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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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

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varwenea
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#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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#9

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos In Monster (2003)

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Maria Ivanova
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#13

Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

Bruno Ganz As Adolf Hitler In Downfall (2004)

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Meda Go
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#15

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

Ashton Kutcher As Steve Jobs In Jobs (2013)

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iblowsheep
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#16

Kirk Douglas As Vincent Van Gogh In Lust For Life (1956

Kirk Douglas As Vincent Van Gogh In Lust For Life (1956

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#17

Marion Cotillard As Édith Piaf In La Vie En Rose (2007)

Marion Cotillard As Édith Piaf In La Vie En Rose (2007)

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#18

Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris (2011)

Adrien Brody As Salvador Dali In Midnight In Paris (2011)

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#19

Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock (2012)

Anthony Hopkins As Alfred Hitchcock In Hitchcock (2012)

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#20

André 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In Jimi: All Is By My Side (2013)

André 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In Jimi: All Is By My Side (2013)

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#21

Gary Oldman And Chloe Webb As Sid Vicious And His Girlfriend Nancy Spungen In Sid And Nancy (1986)

Gary Oldman And Chloe Webb As Sid Vicious And His Girlfriend Nancy Spungen In Sid And Nancy (1986)

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#22

Denzel Washington As Malcolm X In Malcolm X (1992)

Denzel Washington As Malcolm X In Malcolm X (1992)

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#23

Hannah Taylor-Gordon As Anne Frank In Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)

Hannah Taylor-Gordon As Anne Frank In Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001)

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Cesi Baca
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I remember watching this. The acting was not great. But then I haven't seen any movie about holocaust victims so far that has seemed realistic. It must be close to impossible to duplicate and act out what it was really like living through what must have been hell on earth.

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#24

Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009)

Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009)

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#25

Stephen Fry As Oscar Wilde In Wilde (1997)

Stephen Fry As Oscar Wilde In Wilde (1997)

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#26

Anthony Hopkins As Pablo Picasso In Surviving Picasso (1996)

Anthony Hopkins As Pablo Picasso In Surviving Picasso (1996)

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Antonia
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's Anthony Hopkins?? Shit, he could play anyone!

#27

Geoffrey Rush As Peter Sellers In The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers (2004)

Geoffrey Rush As Peter Sellers In The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers (2004)

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#28

James Franco As James Dean In James Dean (2001)

James Franco As James Dean In James Dean (2001)

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LeJoy Rothe
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

James and James were both so beautiful in these pics.

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#29

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

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

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#30

Sean Penn As Harvey Milk In Milk (2008)

Sean Penn As Harvey Milk In Milk (2008)

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#31

Hilary Swank As Amelia Earhart In Amelia (2009)

Hilary Swank As Amelia Earhart In Amelia (2009)

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EmaLee Noggle
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amelia is my cousin! My mom has her nose. Still need to see this movie

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#32

Audrey Tautou As Coco Chanel In Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Audrey Tautou As Coco Chanel In Coco Before Chanel (2009)

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#33

Daniel Brühl As Niki Lauda In Rush (2013)

Daniel Brühl As Niki Lauda In Rush (2013)

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Paulina
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Daniel Brühl was the absolute and brilliant highlight of that movie!

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#34

Michelle Williams As Marilyn Monroe In My Week With Marilyn (2011)

Michelle Williams As Marilyn Monroe In My Week With Marilyn (2011)

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Rajani Sarasan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've never found Michelle pretty.. she seems kinda ordinary to be playing such a diva!

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#35

Meryl Streep As Julia Child In Julie And Julia (2009)

Meryl Streep As Julia Child In Julie And Julia (2009)

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#36

Halle Berry As Dorothy Dandridge In Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (2000)

Halle Berry As Dorothy Dandridge In Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (2000)

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#37

Michael Douglas As Liberace In Behind The Candelabra (2013)

Michael Douglas As Liberace In Behind The Candelabra (2013)

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#38

Albert Finney As Winston Churchill In The Gathering Storm (2002)

Albert Finney As Winston Churchill In The Gathering Storm (2002)

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#39

Jim Carrey As Andy Kaufman In Man On The Moon (1999)

Jim Carrey As Andy Kaufman In Man On The Moon (1999)

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#40

Johnny Depp As James 'Whitey' Bulger In Black Mass (2015)

Johnny Depp As James 'Whitey' Bulger In Black Mass (2015)

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Goreb
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TOM HANKS should play James! They look so much alike!

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#41

Benicio Del Toro As Ernesto "Che" Guevara In Che (2008)

Benicio Del Toro As Ernesto "Che" Guevara In Che (2008)

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Linda Abbott
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just adding a mustache an a beard doesn't make you look like someone. (and the mustache and beard are wrong, too)

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#42

Liam Neeson As Oskar Schindler In Schindler's List (1993)

Liam Neeson As Oskar Schindler In Schindler's List (1993)

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#43

Reese Witherspoon Andjoacquin Phoenix As June Carter Cash And Johnny Cash In Walk The Line (2005)

Reese Witherspoon Andjoacquin Phoenix As June Carter Cash And Johnny Cash In Walk The Line (2005)

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Javi Sánchez
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great actors but they look nothing like June and Johnny

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#44

Emile Hirsch As Christopher McCandless In Into The Wild (2007)

Emile Hirsch As Christopher McCandless In Into The Wild (2007)

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Robert De Niro As Jake Lamotta In Raging Bull (1980)

Robert De Niro As Jake Lamotta In Raging Bull (1980)

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Wendy Em
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He was phenomenal in this!

#46

James Franco As Aron Ralston In 127 hours (2010)

James Franco As Aron Ralston In 127 hours (2010)

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Daja Lindeman
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should have cast another rock. They really do not look alike.

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#47

Philip Seymour Hoffman As Truman Capote In Capote (2005)

Philip Seymour Hoffman As Truman Capote In Capote (2005)

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Peter O'Toole As T.E. Lawrence In Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Peter O'Toole As T.E. Lawrence In Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

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Lily Mae Kitty
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I fell in love with those blue eyes. what a beautiful man he was when he was young

#49

Naomi Watts As Princess Diana In Diana (2013)

Naomi Watts As Princess Diana In Diana (2013)

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with a Y and a Z
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

still the authenticity..they can recreate clothes from the 1800's and not the 90's?

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#50

Leonardo DiCaprio As Hugh Glass In The Revenant (2016)

Leonardo DiCaprio As Hugh Glass In The Revenant (2016)

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#51

Colin Firth As King George Vi In The King's Speech (2010)

Colin Firth As King George Vi In The King's Speech (2010)

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Lynn Cai
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

queen elizabeth looks exactly like her father

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#52

Jeff Daniels As Joshua Chamberlain In Gettysburg (1993)

Jeff Daniels As Joshua Chamberlain In Gettysburg (1993)

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#53

Ralph Fiennes As Charles Dickens In The Invisible Woman (2013)

Ralph Fiennes As Charles Dickens In The Invisible Woman (2013)

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#54

Eddie Redmayne As Lili Elbe In The Danish Girl (2015)

Eddie Redmayne As Lili Elbe In The Danish Girl (2015)

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#55

Jason Scott Lee As Bruce Lee In Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)

Jason Scott Lee As Bruce Lee In Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)