Best Movies based on True Stories

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1.
The Life of David Gale (2003)
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A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist and is sent to death row. (130 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
2.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
3.
What's Love Got to Do with It (1993)
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The story of singer Tina Turner's rise to stardom and how she gained the courage to break free from abusive husband, Ike Turner. (118 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
 
4.
The Karen Carpenter Story (1989 TV Movie)
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Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulimia. (120 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
5.
Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
6.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
 
7.
The Social Network (2010)
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Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business. (120 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
8.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
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A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor. (117 mins.)
 
9.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive. (109 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
10.
In Her Skin (2009)
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Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing. (107 mins.)
Director: Simone North
 
11.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
 
12.
The Blind Side (2009)
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The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. (129 mins.)
 
13.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
14.
An American Crime (2007)
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
 
15.
Conviction (2010)
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A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Goldwyn
 
16.
127 Hours (2010)
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An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
17.
Soul Surfer (2011)
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Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack. (112 mins.)
Director: Sean McNamara
 
18.
Notorious (2009)
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The life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm. (122 mins.)
 
19.
Monster (2003)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
 
20.
Ted Bundy (2002)
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The story of serial killer Ted Bundy. (99 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
21.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
 
22.
Chopper (2000)
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
23.
Alive (1993)
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A Uruguayan rugby team stranded in the snow swept Andes are forced to use desperate measures to survive after a plane crash. (120 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
24.
Patch Adams (1998)
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The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos. (115 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
 
25.
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. (118 mins.)
Director: Kimberly Peirce
 
26.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
27.
Apollo 13 (1995)
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NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy. (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
28.
John Q (2002)
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John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. (116 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
29.
The Terminal (2004)
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An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. (128 mins.)
 
30.
Zodiac (2007)
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In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
31.
Mask (1985)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
 
32.
Murder in the First (1995)
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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement. (122 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
 
33.
Karla (2006)
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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Bender
 
34.
The Accused (1988)
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After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
35.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
 
36.
Bully (2001)
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A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much. (108 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
37.
North Country (2005)
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A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit. (126 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
38.
Into the Wild (2007)
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After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
39.
Bernie (2011)
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In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
 
40.
The Impossible (2012)
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The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
41.
The Help (2011)
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An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
 
42.
Taken in Broad Daylight (2009 TV Movie)
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The true and inspiring survival story of kidnapped teen, Anne Sluti, and how she manages to stay alive by manipulating her captor, engineering her own rescue and negotiating her safe release after 6 days of hell. (89 mins.)
Director: Gary Yates
 
43.
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
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Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (180 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
44.
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. (99 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
 
45.
Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014 TV Movie)
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The true story of Lizzie Borden, a young woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 murders of her father and stepmother. (87 mins.)
Director: Nick Gomez
 
46.
Captain Phillips (2013)
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The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
47.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
48.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. (125 mins.)
 
49.
Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
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As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society. (132 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
 
50.
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
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Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder. (119 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
 
51.
The Impossible (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. (114 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
52.
Heaven Is for Real (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. (99 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace