Based on true story movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on true story movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out based on true events, realistic, intense, dramatic, interesting and serious films and TV shows about / with mentor, storytelling, runaway, catastrophe, destiny, greed, tragedy, redemption, courage and profanity plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Crime genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as based on true story: The Intouchables (2011), Schindler's List (1993), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), The Blind Side (2009), The Social Network (2010), The Pianist (2002), Into the Wild (2007), 127 Hours (2010), Green Book (2018), Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009).

List of based on true story movies

The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: touching, uplifting, feel good, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, lifestyle change, french, culture clash, disability, friends, human relationship, blacks and whites, starting over, handicapped ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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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, realistic, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, survival, jewish ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, israel
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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration. Based on Jordan Belfort's autobiography.
Style: clever, dark humor, captivating, biting, realistic ...
Plot: money, rise and fall, success, greed, corruption, ambition, wall street, stock broker, cons and scams, millionaire, yuppie, american dream ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s, year 1983 ...
Place: new york, usa, italy, switzerland, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.6
 282K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, motivational, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, strong female character, interracial relations, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, family drama, athlete's life, interracial adoption, prejudice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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The Social Network (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room as a small site among ...
Style: clever, intellectual, realistic, serious, talky ...
Plot: rise to the top, computers and web, programmer, computer genius, ambition, hacker, social relations, businessman, creator, ego clash, social network, inventions and discoveries ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: harvard university, usa, california, massachusetts, new york ...
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 8.5
 695K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, emotional, suspense, harsh, heartbreaking ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, nazi, pianist, world war two, ghetto, against humanity, nazi occupation, anti semitism, genocide, jewish, nazism ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland
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 8.1
 552K
Into the Wild (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The true story of top student and athlete, Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness.
Style: road movie, melancholic, inspirational, philosophical, cerebral ...
Plot: self discovery, survival, journey, wilderness, freedom, isolation, life philosophy, adventure, on the road, solitude, introspection, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1990, year 1991 ...
Place: alaska, usa, california, washington state, georgia ...
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 7.6
 339K
127 Hours (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
Style: suspense, uplifting, psychological, cerebral, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, trapped, isolation, human spirit, courage, desert, loneliness, adventure, desperation, extreme sport, cave, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2003, 2000s
Place: utah, usa
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 8.2
 323K
Green Book (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Tony Lip, a bouncer in 1962, is hired to drive pianist Don Shirley on a tour through the Deep South in the days when African Americans forced to find alternate accommodations and services due to segregation laws below the Mason-Dixon Line relied on ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, feel good, light, funny ...
Plot: friendship, racism, interracial friendship, blacks and whites, friend, musician, prejudice, chauffeur, driver, journey, piano playing, american south ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 2010s
Place: bronx new york city, southern usa, manhattan new york city, pittsburgh, memphis ...
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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, heartbreaking, sad ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, dog, animals, loyalty, friends, life & death, family, pets, human animal relationship, loneliness, death, loss of friend ...
Time: contemporary, 1930s
Place: japan, usa, rhode island
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. An FBI agent makes it his mission to put him behind bars. But Frank not ...
Style: clever, captivating, exciting, intense, suspense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: master criminal, adventure, fbi, prodigy, justice, con artists, crime, deception, crimes, rise and fall, creativity, cat and mouse ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: usa, florida, madrid, atlanta georgia, new york ...
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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, interesting, touching ...
Plot: mathematics, paranoia, mental illness, insanity, prodigy, genius, schizophrenia, imagination, scientist, obsession, hallucination, mentally unstable ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 80s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, stockholm sweden, new jersey ...
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: emotional, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, ambition, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, hopes, life, down on your luck, success, rags to riches, single father ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco
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 7.6
 46K
Hotel Mumbai (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA, UK, India, Singapore
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai about the Mumbai attacks in 2008 at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, factual, tense
Plot: terrorist attack, terrorist, terrorism, hostage, hotel, courage, religious fanatic, shooting, survival, survivor, siege, reporter ...
Time: 2000s, year 2008
Place: india, mumbai india, pakistan, australia, bombay india ...
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 7.3
 129K
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: thought provoking, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: espionage, fighting the system, journalism, political thriller, whistleblower, national security, surveillance, moral dilemma, media, idealism, uncover truth, government agency ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2007, year 2012, year 2009 ...
Place: usa, russia, maryland, geneva switzerland, new york ...
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 7.8
 1.0M
Titanic (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 194 min.
