20 series-biographies about great people

The life of prominent personalities is much richer than it is customary to portray in history books. Deciding the fate of the world, making great discoveries and creating works of art, the geniuses of the past made mistakes, fought, fell in love, lost their heads … Our selection with a list of the best biographical series will help you discover famous people from an unusual side.

Leonardo (2021)

The foreign series will show the biography of one of the most famous people of the Renaissance. Through a fictional story of relationships with the model Katerina, the genius of the real Leonardo da Vinci is revealed. The master creates legendary canvases, makes incredible inventions, meets with iconic figures of the era. The creators of the TV show, having made a movie that is not related to the actual personal life of the artist , according to them, did not claim the historicity of their product.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Leonardo

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Aidan Turner, Freddie Highmore, Giancarlo Giannini …

Country:
Italy, USA, UK, France, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2


Magomaev (2020)

The Russian novelty of cinema is dedicated to the ups and downs of the fate of the king of the Soviet stage. During the recording of a collective concert, an outstanding singer meets a rising star of the Bolshoi Theater. A popular pop performer and a brilliant opera diva are not free, but the feelings that flared up between them are too strong. Tamara Sinyavskaya – the same singer who became the second wife of Muslim Magomayev, personally approved the candidates for the main roles.

Genre:
Biography, drama, music

Actors:
Milos Bikovich, Irina Antonenko, Svetlana Ustinova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Great (2020)

One of the funniest and most scandalous British series of recent years about famous people. German princess marries Russian Emperor Peter III. At court, a girl who dreams of great love and great achievements is met with rudeness, debauchery and humiliation. While the unlucky husband indulges in entertainment, Ekaterina is carried away by plans for the reorganization of Russia. Blunders like the black Count Rostov ensured that the adaptation of the tsar’s biography received cheerful reviews from Russian viewers.

Original title:
The Great

Genre:
Comedy, biography

Actors:
Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox…

Country:
UK, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 8.1

Age limit:
16+


Dickinson (2019 – 2021)

Young Emily is a real rebel. A conservative American society hangs a lot of prohibitions and restrictions on a woman, but a stubborn creative nature is not going to give up. The girl is ready to cross the boundaries established by the inert environment, and through the unshakable literary canons. Emily wants to become the greatest poet, and despite her many setbacks, she is confident that she will be heard.

Original title:
Dickinson

Genre:
Biography, drama, comedy

Actors:
Adrian Anscoe, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Baryshnikov …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5


Trust (2018)

Historical biographical series based on true events . A squandered young man asks his grandfather, a very wealthy oil tycoon, to help pay off his debts. The billionaire agrees to help the heir if he goes to work in Italy. The young man accepts the conditions, but abroad falls into the hands of bandits demanding a huge ransom.

Original title:
Trust

Genre:
Drama, crime, biography

Actors:
Harris Dickinson, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Trotsky (2017)

The demon of the revolution, abandoned by his comrades-in-arms and fearful of assassins sent by Stalin, gives an interview to a Canadian journalist . The reporter asks sharp and uncomfortable questions, and Trotsky willingly answers them, outlining his biography. Numerous flashbacks refer to those years when the main character was at the height of power and might. The leading actor has previously played Trotsky in the TV series Yesenin.

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Olga Sutulova, Alexandra Mareeva, Mikhail Porechenkov, Sergey Garmash …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Genius (2017 – 2018)

A series about great people is worth watching for anyone who wants to see the life path of geniuses in its entirety – with triumphs and failures. The first season traces the life of physicist Albert Einstein from a modest job as a clerk to the creation of the theory of relativity. The continuation develops around the biography of the artist Pablo Picasso, rich in both creative insights and love passions.

Original title:
Genius

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Samantha Colley, Seth Gable, Antonio Banderas …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Crown (2016 – 2020)

Biographical drama about the British Queen, who has been on the throne for over fifty years. The plot begins with the wedding of a young ruler. Elizabeth II will have to find a common language with prime ministers, deal with political crises, and resolve conflicts in the royal family. Not yet filmed, but already planned seasons will bring the events of the TV show to our time.

Original title:
The Crown

Genre:
Drama, history, biography

Actors:
Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Medici: Masters of Florence (2016)

The fictional series will outline the biography of an influential Florentine clan. Simple traders managed to turn into a powerful dynasty, whose name is inextricably linked with the history of Florence. The Medici knew no mercy for their enemies and were true masters of insidious intrigues, but at the same time they had an invaluable influence on the culture and economy of the city.

Original title:
Medici

Genre:
Thriller, drama, melodrama, detective, biography

Actors:
Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, Sunneve Carlsen …

Country:
Italy, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Victoria (2016 – 2019)

The top biographical series continues the biography of Queen Victoria, who for sixty-four years in power has gone from a capricious girl to a wise ruler of an endless empire. The plot touches on both important political events and the daily life of the royal palace. A royal person who influences the fate of the world, like any woman, has to find a balance between work and personal life.

