Biopics have been trending for the past few years. From musicians to mathematicians, the lives of different individuals have been adapted to the screen over the years. In contrast to the books they have been adapted from the movies have reached a larger audience and even become hits at the box office.
The biopics usually have difficulty making large profits in the theatres. But many inspirational stories with good direction have gone to keep the audience hooked. Of the latest, there was ‘Oppenheimer’ and Elvis’ which made major wins both at the box office and also at the Award ceremonies.
Top 10 Highest-Grossing Biopics Of All Time
10) A Beautiful Mind (2001) – $316.7 Million
The life follows the story of the mathematician John Nash, whose life and career were affected by schizophrenia. The protagonist was portrayed by Russell Crowe. The movie directed by Ron Howard was adapted from the 1988 biography by Sylvia Nasar. The film was not just a box office hit but also won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The picture earned $316.7 million.
9) Green Book (2018) – $321.7 Million
From a director who has proven his expertise in comedy films, the ‘Green Book‘ was directed by Peter Farrelly. The movie follows the life of pianist Don Shirley as he navigates through 1960s racist America for his music tour. The actor’s chemistry and the setting of the movie made it a huge win at the box office. The low-budget movie whooped a sum of $321.7 million.
8) Schindler’s List – $322.1 Million
The 1993 historical drama was based on Thomas Keneally’s 1982 novel ‘Schindler’s Ark’. Steven Spielberg created his masterpiece in black and white. The film went on to win seven Oscars including the Best Picture and Best Director awards. Liam Neeson starred as Oskar Schindler, the Holocaust savior. The movie is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. The movie garnered a sum of $322.1 million.
7) Catch Me If You Can (2002) – $352.1 Million
This masterpiece is again the work of Steven Spielberg. The movie made $352.1 million at the box office. With Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, the movie follows the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. He was a con artist who was chased around the world by the FBI.
6) The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013) – $392 Million
Following the life of the Wall Street broker Jordan Belford, the movie directed by Martin Scorsese is very entertaining. The movie made $392 million at the box office, the highest-grossing release for Scorsese. The lead role was played by Leonardo DiCaprio along with stars like Christian Bale and Margot Robbie.
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5) The King’s Speech (2010) – $427.3 Million
The movie was not just a hit at the box office, but it also garnered a number of accolades. Directed by Tom Hooper, the movie follows future King George VI as he tries to over his stammer by consulting a speech therapist. The lead role is portrayed by Colin Firth. The historical biopic made about $427.3 million at the box office.
4) The Greatest Showman (2017) – $435 Million
The musical biopic follows the life of P.T. Barnum, an entertainer from the 1850s who created Barnum & Bailey. The movie made $435 million at the box office. The biopic is full of music and color. The incredible performance by Hugh Jackman, alongside Zendaya and Zac Efron made the movie memorable.
3) American Sniper (2014) – $547.4 Million
This biographical war drama was directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Hall. The 2014 film had a cast that included Bradley Cooper, Luke Grimes, and Sienna Miller. The movie follows the life and career of Chris Kyle, one of the deadliest marksmen in U.S. military history. ‘American Sniper’ made $547.4 million at the box office making it one of the highest-grossing war movies of all time.
2) Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) – $910.8 Million
This movie would be everyone’s first answer when asked for a biopic. Rami Malek proved his acting skills portraying the Queen singer Freddie Mercury. The 2018 movie focussed on the singer’s life and his struggle with his illness and sexuality. The movie was directed by Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher and went on to gross $910.8 million at the box office.
1) Oppenheimer (2023) – $947 Million
Christopher Nolan adds another great movie to his filmography. With a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy in the lead role, the movie is the highest-grossing among the biopics. While writing the movie has made a collection of $947 million. The movie is focused on J. Robert Oppenheimer who works on the Manhattan Project.
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