars: Walt Disney, Paul Frees, Clarence Nash, Slim Pickens

Votes: 1,505

5. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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67 Metascore

The story of Sir J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 192,572 | Gross: $51.68M

6. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.8
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71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 77,045 | Gross: $32.48M

7. I Can Only Imagine (2018)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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30 Metascore

The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe's beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins

Votes: 12,261 | Gross: $83.48M

8. The Color of Friendship (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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A white South African girl finds herself in a difficult situation when she is sent to spend a term with a black family in America.

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Lindsey Haun, Shadia Simmons, Carl Lumbly, Penny Johnson Jerald

Votes: 3,144

9. Secretariat (2010)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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61 Metascore

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis

Votes: 25,020 | Gross: $59.71M

10. Right on Track (2003 TV Movie)

TV-G | 89 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.3
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Fact-based drama chronicling the story of two determined sisters who battled the prejudice of a male-dominated sport to become world-class drag racers.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Beverley Mitchell, Brie Larson, Jon Lindstrom, Jodi Russell

Votes: 1,066

11. Miracles from Heaven (2016)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.1
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44 Metascore

Based on the incredible true story of the Beam family.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, Brighton Sharbino

Votes: 18,485 | Gross: $61.69M

12. A Street Cat Named Bob (2016)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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54 Metascore

Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt

Votes: 24,179 | Gross: $0.04M

13. Heaven Is for Real (2014)

PG | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.8
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47 Metascore

A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum

Votes: 24,652 | Gross: $91.44M

14. Big Miracle (2012)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.5
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61 Metascore

In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Ken Kwapis | Stars: Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, John Pingayak, Ahmaogak Sweeney

Votes: 17,894 | Gross: $20.11M

15. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.4
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59 Metascore

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 11,230 | Gross: $5.01M

16. Faustina: Love and Mercy (2019)

107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.3
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Docudrama tracing the life of Saint Faustina Kowalska, whose visions of Jesus Christ inspired the Roman Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy and earned her the title of "Apostle of Divine Mercy".

Director: Michal Kondrat | Stars: Kamila Kaminska, Maciej Malysa, Janusz Chabior, Remigiusz Jankowski

Votes: 58

17. Red Dog (2011)

PG | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford

Votes: 15,661

18. 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: 10,001

19. Miracle in Lane 2 (2000 TV Movie)

G | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

6.0
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Based on a true story, a 13-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair is determined to win a trophy like his athletic older brother.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Rick Rossovich, Molly Hagan, Patrick Levis

Votes: 1,811

20. Full Out (2015)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.4
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A young gymnast's Olympic aspirations are crushed after a debilitating accident.

Director: Sean Cisterna | Stars: Ana Golja, Jennifer Beals, Sarah Fisher, Asha Bromfield

Votes: 1,770

21. The Sound of Music Live! (2013 TV Special)

TV-PG | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

5.8
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A live telecast of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Directors: Rob Ashford, Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Christian Borle

Votes: 3,458

22. Greater (2016)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Family, Sport

7.2
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35 Metascore

The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Director: David L. Hunt | Stars: Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Christopher Severio, Michael Parks

Votes: 3,578 | Gross: $1.99M

23. A Sunday Horse (2016)

108 min | Biography, Family

6.1
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After a near-fatal accident, on a horse the experts thought was nothing special, a determined rider from the wrong side of the tracks defies all the odds to pursue her dreams of winning a national jumping championship.

Director: Vic Armstrong | Stars: Nikki Reed, Ryan Merriman, Cassi Thomson, Linda Hamilton

Votes: 767

24. Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me (2014)

PG | 116 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

8.0
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79 Metascore

As he struggles with Alzheimer's disease, country-music legend Glen Campbell embarks on his farewell tour in the U.S., Australia, and Europe.

Director: James Keach | Stars: Glen Campbell, Kim Campbell, Ronald Petersen, Dave Kaplan

Votes: 1,414 | Gross: $0.37M

25. Be Here Now (2015)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

8.7
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As though life is imitating art, actor and sex-symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just become a star as the lead in the hit television series,'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Lilibet Foster | Stars: Jai Courtney, Andy Whitfield, Indigo Whitfield, Jesse Whitfield

Votes: 2,911 | Gross: $0.02M

26. The Longshots (2008)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

5.3
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52 Metascore

The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.

Director: Fred Durst | Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Jill Marie Jones

Votes: 3,656 | Gross: $11.51M

27. Jack Jonah (2019)

Biography, Family | Post-production

Based on a true story, this film by JCFilms follows the path of the Jonah Family in remembrance of the loss of their son, Jack, to a heroin overdose. The film brings awareness to the drug/... See full summary »

Director: Jason Campbell | Stars: Dean Cain, Arissa Page, Braxton Michael, Kathy Sanders

28. The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.5
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Agathe von Trapp, the eldest daughter of a well-known musical family, overcomes many obstacles to pursue her musical career and move to the United States.

Director: Ben Verbong | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Eliza Bennett, Rosemary Harris, Yvonne Catterfeld

Votes: 383

29. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Family, Musical

6.9
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The opening scene of the movie describes it best: "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales."

