These films struck a chord with fans and won big at the box office
1. Walk the Line, 2005
Joaquin Phoenix nailed that Johnny Cash voice, but it was Reese Witherspoon who walked away with an Oscar for her role as the long-suffering June Carter.
2. 8 Mile, 2002
Although technically not an Eminem biopic, this movie-that-clearly-is-an-Eminem-biopic had surprisingly heartfelt turns from the rapper and the late Brittany Murphy.
3. Ray, 2004
The real Ray Charles gave his blessing to this film — starring Jamie Foxx in an Oscar-winning role — which came out just months after Charles’ death in 2004.
4. Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1980
Based on the hardscrabble life of country legend Loretta Lynn, this musical drama turned coal dust into Oscar gold for star Sissy Spacek.
5. La Bamba, 1987
Who knew the true story behind everybody’s favorite wedding/bat mitzvah song would make such a compelling movie? It’s all thanks to Lou Diamond Phillips.
6. Amadeus, 1984
Less a Mozart biopic than the story of Salieri, the composer who got All-About-Eve’d by Wolfgang — and whom nobody would remember if not for this eight-time Oscar-winning epic.
7. What’s Love Got To Do With It, 1993
Nobody can sing and dance like Tina Turner — but Angela Bassett came close enough in this drama-packed movie to snag herself a Best Actress nod.
8. Notorious, 2009
Christopher Wallace’s life story — including his tragic shooting death at the age of 24 — came to the big(gie) screen, with newcomer Jamal Woolard winning raves.
9. Shine, 1996
Geoffrey Rush made beautiful music as troubled Australian pianist David Helfgott, earning him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
10. Selena, 1997
The story of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez honored the murdered star — and created a new one, with Jennifer Lopez’s breakthrough performance in the title role.