List of films based on actual events

a list of movie based on actual events as listed by wikipedia.

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1.
Snitch (2013)
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A father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son, who was imprisoned after being set up in a drug deal. (112 mins.)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
“ Based on the true story of a drug dealer ” - veelasky
 
2.
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.)
“ Based on the untold true story of the Walt Disney adaptation of the book Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers ” - veelasky
 
3.
Rush (2013)
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Based on the true story of the Formula One season in 1976 with the unforgettable battle for the championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and Lauda's remarkable recovery from a near fatal accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix ” - veelasky
 
4.
Pain & Gain (2013)
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A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. (129 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ An American crime-comedy film based on the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several people by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym in Florida ” - veelasky
 
5.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ A South African film based on the 1994 autobiography by Nelson Mandela ” - veelasky
 
6.
Lovelace (2013)
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The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. (93 mins.)
“ The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. ” - veelasky
 
7.
The Look of Love (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man. (101 mins.)
“ A British film based on the life of Paul Raymond ” - veelasky
 
8.
Jobs (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century. (128 mins.)
“ An American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs ” - veelasky
 
9.
The Frozen Ground (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Walker
“ An American thriller film based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for serial killer Robert Hansen ” - veelasky
 
10.
Empire State (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Two childhood friends plan to rob an armored car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way. (94 mins.)
Director: Dito Montiel
“ An American film based on two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository ” - veelasky
 
11.
Diana (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. (113 mins.)
“ A British film based on the last two years in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales ” - veelasky
 
12.
The Conjuring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. (112 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ An American supernatural horror film based on disturbing events in a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971 ” - veelasky
 
13.
Captain Phillips (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the U.S.-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (134 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ The film is a biopic of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 led by Abduwali Muse. ” - veelasky
 
14.
The Bling Ring (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes. (90 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
“ An American satirical black comedy crime film based on the Bling Ring, also known as the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who broke into Hollywood Hills homes from October 2008 through August 2009 ” - veelasky
 
15.
The A.R.K. Report (2013 Short Film)
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In a bleak future where the Naarym child army has crushed nearly the entire world, can young Karmi help... (30 mins.)
Director: Shmuel Hoffman
“ Based on the search for the hidden Ark of the Covenant ” - veelasky
 
16.
42 (2013)
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This movie is about Jackie Robinson and his journey to becoming a Brooklyn Dodger and his life during that time. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
“ Based on Jackie Robinson's breaking of the "color barrier" of Major League Baseball in the 1940s ” - veelasky
 
17.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Based on Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was deceived and kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery (1841–1853) ” - veelasky
 
18.
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
“ A war film based on the decade-long manhunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States ” - veelasky
 
19.
When the Lights Went Out (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Poltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts. (86 mins.)
Director: Pat Holden
“ Based on the British poltergeist case The Black Monk of Pontefract ” - veelasky
 
20.
Won't Back Down (2012)
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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
“ Loosely based on the events surrounding the use of the parent trigger law in Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles in 2010 ” - veelasky
 
21.
The Vow (2012)
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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
“ A romantic movie based on true events ” - veelasky
 
22.
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
“ Based on the true story of a sister and a brother who never know that they are siblings ” - veelasky
 
23.
Lincoln (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ An American epic historical drama film based on the final four months of President Lincoln's life and his efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives ” - veelasky
 
24.
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
“ Based on a Spanish family who survives a tsunami tragedy in December 26, 2004, in Thailand ” - veelasky
 
25.
The Iceman (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession. (106 mins.)
Director: Ariel Vromen
“ An American crime thriller based on the life of notorious Mafia hitman Richard Kuklinski ” - veelasky
 
26.
Game Change (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska becomes Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential election. (118 mins.)
Director: Jay Roach
“ An HBO political movie based on John McCain's 2008 presidential election campaign ” - veelasky
 
27.
Emperor (2012)
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As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
“ An American-Japanese film based on the investigation of the role of Emperor Hirohito in World War II ” - veelasky
 
28.
Compliance (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Craig Zobel
“ Based on the strip search prank call scam ” - veelasky
 
