97% of people can't figure out the names of these biopic films! Can you?

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Biopics are biographical movies often depicting influential periods of history. Are you a historian at heart? How many of these biopics do you think you can name from a screenshot? Take this quiz and find out.

A movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, "J.Edgar" looks at the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the C.I.A. for almost half a century. Arguably one of the most powerful men in America during his reign, Hoover had some very dark secrets of his own. Eastwood and DiCaprio didn't see eye to eye at one point during shooting. Eastwood called a scene finished but DiCaprio wanted to shoot again. The relationship between the two remained strained for the rest of the movie.

Based on Wiseguy, a 1986 book by Nicholas Pileggi (who also wrote the screenplay), "Goodfellas" sees Martin Scorsese directing Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci in what is widely recognized as one of the best gangster movies ever made. The Academy thought so as well, nominating "Goodfellas" for six Oscars, including the Best Picture and Best Director double. However only Joe Pesci won the award for Best Supporting Actor. The movie is based on the life of mobster, Henry Hill.

"A Beautiful Mind" tells the story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician whose life changes when he is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Directed by Ron Howard, the movie stars Russell Crowe in the role of Nash. To help Crowe portray Nash's schizophrenia getting worse as time wore on, Howard filmed in chronological sequence. The movie is based on the 1996 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar.

"American Gangster," a 2007 biopic directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, tells the story of drug kingpin Frank Lucas and the narcotic policeman, Richie Roberts, who is trying to catch him. Both Lucas and Roberts acted as consultants on the movie. With over 180 locations and 360 scenes, Scott called the film one of his biggest ever logistical challenges. The stellar cast of "American Gangster" includes four Oscar winners and four Oscar nominees.

This is the story of Carl Brashear who became the first African-American diver in the U.S. Navy. It tells the story of his struggle, especially against racism. With incredible determination and despite all the odds, Brashear, played by Cuba Gooding Jr., becomes a navy diver with the help of his diving instructor, played by Robert DeNiro. "Men of Honor" was directed by George Tillman Jr.

The story of Chris Gardner, "The Pursuit of Happyness" stars Will Smith, his son Jayden Smith and Tandie Newton. Gardner, a salesman, spent over a year homeless, but he never let that hold him back from fighting for a better life for him and his son. He eventually does what he set out to accomplish, first by getting an internship with a stock broker and then getting appointed full-time. The real-life Gardner went onto form his own brokerage. Happyness in the title is misspelled, as it was on the wall of Gardner's son's nursery school, something he tells them to fix during the movie.

Telling the story of the birth and rise of Facebook, the biggest network of them all, "The Social Network" stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. It's a story of success, betrayal and the end of friendships. Eisenberg plays Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook and the youngest-ever billionaire. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three, including Best Score. The score for the film was composed by Trent Reznor of the legendary alternative band, Nine Inch Nails.

This biopic focuses on the lives of two boxing brothers, Micky Ward and Dicky Ecklund, played by Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale respectively. It became the first movie since "1986" to win the Best Supporting Actor (Bale) and Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo) Academy Awards. The movie follows the story of boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward and his struggles, not only with the world of boxing, but with his family life as well. Bale lost 30 pounds to portray the role of Ecklund, a crack addict during the time portrayed in the movie.

Directed by Bennet Miller and starring Brad Pitt, "Moneyball" is a biopic that tells the story of Bill Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Thanks to a limited budget, Beane takes a unique approach to player scouting where detailed statistics form the basis for player recruitment. The movie also stars Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Directed by Michael Mann and starring a host of Hollywood hotshots, "Public Enemies" tells the story of 1930s gangsters, John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Faced Nelson, and the FBI agent trying to bring them to book. It stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in the lead roles and is based on a book by Bryan Burroughs. In the movie, Depp gets to ride a 1932 Studebaker once driven by Dillinger during a bank robbery.

