Like every week, we have brought our essential weekend binge list for all Netflix subscribers.
This week, the streaming giant Netflix has brought a double treat for biopic aficionados with the release of the highly anticipated part one of the sixth season of The Crown and the biographical drama Rustin, exploring the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.
In light of these releases, we’ve compiled a list of five essential biopic films currently available on Netflix that should be on your binge list, even if you have seen them before.
From historical events to musical legends, these films provide a blend of entertainment and education, making them perfect candidates for a weekend binge-watch.
Five essential films to watch on Netflix:
The Trial of the Chicago Seven (2020)
Directed and written by Aaron Sorkin, this courtroom drama is a gripping portrayal of the infamous trial that followed the 1968 Democratic National Convention protests in Chicago. The film features an ensemble cast including Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, and Mark Rylance.
Sorkin’s sharp writing and stellar performances make The Trial of the Chicago Seven a must-watch for those interested in the tumultuous socio-political landscape of the late 1960s.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman is a musical biopic that takes audiences on a fantastical journey through the life of the legendary musician Elton John.
Taron Egerton delivers an exceptional performance as the iconic artist, capturing the essence of Elton’s flamboyant personality and musical genius. The film, which features Elton John’s classic hits, is not just a biographical account but also a visually stunning celebration of one of the greatest performers of our time.
Directed by David Fincher, Mank is a black-and-white saga that transports viewers to 1930s Hollywood. Written by Fincher’s father, Jack Fincher, the film explores the life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz during the development of Citizen Kane.
Gary Oldman, in the lead role, delivers a captivating performance in a film that explores the behind-the-scenes intricacies of the iconic movie. With its meticulous attention to detail and stunning cinematography, Mank is for both film enthusiasts and history buffs.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Directed by James Mangold, this psychological drama is based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir of the same name. Starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, the film revolves around a young woman’s experiences in a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s. Jolie’s powerful portrayal of Lisa, a charismatic but troubled young girl, earned her an Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’.
Girl, Interrupted offers a poignant exploration of mental health, girlhood, and friendship amid society’s jaded expectations.
Blinded by the Light (2019)
Directed by Gurinder Chadha, this coming-of-age film is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, who found solace in the music of Bruce Springsteen growing up.
Set in 1987 Britain, the movie follows a Pakistani teenager navigating cultural clashes and personal struggles while discovering the transformative power of music. Blinded by the Light is a heartwarming and uplifting biopic that beautifully captures the cross-cultural impact of art on one’s identity and aspirations.