We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 celebrity biopic movies released from 1980-1990. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) 100% at Rotten Tomatoes
Loretta Lynn rose from poverty to become one of the most famous female country singers of all time.
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm
9. Reds (1981) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
American journalist John Reed documents the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.
Director: Warren Beatty
Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann
8. Good Morning Vietnam (1987) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
DJ Adrian Cronauer defies orders and reports on the news for the U.S. Armed Forces radio station during the Vietnam War.
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran
7. My Left Foot (1989) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes
Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy but learns to paint and write with his left foot.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan
6. Gandhi (1982) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Mahatma Gandhi uses nonviolence in the age of Hitler to fight for India and Pakistan’s freedom from British rule.
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen
5.Great Balls of Fire! (1989) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jerry Lee Lewis is talented and eccentric, which leads to a career as one of the wildest musicians in rock and roll history.
Director: Jim McBride
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Stephen Tobolowsky
4. La Bamba (1987) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes
Ritchie Valens overcomes adversity to become one of America’s first Latino rock stars (with a Spanish language single) before dying in a tragic plane crash at the age of 17.
Director: Luis Valdez
Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto
3. Sid and Nancy (1986) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious became an infamous part of rock history when his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found stabbed to death, and he was suspected in the murder.
Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman
2. Amadeus (1984) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical career is told through the eyes of secret rival Antonio Salieri from an insane asylum.
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge
1. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) 17% at Rotten Tomatoes
Infamous gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s early career is chronicled as he attempts to cover the Super Bowl and Presidential election while drugged out of his mind.
Director: Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby