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by:Attenborough, Richard

Chronicles the life of Gandhi beginning with his political activities in South Africa during the late 1890s and ending with his assassination at the hands of a Hindu extremist in 1948. Shows the development of his philosophy of non-violence as he leads the people of India to independence from the British.

Editions:275  Date:1981 - 2015  Rating:MPAA rating: PG.  Genre(s):Feature films, Biographical films, Biographical films, Drama, Historical films


Lawrence of Arabia

by:Lean, David, 1908-1991

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the heroic and troubled man who organized the Arab tribes to fight the Turks in World War I and then, having reached a pinnacle of power in Mideast politics, retired to postwar military obsurity.

Editions:225  Date:1962 - 2017  Rating:Rated PG.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Biographical films, Biographical films, Historical films


A beautiful mind

by:Howard, Ron

Dramatic biography of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.

Editions:217  Date:2000 - 2016  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Biographical films, Film adaptations, Biographical films


The King's Speech

by:Hooper, Tom

"The King's Speech" presents a sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history--as the monumentally awkward Prince Albert, or Bertie, becomes King George VI unexpectedly in 1936 when his older brother Edward VIII abdicates to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. In imperial Britain between the wars, that was problem enough, but Bertie suffered from a chronic stammer that made his public appearances painful for everyone. In an age of radio, the monarch has become a symbol, which means that the King speaks to his people--regularly. Bertie and his wife, the high-spirited Princess Elizabeth find their way to an Australian-born speech therapist and amateur actor named Lionel Logue. Logue isn't a doctor, has no academic credentials, and is viewed by proper authorities as a charlatan. Oddly enough, each of these men is a desperate misfit badly in need of a new friend and a bit more self-esteem. A real friend, it seems, was exactly the medicine the future king required.

Editions:174  Date:1985 - 2016  Rating:MPAA rating: Rated R for some language.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Historical films, Biographical films, Historical films


Bonnie and Clyde

by:Penn, Arthur (1922-2010)

A mixture of comedy and brutal violence, this film is based on the exploits of the notorious American outlaws of the 1930's, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Editions:206  Date:1966 - 2016  Rating:Not rated.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Gangster films, Gangster films, Biographical films



by:Ross, Gary

Based on a true story. A half-blind ex-prizefighter and mustang breaker team up with a millionaire and his rough-hewn, undersized horse, Seabiscuit. The men bring Seabiscuit to incredible heights, helping to turn a long shot into a legend. Eventually, Seabiscuit earns Horse of the Year honors in 1938.

Editions:100  Date:1939 - 2011  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13; for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Film adaptations, Biographical films, Sports films



by:Spielberg, Steven

A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th president's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Editions:133  Date:2012 - 2014  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13; Intense scene of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language ; Canadian home video rating: PG.  Genre(s):Drama, History, Biographical films, Feature films, Biographical films


12 Years a Slave

by:McQueen, Steve

Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.

Editions:101  Date:2013 - 2015  Rating:MPAA rating: R, for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality ; Canadian home video rating: 14A.  Genre(s):Drama, Biographical films, History, Historical films, Film adaptations


Walk the line

by:A. Film by James Mangold

Traces Johnny Cash's childhood, including his distant father to his early attempts at a music career. At this point in his life he marries his girlfriend Vivian. During a tour with singer/musicians Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, he encounters singer June Carter, and his love for her, and her rejection of him through the years, spurs him into drugs, drinking, and depression. June is both a sassy spitfire singer whose charm breaks hearts and eventually becomes a sympathetic friend who tries to help Johnny get over her. A true love story of two country music stars.

Editions:151  Date:2001 - 2014  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13; for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Biographical films, Musical films, Biographical films


The blind side

by:Hancock, John Lee

Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is from a broken home. Mike is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, Mike faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome - as both a football player and student. Mike works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle.

Editions:92  Date:2009 - 2016  Rating:MPAA rating: PG-13; for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references.  Genre(s):Feature films, Drama, Sports films, Biographical films, Film adaptations


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