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, suspense and intense films and TV shows about / with mentor, justice, catastrophe, dialogue, sacrifice, courage, chase, storytelling, destiny and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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factual movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as factual: Spotlight (2015), Sully (2016), Erin Brockovich (2000), Valkyrie (2008), Schindler's List (1993), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Too Big to Fail (2011), Apollo 13 (1995), Dark Waters (2019), A Beautiful Mind (2001).

List of factual movies

 8.1
 470K
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, thought provoking, suspense, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, lawyer, investigation, investigative journalism, sexual abuse, conspiracy, newspaper, catholicism, child abuse, cover up, journalist, expose ...
Time: year 2001, 70s, 2000s, 20th century, year 2002 ...
Place: boston, massachusetts, new england, florida
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 7.4
 274K
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, inspirational, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: aviation, airplane, pilot, investigation, airplane accident, courage, plane crash, crash landing, accident, justice, survival, rescue ...
Time: year 2009, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, manhattan new york city
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 7.4
 199K
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: inspirational, factual, uplifting, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: environmental, lawyer, court, contamination, justice, small town, investigation, corporate crime, single mother, against the odds, contaminated water, female protagonist ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, los angeles, usa
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 7.1
 246K
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: factual, tense, bad ending, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, nazi, war, nazism, hitler, nazi germany, conspiracy, resistance, politics, wehrmacht, espionage, german ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1943, 20th century
Place: germany, berlin germany, africa, poland, europe ...
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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: emotional, touching, thought provoking, realistic, heartbreaking ...
Audience: date night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, genocide, nazi, war, concentration camp, anti semitism, violence, against humanity, wartime, brutality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, israel ...
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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, christian film, rough, factual, emotional ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: jesus, christianity, religion, betrayal, suffering, torture, death, sacrifice, bible, mission, brutality, life philosophy ...
Time: 1st century, 1930s
Place: holy land, jerusalem, rome italy, ancient greece, middle east
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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, political, suspenseful ...
Plot: wall street, financial crisis, finance, politics, economics, greed, stock broker, business, bankruptcy, twists and turns, moral dilemma, race against time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2008
Place: washington d.c., new york, usa, middle east, california
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 7.7
 296K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Japan
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, realistic, suspenseful, breathtaking, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: astronaut, survival, nasa, disaster, space exploration, space travel, space program, rescue, race against time, trapped in space, moon, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 60s, future, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: houston texas, usa, pacific ocean, texas, florida ...
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 7.6
 89K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, factual, political ...
Plot: contamination, lawyer, lawsuit, environmental, fighting the system, legal investigation, corporate crime, corruption, price of justice, investigation, courtroom drama, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 2000s, 2010s, year 1998, year 1999 ...
Place: cincinnati ohio, usa, ohio, west virginia
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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, touching, cerebral, motivational, emotional ...
Plot: mathematics, mental illness, schizophrenia, genius, paranoia, insanity, mathematician, obsession, prodigy, scientist, nobel prize, imaginary friend ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 20th century, 90s, 80s ...
Place: new jersey, boston, massachusetts, usa, stockholm sweden ...
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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, captivating, thought provoking, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: world war two, genius, mathematics, inventor, inventions and discoveries, prodigy, ambition, computer, invention, mathematician, gay, code breaking ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, year 1951, 1920s ...
Place: england, poland, germany, europe, united kingdom ...
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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Germany, USA
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: serious, factual, emotional, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, vietnam war, war, soldier, battles, battlefield, heroic mission, military life, death, wartime, justice, army ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, iraq
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 8.4
 1.0M
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, scenic, breathtaking, emotional, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, courage, war, freedom, idealism, tragic hero, battles, sword fight, vengeance, warrior, beautiful scenery, legend ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, united kingdom, europe ...
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 6.8
 38K
The 33 (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Colombia, Spain, 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: factual, touching, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, catastrophe, rescue, disaster, life, stranded, human spirit, ethnic conflict, race against time, radio, honest, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 70s, year 2010
Place: australia, south america, latin america, chile
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Harley and the Davidsons (2016)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story, "Harley and the Davidsons" charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune ...
