Top 50 Biography TV Shows



1. The Loudest Voice (2019)

TV-MA | 50 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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Seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.

Stars: Russell Crowe, Sienna Miller, Seth MacFarlane, Annabelle Wallis

Votes: 6,537

2. 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.

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

Votes: 13,804

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: 315,635

4. Fosse/Verdon (2019)

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

7.9
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An inside look at the romantic and creative partnership between influential choreographer/director, Bob Fosse, and Gwen Verdon, one of the greatest Broadway dancers of all time.

Stars: Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Norbert Leo Butz, Aya Cash

Votes: 3,413

5. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 211,453

6. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

9.0
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 59,332

7. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.4
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 72,345

8. 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, Alessandra Mastronardi, Synnove Karlsen, Sebastian De Souza

Votes: 12,667

9. Victoria (2016– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Jordan Waller, Tommy Knight

Votes: 20,006

10. Dickinson (2019– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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An inside look at the world of writer Emily Dickinson.

Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Adrian Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, Jane Krakowski

Votes: 2,852

11. A Confession (2019– )

45 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher intends on catching a killer of a missing woman, even if that may cost him his career and reputation.

Stars: Martin Freeman, Siobhan Finneran, Imelda Staunton, Peter Wight

Votes: 2,318

12. Catherine the Great (2019– )

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

6.1
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Story of the greatest Czarina, Catherine the Great (Dame Helen Mirren) and the Hermitage.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee, Kevin McNally

Votes: 2,882

13. Escape at Dannemora (2018)

TV-MA | 440 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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An employee at a prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape.

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 15,175

14. Genius (I) (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

Stars: Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Antonio Banderas, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 14,851

15. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 11,948

16. The Durrells in Corfu (2016–2019)

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 5,948

17. Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019– )

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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The show tracks the Wu Tang Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories.

Stars: Tamiz U. Rezvi, Erika Alexander, T.J. Atoms, Joey Bada$$

Votes: 2,281

18. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Sean Bean, Aaron Jakubenko, Edwin Wright

Votes: 4,006

19. 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: 20,754

20. Aquarius (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 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: 10,465

21. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

TV-MA | 331 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 119,538

22. Da Vinci's Demons (2013–2015)

59 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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Follows Leonardo Da Vinci during his early days in Florence, as a young artist, inventor and dreamer, trying to change the future.

Stars: Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos, Laura Haddock

Votes: 71,152

23. A Very English Scandal (2018)

TV-14 | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.

Stars: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Alex Jennings, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 8,123

24. Magnificent Century (2011–2014)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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From 1520, follows Suleiman the Magnificent and his relatives from his great conquests to the "Battle of Szigeth".

Stars: Halit Ergenç, Nur Fettahoglu, Selim Bayraktar, Selen Öztürk

Votes: 13,844

25. The Naked Director (2019– )

48 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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Follows the story of Toru Muranishi's unusual and dramatic life filled with big ambitions as well as spectacular setbacks in his attempt to turn Japan's porn industry on its head

Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Misato Morita, Tetsuji Tamayama

Votes: 3,048

26. Trust (2018– )

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

7.5
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Rome, 1973. John Paul Getty III, the heir and younger member of an oil tycoons' saga, is kidnapped by the Italian mafia in order to get a ransom.

Stars: Harris Dickinson, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Luca Marinelli

Votes: 5,307

27. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 26,120

28. Luis Miguel: The Series (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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The series dramatizes the life story of Mexican superstar singer Luis Miguel, who has captivated audiences in Latin America and beyond for decades.

Stars: Diego Boneta, Óscar Jaenada, Martín Bello, Anna Favella

Votes: 2,491

29. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 18,070

30. Mrs. Wilson (2018)

56 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A grieving widow discovers that her seemingly ideal husband lived many secret lives.

Stars: Ruth Wilson, Iain Glen, Calam Lynch, Fiona Shaw

Votes: 4,009

31. Hernán (2019– )

Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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The Spanish "Conquistador" Hernán Cortés arrives in the shores of what today is México and faces both local demons and those who've sailed with him.

Stars: Almagro San Miguel, Ishbel Bautista, Michel Brown, Víctor Clavijo

Votes: 472

32. Wolf Hall (2015)

TV-14 | 360 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.

Stars: Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Votes: 8,652

33. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Stars: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford

Votes: 20,169

34. The Secret (2016)

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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The Secret is the story of a real-life double murder. James Nesbitt plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday ... See full summary »

Stars: James Nesbitt, Genevieve O'Reilly, Patrick O'Kane, Nina Woods

Votes: 1,769

35. Feud: Bette and Joan (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama

8.5
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Planned anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that is discontinued at the moment.

Stars: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 15,096

36. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,349

37. Elvis (2005)

173 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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A chronicle of the life of Elvis Presley, from his humble beginnings to his rise to international stardom.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Rose McGowan, Randy Quaid, Tim Guinee

Votes: 3,446

38. Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime

7.9
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A scripted true crime series based on the murder investigations of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.

Stars: Josh Duhamel, Bokeem Woodbine, Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose

Votes: 5,228

39. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 18,398

40. Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012)

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

8.5
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The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Stars: Andrés Parra, Marcela Vargas, Joavany Alvarez, Vicky Hernández

Votes: 3,367

41. Borgia (2011–2014)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 5,590

42. Rangbaaz (2018– )

35 min | Action, Biography, Crime

8.4
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Shiv Prakash Shukla, a 25 year old boy from Gorakhpur becomes the deadliest gangsters of Uttar Pradesh in 1990s. He works for powerful politicians and is involved in organized crimes. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Saqib Saleem, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ravi Kishan, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 2,294

43. Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle (2018– )

Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.1
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Docuseries looking back on the Jonestown Massacre on the 40th anniversary.

Stars: Vernon Gosney, Leslie Wagner-Wilson, Tim Carter, Jim Jones Jr.

Votes: 492

44. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 14,815

45. 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: 1,526

46. Apache: The Life of Carlos Tevez (2019– )

TV-MA | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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This gritty dramatization of the life of Carlos Tevez shows his rise to soccer stardom amid the harrowing conditions in Argentina's Fuerte Apache.

Stars: Balthazar Murillo, Vanesa González, Alberto Ajaka, Sofía Gala

Votes: 683

47. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson, Ice Cube

Votes: 3,884

48. Queen (II) (2019– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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The Queen is a story of a woman in the male-driven worlds of Cinema and Tamil Nadu politics. It is a story of a woman who didn't get the happy ending she wanted and yet, was destiny's chosen child.

Stars: Vanitha Krishna Chandran, Sonia Agarwal, Viji Chandrashekhar, Anjana Jayaprakash

Votes: 160

49. Roots (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

Stars: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 6,766

50. Evil Lives Here (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.0
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A TV series where individuals share their perspectives of loved ones who performed horrific acts of crime

Stars: T.J. Craig, Brian Vadim, David Wenzel, Hillary Hamilton

Votes: 521


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