bio·​pic | \ ˈbī-(ˌ)ō-ˌpik \

Definition of biopic

: a biographical movie

Examples of biopic in a Sentence

We watched a biopic about Beethoven.

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The 64-year-old is set to play President Ronald Reagan in a biopic that’s expected to begin shooting this fall. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Dennis Quaid admits he's 'really nervous' about playing Ronald Reagan," 22 Aug. 2018 Travolta became incensed last December when stories broke saying that Liongate Premiere was pulling the $10 million film from a dual release in theaters and on VOD, implying that Lionsgate didn't have faith in the biopic. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gotti': How John Travolta Tried — and Failed — to Save His Passion Project," 18 June 2018 The director behind The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, who is a painter himself, has turned his focus to Vincent Van Gogh for a biopic of the painter’s struggle to have his work accepted. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: House of Cards, Halloween, and more," 8 Sep. 2018 Marie Antoinette isn’t a biopic, concerned with dry historical facts, speeches or big events., "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 But content to be yet another great-man biopic, the movie would rather sanitize than probe. Edouard Deluc, New York Times, "Review: ‘Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti’ Doesn’t Make Much of a (Post-) Impression," 10 July 2018 Honey Boy is a biopic of sorts that details the relationship between LaBeouf and his father during LaBeouf’s Even Stevens years on the Disney Channel. Emma Stefansky, HWD, "Shia LaBeouf’s Hollywood Comeback Begins with a Movie About Shia Labeouf," 17 Mar. 2018 But the heroic ice bath is not included in the new biopic Mary Shelley, directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda) and written by Emma Jensen. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 As the campaign for the new Christian music biopic illustrates, that's no longer the case. Ryan Faughnder,, "No longer a novelty, the faith-based film business is trying new ways to attract audiences," 14 Mar. 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

: a biographical movie

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