Movies Based on True Stories

List of films based on real events from visitors to our site: Amundsen, The Mercy, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Billionaire Boys Club, 7 Days in Entebbe, The 15:17 to Paris, Matangi / Maya / M.I.A., I Am Paul Walker, Bergman: A Year in a Life, 22 July, Operation Finale, Bohemian Rhapsody, Come Sunday, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, Darkest Hour, Rebel in the Rye, Salyut 7, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, I Am Heath Ledger, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, McLaren, The Art of Loving: The Story of Michalina Wislocka, Stronger, Detroit, Tour de Pharmacy, Eddie the Eagle, Neerja, Gimme Danger, Hacksaw Ridge, Icebreaker
GenreDrama, military, history, biography
CountryAustralia, USA
CastAndrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer
DirectorMel Gibson
Length02:29
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
GenreThriller, Drama, crime, history
CountryUSA
CastJohn Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith (в титрах: Alga Smith)
DirectorKathryn Bigelow
Length02:35
A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest RACE riots in United States history. The story is developed around the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three black men and the brutal beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.
GenreThriller, Drama, biography
CountryUSA
CastAnsel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Taron Egerton
DirectorJames Cox
Length02:16
A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.
GenreAction, Thriller, Drama, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Cast , Zina Zinchenko, Ben Schnetzer
DirectorJosé Padilha
Length02:28
Four hijackers take over an airplane bound to Entebbe, Uganda in 1976 in an effort to free of dozens of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
GenreDrama, biography
CountryUSA
CastSpencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos
DirectorClint Eastwood
Length02:18
Based on the true story, “The 15:17 to Paris” tells the story of three American soldiers who stopped a terrorist plot on a train bound for Paris. The film is based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
DirectorSteve Loveridge
Length02:18
Two decades of home videos reveal the life of M.I.A., first as a refugee in London fleeing the war in Sri Lanka and then as a star in a business that does not tolerate political positions. A filmmaker by vocation, M.I.A. began recording her life and surroundings in South London twenty-two years ago, where her family of Tamil origin had taken refuge while escaping the war. The vast video archive that she accumulated now allows her to reconstruct her tremendous journey as a young immigrant for whom music was the only compass by which to be placed in London’s racial mosaic. And everything that came after: her discovery of hip -hop and urban music, her ephemeral collaboration as a documentary maker with Elastica (from a very different social stratum), the obsessive search for her own sound and her own story, trips to Sri Lanka, the visit by her father (a Tamil guerrilla leader), her sudden stardom and her determination to take advantage of that status to denounce a genocide that neither Europe nor the United States, nor those who wore the pants in the entertainment industry wanted to hear anything about.
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
CastPaul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Rob Cohen
DirectorAdrian Buitenhuis
Father. Humanitarian. Friend. Paul Walker (California, 1973-2013) had a life fully lived, and his legacy of kindness and compassion continues to inspire others. I Am Paul Walker premieres August 11th at 9/8c on Paramount Network. The original documentary series “I Am” is an inside look at the lives of extraordinary individuals as told by the people who knew them best.
Genredocumentary
CountrySweden, Norway
CastIngmar Bergman, Lena Endre, Thorsten Flinck
DirectorJane Magnusson
Length01:44
Journeying through 1957, the year Bergman released two of his most acclaimed features (The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries), made a TV film and directed four plays for theatre, Magnusson has amassed a wealth of archive and contemporary interviews, along with a fantastic selection of clips from his vast body of work.
GenreThriller, Drama, crime, history
CountryNorway, Iceland, USA
CastMaria Bock, Anders Danielsen Lie, Seda Witt
DirectorPaul Greengrass
Length02:45
"22 July" tells the true story of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack. On 22 July 2011, 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens. "22 July" uses the lens of one survivor’s physical and emotional journey to portray the country's path to healing and reconciliation.
GenreThriller, Drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
CastOscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent
DirectorChris Weitz
Length02:32
Years after World War II, a team of secret agents are brought together to track down Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust.
