Movie Genre:
By its very nature, the biopic (biographical pictures) exists across many genres. It could be a war film, an epic, or a melodrama. Yet there are characteristics that mark the biopic out as a genre of its own.
A biopic is essentially a dramatized portrayal of the life of a famous figure. In a conventional biopic, the protagonist falls from the height of fame and then goes on to make a triumphant comeback. It was German-born William Dieterle who set the pattern with numerous biopics. A close resemblance between the actor and the real-life figure was achieved by Henry Fonda in Young Mr.Lincoln (1939), Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956), Ben Kingsley in Gandhi (1982), Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk The Line (2005) and Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010). Take a look at some of the best performances in biopic films.

- source: The Film Book, A Complete Guide To The World Of Cinema.

What to watch:

  • Young Mr Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)
  • Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, 1982)
  • A Beautiful Mind (Ron Howard, 2001)
  • Frida (Julie Taymor, 2002)
  • The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004)
  • Ray (Taylor Hackford, 2004)
  • Walk The Line (James Mangold, 2005)
  • The Queen (Stephen Frears, 2006)
  • La Vie En Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007)
  • Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)

Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife, killed in N.J. Turnpike crash.

Nash, a West Virginia Native, shared a Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994, the year before he joined the Princeton mathematics department as a senior research mathematician. He is known for his work in game theory and his struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, depicted in the 2001 film, “A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe.