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17 actors who masterfully brought their famous subjects to life

It often falls to actors to bring back to life great rulers, writers, politicians, artists, and musicians. Fortunately, many of them are talented enough to achieve this goal, and we as the audience are often treated to stunning performances in which it's hard to tell the difference between the actor and the real individual.

Here are 17 such historical personalities that have been brought to life in the most unbelievable and mesmerizing way by talented Hollywood actors.

Christine Collins

Angelina Jolie, Changeling

Audrey Hepburn

Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Audrey Hepburn Story

Stephen and Jane Hawking

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

King George VI

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Al Capone

Robert De Niro, The Untouchables

Alan Turing

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Joan Jett

Kristen Stewart, The Runaways

Edgar Allan Poe

John Cusack, The Raven

Rembrandt

Martin Freeman, Nightwatching

Sid Vicious

Gary Oldman, Sid and Nancy

Elvis Presley

Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Elvis: The Early Years

Winston Churchill

Timothy Spall, The King's Speech

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tom Hiddleston, Midnight in Paris

Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn

Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn

John Dillinger

Johnny Depp, Public Enemies