Actors pretend to be other people. It's what actors do. Sometimes they fail. Other times they succeed. And sometimes they embody their characters so completely that you forget you're watching a movie. Take some of the best biopics for example. Did you notice Helen Mirren while watching The Queen, or was it Elizabeth II you saw? What about Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, or Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln? Even now it's difficult to think of Ben Kingsley or Mahatma Gandhi without associating one with the other, because like all of the above, the actor didn't just play a role - they became that role.

In homage to these amazing performances, Bored Panda has compiled a list of the most accurate real-life portrayals to ever hit the silver screen. Take a look at the pictures below and vote for the most convincing!

#1 Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything (2014)

Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking With His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything (2014)

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varwenea 5 months ago

Seriously nailed it in every way possible!! Great acting, story, movie.

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#2 Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray (2004)

Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray (2004)

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Frimpong Poku-Dankwa 5 months ago

This was a good one!

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#3 Robert Downey Jr. As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin (1992)

Robert Downey Jr. As Charlie Chaplin In Chaplin (1992)

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varwenea 5 months ago

This was THE movie that showcased Robert Downey Jr as a true actor. Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes movies are forgettable compared to this signature piece.

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#4 Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982)

Ben Kingsley As Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi In Gandhi (1982)

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Olha Khanas 5 months ago

He also played a Jew Itzhak Stern in "Schindler`s List", by the way))

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#5 Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991)

Val Kilmer As Jim Morrison In The Doors (1991)

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Ivana Guzijan 5 months ago

I have to look really carefully to tell them apart every time! :)

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#6 Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012)

Daniel Day‑Lewis As Abraham Lincoln In Lincoln (2012)

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Luis Sancho 5 months ago

I know he looks the part, but I read somewhere that Lincoln seemed to have a high toned voice, instead of the gravely sounding voice on the movie...would be wonderful to have had recording technology when he was alive.

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#7 Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I'm Not There (2007)

Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I'm Not There (2007)

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Alexandra Burikova 5 months ago

She was cool as hell

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#8 Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady (2011)

Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher In The Iron Lady (2011)

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OdangaUsagi 5 months ago

I want to hold my hands like Margaret Thatcher!

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#9 Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

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Maria Ivanova 5 months ago

She was amazing in this role! It is more than difficult for pretty woman like her to become such a monster!

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#10 Jennifer Lopez As Selena Quintanilla-Pérez In Selena (1997)

Jennifer Lopez As Selena Quintanilla-Pérez In Selena (1997)

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#11 Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007)

Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007)

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Liz Miller 5 months ago

Helen Mirren is absolute class, elegance and style. She was born for that role!

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#12 Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved (1994)

Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved (1994)

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Leonor Verdejo 5 months ago

gary oldman is always great!

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#13 Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

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Meda Go 5 months ago

Bruno Ganz looks more like Hitler than Hitler by him self

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#14 Salma Hayek As Frida Kahlo In Frida (2002)

Salma Hayek As Frida Kahlo In Frida (2002)

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Rob LeBlanc 5 months ago

They went a bit overboard with the unibrow.

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#15 Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

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iblowsheep 5 months ago

he did Okay with the look but his performance was total crap.

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