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 The Hollywood Reporter announced earlier today that Howard would direct a biopic based on the world-renowned pianist's memoir Journey of a Thousand Miles. Rachel Yang,, "Lulu Wang criticizes Ron Howard's decision to direct biopic of Chinese pianist Lang Lang," 22 Sep. 2020 The different stages of the life of feminist standard-bearer Gloria Steinem are revealed in this unusual biopic by Julie Taymor, with four actors playing Steinem (including Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore). Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fall movie preview, pandemic edition: Wonder Woman vs. the 1980s, James Bond vs. Freddie Mercury, and more," 10 Sep. 2020 Jenkins has been busy wrapping up a limited series adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad for Amazon, and has another Disney (Searchlight) project in the works: a biopic of iconic choreographer Alvin Ailey. Natalie Morin,, "There’s A Lion King Sequel In The Works & It Sounds Too Good To Be True," 29 Sep. 2020 It’s not a Comey biopic—the narrative is largely limited to the Trump years and their overture—but there is a sympathetic depiction of the Comey household. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Comey Rule’ Review: Steering Through Scandal," 24 Sep. 2020 Sir Tom Moore, the WWII veteran who raised millions for Britain's National Health Service during the coronavirus pandemic by walking laps in his garden, has signed a deal to do a biopic of his life. NBC News, "U.K. WWII veteran 'Captain Tom' Moore signs deal for biopic," 23 Sep. 2020 Cobham's strong performance and some groovy retro musical numbers save it from being a humdrum biopic. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: HBO Max's 'Unpregnant,' Helen Reddy biopic 'I Am Woman'," 11 Sep. 2020 The song has been used in countless movies and television shows, and a biopic about Reddy's life and music was released earlier this month. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: September 30, 2020," 30 Sep. 2020 So which star should strike a pose and play the Material Girl in her own biopic? Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Who Should Play Madonna in Her Biopic? Vote!," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Biopic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of biopic

informal : a biographical movie

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