These Biopics Offer Epic Portrayals
Goodykoontz, Bill, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is more about the struggle to get the 13th Amendment through the House of Representatives, but it does bring to mind some of the great biographical films: Here's 10.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" (1980): Sissy Spacek didn't seem like the perfect choice to play country-music legend Loretta Lynn, but, boy did she turn out to be.
"The King's Speech" (2010): Colin Firth is Oscar-winning good as George VI of England; Geoffrey Rush is the speech therapist who helps him.
"Schindler's List" (1993): Liam Neeson is Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who turns his factory into a haven for Jews.
"Amadeus" (1984): It's fun to watch the insanely jealous composer Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham) fume while boy terror Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce) tosses off masterpiece after masterpiece.
"Malcolm X" (1992): Spike Lee was hitting on all cylinders when he tackled his dream project, a three-hour-plus film about the controversial leader. …