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To name a work is a delicate art: it has to capture the essence of the work ([[WordSaladTitle at least most of the times]]) and do justice to the content. With {{biopic}}s and other biographical works, this is slightly trickier since a real person's life rarely follows a particular, simplistic theme that eases the process of naming.

Sometimes you can use certain phrases that you think represent the person well: "''Film/RagingBull''" for Jake [=LaMotta=] or "''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness''" for Christopher Gardner. But some other times it's best to just name it after the person. Usually it's their last name. Sometimes the given name. It just has this immediate impact. Probably because being mononymous traditionally carries a certain honour (Plato, Rafael, and so forth), this has a certain effect of grandeur.

SubTrope of OneWordTitle (although some variations include ''the''), and may even overlap with OneLetterTitle (''W.''). Also a SubTrope of CharacterTitle. Not to be confused with a variation where the trope is applied to fictional characters, common in TV series in order to highlight the title character's central role.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Film A-M]]
* ''Film/{{Alexander}}'' (Creator/AlexanderTheGreat)
* ''Film/{{Ali}}'' (UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli)
* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}'' (a slightly odd example, as the protagonist is Antonio Salieri; Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart is just the object of his obsession)
* ''Amelia'' (UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart)
* ''Artemisia'' (Artemisia Gentileschi)
* ''Attila'' (UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun)
* ''Aurore'' (Aurore Gagnon)
* ''Babe'' (Babe Didrikson)
** Also ''The Babe'' (This time for UsefulNotes/BabeRuth)
* ''Basquiat'' (Jean-Michel Basquiat)
* ''Becket'' (UsefulNotes/ThomasBecket)
* ''Bugsy'' (Bugsy Siegel)
* ''Caligula'' ([[UsefulNotes/{{Caligula}} Caligula]])
* ''Film/{{Capote}}'' (Creator/TrumanCapote)
* ''Carlos'' (Carlos the Jackal)
* ''Carrington'' (Dora Carrington)
* ''Cass'' (Cass Pennant)
* ''Chaplin'' (Creator/CharlieChaplin)
* ''Che'' (UsefulNotes/CheGuevara; actually a duology with a subtitle each.)
** ''Che!'', a different film.
* ''Chisum'' (John Chisum)
* ''Cleopatra'' (UsefulNotes/{{Cleopatra|VII}}; an extreme case with at least five films titled as such, the most famous being [[Film/{{Cleopatra}} the one with]] Creator/ElizabethTaylor [[note]]To be fair, she is mononymous[[/note]].)
* ''Cromwell'' (UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell)
* ''Cobb'' (Ty Cobb)
* ''Danton'' (Georges Danton)
* ''Dempsey'' (Jack Dempsey)
* ''Dillinger'' (John Dillinger)
* ''Disraeli'' (UsefulNotes/BenjaminDisraeli)
* ''Domino'' (Domino Harvey)
* ''Elgar'' (Edward Elgar)
* ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' ([[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Queen Elizabeth I]])
* ''Elvis'' (Music/ElvisPresley)
* ''Music/{{Evita}}'' (UsefulNotes/EvitaPeron)
* ''Faustina'' (Mary Faustina Kowalska/Saint Faustina)
* ''Fidel'' (UsefulNotes/FidelCastro)
* ''Frances'' (Frances Farmer)
* ''Freud: The Secret Passion'' (UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud)
* ''Film/{{Frida}}'' (Frida Kahlo)
* ''Gainsbourg'' (Music/SergeGainsbourg)
* ''Galileo'' (UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei)
* ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'' (UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi)
* ''Film/{{Gia}}'' (Gia Marie Carangi)
* ''Gie'' (Soe Hok Gie)
* ''Hamill'' (Matt Hamill)
* ''Hannibal'' (Hannibal of Carthage)
** Not to be confused with ''{{Film/Hannibal}}'' ([[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal Lecter]])
* ''Hansie'' (Hansie Cronje)
* ''{{Hawking}}'' (Creator/StephenHawking)
* ''Houdini'' (Creator/HarryHoudini)
* ''Iris'' (Iris Murdoch)
* ''Isadora'' (Isadora Duncan)
* ''Jinnah'' (Muhammad Ali Jinnah)
* ''Film/{{Jobs}}'' (Creator/SteveJobs)
* ''Juarez'' (Benito Juarez)
* ''Kennedy'' (UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy)
* ''Kinsey'' (Alfred Kinsey)
* ''Klimt'' (Gustav Klimt)
* ''Lenny'' (Creator/LennyBruce)
* ''Leonie'' (Leonie Gilmour)
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' (UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln)
* ''Lovelace'' (Linda Lovelace)
* ''Luther'' (Martin Luther)
* ''Mahler'' (Music/GustavMahler)
* ''Margaret'' (UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher)
* ''Marie'' (Marie Ragghianti)
* ''Marley'' (Music/BobMarley)
* ''Film/{{Milk}}'' (Harvey Milk)
* ''Modigliani'' (Amedeo Modigliani)
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[[folder:Film N-Z]]
* ''Napoléon'' (UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte)
* ''Nero'' (UsefulNotes/{{Nero}})
* ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' (UsefulNotes/RichardNixon)
* ''Film/{{Patton}}'' (George S. Patton)
* ''Prefontaine'' (Steve Prefontaine)
* ''Piñero'' (Miguel Piñero)
* ''Film/{{Ray}}'' (Music/RayCharles)
* ''Sadat'' (Anwar Sadat)
* ''Selena'' (Selena Quintanilla-Pérez)
* ''Film/{{Serpico}}'' (Frank Serpico)
* ''Silkwood'' (Karen Silkwood)
* ''Sinatra'' (Music/FrankSinatra)
* ''Soraya'' (Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari)
* ''Film/{{Spartacus}}'' (Spartacus)
* ''Sylvia'' (Creator/SylviaPlath)
* ''Tatsumi'' (Yoshihiro Tatsumi)
* ''Truman'' (UsefulNotes/HarryTruman)
* ''Film/{{Tyson}}'' (Mike Tyson)
* ''Film/{{W}}.'' (UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush)
* ''Wilde'' (Creator/OscarWilde)
* ''{{Film/Wilson}}'' (UsefulNotes/WoodrowWilson)
* ''Winchell'' (Walter Winchell)
* ''Winnie'' (Winnie Mandela)
* ''Wittgenstein'' (Creator/LudwigWittgenstein)
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[[folder:TV Series]]
* ''Benito'' (UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini)
* ''King'' (Martin Luther King)
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Barnum'' (P.T. Barnum)
* ''Coco'' (UsefulNotes/CocoChanel)
* ''Music/{{Evita}}'' (Eva "Evita" Perón)
* ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'' (Fiorello [=LaGuardia=])
* ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'' (Gypsy Rose Lee)
* ''Kean'' ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kean Edmund Kean]])
* ''Sophie'' (Sophie Tucker)
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In a ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' [[http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_261_12-people-today-as-remembered-in-future-biopics/ photoplasty on biopics]] you would naturally see some examples.
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