2009 Biography Movies

The Blind Side

The Blind Side

  • 66%
  • PG-13
  • 129 min
  • Biography

A poor, undereducated 344-pound African-American teenager in Memphis, whose father was murdered and whose mother was a crack addict, is shuffled through the public school system, despite his low grade point average and absenteeism. But his tremendous size and quickness attracts the interest of a wealthy white couple who take him in and groom him both athletically and academically to become one of the top high school football prospects in the country.

Bronson

Bronson

  • 78%
  • R
  • 92 min
  • Action

In 1974, a hot headed 19-year-old named Michael Peterson (Tom Hardy, in a blazing, transformative performance) decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawed-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. After making off with only £26.18, he was swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to seven years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage...

Public Enemies

Public Enemies

  • 68%
  • R
  • 143 min
  • Biography

In the action-thriller "Public Enemies," acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)—the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

Invictus

Invictus

  • 76%
  • PG
  • 134 min
  • Biography

Based on the John Carlin book "The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed the World." The film is set after the fall of apartheid, when South Africa was host to the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela was in his first term as South African president, and he used the event as a way to end decades of mistrust and hatred between whites and blacks.

The Young Victoria

The Young Victoria

  • 76%
  • NONE
  • 104 min
  • Biography

"The Young Victoria" will focus on the first, often turbulent, years of the monarch's rule. She became queen at 18, and her legendary romance and marriage to Prince Albert. Devastated by her husband's death in 1861, she wore black for the rest of her life and remained largely secluded. Broadbent will play King William, Victoria's uncle, while Richardson has been cast as the Duchess of Kent, Victoria's mother. They join Emily Blunt as Victoria and Rupert Friend as her husband, Prince Albert.

Notorious

Notorious

  • 51%
  • R
  • 123 min
  • Biography

"Notorious" is about the life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, The Notorious B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation.

The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopher's mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G.

Hunger

Hunger

  • 90%
  • NONE
  • 96 min
  • Biography

A drama documenting the last six weeks in the life of Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Bobby Sands (Fassbender) who led the 1981 hunger strike to protest the treatment of his fellow prisoners.

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

  • 75%
  • PG-13
  • 123 min
  • Biography

Project centers on a frustrated temp secretary who embarks on a yearlong culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd.

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother

    • 96 min
    • Biography

    A semi-autobiographical story about Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

    Che (Part 1)

    Che (Part 1)

      • R
      • 129 min
      • Biography

      Steven Soderbergh's two film project (entitled "The Argentine" & "Guerrilla") about Latin American revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara. "The Argentine," begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.