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Modern Biopic Box Office Hits Since 2000: 10 Films That Made the Most Money

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Biopics have long been the darling of critics and the box office, from the silent film classic "Joan of Arc" to the modern top-grosser "American Sniper." Released in December, the war biopic directed by Clint Eastwood has earned a whopping $346 million in the three months since its release on Christmas Day 2014. The film takes its place among a fearsome line-up of biographical films in the last 15 years. Here is a list of the top 10 biographic box office hits.

1. "American Sniper" (2014)
$345 million

This is the portrayal of United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of the most formidable snipers in U.S. military history. The film stars Bradley Cooper and directed by Eastwood.

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2. "The Blind Side" (2009)
$256 million

The story of Michael Oher, who became a first-round National Football League draft pick after overcoming a traumatic childhood. Sandra Bullock stars as Leigh Anne Tuohy who took Oher under her wing.

3. "Lincoln" (2012)
$182 million

An epic directed by Steven Spielberg with an Academy Award-winning portrayal of the 16th president by Daniel Day-Lewis.

4. "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
$171 million

The film won four Oscars, including best picture and best director for Ron Howard. The story details the life of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash and his descent into schizophrenia.

5. "Catch Me If You Can" (2002)
$164 million

The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a precocious con-man by the age of 19. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows Abagnale's exploits as a Pan Am pilot, prosecutor, and physician.

6. "The Pursuit of Happyness" (2006)
$163 million

Based on a New York Times bestseller, the film chronicles the life of Chris Gardner, a homeless single-father working on Wall Street and caring for his son. The biopic starred Will Smith as Gardner.

7. "The King's Speech" (2010)
$139 million

A biopic about England's King George VI, who ascended to the throne in the early days of World War II. Played by Colin Firth, the king's speech impediment was debilitating until a speech therapist played by Geoffrey Rush provided unorthodox yet successful aid.

8. "American Gangster" (2007)
$130 million

Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe portray the true story of a 1970s New York City drug lord and a detective who brings him down. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott.

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9. "Erin Brockovich" (2000)
$126 million

Julia Roberts won an Academy Award for her portrayal of a legal assistant fighting against a California utility company. The film was directed by Steven Soderbergh.

10. "Lone Survivor" (2013)
$125 million

The film tells the real-life story of Marcus Luttrell and his band of Navy SEALS sent on a mission to capture, or kill, a Taliban leader in 2005. The movie was directed by Peter Berg and starred Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell.

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Biopics have long been the darling of critics and the box office, from the silent film classic Joan of Arc to the modern top-grosser American Sniper. Here is a list of the top 10 biographic box office hits.
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