25 best biopic performances of the past 25 years

In light of the sad state of most over-praised biopic performances of the past few years, I’ve opted to offer up my favorites of the past quarter-century.

25. Dennis Quaid as Jimmy Morris — 24. Ralph Fiennes as Charles Van Doren
23. Angela Bassett as Tina Turner  — 22. Julia Roberts as Erin Brockovich
21. Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

20. Reese Witherspoon as June Carter — 19. Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, Jr.
18. Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn — 17. Javier Bardem as Reinaldo Arenas
16. Cate Blanchett as “Bob Dylan”

15. Meryl Streep as “Carrie Fisher” — 14. Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes
13. Michael Sheen as Tony Blair — 12. Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler
11. Ian McKellen as James Whale

10. Johnny Depp as Ed Wood — 9. Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I
8. Sean Penn as Harvey Milk — 7. Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman
6. Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown

5. Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Lane — 4. Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth
3. Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean — 2. Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II
1. Sean Penn as “Elmo Sonnier”


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