Released in 2010, "The King's Speech" tells the story of a reluctant future King George VI, forced to take over the monarchy after his brother abdicates. He has one major problem, he stutters and stammers terribly, a massive disadvantage for all the speaking engagements he will be expected to make. His wife brings in speech therapist Lionel Logue to help him overcome his speech problems. This movie, directed by Tom Hooper features Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush in the lead roles. It won four Academy awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda at the start of 1994s Rwandan genocide saved over 1,200 lives by providing shelter in the Hôtel des Mille Collines. This movie, directed by Terry George and starring Don Cheadle, tells his story. Some of the survivors have claimed that Rusesabagina was not as benevolent as portrayed in the movie. They say he charged people to stay at the hotel during the genocide and made them pay for food provided for free by humanitarian organizations.

Downfall (or Der Untergang) is a German movie portraying the final days of Adolf Hitler. It is told from the perspective of his secretary, Traudl Junge. Bruno Ganz spent time with people with Parkinson's disease so that he could accurately portray Hitler, who suffered from the disease in his final days. The movie was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, "Catch Me If You Can" tells the story of real-life conman Frank Abagnale. Throughout his life, Abagnale successfully conned people into thinking he was an airline pilot, a lawyer and a doctor, making million in the process through check fraud. Frank Abagnale initially didn't think DiCaprio was suave enough to portray him. He changed his mind after seeing the movie, which was directed by Steven Spielberg.

"Amadeus," released in 1984, is a critically-acclaimed biopic about the life of Mozart. The movie won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, as well as a host of other international awards. "Amadeus" was directed by Milos Foreman with Tom Hulce starring as Mozart and F. Murray Abraham as Antonio Salieri. To prepare for his role, Abraham learned to read music and conduct.

After collaborating in "Goodfellas," director Marting Scorsese and writer Nicholas Pileggi were at it again with 1995s "Casino," a movie starring Robert De Nero, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci. The movie is based on parts of Frank Lawrence "Lefty" Rosenthal's life, a mobster and casino executive. De Niro had over 70 different costumes in the movie, while Stone had 40. This led to a costume budget of over $1 million.

Donnie Brasco, based on the story of undercover F.B.I. agent, Joseph D. Pistone stars Johnny Depp and Al Pacino. It was directed by Mike Newell. As Pistone gets deeper undercover, his personal relations suffer and he begins to associate with the mob lifestyle. Initially, Pacino was set to play Brasco, but opted to play Lefty Ruggiero instead. It was he who then suggested Depp for the part.

Based on the life of millionaire Howard Hughes, "The Aviator" is another Martin Scorsese/Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration. It focuses mainly on Hughes' life as a record-breaking pilot, an aircraft designer, and an airline owner. A superb portrayal of Catherine Hepburn by Cate Blanchett led to an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. This was the first time an actress won an Oscar for depicting another Oscar winner.

Adrien Brody portrays composer Władysław Szpilman in Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," a movie that tells of the strength of the human spirit as well as the horrors of war. Szpilman spent much of World War II hiding in the ruins of Warsaw, separated from his family. Struggling to stay alive, he is found by a German soldier who doesn't capture him, but helps him. While filming in Warsaw, director Polanski met the man who helped his family stay alive during the war.

Co-written and directed by Danny Boyle and starring James Franco, "127 Hours" tells the incredible story of Aron Ralston. Ralston, while out mountain biking, wass trapped by a boulder in a small crevice. Realizing that no one will find him, let alone save him, Ralston is faced with an agonizing decision which ends with him amputating his own arm. Ralston kept a video diary through his ordeal, and the same camcorder he used was used by Franco during the movie.

This 1980 movie, filmed in black and white by director Martin Scorsese, tells the story of boxer Jake LaMotta and is based on his biography. The movie stars Robert De Niro in the lead role. De Niro's training for the role was incredible, and he even entered three amateur fights in Brooklyn, two of which he won. He also put on close to 27 pounds to portray LaMotta towards the end of his career.

A Sean Penn directed biopic, "Into the Wild" tells the story of Christopher McCandless who rejected modern life, and travelled across the United States before settling in the wilderness of Alaska. Here he keeps a journal, eventually deciding to go back to civilization only to find his way blocked by the overflowing river he had earlier crossed. McCandless eventually dies from starvation, possibly as a result of ingesting a poison plant. Actor Emile Hirsch lost 40 pounds to play the role. He also wore McCandless' watch during the movie.

