Difference of Portrayals Between Fictional and Real-Life Characters of Same Person

List of movies where actors would play characters that are fictional version of the real person or portraying the real character themselves
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1.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
“ Joseph Mengele (Gregory Peck), real-life Nazi Doctor who was never caught til he died ” - stewiec85
 
2.
Marathon Man (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. (125 mins.)
“ Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier), fictional version of Joseph Mengele ” - stewiec85
 
3.
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp... (160 mins.)
Director: Brian Gibson
“ Simon Wiesenthal (Ben Kingsley), real-life Nazi hunter who help captured Nazis after World War II. ” - stewiec85
 
4.
The Boys from Brazil (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. (125 mins.)
“ Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier), fictional version of Simon Wiesenthal ” - stewiec85
 
5.
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A look at the life and career of controversial Louisiana governor Huey Long, whose nickname was "The Kingfish." (100 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
“ Huey P. Long (John Goodman), real-life corrupt governor of Louisiana ” - stewiec85
 
6.
All the King's Men (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
“ Willie Stark (Broderick Crawford), fictional version of Huey P. Long ” - stewiec85
 
7.
The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of the 1960 hostile extraction of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by the Mossad to Israeli justice. (96 mins.)
“ Adolph Eichmann (Robert Duvall), former Nazi who was captured and was executed for war crimes ” - stewiec85
 
8.
The Man in the Glass Booth (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Arthur Goldman is a rich Jewish industrialist, living in luxury in a Manhattan high-rise. He banters with his assistant Charlie... (117 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ Arthur Goldman, fictional version of Adolf Eichmann ” - stewiec85
 
9.
The Bunker (1981 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city. (150 mins.)
Director: George Schaefer
“ Adolf Hitler (Anthony Hopkins), dictator of Germany who is responsible for deaths of six million jews and killed himself when threatened with capture ” - stewiec85
 
10.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Adenoid Hinkel (Charles Chaplin), fictional version of Adolf Hitler ” - stewiec85
 
11.
Vincere (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Mussolini's secret lover, Ida Dalser, and their son Albino. (128 mins.)
“ Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timo), Dictator of Italy who worked with Adolf Hitler during World War II ” - stewiec85
 
12.
The Great Dictator (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. (125 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ Napaloni (Jack Oakie), fictional version of Benito Mussolini ” - stewiec85
 
13.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ Al Capone (Robert De Niro), real-life gangster who is notorious in bootlegging alcohol and was eventually put in prison for tax evasion ” - stewiec85
 
14.
Scarface (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall. (93 mins.)
“ Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), fictional version of Al Capone ” - stewiec85
 
15.
Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The true life story of mafia boss Joesph Bonanno. The story spans from Bonanno's early beginings in Italy, to his conquests in America. (170 mins.)
Director: Michel Poulette
“ Joseph Bonanno (Martin Landau), found and former head of Organized Crime Organization, the Bonanno crime family ” - stewiec85
 
16.
The Godfather (1972)
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The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), fictional version of Joseph Bonanno ” - stewiec85
 
17.
Hoffa (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate, and mysteriously disappears in 1975. (140 mins.)
Director: Danny DeVito
“ Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) ” - stewiec85
 
18.
F.I.S.T. (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president but his organized crime links cause his eventual downfall. (145 mins.)
Director: Norman Jewison
“ Jimmy Kovak (Sylvester Stallone), fictional version of Jimmy Hoffa ” - stewiec85
 
19.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Benjamin 'Bugsy' Siegel (Warren Beatty), was an American gangster who was involved with the Genovese Crime Family, known to be quick-tempered, known to help develop Las Vegas, and whose murder was front-page news when he was shot dead in his house. ” - stewiec85
 
20.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ Moe Greene (Alex Rocco), fictional version of Bugsy Siegel ” - stewiec85
 
21.
Bugsy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. (136 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley), known as the "Mob's Accountant," was a Russian-born American organized crime figure who, along with his associate Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States. For decades he was thought to be one of the most powerful people in the country. ” - stewiec85
 
22.
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York is portrayed while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate. (202 mins.)
“ Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg), fictional version of Meyer Lansky ” - stewiec85
 
23.
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.)
“ Former President Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) ” - stewiec85
 
24.
Primary Colors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man joins the political campaign of a smooth-operator candidate for president of the USA. (143 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Jack Stanton (John Travolta), fictional version of Bill Clinton ” - stewiec85
 
25.
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.)
“ Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) ” - stewiec85
 
26.
The Ghost Writer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. (128 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan) fictional version of Tony Blair ” - stewiec85
 
27.
RKO 281 (1999 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst. (86 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Ross
“ William Randolph Hearst (James Cromwell) ” - stewiec85
 
28.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) fictional version of William Randolph Hearst ” - stewiec85
 
29.
Winchell (1998 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The true story of the influential and controversial columnist, Walter Winchell. (105 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Walter Winchell (Stanley Tucci), known for his political radio show in the 40's and 50's and also known for his Gossip Column. ” - stewiec85
 
30.
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician. (96 mins.)
“ J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) fictional version of Walter Winchell ” - stewiec85
 
31.
Ed Gein (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides. (89 mins.)
Director: Chuck Parello
“ Ed Gein (Steve Railsback), serial killer known for having kill people and made furniture out of them. ” - stewiec85
 
32.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) fictional version of Ed Gein ” - stewiec85
 
33.
Wonderland (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes. (104 mins.)
Director: James Cox
“ John Holmes (Val Kilmer), known porn star who rose to fame in the 70's but to the 80's his fame has fallen but even died from AIDS. ” - stewiec85
 
34.
Boogie Nights (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s. (155 mins.)
“ Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) fictional version of John Holmes ” - stewiec85