Biopics Quiz

Can you guess the real-life people who were the primary subject of these biographical movies?
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Last updated: January 21, 2020
First submittedOctober 22, 2012
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Year
Movie
Person
2018
Bohemian Rhapsody
Freddie Mercury
2014
The Imitation Game
Alan Turing
2014
The Theory of Everything
Stephen Hawking
2012
The Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher
2011
J. Edgar
J. Edgar Hoover
2009
Public Enemies
John Dillinger
2008
W.
George W. Bush
2005
Walk the Line
Johnny Cash
2004
Ray
Ray Charles
2004
The Motorcycle Diaries
Che Guevara
2004
Downfall
Adolf Hitler
2004
The Aviator
Howard Hughes
Year
Movie
Person
2002
Frida
Frida Kahlo
2001
A Beautiful Mind
John Nash
1999
Man on the Moon
Andy Kaufman
1996
Evita
Eva Perón
1995
Braveheart
William Wallace
1984
Amadeus
Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
1981
Mommie Dearest
Joan Crawford
1980
Coal Miner's Daughter
Loretta Lynn
1980
Raging Bull
Jake LaMotta
1942
The Pride of the
Yankees
Lou Gehrig
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Level 62
Nov 14, 2012
Surprised so few people have seen Downfall. A beautiful mind is a great film too.
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Level 82
Sep 30, 2014
I think most people know of the parody scene, but don't remember the movie since I don't think it was released here in the US (at least not widely). Agreed that it's a excellent movie.
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Level 79
Jun 17, 2015
Wasn't really a biopic, was it? But that one scene is famous.
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Level 54
Jun 18, 2015
I have seen Downfall, but didn't recognize it, because I only know it by its German name ('Der Untergang')
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Level 48
Jan 24, 2020
The same for me, I didn't notice, that Downfall is "Der Untergang"
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Level 80
Oct 22, 2019
Don't break into a rage.
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Level 63
Jan 24, 2020
I've seen it, but only know it under its German title ('Der Untergang'). So I didn't recognize the title...
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Level 72
Jun 8, 2015
Never saw Downfall. Really, only got Nash because of the accident a few weeks ago. Loved the movie though.
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2015
Aww, I didn't know John Nash died. Makes me feel bad for forgetting what his name was now...
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Level 79
Jun 17, 2015
You missed the highest grossing Biopic ever made.
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Level 66
Jun 17, 2015
Jesus Christ Superstar?
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Level 79
Jun 17, 2015
Pretty close
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Level 78
Jun 17, 2015
Good quiz. I missed five but found a few movies I'd like to see.
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Level 18
Oct 13, 2018
even by this site Frida Kahlo is pretty random not that she wasn't a great artist or anything but yea not that well known
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Level 80
Jul 9, 2019
I disagree. Not only would I deem her to be fairly well-known (she is the subject of a major Hollywood movie after all), but in the context of this quiz there are currently 11 answers that are guessed less often than her.
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Level 83
Jan 21, 2020
Guessing Cheney results in a free one for Che.
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Level ∞
Jan 21, 2020
Changed the Cheney one to a Bush one.
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2020
I thought the motorcycle diaries was the documentary of Ewan McGregor's (star wars) motorcycle trip around the world..
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Level 66
Jan 24, 2020
Surprised to see Coal Miner's Daughter so low. It's such an amazing movie about such a talented person
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Level 64
Jan 24, 2020
Man on the Moon and Amadeus are my favorite biopics, and they're both directed by Milos Forman, who also did the People vs. Larry Flynt, which is also great. Forman is the best at biopics (and character studies generally -- he also did One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) because he uses a light touch and lets his actors be playful enough that we can appreciate that these people really loved what they did. So many biopics use tragedy in a kind of pornographic way (sorry, Mr. Flynt) to assure us that their subjects are capital-i Important. That's a problem both because it makes the viewing experience less enjoyable, and because, frankly the ubiquity of that approach has created a paint-by-numbers feel to so many biopics. You change the nouns based on the subject, but the story beats and circumstances are always the same. Forman's approach is way more effective and I wish more directors would consider it.
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Level 82
Jan 24, 2020
I haven't seen Man on the Moon yet but I did see Amadeus and I thought it was excellent. I also thought One Flew Over was pretty good as well.
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Level 69
Jan 24, 2020
I just watched "Public Enemies" yesterday, otherwise I might have missed that one.
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Level 53
Jan 24, 2020
I'm not sure that Downfall counts as a biopic...
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Level 66
Apr 27, 2020
Good quiz, challenging for myself (only 12/22). Should have got Dillinger and Nash, I have copies of those films for heaven's sake. Should have been able to guess W. But Kaufman, Crawford, Lynn, LaMotta, Gehrig: well you hit me in right in my ignorance. Can at least congratulate myself over the motorcycle diaries, how can this have been guessed by so few?