A biographical film, or biopic (; abbreviation for ), is a film that dramatizes the life of a or -based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character’s real name is used. They differ from films "" or “" in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a person’s life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.
Biopic scholars include of the and of . Custen, in (1992), regards the genre as having died with the , and in particular, . On the other hand, Bingham's 2010 study shows how it perpetuates as a codified genre using many of the same tropes used in the studio era that has followed a similar trajectory as that shown by in his study, . Bingham also addresses the male biopic and the female biopic as distinct genres from each other, the former generally dealing with great accomplishments, the latter generally dealing with female victimization. Ellen Cheshire's (2014) examines UK/US films from the 1990s and 2000s. Each chapter reviews key films linked by profession and concludes with further viewing list. Christopher Robé has also written on the gender norms that underlie the biopic in his article, "Taking Hollywood Back" in the 2009 issue of . defended and distortions in biographical films in general, stating "those who seek the truth about a man from the film of his life might as well seek it from his loving grandmother. ... is not a but a ."
Diana is a romantic drama, biography film based on the last two years of Princess Diana's life and her romantic involvements with heart surgeon, Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed. The movie was released in 2013 and stars Naomi Watts as Princess Diana and Naveen Andrews and Douglas Hodge.