Top 10 Celebrity Biopics Released from 1980-1990

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

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Loretta Lynn rose from poverty to become one of the most famous female country singers of all time.

Rating: PG
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm

9. Reds (1981) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes

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American journalist John Reed documents the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.

Rating: PG
Director: Warren Beatty
Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann

8. Good Morning Vietnam (1987) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes

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DJ Adrian Cronauer defies orders and reports on the news for the U.S. Armed Forces radio station during the Vietnam War.

Rating: R
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran

7. My Left Foot (1989) 97% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy but learns to paint and write with his left foot.

Rating: R
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan

6. Gandhi (1982) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Mahatma Gandhi uses nonviolence in the age of Hitler to fight for India and Pakistan’s freedom from British rule.

Rating: PG
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen

5.Great Balls of Fire! (1989) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Jerry Lee Lewis is talented and eccentric, which leads to a career as one of the wildest musicians in rock and roll history.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Jim McBride
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, Stephen Tobolowsky

4. La Bamba (1987) 96% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Luis Valdez
Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto

3. Sid and Nancy (1986) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: R
Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman

2. Amadeus (1984) 95% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s musical career is told through the eyes of secret rival Antonio Salieri from an insane asylum.

Rating: R
Director: Milos Forman
Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge

1. Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) 17% at Rotten Tomatoes

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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.

Rating: R
Director: Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby



Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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