Netflix’s Blonde, a new biopic about the rise and fall of Marilyn Monroe, is not the 1st film about an infamous person, nor will it be the last. There are many movies like Blonde that have in their center celebrities that did become not only famous for their work but also for their sensational personal lives. Suppose you liked the recent Netflix film starring Ana de Armas. In that case, you may also want to check out more movies about Marilyn Monroe and perhaps also other biographical films that talk about well-known people. So, here are 7 movies like Blonde that are recommended for those who enjoy biographical dramas.
1. My Week with Marilyn
My Week with Marilyn (2011) is one of the most famous movies about Marilyn Monroe. Starring Michelle Williams as Monroe, the movie takes place in a week when Monroe and Laurence Oliver (Kenneth Branagh) were shooting the film The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The film is based on 2 books written by Colin Clark, who was a personal assistant on the film set. Clark turned his week with Marilyn into 2 books that showed both his relationship with the famous actress and her relationship with Laurence Oliver. In the film, Clark is portrayed by Eddie Redmayne.
2. Marilyn: The Untold Story
1 performance you should definitely see when you’re watching movies about Marilyn Monroe is that of Catherine Hicks in the 1980 TV film Marilyn: The Untold Story. Hicks’ performance left all critics and viewers in awe, and she was the closest to Monroe as any actress could get. In the film, we see Monroe from her childhood years to her last years. We see her fame, her 3 marriages, and finally, her tragic death.
3. The Assassination Of Jesse James
The Assassination of Jesse James (by the Coward Robert Ford) is a 2007 movie about the tensions between Jesse James and Robert Ford, both infamous American outlaws. James is portrayed by Brad Pitt, and Ford is by Casey Affleck. The film focuses on the rivalry between the 2 and their respective gangs and the details of the famous assassination mentioned in the title.
4. Elvis 2022
Another movie on our list of movies like Blonde is Elvis (2022), another film about one of America’s infamous sex symbols, Elvis Presley. Starring Austin Butler in the titular role, the film is told from the perspective of Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, portrayed by Tom Hanks. The film starts with Parker on his deathbed, looking back on the time he 1st met the future King of Rock and Roll. And the film ends with one of Presley’s final shows, where he sings “Unchained Melody.”
5. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
A 2004 film about the famous English comedian Peter Sellers, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, is a fantastic biographical drama that won 2 Golden Globes and 9 Primetime Emmys, including Best Actor for Geoffrey Rush, who played the titular character. Unlike other films on the list, we don’t see Seller’s life story from the beginning to the end. In fact, when the movie starts, he is already a household name. The rest of the film shows his work and family life.
6. Dolemite Is My Name
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) is another film on our list. The film is about the filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore, best known for his character Dolemite, who he used in his standup routines and movies. Eddie Murphy stars as the main character, and we follow the story of Moore as he creates the persona of Dolemite, a pimp, a nightclub owner, and a comedian.
7. Richard Jewell
The last film on our list of movies like Blonde is Richard Jewell (2019). This film is based on a real-life event, the July 27 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, where a security guard named Richard Jewell finds a bomb in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1966 Summer Olympics. Jewell alerts authorities and asks them to evacuate the area, but he is later accused of placing the bomb himself. The film depicts the famous event and its aftermath.