This is the story of how Freddie Mercury and his fellow band members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon formed Queen - one of the most iconic rock groups of all time. The film follows Queen as they produce hit after hit, topping the charts while constantly evolving their sound. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of the band, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The story traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound, their near-implosion as Mercury's lifestyle spirals out of control, and their triumphant reunion on the eve of Live Aid, where Mercury, facing a life-threatening illness, leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. In the process, cementing the legacy of a band that were always more like a family, and who continue to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
GenreDrama
CountryUSA
CastChiwetel Ejiofor, Gerard Catus, Allie McCulloch
DirectorJoshua Marston
Length02:33
Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.
Genredocumentary, Comedy, biography
CountryUSA
CastRobin Williams, Steve Allen, Robert Altman
DirectorMarina Zenovich
Length02:26
A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.
GenreDrama, detective, adventure, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
CastDavid Thewlis, Rachel Weisz, Colin Firth
DirectorJames Marsh
Length02:28
Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.
GenreDrama, melodrama, military, biography
CountryUSA
CastNicholas Hoult, Zoey Deutch, Kevin Spacey
DirectorDanny Strong
Length02:16
The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, 'The Catcher in the Rye'.
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
CastDavid Bowie, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey
DirectorFrancis Whately
A documentary about David Bowie's final two albums "The Next Day" (2013) and "Blackstar" (2016) and Broadway musical "Lazarus".
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryCanada
CastHeath Ledger, Ang Lee,  
DirectorAdrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
Length02:51
'I Am Heath Ledger' is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of australian Heath Ledger (Perth, 1979 - New York, 2008): actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.
Genredocumentary
CountryCanada, USA
CastPeter Bonerz, Jim Carrey, Randall Carver
DirectorChris Smith (в титрах: Chris)
Length02:37
A behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of "Man on the Moon" (1999) from director Milos Forman.
Genredocumentary, Drama, biography
CountryNew Zealand
CastMario Andretti, Alastair Caldwell, Dwayne Cameron
DirectorRoger Donaldson
Length02:12
The story of Bruce McLaren, the New Zealander who founded the McLaren Motor Racing team. A man who showed the world that a man of humble beginnings could take on the elite of motor racing and win.
GenreDrama, melodrama, Comedy, biography
CountryPoland
CastPiotr Adamczyk, Magdalena Boczarska
DirectorMaria Sadowska
Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of the communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.
GenreComedy
CountryUSA
CastAndy Samberg, Daveed Diggs, John Cena
DirectorJake Szymanski
Length00:52
A mockumentary that chronicles the prevalence of doping in the world of professional cycling.
GenreDrama, Comedy, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Germany
CastTaron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken
DirectorDexter Fletcher
Length02:30
The story of Great Britain's first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
GenreThriller, Drama, biography
CountryIndia
CastSonam Kapoor (в титрах: Sonam A. Kapoor), Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tikku
Length02:37
Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot, who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organization.
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
CastEwan McGregor, Iggy Pop, Mike Watt
DirectorJim Jarmusch
Length02:24
An in-depth look at the legendary punk band, The Stooges. Premiere on Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Midnight Screenings).
GenreDrama, adventure, Thriller
CountryRussia
Length02:01
In 1985, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh bring the Salyut 7 space station back to life.
Length02:05
Based on the true story of polar explorer, Roald Amundsen, this movie covers his life and the dangerous way to the pole.
GenreDrama, biography
CountryUSA
CastJake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
DirectorDavid Gordon Green
Length02:32
'Stronger' is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 who helped the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
GenreDrama
CountryRussia
Length01:39
The story is based on the real events of 1985. The team of a Russian polar icebreaker “Mikhail Gromov” discovered a giant iceberg. The ship came into collision while attempting to take cover from the weather and is forced to drift with ice along the Amundsen Sea coast. The crew of “Gromov” spent 133 days of polar night trying to find a way out of their icy trap. They have no room for mistakes; one wrong move and the vessel is crushed by ice.
GenreComedy, biography
CountryUSA
CastFrank Gingerich, Morgan Gingerich, Annette O'Toole
DirectorDavid Wain
Length02:37
In the 1970s and '80s, National Lampoon's success and influence creates a new media empire overseen in part by the brilliant and troubled Doug Kenney.
GenreDrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CastGary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn
DirectorJoe Wright
Length02:30
Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
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