Factual movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant factual movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out factual, realistic, dramatic, serious, based on true events and intense films and TV shows about / with mentor, destiny, catastrophe, storytelling, courage, runaway, justice, sacrifice, dialogue and chase plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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factual movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as factual: Spotlight (2015), Sully (2016), Dark Waters (2019), Too Big to Fail (2011), Apollo 13 (1995), Erin Brockovich (2000), Valkyrie (2008), Schindler's List (1993), The Imitation Game (2014), We Were Soldiers (2002).

List of factual movies

 8.1
 439K
Spotlight (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson, reporters ...
Style: factual, twists and turns, psychological, talky, tense ...
Plot: journalism, conspiracy, investigative journalism, twists & turns, catholicism, investigation, pedophilia, expose, lawyer, pedophile priest, catholic, child abuse ...
Time: year 2002, year 2001, year 1976, september 11 2001
Place: boston, florida
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 7.4
 251K
Sully (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as ...
Style: factual, realistic, suspense, intense, inspirational ...
Plot: airplane accident, airplane, aviation, crash landing, courage, pilot, plane crash, investigation, lone hero, rescue, co pilot, catastrophe ...
Time: year 2009, 2000s, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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 7.6
 71K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, realistic, thought provoking, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, corporate crime, fighting the system, price of justice, investigation, courtroom drama, environmental, uncover truth, contaminated water ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 2001, year 1975, year 2012 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
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Too Big to Fail (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, 'Too Big to Fail' offers an intimate look at the epochal financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few ...
Style: factual, thought provoking, tense, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: financial crisis, wall street, bankruptcy, politics, finance, moral dilemma, corporate world, society, senator, race against time, state affairs, social problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008
Place: washington d.c., new york, usa, california, middle east
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 7.6
 279K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: astronaut, nasa, space travel, space program, survival, spacecraft, race against time, rescue, outer space, trapped in space, moon, teamwork ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, texas, pacific ocean, houston texas ...
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 7.4
 184K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
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: factual, inspirational, captivating, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: contamination, justice, against the odds, lawyer, single mother, court, relationship vs career, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, young woman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 7.1
 234K
Valkyrie (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, UK
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, factual, suspenseful, bad ending, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, war, nazi germany, german officer, resistance, nazi, colonel, bomb, deception, treason, assassination attempt ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe, normandy, munich germany ...
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
Style: touching, thought provoking, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, rescue, jewish, ghetto, war, wartime, nazi, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, 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, intellectual, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prodigy, genius, ambition, inventions and discoveries, inventor, code breaking, code, mathematician, social misfits, invention, male homosexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1951, 50s ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, united kingdom ...
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
Style: factual, serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, soldier, military, battles, war, heroes, military life, battlefield, u.s. army, wartime life, heroic mission, army ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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The Passion of the Christ (2004)
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, factual, rough, bleak, epic ...
Plot: christianity, jesus christ, betrayal, jesus, religion, suffering, life philosophy, religions or cults, bible, torture, sacrifice, roman ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 30s, 1930s
Place: holy land, middle east, jerusalem
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, bleak, factual, rough ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, blacks and whites, african american, human trafficking, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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: psychological, captivating, cerebral, dramatic, intellectual ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, genius, prodigy, insanity, schizophrenia, existentialism, imagination, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 90s ...
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, washington d.c. ...
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 7.2
 136K
The Founder (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
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: motivational, based on true events, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, salesman, businessman, fast food, mcdonald's restaurant, rags to riches, ambition, family business, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, year 1929, 20th century, year 1940 ...
Place: usa, america, california, beverly hills, minnesota ...
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 7.8
 211K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, factual, exciting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, genius, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, strong female character, stereotypes, prejudice, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: virginia, langley virginia, usa
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 7.6
 94K
The Hurricane (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
Style: thought provoking, factual, touching, inspirational, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, boxing, prison life, freedom, false accusation, racism, courtroom, legal, friendship, fighting the system, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: new jersey, canada, toronto ontario canada
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 7.5
 183K
The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, cynical, melancholic ...
Plot: lesbian, queen, rivalry, aristocracy, lgbt, period piece, british history, queen of england, ambitious woman, rise and fall, british royal family, duchess ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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 7.4
 95K
Elizabeth (1998)
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, stylized, realistic, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, historical character, queen elizabeth i, british history, royal court, british royal family, head of state, political intrigue, throne, politics, rise to the top, treason ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, paris france ...
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale ...
Style: factual, political, serious, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, activist, injustice, political activism, hippie, riot, protest, court, protest march, trial, political persecution, courtroom ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969, year 1994, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois, ohio, mississippi, mississippi river, connecticut ...
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 8.3
 985K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: epic, breathtaking, rough, scenic, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, freedom, warrior, courage, tragic hero, war, leadership, folk hero, idealism, heroes, love story, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, england, europe, united kingdom ...
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The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Czech Republic, USA
Duration: 148 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: captivating, epic, rough, factual, serious ...
Plot: battles, joan of arc, siege, religion, heroic mission, politics, medieval, war, courage, rise and fall, betrayal, god ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, england, europe, paris france, new orleans
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 7.7
 20K
Conspiracy (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, factual, intense, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, anti semitism, genocide, war crime, racism, politics, conspiracy, state affairs, wartime life, human spirit, world war two, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, poland
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 7.6
 28K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, intense, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, battles, military, war, soldier, heroic mission, state affairs, civil rights, battle zone, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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 7.1
 4K
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, musician's life, ambition, historical figure, love and romance, family problems, showbiz, country music, rising to stardom, desire for fame, couples ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, west virginia, nashville tennessee
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 6.4
 11K
Red Joan (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy.
Style: suspense, intense, suspenseful, factual, realistic ...
Plot: female spy, woman, atomic bomb, world war two, interrogation, suffering, oppression, kgb, politics, propaganda, older man younger woman relationship, interrogation room ...
Time: 20th century, year 1945, 2000s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: ussr, soviet union, hiroshima japan, montreal quebec canada, canada ...
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 5.9
 5K
Holy Rollers (2010)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Inspired by actual events in the late nineties when Hasidic Jews were recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Europe into the United States.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, factual
Plot: rabbi, drug dealing, crimes, lifestyle, partners, society, unlikely criminals, drugs/alcohol, religions or cults, drug trafficking, drug traffic, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new york, amsterdam, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city
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 6.0
 96K
Jobs (2013)
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: serious, realistic, factual, inspirational, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: rise to the top, prodigy, creativity, inventions and discoveries, business, computers and web, workplace situations, perfectionist, entrepreneur, lifestyle, programmer, computer ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 90s, contemporary ...
Place: usa, india, california, new jersey
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The Young Victoria (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 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: touching, realistic, dramatic, factual, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: queen victoria, royal family, aristocracy, period piece, queen, royal court, queen of england, love and romance, royalty, marriage, politics, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1820s, 1830s ...
Place: england, london, buckingham palace, europe, belgium
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 6.8
 7K
Farinelli (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: France, Italy, Belgium, UK
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: realistic, touching, heartbreaking, factual, emotional ...
Plot: opera, opera singer, music, brother brother relationship, eunuch, siblings relations, art, life philosophy, destiny, culture clash, nudity (full frontal - brief), romance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: europe, london, napoli italy, madrid, italy ...
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 6.5
 42K
Flyboys (2006)
Genre: Action, 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: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, harsh, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: war, aerial combat, airplane, world war one, military, adventure, german, danger, heroes, vengeance, heroic mission, french ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: europe, france, germany
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