50 Best Movies Based on True Stories
Since film was invented, we’ve been telling the stories of people and events that have actually happened. Though the highest-grossing films of all time are based on fiction (96 out of the top 100 domestic films are wholly fictional), oftentimes the prestige of the film industry is geared toward movies based on true stories. Five of the last ten Best Picture winners were based on true events and eight of the last ten Best Actor winners were awarded to actors playing characters based on real people.
This year alone has seen whole plethora of films based on true stories including The Finest Hours, Race, Eddie the Eagle, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Miracles from Heaven, Elvis & Nixon, Florence Foster Jenkins, Free State of Jones, War Dogs, Sully, Snowden, Masterminds, The Birth of a Nation, Hacksaw Ridge, Bleed for This, and The Founder. Director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg have even released two films based on true stories this year alone with Deepwater Horizon, based on the oil spill in the gulk; and now Patriots Day, based on the manhunt following the Boston Marathon bombings.
All of that in mind, we’ve put together the essentials, the 50 best movies based on true stories. Check them out below and sound off with your favorites in the comments!