Most Popular Movies Based On True Stories
Movies are a great way to pass the time. There are various time periods and genres to choose from. One of the most popular in recent years has come to be movies based on real-life people and events. Here are some of the best movies based on true stories:
1. Catch Me if You Can (2002)
This movie is based on the true story of the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Abagnale, becomes an expert forger and master of disguise, somehow manages to cash millions in checks, masquerades as a Pan Am pilot, legal prosecutor, and even a doctor.
This was all before even turning19 years of age. Why did Frank Abagnale Jr. do all of this? It was to bring his divorced parents back together, of course. Many argue that DiCaprio should have won on Oscar for his role in the movie.
2. Schindler’s List (1993)
Liam Neeson expertly portrays Oskar Schindler, a Nazi business owner who has a change of heart and wishes to save people from the regime’s systematic ethnic cleansing of Europe. During the Holocaust, he manages to save more than 1,000 Jewish people from death.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film also starred Ralph Fiennes as the infamous Nazi executioner Amon Goeth.
The movie received Academy awards for Best Picture and Best Director the year it was released.
3. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Alcatraz was a prison built on a small island in the San Francisco bay. Surrounded by water frequented by sharks, escape from the island was said to be impossible. It was the most secure prison at the time it was still in use.
Escape from Alcatraz stars Clint Eastwood, Fred Ward, and Jack Thibeau as the only three men who are rumored to have escaped the island prison in 1962. There is still dispute as to whether they escaped or succumbed to the choppy waters surrounding Alcatraz.
The film is seen as an excellent middle ground that examines the facts and fiction of the story.
4. 300 (2006)
Set during the time of the ancient Greeks, the film tells of King Leonidas, the leader of the Spartan as he leads a small Spartan force against an entire army of soldiers from Persia. Leonidas and his men hold the Persian forces at the Battle of Thermopylae, taking place between Greece and what is now modern-day Iran.
Gerard Butler stars as Leonidas and Lena Headey as the queen. The visuals alone make this movie worth the watch.
5. Black Hawk Down (2001)
Directed by Ridley Scott (Aliens series), the film tells the story of the 1993 U.S. military raid in Mogadishu to capture warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid and the battle the came afterward.
The film stars many well-known actors such as Josh Hartness, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, and Sam Shepard. That year, it won’t two Academy awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
6. Hidden Figures (2016)
A biographical drama directed by Theodore Melfi, it is loosely based on a book of the same name. It tells the stories of the black female mathematicians who were vital to NASA’s success during the Space Race.
The women conducted calculations for many of the Project Mercury missions and some others.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and many others. It was voted one of the top films of 2016 and was nominated for 3 three Oscars and two Golden Globes.
7. Erin Brockovich (2000)
Starring Julia Roberts, the movie is a biographical drama directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant. It tells the story of Erin Brockovich, a lawyer who fought tooth and nail against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the pollution they were not being punished for causing.
Roberts won various awards for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the 73rd Academy Awards.
8. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
The movie follows the life of Freddie Mercury, lead singer for the rock band Queen from when he began touring with bandmates up to the Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985.
It was written by Anthony MacCarten and Peter Morgan, and directed by Bryan Singer. To date, the film has already grossed $667 million worldwide using a $50 million budget.
9. Ray (2004)
Played by Jamie Foxx, the movie delves into 30 years’ worth of the famous Blues musician’s life. It discusses how he went blind at the age of seven, was inspired by his independent mother, and showed how he grew to the skilled keyboard player the world came to know him as.
The movie was written by James L. White and directed by Taylor Hackford.