Films Based On True Events

by warrenwoodhouse | created - 13 Mar 2019 | updated - 21 Apr 2019 | Public

This list features every single correctly sourced and carefully researched film that are based on true events and true stories. For films that don't have pages on IMDb, please feel free to see my entire list at https://warrenwoodhouse.fandom.com/wiki/Databanks:Films_Based_On_True_Events | Sources & References: https://warrenwoodhouse.fandom.com/wiki/Forum:List_Of_Based_On_True_Events#References | IMDb Search Keywords: Biography, Biopic | PlayStation Store Search Keywords: Biography, Biopic, True Events | Google Search Keywords: Biography, Biopic, Films Based On True Events | YouTube Movies Search Keywords: Biography, Biopic, Films Based On True Events | Sky Store Search Keywords: Biography, Biopic, Films Based On True Events

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1. The Greatest Showman (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 255,479 | Gross: $174.34M

2. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 49,626 | Gross: $8.80M

3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Barely 21 yet, Frank is a skilled forger who has passed as a doctor, lawyer and pilot. FBI agent Carl becomes obsessed with tracking down the con man, who only revels in the pursuit.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 884,483 | Gross: $164.62M

4. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 178,257 | Gross: $44.94M

5. 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: 22,013

6. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After surviving a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight bureaucratic forces to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 56,938 | Gross: $0.26M

7. Life, Animated (2016)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A coming of age story about a boy and his family who overcame great challenges by turning Disney animated movies into a language to express love, loss, kinship and brotherhood.

Director: Roger Ross Williams | Stars: Owen Suskind, Ron Suskind, Cornelia Suskind, Walter Suskind

Votes: 5,841 | Gross: $0.24M

Docudrama about a father who is helping his Autistic son with moving into his own house, his own job and his own girlfriend with guest stars such as the voice of the villain from Disney's Alladin.

8. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

Hitman Frank Sheeran looks back at the secrets he kept as a loyal member of the Bufalino crime family.

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

Votes: 350,907 | Gross: $7.00M

9. 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: 43,817

10. The Kid (II) (2019)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Western

51 Metascore

The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Director: Vincent D'Onofrio | Stars: Jake Schur, Leila George, Chris Pratt, Dane DeHaan

Votes: 7,720 | Gross: $1.51M

11. 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: 74,200 | Gross: $22.96M

12. Leaving Neverland (2019)

TV-MA | 240 min | Documentary, Crime

At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. They now allege that he sexually abused them.

Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Joy Robson, Chantal Robson

Votes: 27,671

13. Green Book (2018)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Director: Peter Farrelly | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco

Votes: 425,733 | Gross: $85.08M

14. 8 Mile (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 264,241 | Gross: $116.72M

15. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 163,457 | Gross: $102.27M

Semi autobiographical that's loosely based on the work life of P.L. Travers’, the author of the original Mary Poppins book series that ran from 1934 to 1988.

16. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

A few decades after her original visit, Mary Poppins, the magical nanny, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 81,766 | Gross: $171.96M

Semi autobiographical that's loosely based on the work life of P.L. Travers’, the author of the original Mary Poppins book series that ran from 1934 to 1988.

17. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 46,613 | Gross: $16.47M

18. BlacKkKlansman (2018)

R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

83 Metascore

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace

Votes: 241,148 | Gross: $49.28M

19. 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: 157,290 | Gross: $96.37M

20. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Music

49 Metascore

The story of the legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985).

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy

Votes: 485,468 | Gross: $216.43M

21. Vice (I) (2018)

R | 132 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 132,751 | Gross: $47.84M

22. Che: Part One (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Julia Ormond, Benicio Del Toro, Oscar Isaac, Pablo Guevara

Votes: 45,343 | Gross: $1.73M

23. Che: Part Two (2008)

Not Rated | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

In 1967, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara leads a small partisan army to fight an ill-fated revolutionary guerrilla war in Bolivia, South America.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Benicio Del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Votes: 33,106

24. The Favourite (2018)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

In early 18th-century England, the status quo at the court is upset when a new servant arrives and endears herself to a frail Queen Anne.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 184,547 | Gross: $34.37M

25. Masterminds (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A guard at an armored car company in the Southern U.S. organizes one of the biggest bank heists in American history. Based on the October 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery.

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Ross Kimball

Votes: 53,125 | Gross: $17.36M

26. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 594,386 | Gross: $188.37M

27. Deepwater Horizon (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, History

68 Metascore

A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, James DuMont

Votes: 159,937 | Gross: $61.43M

28. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

When both he and a colleague are about to lose their job, Walter takes action by embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Jon Daly, Kathryn Hahn

Votes: 303,304 | Gross: $58.24M

29. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 653,514 | Gross: $96.96M

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Autistic computer genius and the founder of Facebook in this biographical drama chronicling the foundation of the largest social media network website in the entire world and its then legal battle against its own founders of a estimated billion dollar venture. | Directed By: David Fincher (from the North East of England, same city as Sting, Ant & Dec, Robson Green and as Ridley Scott. David also directed Fight Club and Seven.) | Genre: Biopic, Biographical, Drama

30. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 656,108 | Gross: $138.80M

31. Frost/Nixon (2008)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell

Votes: 105,746 | Gross: $18.59M

32. Cass (2008)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story.

Director: Jon S. Baird | Stars: Nonso Anozie, Gavin Brocker, Leo Gregory, Natalie Press

Votes: 6,061

33. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 208,798 | Gross: $102.31M

34. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 716,634 | Gross: $91.13M

Based on the real life story and true events of Autistic man and British Cryptographic Analyst Alan Turing and his brilliant team who cracked the German Enigma code at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

35. Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis

Votes: 16,810 | Gross: $4.23M

36. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 151,804 | Gross: $79.88M

Semi autobiographical that's loosely based on a true story and based on true events about a Bay Thoroughbred horse named Joey, the first British Armed Forces war horse to have survived the fight of World War I on both sides of the war, both as a British Armed Forces war horse and as a German Armed Forces war horse. | Directed By: Steven Spielberg | Genre: Biopic, Biographical, War, Drama

37. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 70,357 | Gross: $120.28M

38. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 47,306 | Gross: $25.53M

39. Winchester (2018)

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

28 Metascore

Ensconced in her sprawling San Jose, California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Scicluna-O'Prey, Jason Clarke

Votes: 32,361 | Gross: $25.09M

40. The German Doctor (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, History, Thriller

62 Metascore

The true story of an Argentine family who lived with Josef Mengele without knowing his true identity, and of a girl who fell in love with one of the biggest criminals of all time.

Director: Lucía Puenzo | Stars: Alex Brendemühl, Diego Peretti, Guillermo Pfening, Alan Daicz

Votes: 7,045 | Gross: $0.41M

41. War Dogs (2016)

R | 114 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

57 Metascore

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

Votes: 193,305 | Gross: $43.03M

42. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

PG-13 | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

39 Metascore

High school senior Katey moves to Havana in November 1958, when her dad gets a promotion at Ford. She meets a local waiter, who introduces her to sensual Cuban music/dance. They enter a big dance contest for the prize when he gets fired.

Director: Guy Ferland | Stars: Diego Luna, Romola Garai, Sela Ward, John Slattery

Votes: 27,536 | Gross: $14.16M

43. Only the Brave (2017)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly

Votes: 63,511 | Gross: $18.34M

44. Only the Brave (1930)

Passed | 66 min | Drama, Romance, War