29.
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
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When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it. (116 mins.)
“ Based on the life of surfer Jay Moriarity ” - veelasky
 
30.
Big Miracle (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In small-town Alaska, a news reporter recruits his ex-girlfriend - a Greenpeace volunteer - on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. (107 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
“ A true story movie based on Operation Breakthrough in 1988 ” - veelasky
 
31.
Argo (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. (120 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
“ Based on the Canadian Caper, the rescue of dramatization of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis ” - veelasky
 
32.
Act of Valor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)
“ An American film based on real US Navy SEALs missions around the world ” - veelasky
 
33.
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. (124 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ A comedy-drama family film based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, owner of Dartmoor Zoological Park near the village of Sparkwell in the county fo Devon in England ” - veelasky
 
34.
The Way Back (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India. (133 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A true story of seven men who escape from prison in Siberia (after being held by Stalin), then walk through the Gobi Desert, Himalayas and all the way to the Great Wall of China ” - veelasky
 
35.
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
“ Based on true events surrounding the murder of women picked up along I-45 and dumped in an old oil field in League City, Texas ” - veelasky
 
36.
Soul Surfer (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
“ An American drama about Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack, but is determined to get back in the water ” - veelasky
 
37.
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
“ based on the Snowtown murders ” - veelasky
 
38.
Silent House (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences. (86 mins.)
“ An American independent horror film based on a young woman who is terrorized in her family vacation home while cleaning the property with her father and uncle ” - veelasky
 
39.
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.)
“ A film inspired by Andrew Wight's near-death experience after leading a diving expedition miles into a system of underwater caves, then having to find a way out after a freak storm collapses the entrance ” - veelasky
 
40.
The Rite (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. (114 mins.)
“ A film is based on the book The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Rome-based Matt Baglio, published in 2009, and based on the early life of Father Gary Thomas ” - veelasky
 
41.
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
“ An Australian family film based on a true story about a Kelpie/cattle dog cross who was well known for his travels through Western Australia's Pilbara region ” - veelasky
 
42.
Puncture (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. (100 mins.)
“ Based on a true story about Mike Weiss, a young Houston lawyer and a drug addict ” - veelasky
 
43.
No One Killed Jessica (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case. (136 mins.)
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
“ Based on real life murder case of Jessica Lall, a model in New Delhi who was working as a celebrity barmaid at a crowded socialite party when she was shot dead in April 1999 ” - veelasky
 
44.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ An American biographical sports drama film based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, an account of the Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season by Michael Lewis ” - veelasky
 
45.
Megan Is Missing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Two teenage girls encounter an Internet child predator. (85 mins.)
Director: Michael Goi
“ An American drama horror movie presented by way of "found footage" which follows two teenage girls who go online to find friends, but instead go missing ” - veelasky
 
46.
Margin Call (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. (107 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
“ An American independent film loosely modeled on Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 ” - veelasky
 
47.
Machine Gun Preacher (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sam Childers is a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers. (129 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
“ A biopic film based on the life of former gang biker turned preacher and defender of Africa orphans Sam Childers ” - veelasky
 
48.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
“ A biopic movie based on the life of Irish American mobster Danny Greene ” - veelasky
 
49.
Janie Jones (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young girl who has been abandoned by her former-groupie mother informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter. (114 mins.)
“ An American film based on the story of a young girl who is abandoned by her meth-addicted former-groupie mother, who informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter ” - veelasky
 
50.
J. Edgar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. (137 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ A biopic movie based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover ” - veelasky
 
51.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ An American drama film about a young white woman and her relationship with two black maids during the civil rights era ” - veelasky
 
52.
The Fields (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Tells the story of a young boy and his family who are terrorized by an unseen presence. (100 mins.)
“ A story based on the life of screenwriter Harrison Smith ” - veelasky
 
53.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
“ Based on the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers ” - veelasky
 
54.
Dolphin Tale (2011)
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A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. (113 mins.)
“ Inspired by the true story of a bottlenose dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she is fitted with prosthetic tail after she loses her natural tail after becoming entangled in a rope attached to a crab trap ” - veelasky
 
