When selecting the cast for a biopic, or biographical movie, the director must walk a fine line between selecting someone for their physical similarity vs. selecting them for having the thespian talent required to play the part. Here's a list of actors who definitely succeeded on the physical similarity side of things.

It's not just the actor who does all the work – casting experts and makeup artists also play a huge role in making these famous figures come to life on the big screen.

Many consider biopics to be some of the most difficult and rewarding roles in Hollywood. Most historical figures have a wealth of information available about them, and it is the actor's job to understand and embody all of this available information, all while portraying a historical figure that many people may have strong feelings about.

(h/t: twistedsifter)

#1 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

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KirstenDohmen 4 years ago

Not bad!

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#2 Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

Daniel Day‑Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

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MaxineMancusoDeVries 4 years ago

Perfect match and excellent performance.

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#3 Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison in The Doors

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SallyWatson 4 years ago

Yep he could've been Jims kid

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#4 Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin

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ZeynepGüray 4 years ago

love it

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#5 Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

Ben Kingsley as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in Gandhi

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jennifer4kid 4 years ago

Not that close, but Morgan is a great actor in any part he plays

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#6 Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall

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KirstenDohmen 4 years ago

Eerily close!

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#7 Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs In Jobs

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DianaPrice 4 years ago

Ashton wins my vote for closest lookalike for sure!

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#8 Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

Denzel Washington as Malcolm X in Malcolm X

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CynaraDesbarats 4 years ago

Epic!

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#9 Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandella in Invictus

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ShannonJordan 4 years ago

Other than being older black men, they don't really look that much alike.

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#10 Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side

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KASWhitlow 9 months ago

👍

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