It's no wonder that 'The King's Speech' (opening Nov. 26) is generating a lot of Oscar talk. Besides boasting an acclaimed lead performance by Colin Firth, the movie tells the true story of a person who overcame long odds and personal obstacles to do something extraordinary In other words, it's a classic biopic, and the Academy loves those.

But then, so do we all. We're fascinated by larger-than-life tales of real-world heroes (or villains). In fact, at Moviefone, so many of our favorite movies are biopics that we had a hard time whittling down a list to just 25 favorites. (If we omitted one of yours, tell us below.) Check out the following list, see 'The King's Speech,' and let us know if you think it deserves a spot on the list as well.
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My Left Foot
R1989
In Theaters on 1989

No one expects much from Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a boy with cerebral palsy born into a working-class... Read More

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Raging Bull
R1980
Based on 14 critics

The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight... Read More

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Lawrence of Arabia
PG1962
Based on 7 critics

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole) is... Read More

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The People vs. Larry Flynt
R1996
Based on 24 critics

Pursued by opponents who say his "Hustler" magazine breaks decency laws, pornographer Larry Flynt (Woody... Read More

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Elizabeth
R1998
Based on 30 critics

Elizabeth Tudor (Cate Blanchett) becomes queen of a divided and dangerous England in 1558. She is roundly... Read More

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Boys Don't Cry
R1999
Based on 33 critics

Young female-to-male transgender Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) leaves his hometown under threat when his... Read More

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Malcolm X
PG-131992
Based on 9 critics

A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit... Read More

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Schindler's List
R1993
Based on 23 critics

Businessman Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) arrives in Krakow in 1939, ready to make his fortune from World... Read More

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Patton
PG1970
Based on 9 critics

Biography of controversial World War II hero General George S. Patton. The film covers his wartime activities... Read More

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Gandhi
PG1982
In Theaters on December 8, 1982

This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley),... Read More

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24 Hour Party People
R2002
Based on 29 critics

Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking... Read More

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American Splendor
R2003
Based on 42 critics

Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar, portrayed by Paul Giamatti but also appearing as himself,... Read More

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Ray
PG-132004
Based on 40 critics

Legendary soul musician Ray Charles is portrayed by Jamie Foxx in this Oscar-winning biopic. Young Ray... Read More

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Young Mr. Lincoln
1939
In Theaters on April 17, 2005

In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) is born... Read More

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Persepolis
PG-132007
Based on 31 critics

Based on Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe.... Read More

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Milk
R2008
Based on 39 critics

In 1972, Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) and his then-lover Scott Smith leave New York for San Francisco, with... Read More

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Coal Miner's Daughter
PG1980
Based on 6 critics

Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing... Read More

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The Passion of Joan of Arc
1928
In Theaters on 1928

A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century... Read More

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Spartacus
PG-131960
Based on 16 critics

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After... Read More