55.
The Devil's Double (2011)
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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son. (109 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
“ An allegedly biographical film based on Latif Yahia, body double for Uday Hussein, the playboy son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ” - veelasky
 
56.
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
“ The film is inspired by the true story of a man named Philip Markoff who killed one woman and is known to have assaulted at least two others in Massachusetts and Rhode Island ” - veelasky
 
57.
Blackthorn (2011)
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In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike. (102 mins.)
Director: Mateo Gil
“ A western film based on the life of an aged Butch Cassidy living under the assumed name of James Blackthorn in a secluded village in Bolivia 20 years after his disappearance in 1908 ” - veelasky
 
58.
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.)
“ A black comedy film based on the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas, by her 39-year-old companion ” - veelasky
 
59.
The Amityville Haunting (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
This movie is a 'found-footage' film about the Benson family who move in to the infamous house where... (86 mins.)
“ A direct-to-video film, the tenth production to be inspired by the 1977 book The Amityville Horror, about the family who moves into the house in ” - veelasky
 
60.
50/50 (2011)
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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
“ A comedy-drama film loosely based on the life of screenwriter Will Reiser ” - veelasky
 
61.
1911 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty. (121 mins.)
“ A Chinese historical drama based on the 1911 Revolution and Xinhai Revolution ” - veelasky
 
62.
17 Miracles (2011)
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The pioneer trek across the plains of the Mormon pioneers. (113 mins.)
“ Based on the actual experiences of members of the Willie Handcart Company of Mormon pioneers following their late-season start and subsequent winter journey to Salt Lake City in 1856 ” - veelasky
 
63.
You Don't Know Jack (2010 TV Movie)
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A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian. (134 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ A television film based in part on the book, Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life And The Battle To Legalize Euthanasia, focusing on the life and work of physicial-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian ” - veelasky
 
64.
The Whistleblower (2010)
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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.)
“ A thriller which tells the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who was recruited to serve as a U.N. peacekeeper with DynCorp Internaional in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 ” - veelasky
 
65.
Unstoppable (2010)
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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
“ An American action thriller loosely based on the CSX 8888 incident, which tells the story of a runaway train carrying hazardous material, which puts cities and people in danger ” - veelasky
 
66.
Temple Grandin (2010 TV Movie)
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A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry. (107 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ A 2010 biopic directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses ” - veelasky
 
67.
The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
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A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. (93 mins.)
“ An American-British political film based on relationship between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton ” - veelasky
 
68.
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
“ Based on creation of Facebook and the lawsuits that followed ” - veelasky
 
69.
Secretariat (2010)
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Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. (123 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ Based on the story of a Thoroughbred named Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes and still holds the record after 37 years, and his owner, Penny Chenery ” - veelasky
 
70.
The Runaways (2010)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored. (106 mins.)
“ An American drama based on the 1970s all-girl rock band The Runaways, focusing in particular on the relationship between rockers Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, adapted from Currie's memoir ” - veelasky
 
71.
Of Gods and Men (2010)
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Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (122 mins.)
Director: Xavier Beauvois
“ Based on the assassination of the monks of Tibhirine ” - veelasky
 
72.
Letters to God (2010)
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A young boy fighting cancer writes letters to God, touching lives in his neighborhood and community... (110 mins.)
“ Based on the true story of Tyler Doughtie, an 8-year-old suffering from cancer with a love of writing and sending letters to God ” - veelasky
 
73.
A Kiss and a Promise (2012)
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In a quiet Ontario town, a small Bed and Breakfast dwells with a perverse secret. David Beck, a closet sociopath... (92 mins.)
Director: Phillip Guzman
“ The real-life story of a sociopath (Mick Rossi), who owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Ontario with his wife ” - veelasky
 
74.
The King's Speech (2010)
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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
“ An historical British drama based on King George VI, who suffered from a severe stammer ” - veelasky
 
75.
I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
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A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with. (98 mins.)
“ A true story based on the life of con artist, impostor and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell ” - veelasky
 
