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Top 10 bio-pics of the '80s: From Gandhi to Gorillas




The '80s weren't all Brat Pack movies and action-adventure blockbusters. We managed to sneak in some quality education in with our entertainment over those 10 years. I was reminded by that this morning when 1988's Gorillas in the Mist came on cable, thus enabling me to put the weekend on hold for a few hours and just enjoy Sigourney Weaver is a serious role again.

Weaver's turn as naturalist Dian Fossey has to top one of the top 3 roles in her career -- and maybe one of the top 5 bio-pics of the '80s. The movie was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role for Weaver. Alas, it won none. Weaver lost to Jodie Foster (The Accused) for that statue, and was actually nominated for a second Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Working Girl (she lost to Geena Davis in Accidental Tourist).

Still, Gorillas in the Mist was just one of many great bio-pics in our decade. Where does it rank? Let's find out. Over the next 10 days, we'll roll out our list of Top 10 Bio-Pics of the '80s, one movie at a time. Get your Netflix queue ready.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:23pm]


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