Biographical Movies on YouTube

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Biographical movies, both accurate or fictionalized, that you can watch right now on YouTube.


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Queen Christina (1933) biography starring Greta Garbo
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11

The Great Ziegfeld (1936) musical biography starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer
    Also notice Frank Morgan, Fannie Brice, and Ray Bolger (playlist - complete)
    Won Best Picture Oscar for 1936
    Myrna Loy plays the real "Billie Burke".  Billie as you know was "Glinda the Good Witch of Oz"
    While "Billings" is played by Frank Morgan who was the "Wizard", and Ray Bolger plays as himself!
    Fannie Brice of course was the real-life "Funny Lady" that Barbara Streisand's movie biographed.

Gentleman Jim (1942) biography starring Errol Flynn

Love Me or Leave Me (1955), biography, starring Doris Day and James Cagney

The Three Faces of Eve (1957) drama biography
    starring Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J Cobb (also notice Nancy Kulp in a cameo as her mother)

The Secret Life of Adolf Hilter (1958) biography added June 2010
    includes interviews with his sister Paula Wolf

El Cid (1961) drama biography starring Charleton Heston

Lawrence of Arabia (1962) law and order adventure biography
    starring Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer
    Won Best Picture Oscar for 1962, Best Director for David Lean
    Trailer, Part 1 (the first four and one-half minutes is music with no picture)
    Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14
    Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26

Gypsy (1962) biography musical starring Natalie Wood and Rosalind Russell
The story of burlesque-era stripper Gypsy Rose Lee (Natalie Wood) and her mother as played by Rosaline Russell. Some great music from this film.
    (Note: several parts of this have been removed as of 16 Mar 2009)

The Miracle Worker (1962) biography drama tear-jerker (playlist - complete) added 11 Aug 09
Part of the life of Helen Keller (Patty Duke) and her teacher Annie Sullivan (Anne Bancroft).  This was Patty Duke's premiere film.  Due to a childhood illness, Helen Keller became blind and deaf, and thus never learned to talk.  Annie Sullivan aims to change that and nothing will stop her.  Inspirational.

Cleopatra (1963) biographical romance
    produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz
    starring Elizabeth Taylor, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
    Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir
    Martin Landau, Roddy McDowall, Robert Stephens

Born Free (1965) biography starring Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

Ed Wood (1994), biography directed by Tim Burton and
    starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Bill Murray, Lisa Marie

Gotti (1996) law and order biography added 27 Aug 09
    starring Armand Assante, William Forsythe, Richard C Sarafian, Anthony Quinn
    John Gotti rises through the mob ranks to become head of the Gambino crime family.

Wilde (1997) biography added May 2010
    starring Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, Jennifer Ehle, Gemma Jones
    Judy Parfitt, Michael Sheen, Zoe Wanamaker, Tom Wilkinson
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7 (missing), Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12
The life of author, poet Oscar Wilde

The Beach Boys: An American Family (2000) family-life biography added June 2010
    First half: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10
    Follows the lives of The Beach Boys, from about 1960 to 1964
    Second half: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9
    Continues the story up until about 1974
    Read more about The Beach Boys here

Dahmer (2002) biography starring Jeremy Renner
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10

The Haunted World of Edward D Wood Jr (2009) biography added 28 Aug 09
Skip the first 1:20 which is just a bad overture.  We first see C.J. Thomas today mentioning how he met and partnered with Ed Wood.  The first film clip features Bela Legosi, this is possibly from "Plan Nine from Outer Space" (the worst film ever released), but I'm not sure.  Then we see Maila Nurmi "Vampira" in shadows merely saying "Edward D Wood Jr".  Next we see a clip from "Glen or Glenda" showing Ed in drag while his girlfriend Dolores Fuller freaks out.  Then we see Dolores today talking about Wood.  And so on.  Possibly the ultimate documentary-biography and last word on Ed Wood.  Also check out my brief scan of his ancestry at "The Ancestry of Ed Wood Jr"

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