Inspired by the life story of boxer James Braddock, "Cinderella Man," a film by Ron Howard, features Russell Crowe in the lead role. Braddock, a seemingly washed-up boxer in the 1930s, gets a second chance at glory, taking on heavyweight champion Max Baer and winning. Crowe seriously suffered during the boxing scenes. Put in the ring with real boxers who were told to pull their punches before hitting him, he suffered some cracked teeth and concussions.

"Blow" tells the story of the man who helped build the cocaine market in the United States during the 1970s. George Jung (played by Johnny Depp) was part of the Medellin cartel and notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar. The movie was directed by Ted Demme and based on the book 'Blow: How a Small Town Boy Made $100 Million with the Medellín Cocaine Cartel and Lost It All' by Bruce Porter.

The story of "The Elephant Man," Joseph Merrick, who lived in England in the late 1800s, was directed by David Lynch and stars William Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. Merrick, who was severely deformed, suffered from an unknown condition that enlarged his head and caused other deformities. To this day, modern medicine is unsure from what diseases or conditions he suffered. John Hurt had to endure eight hours of makeup each day before shooting, and another two hours afterwards to remove it.

Based on the book 'The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game' by author, Michael Lewis, this movie tells the story of All-American football player Michael Oher, and documents his rise from a homeless teenager to an acclaimed NFL offensive linesman. It features Sandra Bullock (who won an Oscar for her role), Tim McGraw and Quinton Aaron. A huge box office success, "The Blind Side" is the highest grossing sports drama ever released.

Starring Tom Hanks, "Charlie Wilson's War" tells the story of Charlie Wilson, a Texas Congressman who was instrumental in pushing Operation Cyclone, an initiative to supply Afghan rebels with weapons to fight the Soviet invasion in the 1980s. The movie was directed by Mike Nichols and also features Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts.

Set in the first Gulf war, "Jarhead" tells the true story of Anthony Swofford, a U.S. Marine sniper and his participation in the war. The movie was directed by Sam Mendes and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie Foxx. All the actors portraying soldiers in the film were subjected to a four-day boot camp before shooting began.

"Walk The Line" tells the story of legendary country singer, Johnny Cash's early career. Directed by James Mangold, the movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, with Reece Witherspoon winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Both Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, approved of Joaquin Phoenix and Witherspoon portraying them. All the singing in the movie was performed by the actors.

"Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" brought the story of outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker and Harry Longabaugh to the silver screen. Directed by George Roy Hill, the movie was written by William Goldman (who won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his work). Steve McQueen was set to play the Sundance Kid, but dropped out. The role went to Robert Redford who played alongside Paul Newman.

With method actor Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's movie of the same name was extremely well received by critics as well as the public. With a stellar cast, including Sally Fields, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it's not hard to see why. Detailing the final few years of Lincoln's life, it tells of his attempt to abolish slavery, even with opposition from his own party members. Interestingly, Day-Lewis originally turned down the role. Spielberg then asked Liam Neeson. After Neeson decline, Spielberg went back to his original choice who then agreed to take the part.

Directed by Gus Van Sant, "Milk", starring Sean Penn, tells the story of the first openly gay politician to win an election for public office. Penn's portrayal of Harvey Milk won him his second Academy Award for Best Actor. The first came for his role in "Mystic River." The movie also stars James Franco and Josh Brolin.

A film detailing the life of J.M. Barrie, the Scottish author of the children's classic Peter Pan, "Finding Neverland" features Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in the lead roles. It was Barrie's friendship with Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and her four sons that helped encourage Barry, a playwright, to pen Peter Pan. The movie received seven Oscar nominations, winning one for Best Score. Jim Carrey had been considered for the part of Barrie, but the producers decided to go with Depp.

"Invictus" directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman, tells the story of the rebirth of a democratic South Africa under Nelson Mandela. Mandela realized the importance of pulling the different cultures in the country together and used sport, specifically the Rugby World Cup hosted by South Africa in 1995, to do so. Freeman was the first actor to be cast in the movie and was always Nelson Mandela's preferred option when asked who should play him on the big screen.

This 2000 film, directed by Boaz Yakin, tells the story of a African-American football coach, Henry Boone, who was played by Denzel Washington. After the closure of two high schools, he must integrate black and white students into a new football team. Despite difficulties in a time of racial tension, the team becomes a symbol of unity for two different communities. Yakin knew nothing about American football when signing on for the project and spent two weeks at a football camp to get up to speed

With Jamie Foxx in the lead role, "Ray"tells the story of the legendary blind musician and singer, Ray Charles. Foxx won numerous awards for his portrayal of the musician, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Charles, who had been given a copy of the script in braille before filming began, died before the movie was released.

