Steve Jobs was one of the wealthiest men in the world before his death in 2011. In this film, the Apple co-founder and CEO was portrayed by Ashton Kutcher. It follows Jobs on his rise to success and shows how it all affected his personal life. Jobs is widely known as a pioneer of the PC or personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. As most of us know, the leaders of this game were him and Bill Gates.
Although the Business Insider described the film’s $6.7 million openings as a flop, and it only holds a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, many critics spoke very highly of it. And, even those who weren’t big fans of the film itself gave Kutcher kudos for his performance.
Gorillas in the Mist (1988)
Sigourney Weaver stars as Diane Fossey, one of the best primatologists in the world, who travels around studying great apes and working to protect animals from poachers. Unfortunately, the poachers get to Fossey (Weaver) to murder her in her sleep. She is buried in the same graveyard as many of the apes she’s worked within the past.
The film received mixed reviews, but it won a number of awards, including two Golden Globes: Best Actress and Best Original Score. Weaver was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her work in the film.
I’m Not There (2007)
I’m Not There takes an interesting approach to portray superstar Bob Dylan. Rather than having one actor play him throughout, they use different stars for different stages of his life. Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, and Marcus Carl Franklin all come together to play “the many lives of Bob Dylan.” Bob Dylan, in case you didn't know, was one of the most influential songwriters in modern music history.
The title of the 2007 film was pulled from Dylan’s 1967 Basement Tape recording of the same name. Blanchett won a Golden Globe for her performance and was nominated for several others, though the film only ultimately saw about $20 million in revenue at the box office.
Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician in California’s history. Milk didn’t get involved in politics, nor reveal his orientation until he was 40-years old. Actor Sean Penn dove into the portrayal of Milk and his quest to transform his area into a haven for LGBT folks during the 70s. The politician initially opened a camera shop in the Castro District before going into politics. In 1977 he became the nation's first openly gay in public office.
In the 2008 film, he’s played by Sean Penn, who the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. Josh Brolin plays Milk’s predecessor in office, Dan White, who ultimately winds up murdering the activist, motivated by his hatred for those with different sexual preferences. The film was made with a modest $1 million budget and received a number of awards and nominations, including a whopping 8 Oscars.
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody is a 2018 film, with the same title as one of the most popular songs of the band/lead singer that it’s based around. Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the legendary band Qeen who’s dealing with both inner and outer turmoil in his shortlived career, as well as his struggles with the AIDS virus.
Malek earned an Oscar for his role in the picture, which grossed over $900 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing film of all time, at the time of its release. The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, as it only holds a 60% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.