2017 Biography Movies

The Lost City of Z (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

Based on author David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as “savages,” the determined Fawcett – supported by his devoted wife (Sienna Miller), son (Tom Holland) and aide de camp (Robert Pattinson) – returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. An epically-scaled tale of courage and obsession, told in Gray’s classic filmmaking style, The Lost City of Z is a stirring tribute to the exploratory spirit and those individuals driven to achieve greatness at any cost.

All Eyez on Me (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur.

Molly’s Game (2017)

  • Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama

MOLLY’S GAME is the true story of Molly Bloom a smart, young, Olympic- class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe

Darkest Hour (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Within days of becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must face his most turbulent and defining trial: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation.

This is the latest film from director Joe Wright, who previously helmed dramas such as Atonement and Pride & PrejudiceDarkest Hour has been seen as a companion piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (which was released earlier in 2017), as it covers similar subject matter during the outset of World War II. The movie screened at several festivals in the fall, with Oldman’s transformative performance as Churchill earning much acclaim. Darkest Hour is viewed as one of the year’s strongest Oscar contenders, with many predicting nominations in major categories such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Oldman (who is the odds-on favorite to win).

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The Glass Castle (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.

I, Tonya (2017)

  • Rating: R
  • -Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Comedy, Sports

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as The Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, History

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Victoria & Abdul (2017)

  • Rating: PG-13
  • -Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim. Based on a true story.