Movies Based On True Stories

Tuesday, April 19 by Annette Smith

Television has produced several movies based on true stories. But here are ten great feature films inspired by real-life experiences. The list includes Oscar-winning and award-nominated films, and they’re all worth seeing if you enjoy movies inspired by real life.

  1. “All The President’s Men.” “All The President’s Men” is an Oscar-winning historical drama starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. The 1976 movie portrays real-life reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they uncover details about the Watergate scandal leading up to President Nixon’s resignation.
  2. “The Basketball Diaries.” “The Basketball Diaries” is a 1995 biographical movie about the fall of author-musician Jim Carroll into a world of drug addiction. The film was adapted from diaries Carroll wrote when he was a teenage basketball star. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Carroll in the film.
  3. “The Blind Side.” “The Blind Side” is an Oscar-winning biographical sports drama starring Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, and Tim McGraw. The 2009 film is based on the real-life story of Michael Oher, a homeless boy who became a college football All-American and NFL draft pick.
  4. “Changeling.” “Changeling” is a 2008 movie inspired by real-life events. Angelina Jolie portrays a woman reunited with her missing son, only to discover that the boy is an imposter. Set in 1928 Los Angeles, the events in the film relate to the Winedale Chicken Coop Murders.
  5. “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story.” “Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story” is a 2005 family drama starring Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning. The award-winning movie is loosely based on the true story of a young girl who rescues and rehabilitates a racehorse after a serious injury.
  6. Erin Brockovich.” “Erin Brockovich” is an Academy Award-winning drama starring Julia Roberts. The 2000 movie is based on the true story of Erin Brockovich, a California woman, and her legal battle with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
  7. “The Insider.” “The Insider” is a 1999 biographical thriller starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a research scientist who experiences personal and professional attack for appearing on the CBS news show, “60 Minutes,” to expose the truth about the tobacco industry.
  8. “Munich.” “Munich” is an award-nominated 2005 drama starring Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, and Marie-Josée Croze. Based on the true story of Black September, it centers on the group of men hired to kill the people involved with the assassinations of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
  9. “Public Enemies.” Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star in “Public Enemies,” an award-nominated 2009 biographical drama. Set in 1930s America, the movie depicts the government’s actions in pursuit of three notorious gangsters–John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd.
  10. “Walk The Line.” “Walk The Line” is a biographical movie about country music legend Johnny Cash. The 2005 film chronicles the singer’s life from his early days to his rise in fame. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon star in this Oscar-winning true story.

- Annette Smith

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