Set in World War I, "Lawrence Of Arabia" tells the story of British Army officer, T.E. Lawrence, who is sent to help various Arab tribes rise up against their Turkish oppressors. It stars a host of incredible actors, including Peter O' Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn. The movie was a massive success, winning seven Academy Awards out of the ten nominations it received. O'Toole watched the movie in its entirety two decades after its release.

The story of comedian Andy Kaufman, "Man On The Moon" stars Jim Carrey and was directed by Miloš Forman. It focuses on Kaufman's life as a comedian, actor and wrestler. Kaufman appeared on numerous television shows, including the sitcom "Taxi." He died from lung cancer at the age of 35. On set, Carrey immersed himself in the role, insisting on been called Andy Kaufman at all times, even when not filming.

Truly one of the classics, "The Sound Of Music, released in 1965, stars Julie Andrews in the lead role. Directed by Robert Wise, the movie tells the story of the Von Trapp family just before the Second World War. It is based on a stage play by Rogers and Hammerstein. It also stars Christopher Plummer, who hated everything about the movie and reportedly filmed some of his scenes drunk.

Based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast, "Spartacus" stars Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier under the direction of Stanley Kubrick. Another actor in the movie, Peter Ustinov, won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Lentulus Batiatus. He remains the only actor ever to win an Oscar in a Stanley Kubrick movie.

Based on the book of the same name by Giles Foden, "The Last King Of Scotland" tells the story of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin. Amin, played by Forest Whittaker, served as president of his country from 1971 to 1979. The title of the movie comes from a press conference in which Amin, known for his lavish titles, was asked if he had pronounced himself as the last king of Scotland. The full title adopted by Amin during his reign was "His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular."

Julia Roberts stars in the lead role in this movie about activist Erin Brockovich. Despite having no background in law, Brockovich helps bring down the Pacific Gas and Electric Company who have contaminated water supplies and have knowledge of doing so. Roberts was paid over $20 million to film the movie, making her the first actress to break that barrier. "Erin Brockovich" was directed by Steven Soderbergh.

Ip Man tells the story of Wing Chun, a Chinese martial artist who suffers under the Japanese invasion of his country in World War II. It features Donnie Yen in the lead role and was directed by Wilson Yip. The movie was nominated for 12 Hong Kong film awards.

Directed by Oliver Stone, with Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie in the lead roles, this movie tells the story of Alexander the Great, a fearsome general who claimed much of the known world with his armies around 330 BC. Stone had originally wanted Russell Crowe for the role, but Crowe turned down the opportunity. The movie includes five people who have won Oscars - Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Jared Leto and Oliver Stone.

Charleze Theron won an Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster," directed by Patty Jenkins. Wuornos killed seven men during her murder spree over the course of just under a year. Theron put on around 30 pounds to play the role of Wuornos in the film.

Written and directed by Nick Cassavetes, "Alpha Dog" tells the story of L.A. drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood. It stars Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis. Hollywood was one of the youngest men ever to appear on the FBI's most wanted list.

Directed by Michale Mann, with Russel Crowe and Al Pacino in the lead roles, "The Insider" explores America's tobacco industry through the story of Jeffrey Wigand. Wigand exposed Brown & Williamson for putting chemicals in their cigarettes, helping to make nicotine even more addictive. Although a relative box office flop, the movie was well received by critics and received several Academy Award nominations.

"Capote" tells the story of author Trueman Capote. It featured Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role. The film focuses particularly on the writing of 'In Cold Blood,' a book Capote researched extensively and through which he became friends with convicted murderer, Perry Smith. Hoffman won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Capote.

The true story of Oskar Schindler is told in the 1993 biopic directed by Steven Spielberg. Shot in black and white, "Schindler's" List stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley. Schindler, a German businessman, saved over 1,000 Jews from Nazi death camps by having them work in his factory in Poland. Even with its happy ending, this movie is a harrowing tale of the hardship faced during World War II. Spielberg refused to be paid for directing it.

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