Nailed It: Biopics That Got It Right

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

Malcolm X (1992)

When two great minds collide, only greatness can be produced. Filmmaker Spike Lee and the legendary Denzel Washington collaborated to bring to life the story of civil rights leader Malcolm X in this three-hour movie. The film chronicled the controversial leader's life from his incarceration to his conversion to Islam and his assassination. Due to his impeccable performance, Washington was nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Al Pacino. Nonetheless, Washington as Malcolm X is praised as one of the greatest performances of all time.

(Photo: Warner Bros.)

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