A "biographical picture." A film that dramatizes the life of an actual person or people. Differs from films “based on a true story” or “historic films” in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a person’s life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.
The People vs. Larry Flynt, Blow and Monster are biopics with dubious historical figures.
by Count3D October 26, 2007

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