Style: factual, colourful, semi documentary, educational film
Plot: inventions and discoveries, motorcycle, inventor, american history, best friends, fame, engineer, historical event, historical character, desire for fame, biker, civil engineer ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
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 7.2
 49K
Anthropoid (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Czech Republic, UK, USA, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In December 1941, Czech soldier Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš parachute into their occupied homeland to assassinate Nazi officer Reinhard Heydrich
Style: factual, clever, emotional, realistic, social ...
Plot: nazi, world war two, conspiracy, assassination, nazi occupation, betrayal, torture, gestapo, third reich, friendship between men, suspicion, repression ...
Time: 1940s, year 1938, 1930s, year 1942
Place: prague, germany, berlin germany, israel, england ...
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 6.1
 22K
Devil's Knot (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.
Style: factual, intense, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: police investigation, satanism, teenager, courtroom, courtroom drama, murder, murder investigation, investigation, crimes, police interrogation, court, legal investigation ...
Time: 90s, year 1993, 20th century
Place: arkansas, usa, memphis, southern usa
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 7.6
 22K
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: factual, disturbing, bleak, political, atmospheric ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, politics, nazi, genocide, nazism, anti semitism, war crime, racism, brutality, jewish, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe, poland
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 7.6
 98K
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, inspirational, touching, factual, motivational ...
Plot: prison, boxing, racism, courtroom, prison life, legal, court, friendship, fighting the system, justice, injustice, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 80s, 20th century, 1940s ...
Place: new jersey, toronto ontario canada, canada
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 7.5
 201K
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, emotional, art house, funny, cynical ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, rivalry, british history, queen, power struggle, aristocracy, female rivalry, intrigue, violence, bossy woman, rise and fall ...
Time: 18th century, victorian era
Place: britain, england
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 7.6
 30K
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, realistic, factual, captivating, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american civil war, civil war, military, war, slavery, battles, prejudice, soldier, infantry, heroic mission, civil rights, battle zone ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, pennsylvania, maryland
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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, disturbing, heartbreaking, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: slavery, racism, survival, civil rights, torture, freedom, interracial relations, african american, life is a bitch, separation from family, master and servant, rape ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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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: political, factual, suspense, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: riot, activist, courtroom drama, hippie, political protest, jury, court, political persecution, injustice, political activism, legal, protest ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, year 1968, year 1994
Place: chicago illinois, oakland california, mississippi, ohio, connecticut ...
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Prince Vladimir (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: The plot follows the events surrounding Vladimir from childhood and into adulthood. In the beginning of the film, being under the influence of the high priest Krivzha, the Prince is a young, impulsive and cruel pagan. Fighting for supreme power, ...
Style: colourful, captivating, factual, semi serious, stylized ...
Audience: kids
Plot: battles, brother brother relationship, adventure, faith, friendship, good versus evil, magic, villain, old man, heir, medieval, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages
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 7.4
 100K
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, realistic, stylized, political, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: queen, british history, queen elizabeth i, historical character, politics, british royal family, royal family, head of state, royal court, throne, political intrigue, medieval ...
Time: 16th century, victorian era, middle ages, 18th century
Place: england, london, scotland, spain, europe ...
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 7.3
 153K
Snowden (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, political, factual, serious ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, internet, hacking, whistleblower, moral dilemma, surveillance, hacker, spy, idealism, cia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2015, year 2011, year 2004 ...
Place: hong kong, geneva switzerland, japan, russia, hawaii ...
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 7.0
 5K
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: factual, realistic, sexy, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, historical figure, musician's life, family problems, love and romance, women, ambition, country music, showbiz, rising to stardom, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, year 1956, year 1959 ...
Place: nashville tennessee, west virginia, virginia
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 7.2
 276K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: epic, rough, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: war, american revolution, freedom, military, revolution, human spirit, rebellion, battles, vengeance, heroic mission, wartime, soldier ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, southern usa, england, scotland, virginia ...
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, factual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, winter, psychopath, crimes, sexual predator, murder investigation, drug overdose, manhunt, rape and murder, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, year 1983
Place: alaska, usa, boston
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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, romantic, dramatic, factual, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: royal family, royal court, royalty, queen of england, queen victoria, aristocracy, queen, love and romance, marriage, arranged marriage, love, politics ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, edwardian era, 1820s, 1840s ...
Place: england, london, europe, buckingham palace, belgium
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