Director: Charles Vidor | Stars: Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh

Votes: 3,154

30. The Wave (1981 TV Short)

TV-G | 44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

7.1
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An experiment in an American High School where students learn how easy it is to be seduced by the same social forces which led to the horrors of Nazi Germany. Based on a true story.

Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Bruce Davison, Lori Lethin, John Putch, Johnny Doran

Votes: 2,832

31. The Legend of William Tell

Action, Adventure, Biography | Announced

Renowned archer and war hero William Tell is forced to rise up against the invading Austrians who threaten his lands and family.

Star: Brendan Fraser

32. Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.0
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Historically inaccurate chronicle of Squanto's life prior to and including the arrival of the "Mayflower" in 1620.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Adam Beach, Mandy Patinkin, Sheldon Peters Wolfchild, Irene Bedard

Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $3.34M

33. The Silent Natural (2019)

140 min | Biography, Family, History

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HE MADE THOUSANDS OF FANS CHEER, BUT NEVER HEARD ONE. William "Dummy" Hoy was one of the first Deaf Major League Baseball players in the 1800's. Being Deaf, he introduced Hand Signals for ... See full summary »

Director: David Risotto | Stars: Tyler Mane, Kathleen Kinmont, Courtney Gains, Vernon Wells

34. Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)

93 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.1
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The story of a Native American girl, abandoned on a tiny island, who is protected by a wild dog.

Director: James B. Clark | Stars: Celia Milius, Larry Domasin, Ann Daniel, Carlos Romero

Votes: 391

35. Rise (2020)

Biography, Family, Sport | Pre-production

The improbably true story about a janitor who took over a middle school basketball team and a won a state championship.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Star: Sterling K. Brown

36. We Will Be the World Champions (2015)

127 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.5
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The story about the founders of the famous "Yugoslav Basketball School" and the first gold medal at the Championships in Ljubljana in 1970, is based on real events and is dedicated to ... See full summary »

Director: Darko Bajic | Stars: Strahinja Blazic, Aleksandar Radojicic, Milos Bikovic, Marko Janketic

Votes: 1,057

37. 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: 1,374 | Gross: $14.17M

38. What's Eating Ralphie May? (2019)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

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You have to want it for yourself.

Director: Cat Rhinehart | Stars: Evan Lund, Teddy Margas, Ralphie May, Michael Ramos

39. Entertainment Tonight Canada (2005– )

30 min | Biography, Family, News

3.1
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Entertainment Tonight Canada is the nation's entertainment powerhouse delivering in depth and breaking up-to-the minute celebrity, film, television and music news both on-air and online.

Stars: Carlos Bustamante, Cheryl Hickey, Roz Weston, Sangita Patel

Votes: 140

40. Oshin (1983– )

Biography, Drama, Family

8.3
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Tells the story of Oshin, a poor little girl who would someday become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan.

Stars: Toshi Shioya, Nobuko Otowa, Yûko Tanaka, Ayako Kobayashi

Votes: 662

41. Elena (II) (2012)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the ... See full summary »

Director: Petra Costa | Stars: Li An, Elena Andrade, Petra Costa

Votes: 1,401

42. Phar Lap (1983)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.3
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55 Metascore

The true story of an Australian racehorse that became a champion, with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb

Votes: 1,532

43. Batkid Begins (2015)

PG | 87 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

6.8
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63 Metascore

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon.

Director: Dana Nachman | Stars: Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper, Katie Cotton, James Coyne

Votes: 1,549 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Jacob's Kingdom of Heaven (2016)

145 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.6
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The struggles faced by a business man and his family in Dubai to stabilize themselves after getting cheated by a fraudster.

Directors: Vineeth Sreenivasan, G. Prajith | Stars: Nivin Pauly, Renji Panicker, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, Sreenath Bhasi

Votes: 1,924

45. The Hollywood Complex (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

6.8
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We follow several kids with families with a dream of their offspring becoming a TV- or movie star, who for three months live in an apartment complex, where the management host a variety of events and trains them towards such a career.

Directors: Dylan Nelson, Dan Sturman | Stars: Andrew Manley, Rosie Forti, Toni Casala, John McCarthy

Votes: 362

46. A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015)

PG-13 | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

7.2
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70 Metascore

A documentary following the life of Lizzie Velasquez, her triumphant journey to the other side of bullying, and her mission to inspire and empower a more positive online environment.

Director: Sara Hirsh Bordo | Stars: Lizzie Velasquez, Hillary Clinton

Votes: 427

47. Twinsters (2015)

PG-13 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

7.6
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81 Metascore

Adopted from South Korea, raised on different continents & connected through social media, Samantha & Anaïs believe that they are twin sisters separated at birth.

Directors: Samantha Futerman, Ryan Miyamoto | Stars: Anaïs Bordier, Samantha Futerman, Kanoa Goo

Votes: 4,551

48. The Bear (1984)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.2
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Biopic about the great college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant of the University of Alabama.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Gary Busey, Cynthia Leake, Carmen Thomas, Cary Guffey

Votes: 266 | Gross: $2.69M

49. 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

50. Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.4
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The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.

Director: Harold French | Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice, Michael Gough

Votes: 452


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