Nailed It: Biopics That Got It Right

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  • Angela Bassett
  • Ray Charles
  • Will Smith
  • Halle Berry/Larenz Tate
  • Diana Ross
  • The Jacksons
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The Temptations
  • TLC
  • Halle Berry
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Malcolm X
  • Straight Outta Compton

Ali (2001)

Will Smith is notoriously known as "Mr. Nice Guy," but found no problem in breaking a little sweat — well, a lot — in the 2001 biopic Ali. Proving his commitment to play boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Smith buffed up for the role. His real-life wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, even joined him in the film, playing Ali's first wife Sonji Roi. Smith earned an Oscar nomination for his performance.  

(Photo: Columbia Pictures)

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