Top 50 Biography, Thriller Movies and TV Shows
1. The Report (I) (2019)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.
2. Dark Waters (2019)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
3. Narcos (2015–2017)
TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
4. Seberg (2019)
R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Inspired by real events in the life of French New Wave icon Jean Seberg. In the late 1960s, Hoover's FBI targeted her because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.
5. Official Secrets (2019)
R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 8,734 | Gross: $0.40M
6. Medici (2016– )
TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
8. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 115,137 | Gross: $81.90M
9. All the Money in the World (2017)
R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 64,515 | Gross: $25.11M
10. The Act (2019– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
12. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
124 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
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.
13. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 637,172 | Gross: $91.13M
15. Everest (2015)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Votes: 185,367 | Gross: $43.48M
16. Serpico (1973)
R | 130 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 100,070 | Gross: $29.80M
17. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 545,139 | Gross: $136.03M
20. The Iceman (2012)
R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 66,874 | Gross: $1.94M
21. American Gangster (2007)
R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.
Votes: 373,795 | Gross: $130.16M
23. Munich (2005)
R | 164 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.
Votes: 201,833 | Gross: $47.40M
25. Captain Phillips (2013)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 395,907 | Gross: $107.10M
26. Snowden (2016)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 124,170 | Gross: $21.59M
27. Adrift (I) (2018)
PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Votes: 38,371 | Gross: $31.45M
30. Midnight Express (1978)
R | 121 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Billy Hayes (Brad Davis), an American college student, is caught smuggling drugs out of Turkey and thrown into prison.
Votes: 67,766 | Gross: $35.00M
32. The Insider (1999)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a 60 Minutes (1968) exposé on Big Tobacco.
Votes: 152,407 | Gross: $28.97M
34. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 107,911 | Gross: $43.00M
35. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 226,499 | Gross: $35.74M
38. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 33,741 | Gross: $0.64M
39. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 95,250 | Gross: $70.60M
40. Jungle (I) (2017)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
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.
41. Aquarius (2015–2016)
TV-14 | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
42. Alive (1993)
R | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash.
Votes: 47,168 | Gross: $36.73M
43. Alpha Dog (2006)
R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 96,176 | Gross: $15.23M
44. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
TV-MA | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.
47. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
Votes: 56,759 | Gross: $3.05M
48. Winchester (2018)
PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy
Ensconced in her sprawling San Jose, California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.
Votes: 26,205 | Gross: $25.09M
49. Rescue Dawn (2006)
PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
Votes: 96,755 | Gross: $5.49M
50. Anthropoid (2016)
R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 39,705 | Gross: $2.96M