76.
Green Zone (2010)
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Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region. (115 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
“ A British-French-American war thriller depicting the events from the end of the invasion phase of the 2003 invasion of Iraq until the transfer of power to the Iraqis ” - veelasky
 
77.
The Fighter (2010)
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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.)
“ Based on the life of boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund ” - veelasky
 
78.
Fair Game (2010)
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CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration. (108 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
“ Based on the outing of former CIA agent Valerie Plame by members of the US government ” - veelasky
 
79.
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
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A drama centered on the efforts of John and Aileen Crowley to find a researcher who might have a cure for their two children's rare genetic disorder. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Vaughan
“ A medical drama based on the story of John Crowley and Aileen Crowley, whose children have Pompe disease ” - veelasky
 
80.
Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)
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A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy. (103 mins.)
“ A Canadian drama thriller based on the book The Last Victim by Jason Moss ” - veelasky
 
81.
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
“ A legal drama based on the story of a single mother, Betty Anne Waters, who goes to law school so she can become her brother Kenny's attorney after Kenny is wrongly convicted of murder ” - veelasky
 
82.
Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010)
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The life story of martial arts icon and actor Bruce Lee. (129 mins.)
“ Based on the life of Bruce Lee from his teenage years through part of his adult years ” - veelasky
 
83.
Bonded by Blood (2010)
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In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted... (96 mins.)
Director: Sacha Bennett
“ based on the Essex boys, a group involved in organised crime in Essex, England, and their suspicious murders, which are still debated today (see also Rise of the Footsoldier) ” - veelasky
 
84.
The Bang Bang Club (2010)
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A drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa. (106 mins.)
Director: Steven Silver
“ A Canadian-South African film based on the lives of four photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa during apartheid, especially between 1990 and 1994 ” - veelasky
 
85.
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
“ Based on the story of Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for six days in Blue John Canyon in 2003 ” - veelasky
 
86.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
“ A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert ” - veelasky
 
87.
Taking Woodstock (2009)
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A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ An American comedy based on the Woodstock Festival of 1969. ” - veelasky
 
88.
Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)
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Based on real-life events, Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming. (77 mins.)
Director: Ross Katz
“ Based on the experiences of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown from Iraq ” - veelasky
 
89.
The Soloist (2009)
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A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper. (117 mins.)
Director: Joe Wright
“ Based on the life of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless ” - veelasky
 
90.
Public Enemies (2009)
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The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. (140 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ An American biographical crime film in which the FBI tries to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s ” - veelasky
 
91.
Prayers for Bobby (2009 TV Movie)
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True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons. (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ The true story of gay rights crusader Mary Griffith, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance, based on the book of the same title by Leroy F. Aarons ” - veelasky
 
92.
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.)
“ A depiction of the life and career of rapper Biggie Smalls before his death ” - veelasky
 
93.
Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
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A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese... (117 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Based on the autobiography of ballet dancer Li Cunxin ” - veelasky
 
94.
The Killing Room (2009)
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Four individuals sign up for a psychological research study only to discover that they are now subjects of a brutal, classified government program. (93 mins.)
“ A psychological thriller based on the Project MKUltra programme by the CIA, with fictionalized characters ” - veelasky
 
95.
Julie & Julia (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book. (118 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
“ An American comedy drama contrasting the lives of two food writers: pioneer chef Julia Child in the 1940s and 21st century New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook in 365 days ” - veelasky
 
96.
Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Based on the real-life story of South African president Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, the captain of the Springboks, the South African rugby union team ” - veelasky
 
97.
The Informant! (2009)
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The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (108 mins.)
“ Based on the real life story of Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranked executive in U.S. history to turn whistleblower ” - veelasky
 
98.
In Her Skin (2009)
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Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing. (107 mins.)
Director: Simone North
“ An Australian drama based on the brutal murder of 15-year-old Melbourne girl Rachel Barber, who went missing on March 1, 1999 ” - veelasky
 
99.
The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)
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After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Cornwell
“ A psychological supernatural film based on true events surrounding a family haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying their new house ” - veelasky
 
100.
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.)
“ Based on the faithful Akita Hachikō ” - veelasky