Most Popular "Based On True Story" Titles
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1. The Greatest Showman (2017)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
Votes: 86,141 | Gross: $170.25M
2. Darkest Hour (2017)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Votes: 81,042 | Gross: $56.36M
3. The Disaster Artist (2017)
R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 65,651 | Gross: $21.12M
4. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Votes: 370,404 | Gross: $188.37M
5. Narcos (2015– )
TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.
6. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Votes: 54,109 | Gross: $81.50M
7. 12 Strong (2018)
R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down for the Taliban.
Votes: 9,021 | Gross: $45.44M
8. The Danish Girl (2015)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Votes: 128,332 | Gross: $12.71M
9. Molly's Game (2017)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Votes: 37,401 | Gross: $28.78M
10. Only the Brave (2017)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama
Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters who risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
Votes: 23,491 | Gross: $18.34M
11. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 937,418 | Gross: $116.90M
13. The Big Sick (2017)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
Votes: 79,343 | Gross: $42.87M
14. American Made (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy
The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.
Votes: 90,829 | Gross: $51.34M
15. Goodfellas (1990)
R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.
Votes: 832,524 | Gross: $46.84M
16. Patriots Day (2016)
R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, History
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
Votes: 62,823 | Gross: $31.89M
17. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Votes: 308,203 | Gross: $67.21M
18. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 994,877 | Gross: $96.07M
19. Raid (2018)
Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A fearless income tax officer raids the mansion of the most powerful man in Lucknow after someone mysteriously draws his attention towards the evidence.
Votes: 1,913 | Gross: $0.59M
20. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Votes: 552,533 | Gross: $183.64M
21. Newsies (1992)
PG | 121 min | Drama, Family, History
A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.
Votes: 16,702 | Gross: $2.82M
22. All the Money in the World (2017)
R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 16,893 | Gross: $25.11M
23. Hidden Figures (2016)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
Votes: 144,947 | Gross: $169.39M
24. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 217,320 | Gross: $182.21M
26. Battle of the Sexes (2017)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Votes: 28,025 | Gross: $12.64M
27. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Votes: 1,017,070 | Gross: $216.54M
28. Hannibal (2013–2015)
TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
29. Detroit (2017)
R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.
Votes: 27,850 | Gross: $16.79M
30. Churchill (2017)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.
Votes: 9,068 | Gross: $1.24M
31. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 570,087 | Gross: $91.13M
32. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 529,019 | Gross: $56.67M
34. Spotlight (I) (2015)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
Votes: 315,703 | Gross: $45.06M
35. The Lost City of Z (2016)
PG-13 | 141 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Votes: 54,216 | Gross: $8.58M
36. Lion (2016)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Votes: 155,539 | Gross: $51.69M
37. Breathe (I) (2017)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Votes: 8,620 | Gross: $0.49M
39. American Hustle (2013)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.
Votes: 396,309 | Gross: $150.12M
40. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 835,433 | Gross: $75.60M
41. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 355,673 | Gross: $137.40M
42. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 710,461 | Gross: $170.74M
43. The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.
Votes: 277,397 | Gross: $70.26M
44. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
R | 117 min | Biography, Drama
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease.
Votes: 376,137 | Gross: $27.30M
45. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)
R | 108 min | Biography, Drama
The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.
Votes: 9,322 | Gross: $1.58M
46. Marshall (2017)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Votes: 8,200 | Gross: $10.05M
47. Jungle (I) (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.
48. Almost Famous (2000)
R | 122 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Votes: 224,740 | Gross: $32.53M
49. The Social Network (2010)
PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 536,738 | Gross: $96.96M
50. City of God (2002)
R | 130 min | Crime, Drama
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
Votes: 600,284 | Gross: $7.56M