Life or Something Like It

Based on a true story. Direct from life to the screen -- no intervening forms or formats (except for a screenplay). Not full biopics, but highlights: Stories, incidents, crises that arise. Some more fact-based, some more fictionalized. All-Time. Alphabetically.

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1.
The Amy Fisher Story (1993 TV Movie)
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The true story of the Long Island teen who shoots and wounds the wife of a man she called her lover. (96 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
2.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, robbing cars and banks. (111 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
3.
Coach Carter (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. (136 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
4.
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
 
5.
Cool Runnings (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. (98 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
6.
The Craigslist Killer (2011 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
"The Craigslist Killer" follows the dark, mysterious life Philip Markoff (Jake McDorman) conducted online... (87 mins.)
Director: Stephen Kay
 
7.
Dolphin Tale (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. (113 mins.)
 
8.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
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A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (129 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
9.
50/50 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
10.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
 
11.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
12.
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
 
13.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
14.
The Krays (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
15.
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Iscove
 
16.
People Like Us (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices. (114 mins.)
Director: Alex Kurtzman
 
17.
Red Dog (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. (92 mins.)
Director: Kriv Stenders
 
18.
Rudy (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
19.
Sanctum (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world. (108 mins.)
 
20.
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
21.
The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (93 mins.)
 
22.
The Straight Story (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (112 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
23.
Texas Killing Fields (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. (105 mins.)
Director: Ami Canaan Mann
 
24.
United 93 (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
25.
Unstoppable (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a young conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
26.
The Vow (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A car accident puts Paige in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband Leo works to win her heart again. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Sucsy
 
27.
Warm Springs (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The stirring true story of Franklin D. Roosevelt's battle with polio in 1921. (121 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
28.
The Whistleblower (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. (112 mins.)
 
29.
Won't Back Down (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. (121 mins.)
Director: Daniel Barnz
 
30.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow