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The 10 Most Controversial Biopics of the 21st Century, from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to ‘Richard Jewell’

"Blonde" is making waves right now, but it's far from the first film to upset fans of the people it dramatizes.

Blonde, Ana de Armas

“Blonde”

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Andrew Dominick’s “Blonde” has begun playing in select theaters ahead of its upcoming streaming release, and responses have been… strong. The Ana de Armas-led film about Marilyn Monroe courts controversy at every turn, from its excessive use of nudity to its questionable portrayal of abortion, so negative responses are hardly surprising. But to fans of Marilyn Monroe, it’s just another example of the late actress’ image continuing to be twisted against her will.

While “Blonde” never claims to be a biopic and is very open about the way it intentionally blends fact and fiction, it fits firmly within the tradition of films about real people that ended up offending fans of those figures. Sometimes movies are doomed by historical inaccuracies, others take a political slant and misinterpret the subject’s life, and occasionally they’re just flat-out bad.

If “Blonde” doesn’t scratch your itch for controversy, we have you covered. Keep reading for a list of 10 of the most controversial biopics ever made.

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