667 Most Popular Movies Based on True Stories
Movies based on and/or inspired by a true story.
The true story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diel), a consc… more
The true story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diel), a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II.
When Joyce Smith's fourteen-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake… more
When Joyce Smith's fourteen-year-old son John fell through an icy Missouri lake one winter morning, she and her family had seemingly lost everything. At the hospital, John lay lifeless for more than sixty minutes. But Joyce was not ready to give up on her son. She mustered all her faith and strength into one force and cried out to God in a loud voice to save him. Miraculously, her son's heart immediately started beating again. In the coming days, John would defy every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction. Sixteen days after falling through the ice and being clinically dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital under his own power, completely healed.
Explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, lov… more
Explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.
The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani… more
The film tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteen, Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in the powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.
Recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumba… more
Recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India. Among the dedicated hotel staff is the renowned chef Hemant Oberoi (Anupam Kher) and a waiter (Dev Patel) who choose to risk their lives to protect their guests. As the world watches on, a desperate couple (Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi) is forced to make unthinkable sacrifices to protect their newborn child.
Reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and… more
Reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for the WWE, it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible as athletes and siblings.
On The Basis Of Sex tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows youn… more
On The Basis Of Sex tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hanc… more
The outlaws made headlines. The lawmen made history. From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), The Highwaymen follows the untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren't enough to capture the nation's most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done.
Follows a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy o… more
Follows a young journalist who struggles to come to terms with the dark legacy of her father, a loving conman who was eventually arrested for one of the largest counterfeit money operations in US history.
Whereas the original movie detailed Elder Groberg's first mission to Tonga in th… more
Whereas the original movie detailed Elder Groberg's first mission to Tonga in the 1950's as a 19 year-old bachelor, the sequel tells the inspiring true story of his return to Tonga in the 1960's with his wife and five young daughters to serve as President of the Tonga-Fiji Mission.
Shortly after arriving in Tonga, John's wife, Jean, becomes pregnant with their sixth child, a boy who is born with a serious illness that threatens to end his tiny young life. In fact, the boy is born too weak to be evacuated to another country with medical care sufficient to properly diagnose and treat him. With their child's life on the line, John and Jean face the ultimate trial of their faith only to find themselves enfolded in the love and prayers of thousands of Tongans of various religions who unite in a nationwide fast for the health of their little boy. Barriers of inter-religious strife are broken down as all unite in hopes of a miracle that will save the Groberg baby boy's life, as well as that of the son of a non-Mormon Tongan minister who has been beaten within inches of death for religious reasons.
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journa… more
Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.
A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) spends six years pretendin… more
A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author and cult status character JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law (Laura Dern).
Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship… more
Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer, finds creates the Equal Justice Initiative, a l… more
Bryan Stevenson, a young lawyer, finds creates the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, a young man who is sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn't commit. The case draws Stevenson into a tangle of conspiracy and political machination that transforms his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
Based on the book, The Meanest Man in Texas is the true story of Clyde Thompson… more
Based on the book, The Meanest Man in Texas is the true story of Clyde Thompson. When he is convicted of multiple murder, he is sent to the hardest labor camp in the south and the through his new found faith, he is mircaulously paroled and spends his life telling the world about the lord.
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventiona… more
Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine. Based on the true story of William Kamkwamba.
Based on the true story of the biggest jail break in Europe since World War II… more
Based on the true story of the biggest jail break in Europe since World War II, Maze is a thriller that follows the relationship between two men on opposite sides of the prison bars. The film charts how inmate Larry Marley (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) becomes chief architect of this daring escape, which freed 38 Northern Ireland Republican political prisoners. Standing in his way is HM Prison Maze, one of the most state-of-the-art and secure prisons in the world – a prison within a prison – comprised of a labyrinth of H-shaped buildings encased in even higher concrete walls. While attempting to pull off this unimaginable feat, Larry comes into close contact with prison warder Gordon Close (Barry Ward). Although based on deception and manipulation, the trust that these two men develop becomes symbolic of the peace process that eventually resolves the Northern Ireland conflict.
All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, base… more
All men are created equal… then, a few become firefighters. Only the Brave, based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the country. As most of us run from danger, they run toward it – they watch over our lives, our homes, everything we hold dear, as they forge a unique brotherhood that comes into focus with one fateful fire.
The true story of BMX rider John Buultjens.
Laurel & Hardy, the world's favorite comedy double act, set out on a variety hal… more
Laurel & Hardy, the world's favorite comedy double act, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As they start crisscrossing the country, attendances are disappointingly low. But they've always been able to make each other laugh and as the charm and beauty of their performances shines through their audiences laugh too, and they re-connect with legions of adoring fans, old and new.
The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the spectre of Laurel and Hardy's past; and long buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages begins to unfold as the duo, aware that they may be approaching their swan song, try to rediscover just how much they mean to each other.