Original title:
Victoria

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Tommy Knight …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Harley and the Davidson Brothers (2016)

The amazing story of how the Harley-Davidson brand came to be in a series based on the biography of the creators of the legendary motorcycle model . At the beginning of the twentieth century, two young friends are building a bicycle with a motor in the garage. Young men, full of hopes and dreams, do not even imagine that reality will surpass the wildest plans. Through victories, failures and tragedies, talented inventors rush, leaving competitors behind, to create a motorcycle corporation.

Original title:
Harley and the Davidsons

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Michiel Houseman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


In the constellation Sagittarius (2015)

A highly rated sports drama is another version of the biography of the talented striker of the USSR national team and the Torpedo football club. Eduard Streltsov shone at competitions of various levels, but even outside the green field, he required no less endurance than in sports. The accusation under a criminal article, the betrayal of loved ones, problems with representatives of the authorities – difficult trials rained down one after another, but the footballer managed to overcome all the hardships and triumphantly return to the field.

Genre:
Biography, history

Actors:
Dmitry Vlaskin, Natalya Danilova, Alexandra Bogdanova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Versailles (2015 – 2018)

A series based on historical events in France and the biography of the “Sun King” Louis XIV. Due to troubled times and the power ambitions of the nobility, the young ruler decides to move from the Louvre to Versailles. Following the monarch, mistresses, favorites, aristocrats go there. The castle quickly becomes the center of political confrontation, court intrigues and outright cruelty.

Original title:
Versailles

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, military, biography

Actors:
George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Ty Runyan…

Country:
France, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Here (2015)

After the death of Pharaoh Akhenaten, a tireless religious reformer, the nine-year-old heir Tutankhamun ascends the throne. The new ruler will have to marry his sister, return to faith in the old gods , and overcome impending crises. Large-scale battles, ardent loves, vile conspiracies, sizzling jealousy and other trials await the pharaoh at the pinnacle of power.

Original title:
Tut

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Ben Kingsley, Evan Jogia, Sibilla Dean …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Fleming (2014)

The biopic is dedicated to the young years of the famous Englishman who wrote a cycle of novels about the spy James Bond. The British journalist feels that his career is disappointing demanding relatives. The opportunity to serve in military intelligence will not only change the life of Ian Fleming, but also provide unique material for future literary work.

Original title:
Fleming

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver, Samuel West …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Empress Ki (2013 – 2014)

The main character of an interesting biographical drama has experienced many trials: the loss of parents and a child, separation from her lover. Hardships and hardships helped the staunch girl to become the wife of the last emperor of the Mongol dynasty. However, even at the pinnacle of power, passion, revenge and betrayal flourish – only love triangles acquire political overtones and much larger scales.

Original title:
Ki Hwanghu

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Ha Ji-won, Choo Jin-mo, Chi Chan-uk …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 8.5

Age limit:
16+


Anna German. White Angel Mystery (2012)

The story is based on the biography of a popular pop singer from the Soviet past. Anna German gets into a catastrophe and does not regain consciousness for almost two weeks. Before the eyes of a woman, the whole previous life flashes, and doctors give disappointing forecasts. The singer will find the strength to rise from the hospital bed, overcome the consequences of severe injuries and become a real pop star.

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Yoanna Moreau, Maria Poroshina, Marat Basharov, Ekaterina Vasilyeva …

Country:
Ukraine, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Isabella (2011 – 2014)

The young Infanta Isabella becomes the heiress of Castile. The intrigues of the courtiers are unfolding around and a full-scale civil war begins. Isabella has to find a way to strengthen her power, bring the state to prosperity and power, and together with her husband, King Ferdinand of Aragon, start the process of unification of Spain.

Original title:
Isabel

Genre:
History, biography

Actors:
Michelle Henner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho…

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

A thirteen -year-old Jewish girl lives in the Netherlands with her relatives. A small country is occupied by the Nazis. The family has to hide from enemies in order not to end up in a concentration camp . Existence in a confined space is filled with both difficulties and anxieties, as well as love and mutual assistance. For several years spent in darkness and crowdedness, the girl trusts the diary with all her secrets, fears, hopes, doubts and experiences.

Original title:
The Diary of Anne Frank

Genre:
Drama, military, biography, history

Actors:
Kate Ashfield, Geoff Breton, Ron Cook …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008)

A series about one of the most brilliant people from the world of martial arts , who changed the attitude towards martial arts. Bruce Lee went from budding college student to world cinema superstar. An exciting biographical television series traces the main stages of the life of the legendary master until his tragic death. Chinese filmmakers have especially carefully recreated the interiors and filming locations of cult films.

Original title:
Li Xiao Long chuan qi

Genre:
Action, drama, biography

Actors:
Danny Chan, Michelle Misty Lang, Ted E. Duran …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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