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 3 years 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 3 years ago

This was a good one!

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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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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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Amanda Panda 3 years ago

Pretty close!

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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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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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Aleexandra Valera 3 years ago

What about Tony Curran?

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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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Stephanie Comninos 3 years ago

One of the best biographies I've ever watched

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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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Agnieszka Borys 3 years ago

DALI!

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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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Dora Tonksová 3 years ago

He doesn't look like Anthony Hopkins O.O

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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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Frimpong Poku-Dankwa 3 years ago

Striking resemblance - good one!

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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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Leonor Verdejo 3 years ago

another gary-oldman-goal

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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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Minna Kortesmäki 3 years ago

Denzel is the best!

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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 3 years ago

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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phattiusmax 3 years ago

Morgan Freeman as Morgan Freeman

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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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Minna Kortesmäki 3 years ago

The role fits so well to Stephen...

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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 3 years ago

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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Coco de Castro 3 years ago

Uncanny in so many ways!

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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 3 years ago

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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Rezo Kaishauri 3 years ago

Duplicated, it's the same as #10

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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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Minna Kortesmäki 3 years ago

This movie took my heart....

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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 3 years ago

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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Pi... 3 years ago

Whoa! Enuff said.

#33

Daniel Brühl As Niki Lauda In Rush (2013)

Daniel Brühl As Niki Lauda In Rush (2013)

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Paulina 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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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Minna Kortesmäki 3 years ago

Meryl was perfect!

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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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Frimpong Poku-Dankwa 3 years ago

Twins :)

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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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Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

Doesn't look like Michael Douglas at all !!

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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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maggiemoonbeam 3 years ago

AMAZING!

#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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Jud Lemke 3 years ago

Brilliant performance by Jim Carey.

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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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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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Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

Best and most moving film ever...Not so alike but great film...

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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 3 years ago

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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Danas Macijauskas 3 years ago

This movie made my travel the world... can't stop now :)

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#45

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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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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Lex Curry 3 years ago

Hey was so brilliant.

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#48

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 3 years ago

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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Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

This actress looks more conveniently prettier then Diana and has a different face shape...

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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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Laura Parker 3 years ago

Not identical but his acting was extraordinary!

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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 3 years ago

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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ContagiousFandom 3 years ago

Matthew McConaughey would have done good

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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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Gina Gregory 3 years ago

Voldemort!

#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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Kelly Smith 3 years ago

Eddie is much prettier. Love Eddie <3

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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)

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Gina Gregory 3 years ago

At least they could have gotten the scratch marks accurate

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#56

Ed Harris As Jackson Pollack In Pollack (2000)

Ed Harris As Jackson Pollack In Pollack (2000)

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Dabre Kobre 3 years ago

It's Pollock*

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#57

Leonardo Dicaprio As Tycoon Howard Hughes In The Aviator (2004)

Leonardo Dicaprio As Tycoon Howard Hughes In The Aviator (2004)

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Jud Lemke 3 years ago

He should have won an Oscar for this one.

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#58

Jesse Eisenberg As Mark Zuckerberg In The Social Network (2010)

Jesse Eisenberg As Mark Zuckerberg In The Social Network (2010)

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Maja Kordić 3 years ago

Both Bergs :)

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#59

Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009)

Morgan Freeman As Nelson Mandela In Invictus (2009)

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Rèdiño - - 3 years ago

They look nothing alike

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#60

Actor Will Smith As American Boxer Muhammad In Ali (2001)

Actor Will Smith As American Boxer Muhammad In Ali (2001)

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Javi Sánchez 3 years ago

Nop. Nothing alike

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#61

Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In Grace Of Monaco (2014)

Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In Grace Of Monaco (2014)

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Laura Ingles. 3 years ago

Nicole is pretty but Grace was beautiful...A big difference between the two...

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#62

Johnny Depp As Hunter S. Thompson In Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

Johnny Depp As Hunter S. Thompson In Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

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Mina Kelly 3 years ago

His best role ever!

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#63

Chadwick Boseman As James Brown In Get On Up (2014)

Chadwick Boseman As James Brown In Get On Up (2014)

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Madonna As Eva Peron, The Second Wife Of Argentine President Juan Perón, In Evita (1996)

Madonna As Eva Peron, The Second Wife Of Argentine President Juan Perón, In Evita (1996)

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Gy Tis 3 years ago

It's not a photograph from Evita, it's from the "Take a Bow" video. Madonna had brown contacts and special makeup not visible here...

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#65

Angelina Jolie As Mariane Pearl In A Mighty Heart (2007)

Angelina Jolie As Mariane Pearl In A Mighty Heart (2007)

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Rezo Kaishauri 3 years ago

Seriously?

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#66

Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace In The End Of The Tour (2015)

Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace In The End Of The Tour (2015)

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Valkyrie 3 years ago

Christian Kane would have been the smarter choice for this one.

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#67

Bryan Cranston As Dalton Trumbo In Trumbo (2015)

Bryan Cranston As Dalton Trumbo In Trumbo (2015)

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Rob LeBlanc 3 years ago

I could see J.K. Simmons being a better choice here.

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#68

Toby Jones As Alfred Hitchcock In The Girl (2012)

Toby Jones As Alfred Hitchcock In The Girl (2012)

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Sonja Götten 3 years ago

This is Toby Jones! Not Anthony Hopkins.

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