Based on true events movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant based on true events movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out based on true events, suspense, realistic, serious, suspenseful and tense films and TV shows about / with father son relationship, danger, husband wife relationship, friendship, death, destiny, survival, flashback, catastrophe and courage plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Russia and other countries.
based on true events
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based on true events movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as based on true events: Darkest Hour (2017), The Founder (2016), The Social Network (2010), Everest (2015), Granite Mountain (2017), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), All the Money in the World (2017), Borg vs McEnroe (2017), The Blind Side (2009), King of Thieves (2018).

List of based on true events movies

 7.4
 132K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, prime minister, world war two, leader, politics, leadership, period piece, danger, wartime, secretary, husband wife relationship, decision ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, france, europe
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 7.2
 94K
The Founder (2016)
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: based on true events, factual, realistic, motivational, clever ...
Plot: family business, business, fast food, ambition, businessman, salesman, rags to riches, greed, capitalism, betrayal, twists & turns, destiny ...
Time: 1950s
Place: mcdonald's restaurant, usa, america, 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, based on true events, realistic, intellectual, serious ...
Plot: computers and web, rise to the top, ambition, programmer, inventions and discoveries, social relations, ego clash, computer genius, creator, college, social network, facebook ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2003
Place: usa, california, harvard university, massachusetts, new york
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 7.1
 176K
Everest (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Iceland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one ...
Style: realistic, dramatic, suspenseful, tense, based on true events ...
Plot: survival, mountain climbing, death, forces of nature, adventure, climbing, against the odds, adventurer, stranded, tragedy, death of protagonist, freeze to death ...
Time: year 1996, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mount everest, asia, himalaya, nepal, texas
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Granite Mountain (2017)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots battle deadly wildfires to save an Arizona town.
Style: exciting, based on true events, tense, suspense, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: natural disaster, heroism, friends, danger, evacuation, partners, forest fire, tragedy, mentor, bravery, rescue, firemen ...
Time: year 2007, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, arizona
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 8.1
 357K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: touching, inspirational, based on true events, brutal, suspense ...
Plot: war, bible, conscientious objector, courage, violence, survival, world war two, father son relationship, life & death, prejudice, soldier, pacifism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: japan, usa
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All the Money in the World (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 132 min.
Story: The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
Style: based on true events, serious, captivating, tense, rough
Plot: kidnapping, ransom demand, greed, miser, billionaire, grandfather grandson relationship, child custody, escape, severed ear, violence, flashback, telephone call ...
Time: year 1973, year 1971
Place: italy, rome italy, saudi arabia
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Borg vs McEnroe (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Finland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story of the world's greatest tennis icons – Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe – and their legendary duel during the 1980 Wimbledon tournament.
Style: based on true events, serious, tense, captivating, exciting
Plot: tennis, tennis player, rivalry, arrogance, professional sports, childhood flashback, coach, male objectification, american abroad, determination, verbal abuse, father son relationship ...
Time: year 1980, year 1978
Place: monte carlo, sweden
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 7.7
 264K
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: uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, misfit, american football, family drama, athlete's life, prejudice, homeless, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
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King of Thieves (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A caper film about the unlikely gang of retirees that pulled off the daring Hatton Garden jewellery heist of 2015.
Style: based on true events, captivating, light, ironic
Plot: burglary, robbery, elderly, crime, jewelry, british, gang, diamonds, historical event, one last job, elderly man, police surveillance ...
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 7.9
 453K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: atmospheric, dramatic, realistic, based on true events, suspense ...
Plot: world war two, war, evacuation, british army, british history, german, wartime, survival, soldier, rescue, rescue mission, surrounded ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: france, europe, english channel, england, battleship ...
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 7.4
 15K
Red Dog (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, realistic, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: pets, dog, animal life, human animal relationship, obsessive quest, on the road, friends, family, wilderness, ambition, multiple storylines, grief ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: australia, mine
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 7.1
 6K
Cargo 200 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is taken hostage by a police officer and subsequently abused by the lawman gone mad.
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, suspenseful, based on true events ...
Plot: sexual abuse, murder, kidnapping, sexual perversion, hostages, rape, crimes, isolation, woman in danger, sadism, child abuse, teenage rape ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1984
Place: russia, afghanistan
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 7.0
 32K
Stronger (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.
Style: based on true events, disturbing, suspenseful, compassionate, suspense
Plot: explosion, hospital, rehabilitation, bombing, terrorist bombing, conspiracy, saving a life, physical therapy, friendship, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship, investigation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: boston
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 7.4
 108K
The Masterpiece (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An aspiring actor in Hollywood meets an enigmatic stranger by the name of Tommy Wiseau, the meeting leads the actor down a path nobody could have predicted; creating the worst movie ever made.
Style: based on true events, light, humorous, feel good, talky
Plot: ambition, hollywood, filmmaking, strange person, making of, aspiring actor, friendship between men, film within a film, bigger dreams, promise, adaptation, unlikely friendships ...
Time: year 2003, 1990s, year 1998, 2000s
Place: california, san francisco
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Victoria & Abdul (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, touching
Plot: servant, british history, queen victoria, royal court, queen of england, hindu, intergenerational friendship, friendship, woman, interracial friendship, racism, muslim ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: india, florence italy, buckingham palace, taj mahal, scotland
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 6.6
 47K
12 Strong (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, exciting, rough, touching ...
Plot: cia, cia agent, heroism, destruction, machismo, behind enemy lines, september 11 2001, heroes, brutality, battle, military, soldier ...
