While some biopics can be about humble and simple people, some can be about shrewd businessmen, and some can be about the most influential personalities in the world. No matter what the premise is, biopics have the power to awaken your senses simply because most of the extraordinary things shown in them happened for real. So, if you are looking forward to feeling inspired while watching such movies, here are 10 of the best biopic movies on Netflix India for you to choose from.
Do you know how McDonald’s became what it is today? How did a small burger joint in Southern California become the biggest restaurant chain in the world? Well, a salesman named Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) sees the potential and makes McDonald’s his baby. It is an amazing story of how a regular salesman takes a restaurant he does not even own into his hands and makes it big, albeit using a few shrewd methods. If not for anything, one can watch this brilliant biographical movie on Netflix just for the superlative acting performance delivered by Michael Keaton.
Definitely one of the top biopic films on Netflix, The Social Network shows you how Facebook was created, and all that Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin had to deal with, including the lawsuits filed against them by the Winklevoss brothers. It is an adaptation of the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, which sheds some light on how Zuckerberg and his friends were just creating a platform for Harvard students to communicate but ended up building on that idea to create an app used by millions of people. Director David Fincher has done a brilliant job with the movie, and Jesse Eisenberg impresses with his near-perfect portrayal of Zuckerberg.
Lion is an Australian biographical film based on the incredible real-life story of a common boy Saroo Brierly. A young boy is left stranded on a local train and gets into an orphanage from where he is later adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, he tries to find his family in India, using his vague memories of his native village and Google Earth. Will he be able to do this? Director Garth Davis has dealt with this sensitive subject very beautifully, and so have Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and the child artists with their performances.
Thackeray is one of the recent Hindi biographical movies that you can watch on Netflix. It is about the charismatic and controversial political leader, Balasaheb Thackeray, who founded the political party of Shiv Sena. Nawazuddin Siddiqui yet again amazes us with his wonderful acting skills. It’s like he has turned into Thackery himself. Amrita Rao, Prakash Belawadi, Rajesh Khera and Sanjay Narvekar have also delivered great performances as side characters.
The Big Short is one of the best Hollywood biopic movies to watch on Netflix. It shows the real-life story of a bunch of finance experts who correctly predict the economic crisis of 2008 and bet their money against the banks. The movie has a stellar star cast with the likes of Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell and more. So, one thing’s for sure - there won’t be a dull scene in the movie. This biopic is a drama filled with nuggets of comedy scenes in between. It is an exciting movie, to say the least, that shows how a few people made millions of dollars when everyone else was cursed by “Doomsday”.
How about watching a movie about the youngest person who made it to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List? Catch Me If You Can is the biopic of Frank Abagnale Jr., an expert con artist who duped various people for millions of dollars. Leonardo Di Caprio does a fantastic job in the lead role. FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) starts his plan to catch Frank, and the movie turns into a cat and mouse chase sequence. Steven Spielberg is at his usual best, and the top-notch acting performances from such proven actors make this one of the best biographical movies on Netflix.
Here is yet another biopic that makes for an excellent crime thriller. Add to that the choice of director David. O. Rusell and the fact that this a dark comedy and you have yourself a treat. The story revolves around two con artists - Irving (Christian Bale) and Sydney (Amy Adams) - who are hired by an FBI agent, Richie (Bradley Cooper), to work for him in return for amnesty. Little do they know that they are working as undercover agents in a case that will uncover the truths of some of the most prominent names in society. Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner are the other two actors completing this ensemble star cast, making it a must-watch.
One of the best Hollywood biopic movies to watch, Dallas Buyers Club, is about a rodeo cowboy, Ron Woodroof, diagnosed with AIDS. He soon finds a banned drug that can prolong his life, so he starts smuggling it in the country and distributes it to people in need. He not only lives longer in the process but makes money as well. Matthew McConaughey has delivered one of his best performances of all time (if not the best) and was rightly awarded the Academy Award for his portrayal as Ron. A special mention to Jared Leto, who has performed equally well in the supporting role.
Now here is an interesting biopic that has a lot to do with travelling and meeting new people. Seven Years in Tibet is the story of Heinrich Harrier (Brad Pitt), an Austrian climber who travels to the Himalayas to escape from his life. He lands up in Lhasa in Tibet, where he is appointed as an instructor to the 14th Dalai Lama. Watch the movie to find out how a beautiful bond shared between these two unlikely characters develops and grows.
Here is another movie from the Bollywood in biopic movies list based on the real-life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat. You get to watch how Geeta becomes a wrestling champion under the training regime of her father, who was a former national-level champion himself. You might sometimes feel that the father is too harsh on his daughters, but his intentions are never wrong. The drama, action and the flaring emotions all make it for a compelling watch.