Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is lighting up theaters worldwide. Starring Cillian Murphy as the lead, this film dives into the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the American theoretical physicist best known as the “father of the atomic bomb.” What sets this biopic apart from others is not just its accurate portrayal of history but also its entertainment value, as it unfolds like a thriller or even a horror movie at times.
Biopics give us a glimpse into the extraordinary lives of historical figures. But unfortunately, many such films turn into dry documentation, leaving the audience craving more excitement. However, like “Oppenheimer,” there are other biopics that strike a perfect balance between entertainment and history. Here are 10 of them:
The Imitation Game (2014): This film takes us into the mysterious world of Alan Turing, brilliantly portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. His performance as the World War II codebreaker is both thrilling and touching.
A Beautiful Mind (2001): Russell Crowe brings Nobel laureate John Nash’s mind to life, creating an incredible story of triumph over schizophrenia.
Darkest Hour (2017): Gary Oldman becomes Winston Churchill in this intense portrayal of leadership during World War II. The film might glorify Churchill, but it’s still a great watch.
Frida (2002): Salma Hayek captures the essence of artist Frida Kahlo in a film that’s as vibrant and passionate as its subject.
The Theory of Everything (2014): Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance as Stephen Hawking shows us the power of love and determination through adversity.
Gandhi (1982): This film, starring Sir Ben Kingsley, pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent struggle for India’s independence but tends to be somewhat overly adoring of its subject.
Malcolm X (1992): Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Malcolm X is both powerful and thoughtful, offering a deep look into black empowerment.
The Iron Lady (2011): Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher showcases the challenges of a strong female leader in a tough political world.
Capote (2005):Philip Seymour Hoffman brings author Truman Capote to life, skillfully depicting his emotions, intellect, and obsession with his work “In Cold Blood.”
Schindler’s List (1993): This haunting masterpiece by Steven Spielberg tells the story of Oskar Schindler, with Liam Neeson’s portrayal injecting hope and compassion into the bleak backdrop of the Holocaust.
These films may not always be historically accurate, but that’s the beauty of cinema—it entertains, inspires, and makes us think, while documentaries handle the factual details. Whether you’re a history buff or just looking for an engaging movie, these biopics offer the best of both worlds.