Government Movies Based On True Stories

Saturday, April 2 by Audrey Johnson

Government movies based on true stories tend to be a little disturbing – after all, what viewer wants to face the complete truth about their government’s doings? Sometimes, however, movies based on true government stories seem just too outlandish to be real – but, nevertheless, they are. Perhaps it’s this that makes these government movies so interesting? Or is it the idea that we just might be learning a secret?

  1. Charlie Wilson’s War.” Know that little country Afghanistan? Well, the U.S. has been at war there for longer than you realize. Charlie Wilson is no fictional character, but rather a true Southern Congressman who decides to raise money to fight Russians invading Afghanistan. The result of his energy, mainly in the form of fundraising, issue awareness and fund allocation, is directly tied to the fall of the U.S.S.R. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts shine in this government movie based on a true story.
  2. Catch Me If You Can.” While you might not believe that a man can con his way into a flight cockpit, Frank Abagnale Jr. did just that in real life. The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, follows Abagnale’s rise to being considered one of the most wanted individuals in the United States for his fraudulent check writing and printing, to his downfall and subsequent consulting with the federal government. A thinking and action movie, “Catch Me if You Can” is a movie about the federal government’s chase for a criminal.
  3. Milk.” Harvey Milk, the first openly homosexual elected official. The film brilliantly depicts the reasons why he ran, who supported him and the problems he faced. The all too-sudden end of this groundbreaking individual may dampen your heart, but it does not change the impact Harvey Milk’s life had on the world.
  4. Not Without My Daughter.” In this true-life government movie, a woman fights for her and her daughter’s freedom from tyranny in Iran. When Betty agreed to follow her husband to Iran to be with his family, she never imagined he would trap her there and subject her to the country’s stringent rules. Finding herself stuck, stranded and alone, she manages to escape, but insists on saving her daughter. This movie, starring Sally Field, is based on one woman’s plight for freedom from Iranian oppression, and the American government’s refusal and inability to help.
  5. Fair Game.” This recent movie tells the story of the U.S. Government’s willing exposure of CIA operative Valorie Plame. Deep undercover in Iran, Plame was barely extracted before she was murdered due to her identity being revealed. The event became even more controversial when it was revealed that her name and likeness were leaked to punish her husband for stating that he didn’t find any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. If you’re looking for a movie based on true events that’ll likely make you mad, don’t miss “Fair Game.”
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