We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 celebrity biopic movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Nowhere Boy (2009) 79% at Rotten Tomatoes
John Lennon is a musical icon, and his early years are portrayed in Nowhere Boy. We get to see the young Lennon meet his bandmates during a tumultuous adolescence that drove his music. While it ends just when you want it to start picking up, it makes for a great sequel to the Beatles Anthology.
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff
9. Walk the Line (2005) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
Legendary country musician Johnny Cash and his relationship with wife June Carter shows beautifully in Walk the Line. It’s a timeless movie about music, love, art, and the trials and tribulations of professional music.
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick
8. 61* (2001) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Perennial Yankees fan Billy Crystal made this movie with painstaking detail. It documents the journey Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris took racing to beat Babe Ruth’s home run record. It’s an era we experienced with Sosa and McGwire not long ago.
Director: Billy Crystal
Starring: Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Barry Pepper
7. I’m Not There (2007) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Like everything Bob Dylan, expect this to be a poetic journey into the soul. Multiple actors play him through unique tales from different stages of the enigmatic singer’s life. It’s one of the most artistic biopics you’re ever likely to see.
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett
6. Ali (2001) 67% at Rotten Tomatoes
Cassius Clay was an enigmatic boxer in his prime, full of energy only Smith could bring onscreen. This biopic captures all the greatest highlights of Muhammad Ali’s storied fighting career between 1964 and 1974. There’s plenty of action and controversy to go around.
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight
5. Finding Neverland (2004) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
Not the most accurate biopic, Finding Neverland truly is a fun look into how J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan. It’s one of the most beloved stories of generations, and you’ll definitely see the inspiration her. It’s pure movie magic like only Depp can deliver.
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslett, Julie Christie
4. The Aviator (2004) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes had a need for speed, and DiCaprio served him well. From crashing planes to designing the largest one ever to be forever docked in Long Beach, Hughes changed the world. He was Trump back when Trumps had better things to do than harass the general public.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
3. 8 Mile (2002) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
Eminem crafted 8 Mile after his own life and changed the game on the music biopic. We’re all familiar with his story (after all – he discusses it throughout his discography), and both hardcore and casual fans are satisfied with how it came through on the silver screen. It’ll make you miss Proof again too.
Director: Curtis Hanson
Starring: Marshall Mathers, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger
2. Ray (2004) 81% at Rotten Tomatoes
Whether you understand it or not, Ray Charles is one of the most important figures in pop music. He fought hard for his masters and was one of the first artists to speak up about payment rights. He’s the original Lil Wayne, fighting for ownership of his own work.
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Regina King, Kerry Washington
1. Notorious (2009) 51% at Rotten Tomatoes
The life and death of rapper Christopher Wallace is told with the approval of just about everyone that knew him. See him rise from the streets to become the king of NY rap, only to be shot and killed in his prime. It’s a tragic story that still resonates in the hip-hop community.
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke