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The list contains the best, new and most relevant factual movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out factual, realistic, serious, dramatic, intense and captivating films and TV shows about / with mentor, catastrophe, destiny, dialogue, runaway, storytelling, culture clash, betrayal, period piece and courage plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as factual: A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Founder (2016), Elizabeth (1998), Jobs (2013), The Young Victoria (2009), Farinelli (1994), The Imitation Game (2014), Flyboys (2006), The 33 (2015), Erin Brockovich (2000).
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The Imitation Game
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
USA
114 min.
 8.0
Elizabeth
Biography, Drama, History
UK
124 min.
 7.5
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Sobibor
Drama, History, War
Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland
110 min.
 6.3
Breathe
Biography, Drama, Romance
UK
118 min.
 7.1

List of factual movies

A Beautiful Mind
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: factual, realistic, touching, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: schizophrenia, mathematics, paranoia, genius, paranoid schizophrenia, mathematician, mental illness, prodigy, insanity, obsession, fighting illness, fictional reality ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, campus, massachusetts, new jersey ...
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 7.2
 86K
The Founder
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise ...
Style: factual, based on true events, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, rags to riches, fast food, business, capitalism, ambition, businessman, greed, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny, underdog ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, california, america
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 7.5
 83K
Elizabeth
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: factual, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: queen elizabeth i, politics, rise to the top, political intrigue, british, historical figure, historical character, rebellion, queen, head of state, british royal family, british history ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, scotland, europe, spain, london ...
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 5.9
 86K
Jobs
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Switzerland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
Style: realistic, factual, inspirational, serious, intense ...
Plot: prodigy, rise to the top, business, lone hero, perfectionist, blind ambition, creativity, computers and web, life philosophy, inventions and discoveries, entrepreneur, greed ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california, new jersey, india
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The Young Victoria
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and ...
Style: realistic, factual, romantic, dramatic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, queen victoria, queen of england, head of state, husband wife relationship, couple relations, royal court, rise to the top, marriage, destiny, politics, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: buckingham palace, london, england, europe, belgium
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 6.9
 6K
Farinelli
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Belgium
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Farinelli is a 1994 biopic film about the life and career of Italian opera singer Farinelli, considered one of the greatest castrato singers of all time.
Style: factual, realistic, emotional, disturbing, touching ...
Plot: opera, music, opera singer, life philosophy, destiny, artist, brother brother relationship, culture clash, art, siblings relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), classical music ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, spain, london, england, italy
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The Imitation Game
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, factual, suspense, intellectual, entertaining ...
Plot: genius, homosexuality, mathematician, inventions and discoveries, social misfits, espionage, ambition, code breaking, prodigy, code, homosexual, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, 1920s ...
Place: england, germany, europe, poland
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 6.5
 39K
Flyboys
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Style: factual, exciting, realistic, suspenseful, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: war, military, airplane, aviation, adventure, german, courage, aerial combat, battles, weapons, danger, heroes ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
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 6.9
 31K
The 33
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Based on a true story about the collapse at the mine in San Jose, Chile that left 33 miners isolated underground for 69 days.
Style: serious, touching, factual, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, mining, rescue, courage, hopes, stranded, isolation, catastrophe, race against time, danger, ethnic conflict, life ...
Time: year 2010, contemporary, 21st century
Place: chile, australia, mine
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 7.3
 152K
Erin Brockovich
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: touching, factual, captivating, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lawyer, environmental, court, justice, investigation, fighting the system, single mother, contamination, uncover truth, righting the wronged, against the odds, relationship vs career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.1
 207K
Valkyrie
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, factual, bad ending, realistic ...
Plot: war, nazis, conspiracy, treason, courage, storytelling, plan gone awry, assassination attempt, resistance, world war two, death of protagonist, secrets ...
Time: year 1944, 20th century, 40s, year 1943, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, africa, berlin germany ...
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 7.2
 133K
Steve Jobs
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: factual, serious, clever, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: prodigy, dialogue driven, rise to the top, apple computer, ambition, technology, friendship, inventions and discoveries, alter ego, loneliness, adaptation, depression ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: usa, california
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 7.0
 33K
Pawn Sacrifice
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, genius, obsession, cold war, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, eccentricity, paranoia, mental illness, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: russia, iceland
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 7.4
 222K
Lincoln
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: factual, captivating, epic, suspense, tense ...
Plot: american civil war, historical character, politics, head of state, period piece, righting the wronged, speech, assassination, idealism, human spirit, slavery, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Czech Republic
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1429 a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil. Following her ...
Style: epic, rough, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: joan of arc, war, betrayal, brutality, politics, heroic mission, battles, mission from god, courage, heroine, rape, god ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, england, europe, new orleans
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 7.1
 13K
Breathe
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Style: factual, realistic, based on true events, compassionate, sad ...
Plot: disability, illness, paralysis, husband wife relationship, supportive spouse, adaptation, human spirit, polio, love, suffocation, hospital, marriage ...
Time: year 1960, year 1971, year 1958, year 1981, year 1965 ...
Place: africa, kenya, spain, germany, england
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 6.4
 93K
The Iron Lady
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
Style: touching, factual, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: politics, golden years, leadership, life & death, prime minister, political leader, female politician, world politics, alzheimer's disease, aging, idealism, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 70s, 80s, 90s, 20th century ...
Place: england, london, europe, argentina
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The Passion of the Christ
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, ...
Style: biblical, epic, bleak, factual, brutal ...
Plot: christianity, jesus, suffering, religion, torture, betrayal, redemption, sacrifice, life philosophy, brutality, death, last supper ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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 7.1
 99K
Anastasia
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, ...
Style: touching, factual, exciting, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: royal family, adventure, family, disney, princess, runaway, hopes, destiny, childhood, magic, happy ending, music ...
Time: 20th century
Place: russia, europe, france, paris france
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 6.9
 32K
Suffragette
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: factual, captivating, inspirational, bleak, serious ...
Plot: feminism, women, fighting the system, courage, rebelliousness, discrimination, workplace, british, mentor, gender, adoption, working class ...
Time: 1910s, 1900s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland
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Marie Antoinette
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, France, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Style: factual, colourful, realistic, melancholic, stylized ...
Plot: royal family, french, palaces castles and temples, state affairs, princess, female protagonist, royal court, siblings relations, politics, art, queen, historical character ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: france, tokyo, versailles, austria, europe ...
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 7.7
 517K
Argo
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Style: suspenseful, tense, clever, factual, captivating ...
Plot: hostage, daring rescue, cia, u.s. embassy, behind enemy lines, government official, government agency, secret mission, politics, rescue mission, courage, american abroad ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, year 1980, year 2001 ...
Place: iran, middle east, usa, california, langley virginia ...
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 6.1
 285K
Pearl Harbor
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, factual, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, wartime, childhood friend, destiny, love and romance, friends, love, u.s. navy, world war two, tragic event, missing in action, fiance fiancee relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1920s, 1940s ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, asia, england, europe ...
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 6.4
 19K
Enigma
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA, Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A romantic thriller based around the World War 2 project to crack the codes behind the Enigma machine, used by the Germans to encrypt messages sent to their submarines.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, factual, clever ...
Plot: war, wartime, secrets, secret service, conspiracy, nazis, world war two, idealism, code breaking, mind game, espionage, submarine ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: scotland, europe, england, germany, poland ...
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My Week with Marilyn
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, actor's life, movie star, depression, celebrity, artists and showbiz, love story, friendship, showgirl, hollywood, showbiz, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: england, california, london, europe
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 5.6
 151K
Alexander
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Germany, USA, Netherlands, France, UK, Italy
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.
Style: epic, factual, breathtaking, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise to the top, war, battles, heroes, adventure, conquering, brutality, courage, battle zone, ambition, homosexuality, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: egypt, greece, europe, macedonia, ancient greece ...
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The Other Boleyn Girl
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sumptuous and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in European history: two beautiful sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, driven by their family's blind ambition, compete for the love of the ...
Style: captivating, factual, romantic, sexy, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: royal court, british history, intrigue, marriage, adultery, politics, queen, love triangle, sisters, palace intrigue, siblings relations, royal family ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london
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Coco Before Chanel
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: 2009 biopic about the early life of Coco Chanel. Several years after leaving the orphanage, to which her father never returned for her, Gabrielle Chanel finds herself working in a provincial bar both. She's both a seamstress for the performers ...
Style: stylized, factual, sexy, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: fashion, rise to the top, feminism, rags to riches, fashion designer, eccentricity, mentor, gender, feminist, women, ambition, love story ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 20th century, 1920s, 1910s ...
Place: france, europe, england, new jersey, london ...
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 8.2
 15K
Victoria
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image ...
Style: factual, realistic, based on true events, serious, light ...
Plot: queen victoria, royal family, british history, husband wife relationship, monarchy, power, politics, palace intrigue, prime minister, european history, mother daughter relationship, queen of england ...
Time: victorian era, 1830s, 19th century
Place: britain, buckingham palace
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The Devil's Violinist
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The life story of Italian violinist and composer, Niccolò Paganini, who rose to fame as a virtuoso in the early 19th Century.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, factual, atmospheric ...
Plot: musician's life, violinist, womanizer, rising to stardom, music, success, rise to the top, deal with the devil, composer, classical music, genius, glory ...
Time: 19th century
Place: italy
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