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Best Classic Biopics According to Rotten Tomatoes

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:24 PM

Biopics are films that can be hard to get just right, and knowing where to embellish the story of someone's life to make it more cinematically appealing can be difficult.

Here are three of the best classic biopic movies, as reviewed by Rotten Tomatoes:

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1. “Schindler’s List”

This movie has a 96% rating on the Tomatometer, and it was iconic enough to even be mentioned in an episode of “Seinfeld.”

The movie tells a moving true story from the Holocaust time period. “'Schindler's List' blends the abject horror of the Holocaust with Steven Spielberg's signature tender humanism to create the director's dramatic masterpiece,” the critical consensus on RT said.  

Dave Kehr, of the New York Daily News, said of the film, “Spielberg ultimately remains Spielberg, finding his enduring themes within Thomas Keneally's novel and giving them the full Spielberg treatment.”

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2. “A Beautiful Mind”

Next up is the film based on the life of John Forbes Nash Jr. Nash, a brilliant mathematician, spent a good portion of his life suffering from schizophrenia without realizing that he had a serious mental problem. A love story also lifted the film, in addition to strong performances from Russell Crowe as Nash and Jennifer Connelly as his wife, Alicia.

Directed by Ron Howard in 2001, it’s still hailed by some as his best work. “A Beautiful Mind is Howard's best movie, and easily one of the best movies of the year,” according to The Associated Press on the biopic.

3. “The King’s Speech”

A lot of criticism surrounded this movie for its “R” rating, due to one scene in the film with strong language, but nonetheless, it carried a moving and powerful message, boasting a 94% rating on the Tomatometer. 

The film detailed the struggles King George VI faced when trying to overcome a serious speech impediment. Played by Colin Firth, the soon-to-be-king came under a lot of pressure when his brother, King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in favor of marrying a divorced woman.

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Biopics are films that can be hard to get just right, and knowing where to embellish the story of someone's life to make it more cinematically appealing can be difficult. Here are three of the best classic biopic movies, as reviewed by Rotten Tomatoes.
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