A biopic is basically any movie or TV show based on the life of an individual person. And, as Hollywood continues to turn out biopics year after year, you’d think there’d be no more stories left to tell about people we all know about and recognize from history books and documentaries. However, there are always more stories waiting to be told when it comes to real-life figures from the past, and these incredible real-life stories should absolutely be made into a biopic.
1) Jay Z: From the Streets to the Board Room
Jay Z is a prime example of how one man’s life can be changed, and how anyone can succeed through the right amount of hard work. Born in a housing project to a drug addicted mother, Shawn Carter knew that he needed to do something to make his life better. From selling drugs on the corner, to rapping and being an executive producer for his own record label, Jay Z has come a long way. His journey is an example of what folks really want to see turned into a biopicthe ups and downs of real life. The highs and lows of what folks would consider to be their worst days.
Folks want to see the real-life struggles (real struggles) someone has gone through and made it out alive.
2) P.T. Barnum: The Greatest Showman
In 1835, P.T. Barnum founded a museum in New York City, but as the country grew more industrial and urban, the museum failed to attract enough customers. Barnum had a genius idea: He would reinvent his museum as a circus! In 1871, he introduced Jumbo, an elephant that he bought from the London Zoo for $10,000. The exhibition of Jumbo was so popular that Barnum ended up making millions of dollars with this attraction alone. He went on to buy more animals and create other spectacles to draw crowds of people from all over America and Europe.
3) Bill Gates: The Man Who Changed the World
Bill Gates has had an incredible real life. He’s one of the wealthiest people in the world, he is a philanthropist, and he even started his own company. Growing up, Bill had a love for computers. He was fascinated with how they were able to do so much more than people could by using calculators and other machines to process data. This fascination led him to start Microsoft in 1975 with Paul Allen as his partner. His business has been extremely successful and it still going strong today, but we won’t get into that here.
4) Steve Jobs: The Visionary
Steve Jobs: The Visionary is a biopic about the life and times of the late Steve Jobs. Born on February 24, 1955, Jobs was an American entrepreneur and visionary who co-founded Apple Inc. In 1985, he led the company as its interim CEO before returning in 1997 to lead it out of near bankruptcy. Under his direction, Apple later became one of the largest companies in the world.
Born in San Francisco, California to Joanne Schieble and Syrian-born Abdulfattah John Jandali, Steve Jobs had a tough upbringing after being adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs following his birth parents’ divorce. His father died while Steve was just two years old.
5) Thomas Edison: The Inventor
Thomas Edison was an American inventor, who is credited with inventing many useful devices. These technologies include the lightbulb, the movie camera, and the phonograph. He also developed a system of electric power generation and distribution to help power these inventions. His interest in science led him to explore a variety of projects related to electricity, including batteries and electric motors. Due to his contributions in these fields, Edison is often considered one of America’s most prolific inventors ever. One notable achievement is that he held 1,093 patents in his name at the time of his death.
6) Henry Ford- The Innovator
Henry Ford was one of the most revolutionary innovators in history. He is responsible for inventing the assembly line, which drastically reduced the time it took to produce a single car by more than half. In 1914, he introduced the $5 work day and doubled his wages. This made him a hero in American folklore and an icon of the working class.
Henry Ford’s story is so incredible because it’s rooted in his real life experiences: surviving a near fatal bout with typhoid fever, witnessing firsthand both brutal violence and extreme poverty, and traveling around the world for business before starting Ford Motor Company. His resilience and uncompromising vision helped shape this country into what it is today.
7) Alexander Graham Bell: The Father of the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish inventor who is known as the father of the telephone. His parents were educators, and he was encouraged to explore his curiosity in science and invention. He became fascinated with sound and electricity at an early age, and experimented with different methods of transmission. One day in 1876 while working on a device that would simultaneously transmit multiple telegraph messages, he had an idea that sound waves could be converted into electrical impulses so they could be transmitted over wires to reproduce speech at the receiving end.
8) The Wright Brothers: The Men Who Invented Flight
Wilbur and Orville Wright were two brothers from Dayton, Ohio who invented the airplane in 1903. The Wright Brothers were motivated by the death of their father, Bishop Milton Wright, in 1867. They sought to find a way to make it easier for people to travel around the world. When Wilbur was 15 years old he read about Otto Lilienthal, a German engineer who flew gliders with great success. With this new knowledge and their inspiration for flight, the brothers began experimenting with their own designs for airplanes in 1878. Their first successful flight took place on December 17th, 1903 at Kitty Hawk North Carolina which was documented by the famous photographer John J.