Diana, Lovelace, Jobs... it seems not a week goes by when there isn’t another famous face, in make-up and wig, attempting to depict, well, another famous face.
From Charlize Theron’s trailer-trash turn in Monster to a stammering Colin Firth in The King’s Speech, the biopic genre can often equal Oscar gold for an actor. And rightly so, as many of the greatest movies ever made go beyond what we think we know to tell the stories of some of history’s most interesting, and infamous, characters.
In celebration of this lofty movie genre, we select our 50 favourites - prepare for the most entertaining history lesson you’ve ever had...
Words: Tamsin Crimmens, Photos: Rex Features