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

Oyelowo is best known for playing Martin Luther King Jr. in the 2014 biopic Selma, garnering numerous awards and nominations for his heartfelt portrayal. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Part sci-fi thriller, part crime drama, Don’t Let Go is an understated gem," 31 Aug. 2019 The biopic follows the actress Jean Seberg's political life as she's monitored by the FBI during the 1960s. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Deauville American Film Festival to Screen Nate Parker's 'American Skin'," 22 Aug. 2019 Such was the fascination with Cummings and his role in Brexit, he was portrayed in a recent biopic by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Meet the real brains behind Boris Johnson's Brexit plan," 21 Aug. 2019 Etheridge was a front-runner to portray Joplin in a biopic planned in the '90s, but that project never came to fruition. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Melissa Etheridge salutes original Woodstock acts before her Indiana State Fair show," 13 Aug. 2019 Kasi Lemmons, an actor and director who most recently was behind an episode of Luke Cage, is directing this tense-looking biopic about Harriet Tubman that turns her work on the Underground Railroad into a borderline action movie. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Zombieland: Double Tap, and more," 27 July 2019 The biopic will follow the singer’s rise to fame and his struggles along the way. Sydney Scott, Essence, "DeVon Franklin Set To Produce Sony's Kirk Franklin Biopic," 18 July 2019 In the untitled Elvis biopic, Butler will act alongside Tom Hanks, who will play Elvis' controlling manager, Col. Tom Parker. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Austin Butler chosen to play Elvis Presley in upcoming biopic," 16 July 2019 Mapplethorpe: Featuring a convincing, lived-in performance by Matt Smith, with a solid ensemble cast to boot, this biopic follows the all-too-short, but provocative life of seminal artist Robert Mapplethorpe. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "Frameline offers movie feast during Pride Week," 14 June 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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