bio·​pic | \ ˈbī-(ˌ)ō-ˌpik How to pronounce biopic (audio) \

Definition of biopic

: a biographical movie

Examples of biopic in a Sentence

We watched a biopic about Beethoven.

Recent Examples on the Web

Roadside Attractions The first trailer for Judy, the upcoming Judy Garland biopic starring Renee Zellweger in the titular role, is out now. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Renee Zellweger Is Unrecognizable as Judy Garland in the First 'Judy' Trailer," 11 May 2019 Not only that, Singer’s biopic is a massive hit, especially abroad, with more than $850 million in ticket sales worldwide. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "What will win best picture? It’s a maddeningly close race," 20 Feb. 2019 The Zizka biopic is to go into production in the summer. Vladimir Kozlov, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cassian Elwes to Co-Produce Biopic of Czech National Hero," 16 Mar. 2018 The biopic, based on the 2000 documentary of the same title, focuses on the bizarre and scandalous rise and fall of Messner and her husband, fellow televangelist Jim Bakker, who will be played by Andrew Garfield. Marci Robin, Allure, "Jessica Chastain Will Play Tammy Faye Bakker in Upcoming Film, Eyelashes and All," 12 May 2019 These are just the major health incidents that have gone public — and are good fodder for the recent documentary and forthcoming biopic. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back," 14 Dec. 2018 After earning an Emmy nomination for last year’s Bernie Madoff biopic The Wizard of Lies, director Barry Levinson returns to HBO with another film based on true events, Paterno. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Paterno' Director on the Family's Response and That Anthony Scaramucci Exec Producer Credit," 1 June 2018 This biopic of Mercury's life and Queen's rise has been in the works since 2010, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw both attached as Mercury at different times during development. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rami Malek Will Rock You in the Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer," 15 May 2018 Though Bohemian Rhapsody is more biopic than proper movie-musical, fans’ interest was huge going into its first weekendthanks to its premise essentially doubling as a tour through Queen’s greatest hits. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody tapped a familiar formula to rake in $50 million at the box office," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of biopic

1947, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for biopic

bi- entry 2 + pic entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of biopic

informal : a biographical movie

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