The list of the 10 best movies based on true events include some of the most intriguing and dramatic films ever made. Truth is often stranger than fiction, as the saying goes, and screenwriters often draw inspiration and storylines from real life. These movies, though, can often overly dramatize the situation.

  1. “Titanic.” This film, a massive movie of epic proportions, is one of the best movies based on true events. The real-life, deemed “unsinkable,” did in fact sink on its maiden voyage, with many perishing in the frigid north Atlantic. Director James Cameron went to expensive lengths to make sure his ship was factually accurate.

  2. “Braveheart.” Mel Gibson’s movie about Scotland’s William Wallace won five Academy Awards, including for best picture and director, and is one of the best movies based on true events ever. Wallace courageously led his fellow Scots in revolt against the heavily manned and armored English.  

  3. “Apollo 13.” Tom Hanks headlines this dramatic movie, one of the best movies based on true events. This Apollo mission was headed for the moon but suffered serious technical difficulties. An army of NASA employees worked round-the-clock to bring the crew home safely, as the nation waited anxiously.

  4. “Schindler’s List.” This Holocaust film is one of the saddest movies you may ever see, but it is one of the best movies based on true events. It details the work of Oskar Schindler, a man who saved over 1,000 Jews from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis.

  5. “Amadeus.” This winner of eight Academy Awards was one of the best movies based on true events in history. A detailed look at the life of the famous composer, Mozart, the film takes a controversial approach towards Mozart’s last life, suggesting he was pushed to his death by a rival.

  6. “Lawrence of Arabia.”  This epic film looks at the life of T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer whose activities and exploits in the mid-East made him famous. Specifically, he played a hand in the Arab revolt against the rule of the Ottoman Turks. The movie won seven Oscars.

  7. “Saving Private Ryan.” This Steven Spielberg movie takes a very realistic, graphic and violent look at the invasion of Normandy near the end of World War II. Though the characters involved are fictional, the detail of the movie makes it remarkably life-like and real.

  8. “United 93.” An emotionally gripping and deeply sad movie, given the context, this film depicts the events aboard this plane, one of the planes that went down during the events of September 11, 2001. Although many of the occurrences on the plane as portrayed are speculation, some could be reconstructed from phone calls from passengers on the plane.

  9. “Hotel Rwanda.” This movie is about Paul Rusesabagina, a hotelier in Rwanda who attempts to save many of his fellow citizens from the ongoing genocide by hiding them in his hotel. This tense film was nominated for three Academy Awards.

  10. “Blackhawk Down.” This movie showed the real-life events of the Battle of Mogadishu, when the U.S. sent in military forces to remove a violent warlord. After helicopters are shot down from the ground, all hell breaks lose as the army takes part in urban warfare.