Time: 2000s, year 2001
Place: afghanistan, middle east
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 7.8
 942K
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, emotional, captivating, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: love and romance, fall in love, ship, love, love story, drowning, survival, iceberg, tragic love, opposites attract, sea disaster, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1990s, edwardian era
Place: england
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Magnificent Century: Kösem (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Anastasia a young Greek woman in Ahmed I's harem takes on the name 'Kosem' (leader, pioneer). In a world of men, she rules of the Ottoman Empire through her sons and grandson.
Style: based on true events, realistic, captivating, emotional, stylized
Plot: royal family, palace intrigue, female protagonist, sultan, power struggle, strongman, destiny, strong female character, intrigue, strong female lead, rise to the top, bossy woman ...
Time: 17th century
Place: ottoman empire, turkey, istanbul turkey
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Birth of the Dragon (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: China, Canada, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.
Style: based on true events, factual, exciting, suspense, atmospheric ...
Plot: kung fu, athlete's life, martial arts, destiny, fight scenes, heroes, rivals, family relations, sporting event, rivalry
Time: 1960s
Place: usa
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My Dinner with Hervé (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist and actor Hervé Villechaize, the world's most famous gun-tothing dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both
Style: based on true events, factual, ironic, sad, tragic ending ...
Plot: dwarf, celebrity, twists & turns, performer's life, bohemian life, untimely death, lust, flashback, interview, drugs/alcohol, promiscuous past, limousine ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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 6.4
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Unforgiven (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true and tragic events in the life of Vitaly Kaloyev, an architect and family man. In 2002, his wife and children die in a mid-air collision along with 70 other people, mostly children. Vitaly is one of the first people to discover the ...
Style: psychological, based on true events, emotional, bleak, ambiguous ending
Plot: justice, tragedy, lone hero, grief, revenge, airplane accident, death of child, depression, death of wife, moral ambiguity, tragic event, catastrophe ...
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 7.1
 15K
Breathe (2017)
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, based on true events, realistic, compassionate, sad ...
Plot: disability, illness, husband wife relationship, paralysis, polio, supportive spouse, adaptation, human spirit, marriage, hospital, suffocation, near death experience ...
Time: year 1970, year 1981, year 1971, year 1958, year 1960 ...
Place: africa, kenya, spain, england, germany
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The Icebreaker (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story is based on the real events of 1985. The team of a Russian polar icebreaker “Mikhail Gromov” discovered a giant iceberg. The ship came into collision while attempting to take cover from the weather and is forced to drift with ice along ...
Style: based on true events, serious, suspense, melancholic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ship, iceberg, storm at sea, coast guard, danger, cold, team, strained relationship, ship captain, friendship, drinking, health situation ...
Time: year 1985
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 5.3
 2K
Mathilde (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The love story of the famous ballet dancer Mathilde Kschessinska and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
Style: based on true events, psychological, thought provoking, tense
Plot: ballet, female nudity, theater, impossible love, father son relationship, secret love, moral dilemma, passion, czar, family, love and romance, family problems ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: russia
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The Pirates of Somalia (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Somalia, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an inspiring chance encounter with his idol, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur uproots his life and moves to Somalia looking for the story of a lifetime. Hooking up with a local fixer, he attempts to get embedded with the local Somali pirates, ...
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, factual, exciting, suspense
Plot: journalist, pirate, drugs, news report, danger, adventure, point of view, journey, escapades, culture clash, village, weapons ...
Time: year 2008
Place: somalia, canada
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 7.2
 7K
Salyut 7 (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Salyut 7, the Soviet space station, was orbiting Earth in unmanned regime. Suddenly it stops responding to signals from the Ground Control. Fall of this station, the pride of soviet science and space industry, would not only damage the image of the ...
Style: based on true events, exciting, captivating, touching, suspenseful
Plot: space station, cosmonaut, space mission, human in outer space, danger, space exploration, catastrophe, outer space, friendship, hopes, russian history, zero gravity ...
Time: year 1985
Place: ussr, russia
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 6.3
 2K
Sobibor (2018)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on the true story, international historical project “Sobibor” is dedicated to the heroism of the Soviet o cer Alexander Pechersky. During the great Patriotic war, being in a Nazi concentration camp Sobibor he managed to do the impossible ...
Style: rough, based on true events, factual, suspenseful
Plot: world war two, concentration camp, escape, holocaust survivor, nazi germany, killings, concentration camp survivor, russian abroad, nazi uniform, russian, holocaust, barefoot woman ...
Time: 1940s
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The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Based on the eponymous book by Boris Vasilyev, the film is set in Karelia (North-West of Russia, near Finland) in 1941 during WWII. In a beautiful and quiet wilderness far from the front-line there is an anti-aircraft artillery point, where corporal ...
Style: based on true events, tragic ending, disturbing, scenic, epic ...
Plot: soldier, military, heroic mission, military life, wartime life, battles, world war two, great patriotic war, soviet army, war, survival, friendship ...
Time: year 1942
Place: russia, soviet union
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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.
Style: suspense, rough, based on true events, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rescue mission, palestinian, death threat, hostage situation, airplane hijack, terrorism, politics, danger, violence, culture clash, dialogue, handgun ...
Time: year 1976
Place: uganda, israel, frankfurt germany, athens greece
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