Story: 84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, emotional, based on true events, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, love, tragic love, ship, fall in love, opposites attract, love story, titanic, shipwreck, drowning, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, year 1996, 90s ...
Place: new york, england, atlantic ocean
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 7.3
 101K
The Queen (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Queen is an intimate behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal ...
Style: thought provoking, factual, emotional, compassionate, talky ...
Plot: queen, royal family, historical character, head of state, queen of england, paparazzi, politics, british royal family, death, pride and honor, death in the family, rules and policies ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1997
Place: england, buckingham palace, britain, europe, london ...
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 8.0
 202K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Style: sentimental, motivational, emotional, touching, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, survival, missing child, childhood, loneliness, courage, destiny, long lost relative, lost child, adopted son, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 2010s, 80s, year 1986
Place: india, australia, melbourne, melbourne australia
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 7.0
 82K
Big Eyes (2014)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the awakening of the painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, serious, sentimental, suspense ...
Plot: art, creativity, painter, court case, couple relations, unsupportive spouse, ambition, greed, marriage, courtroom, couples, rising to stardom ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s, 20th century ...
Place: hawaii, san francisco, california, usa, new york ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, british history, friendship, aristocracy, king, queen, disability, world war two, unlikely friendships, british royal family ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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Freedom Writers (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Style: sentimental, touching, rough, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: teachers and students, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, lifestyle change, idealism, teenage life, gang violence, domestic violence, social relations, life is a bitch, racial tension ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.0
 40K
Gia (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Gia Carangi travels to New York City with dreams of becoming a fashion model. Within minutes of arriving, she meets Wilhelmina Cooper, a wise and high-powered agent who takes Gia under her wing. With Cooper's help and her own natural instincts, ...
Style: psychological, rough, sexual, melancholic, factual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, addiction, drug abuse, fashion, strong sexual content, model, mental illness, lesbian romance, aids, heroin, supermodel, nightlife ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: new york
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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs like "Killer Queen", "Bohemian ...
Style: inspirational, touching, rough, based on true events, sexy ...
Plot: rock band, musician, singer, music band, fame, gay, aids, musician's life, rise to the top, desire for fame, friendship between men, homosexual ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1976, year 1975 ...
Place: england, britain, london, new york, pittsburgh ...
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 7.7
 558K
Argo (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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, captivating, clever, factual ...
Plot: cia, hostage, rescue mission, behind enemy lines, danger, secret agents, american abroad, daring rescue, hollywood, hidden identity, race against time, escapades ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1981 ...
Place: usa, middle east, langley virginia, iran, tehran iran ...
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 7.7
 230K
Changeling (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.
Style: psychological, tense, sentimental, heartbreaking, suspenseful ...
Plot: missing child, investigation, missing person, fighting the system, uncover truth, insanity, serial killer, life is a bitch, corruption, loss of son, desperation, twists & turns ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, seattle, seattle washington ...
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 7.8
 41K
Lilya 4-Ever (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Lilya lives in poverty and dreams of a better life. Her mother moves to the United States and abandons her to her aunt, who neglects her. Lilya hangs out with her friends, Natasha and Volodya, who is suicidal. Desperate for money, she starts working ...
Style: bleak, sincere, serious, thought provoking, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, prostitute, sexual abuse, poverty, downfall, human trafficking, teenage life, social decay, teenage prostitution, forced prostitution, slavery, redemption ...
Place: sweden, europe, estonia, denmark, russia
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Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Set in the changing world of the late 1960s, Susanna Kaysen's prescribed "short rest" from a psychiatrist she had met only once becomes a strange, unknown journey into Alice's Wonderland, where she struggles with the thin line ...
Style: psychological, heartbreaking, serious, emotional, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: mental illness, suicide, psychiatrist, friendship, suicide attempt, mentally unstable, psychiatric ward, eating disorder, coming of age, patient, female protagonist, borderline personality disorder ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa
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Captain Phillips (2013)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, exciting ...
Plot: ship, pirate, hostage, terrorism, hijacking, rescue, navy, kidnapping, hostages, u.s. navy, confined, team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, 2010s, 2000s
Place: somalia, africa, usa, vermont, kenya ...
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 7.3
 107K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, freedom, wilderness, journey, prison escape, escape, world war two, gulag, pow, danger, russian, human spirit ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: russia, india, himalaya, asia, siberia ...
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 6.9
 151K
Legend (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running ...
Style: realistic, brutal, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, twins, crimes, crime, gang, rise and fall, violence, mental illness, organized crime, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, violent ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 1957 ...
Place: london, england, scotland yard, east end london
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