Top 50 Biography, Thriller Movies and TV Shows



1. Seberg (2019)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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58 Metascore

Inspired by real events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by Hoover's FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.

Director: Benedict Andrews | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 549

2. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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63 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

Votes: 6,498 | Gross: $0.40M

3. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 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: 310,426

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

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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52 Metascore

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

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 57,676

5. Medici (2016– )

TV-14 | 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: Daniel Sharman, Jacob Dudman, Annabel Scholey, Jacopo Olmo Antinori

Votes: 12,325

6. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 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: 635,446 | Gross: $91.13M

7. The Act (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The stranger-than-fiction true-crime series is based on a 2016 BuzzFeed article that detailed the shocking 2015 crime.

Stars: Patricia Arquette, Joey King, AnnaSophia Robb, Chloë Sevigny

Votes: 12,816

8. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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: 143,732 | Gross: $1.87M

9. The Highwaymen (2019)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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58 Metascore

The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 55,501

10. The Professor and the Madman (2019)

124 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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25 Metascore

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: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Eddie Marsan, Natalie Dormer

Votes: 19,700

11. Argo (2012)

R | 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: 544,143 | Gross: $136.03M

12. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 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: 113,927 | Gross: $81.90M

13. All the Money in the World (2017)

R | 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: 63,895 | Gross: $25.11M

14. Monster (2003)

R | 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: 127,165 | Gross: $34.47M

15. Operation Finale (2018)

PG-13 | 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: 24,116 | Gross: $17.61M

16. Snowden (2016)

R | 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: 123,682 | Gross: $21.59M

17. American Gangster (2007)

R | 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: 373,225 | Gross: $130.16M

18. Driven (I) (2018)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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55 Metascore

Intense thriller where politics, big business and narcotics collide.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Isabel Arraiza

Votes: 2,504

19. Everest (2015)

PG-13 | 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: 184,884 | Gross: $43.48M

20. Adrift (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 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: 38,051 | Gross: $31.45M

21. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 201,490 | Gross: $47.40M

22. Alias Grace (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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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: 20,145

23. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 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, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

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

Votes: 222,316 | Gross: $50.00M

24. Captain Phillips (2013)

PG-13 | 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: 395,139 | Gross: $107.10M

25. Midnight Express (1978)

R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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59 Metascore

Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), 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: 67,513 | Gross: $35.00M

26. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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63 Metascore

Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. 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: 226,188 | Gross: $35.74M

27. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

5.2
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45 Metascore

Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani

Votes: 23,871 | Gross: $36.25M

28. 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: 8,650

29. 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: 39,540 | Gross: $2.96M

30. Serpico (1973)

R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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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: 99,686 | Gross: $29.80M

31. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

PG | 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: 107,520 | Gross: $43.00M

32. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

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: 38,469

33. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

R | 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: 33,623 | Gross: $0.64M

34. Lords of Chaos (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.5
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48 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, Sky Ferreira

Votes: 8,434 | Gross: $0.25M

35. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.3
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77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 96,552 | Gross: $5.49M

36. City of Lies (2018)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.3
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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: 3,540

37. The Insider (1999)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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84 Metascore

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora

Votes: 152,107 | Gross: $28.97M

38. The Infiltrator (2016)

R | 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: 63,208 | Gross: $15.43M

39. 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: 94,567 | Gross: $5.70M

40. Imperium (2016)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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68 Metascore

A young FBI agent, eager to prove himself in the field, goes undercover as a white supremacist.

Director: Daniel Ragussis | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell

Votes: 38,094

41. The Colony (2015)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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33 Metascore

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey

Votes: 43,426

42. The Iceman (2012)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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: 66,680 | Gross: $1.94M

43. American Animals (2018)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen

Votes: 32,189 | Gross: $2.86M

44. Mr. Jones (2019)

119 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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63 Metascore

A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle

Votes: 603

45. Winchester (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

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: 26,016 | Gross: $25.09M

46. The Man with the Iron Heart (2017)

R | 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: 11,808

47. Alpha Dog (2006)

R | 122 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: 96,072 | Gross: $15.23M

48. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 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: 167,963 | Gross: $17.61M

49. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

TV-MA | 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: 26,019

50. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 56,667 | Gross: $3.05M


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