Best True Story Movies of 2019

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1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper, Susan Kelechi Watson

Votes: 6,356

2. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 99,159

3. Judy (II) (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

Legendary performer Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

Votes: 6,431

4. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson

Votes: 21,812

5. After Parkland (2019)

92 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

In the aftermath of the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman traveled to Parkland and began filming with ... See full summary »

Directors: Jake Lefferman, Emily Taguchi | Stars: David Hogg, Dillon McCooty, Manuel Oliver, Andrew Pollack

Votes: 21

6. Fighting with My Family (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.

Director: Stephen Merchant | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh

Votes: 43,322 | Gross: $22.96M

7. Rocketman (I) (2019)

R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music

69 Metascore

A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 81,037 | Gross: $96.37M

8. Blinded by the Light (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

In England in 1987, a teenager from an Asian family learns to live his life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of American rock star Bruce Springsteen.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Billy Barratt, Ronak Singh Chadha Berges, Viveik Kalra, Lee Barnett

Votes: 9,614 | Gross: $11.90M

9. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe

Votes: 50,770

10. Hustlers (2019)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

79 Metascore

Inspired by the viral New York Magazine article, Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Director: Lorene Scafaria | Stars: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Mette Towley

Votes: 27,306 | Gross: $80.55M

11. Harriet (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

66 Metascore

The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

Director: Kasi Lemmons | Stars: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, Clarke Peters

Votes: 3,563

12. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 58,439

13. Hotel Mumbai (2018)

R | 123 min | Drama, History, Thriller

62 Metascore

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

Director: Anthony Maras | Stars: Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi, Anupam Kher

Votes: 36,233 | Gross: $9.65M

14. The Dirt (2019)

TV-MA | 107 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

39 Metascore

Based on the bestselling autobiography from Mötley Crüe, the film is an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.

Director: Jeff Tremaine | Stars: Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber

Votes: 32,017

15. Brian Banks (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, Melanie Liburd, Sherri Shepherd

Votes: 1,073 | Gross: $4.32M

16. Breakthrough (I) (2019)

PG | 116 min | Biography, Drama

46 Metascore

When her 14-year-old son drowns in a lake, a faithful mother prays for him to come back from the brink of death and be healed.

Director: Roxann Dawson | Stars: Marcel Ruiz, Topher Grace, Sarah Constible, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 5,055 | Gross: $40.71M

17. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman

Votes: 41,220 | Gross: $73.65M

18. The Upside (2017)

PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Aja Naomi King

Votes: 34,447 | Gross: $108.25M

19. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 14,574 | Gross: $16.88M

20. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp

Votes: 12,510

21. Dark Waters (2019)

PG-13 | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against a chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Mark Ruffalo, William Jackson Harper, Tim Robbins

Votes: 931

22. The Best of Enemies (2019)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

Director: Robin Bissell | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche

Votes: 4,822 | Gross: $10.21M

23. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes

Votes: 8,164 | Gross: $0.40M

24. Tolkien (2019)

PG-13 | 112 min | Biography, Drama, War

48 Metascore

The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school.

Director: Dome Karukoski | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 18,980 | Gross: $4.54M

25. Apollo 11 (2019)

G | 93 min | Documentary, History

88 Metascore

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Director: Todd Douglas Miller | Stars: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Deke Slayton

Votes: 13,276 | Gross: $9.04M

26. The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

55 Metascore

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Shannon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherine Waterston

Votes: 7,065

27. Saint Judy (2018)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama

51 Metascore

The story of immigration attorney Judy Wood, and how she initiated the change in U.S. law of asylum to save women's lives.

Director: Sean Hanish | Stars: Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common, Alfred Molina

Votes: 503 | Gross: $0.08M

28. Stockholm (I) (2018)

R | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

54 Metascore

Based on the absurd but true 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm that was documented in the New Yorker as the origins of the 'Stockholm Syndrome'.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong, Christopher Heyerdahl

Votes: 6,086 | Gross: $0.30M

29. All Is True (2018)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

59 Metascore

A look at the final days in the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Nonso Anozie

Votes: 2,026 | Gross: $1.20M

30. The White Crow (2018)

R | 127 min | Biography, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Rudolf Nureyev's defection to the West.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann, Adèle Exarchopoulos

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $1.83M



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