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, intense and tense films and TV shows about / with husband wife relationship, violence, death, catastrophe, mentor, father son relationship, runaway, storytelling, blood and cigarette smoking plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in USA, UK, Australia 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: Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Granite Mountain (2017), Everest (2015), Chernobyl (2019), Victoria & Abdul (2017), Borg vs McEnroe (2017), 13 Hours (2016), All the Money in the World (2017), The Founder (2016), Titanic (1997).

List of based on true events movies

 8.1
 415K
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: based on true events, inspirational, touching, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, conscientious objector, bible, world war two, violence, courage, u.s. army, survival, father son relationship, life & death, soldier, pacifism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: okinawa, japan, usa, okinawa japan
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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: based on true events, exciting, tense, suspense, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: natural disaster, forest fire, firemen, heroism, fire, firefighter, friends, danger, evacuation, tragedy, partners, bravery ...
Time: 21st century, year 2007, 2000s, 2010s, year 2013
Place: usa, arizona
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 7.1
 192K
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: based on true events, realistic, dramatic, scenic, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, mountain, forces of nature, mountain climbing, stranded, adventure, beautiful scenery, climbing, blizzard, death, against the odds, natural disaster ...
Time: year 1996, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mount everest, himalaya, asia, texas, nepal
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 9.4
 480K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, atmospheric, thought provoking, dark, heartbreaking ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear holocaust, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, nuclear reactor, scientist, post nuclear, save the day, nuclear power plant, save the world, salvation ...
Time: year 1986, 80s, 20th century
Place: ukraine, ussr, soviet union, russia, moscow russia ...
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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, queen of england, intergenerational friendship, interracial friendship, friendship, woman, hindu, death of protagonist, muslim, racism ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: india, scotland, florence, buckingham palace, florence italy ...
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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 player, tennis, professional sports, rivalry, arrogance, american abroad, male objectification, childhood flashback, coach, fiance fiancee relationship, nightclub, press conference ...
Time: year 1980, 80s, year 1978, 20th century
Place: monte carlo, sweden, monaco, new york, london
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 7.3
 114K
13 Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Malta, Morocco, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
Style: based on true events, intense, realistic, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: rescue mission, gunfight, heroism, terrorism, cia, american abroad, courage, politics, war, survival, machismo, swat team ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, 21st century, year 2011
Place: libya, langley virginia, washington d.c., pentagon, middle east ...
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All the Money in the World (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK, China
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, tense, captivating, serious, rough
Plot: ransom demand, greed, billionaire, kidnapping, escape, grandfather grandson relationship, violence, severed ear, abduction, child custody, mafia, police protection ...
Time: year 1973, 70s, year 1971
Place: rome italy, italy, saudi arabia
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 7.2
 115K
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: based on true events, motivational, inspirational, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: business, salesman, fast food, businessman, mcdonald's restaurant, family business, ambition, rags to riches, greed, destiny, betrayal, twists & turns ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1954, year 1984, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, america, california, minnesota, illinois ...
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 7.8
 1.0M
Titanic (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico, Australia, Canada
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, opposites attract, love story, love, tragic love, ship, fall in love, titanic, drowning, iceberg, shipwreck ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, year 1996, year 1912 ...
Place: england, new york, atlantic ocean
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 7.6
 285K
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, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, american football, strong female character, interracial relations, rising to stardom, life, family drama, athlete's life, football, interracial adoption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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 7.4
 16K
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: based on true events, sentimental, touching, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human animal relationship, pets, dog, obsessive quest, animal life, friends, on the road, family, ambition, wilderness, mine, search ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: australia
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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, emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, rescue, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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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, based on true events, rough, sexy ...
Plot: rock band, musician, singer, music band, fame, gay, aids, musician's life, friendship between men, rise to the top, desire for fame, rock concert ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980, year 1984 ...
Place: england, britain, pittsburgh, edinburgh scotland, munich germany ...
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 6.1
 9K
Stockholm (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime, Drama, History
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Based on the extraordinary true story of the European city’s 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis that was documented in the 1974 New Yorker article “The Bank Drama” by Daniel Lang. The events grasped the world’s attention when the hostages ...
Style: based on true events, captivating, tense, exciting, suspense
Plot: stockholm syndrome, hostage, bank robber, hostage situation, ransom, criminal as protagonist, police chief, husband wife relationship, chief of police, american abroad, bank, name calling ...
Time: 70s, year 1973
Place: stockholm sweden, sweden, eastern europe
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 7.4
 164K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Thriller, 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, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, period piece, danger, historical character ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, europe, london, france, britain
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 6.2
 17K
6 Days (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of highly trained soldiers from the SAS prepared for a raid the ...
Style: based on true events, realistic, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: embassy, rescue, siege, violence, hostage, danger, terrorism, death, police, politics, military, hostage negotiator ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: england, iran, london
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World Trade Center (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: terrorism, heroes, survival, terrorist, firefighter, marine, trapped, world trade center manhattan new york city, rescue, war on terror, danger, race against time ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, year 2001, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, pentagon
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 6.6
 64K
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, exciting, suspenseful, rough, touching ...
Plot: heroism, machismo, soldier, taliban, al qaeda, swat team, cia, military, murder, behind enemy lines, brutality, battle ...
Time: september 11 2001, 21st century, 2000s, year 2001
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa
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 8.1
 421K
Rush (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.
Style: inspirational, exciting, captivating, based on true events, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car race, racecar driver, rise to the top, fame, race car, sport, rivalry, human spirit, world champion, ambition, athlete's life, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, year 1970, year 1975 ...
Place: europe, ibiza, england, austria, new york ...
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 7.1
 18K
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: based on true events, factual, realistic, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, paralysis, illness, supportive spouse, husband wife relationship, polio, adaptation, human spirit, priest, photograph, thunder, costume party ...
Time: year 1981, year 1960, year 1958, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: africa, spain, germany, england, kenya
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 6.9
 153K
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, crimes, crime, gang, twins, rise and fall, violence, mental illness, organized crime, brother brother relationship, husband wife relationship, violent ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 2000 ...
Place: london, england, scotland yard, east end london
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The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
Style: based on true events, bleak, suspenseful, macabre, melancholic
Plot: serial killer, loner, sex crime, murder, misfit, mentally unstable, prostitute, pub, loser, brutality, murder of a prostitute, extreme violence ...
Time: 70s, year 1970, year 1974, 20th century
Place: hamburg germany, central europe, west germany
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 6.5
 15K
Harriet (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: China, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849.
Style: based on true events, enigmatic, tense, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: slavery, american civil war, resistance fighter, freedom, female protagonist, african american, fear, black woman, song, profanity, shot in the hand, hiding ...
Time: 19th century
Place: southern usa, south carolina, philadelphia, delaware, baltimore ...
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 5.8
 13K
The Vanishing (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three lighthouse keepers on an uninhabited island off the coast of Scotland discover something that isn't theirs to keep.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, captivating, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: lighthouse, disappearance, mystery, lighthouse keeper, remote island, castaway, island, treasure chest, disorder, danger, investigation, shipwreck ...
Time: 90s, 1900s, 19th century
Place: scotland
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King of Thieves (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK, Belgium, USA
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, crimes, crime, british, jewelry, gang, diamonds, historical event, diamond theft, elderly man ...
Place: london
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 6.7
 18K
Colette (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Hungary, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: French novelist, Colette, overcomes an abusive marriage to emerge as a leading writer in her country and a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Style: intellectual, based on true events, inspirational, lyrical, captivating
Plot: female protagonist, female writer, novelist, lesbian relationship, bisexuality, ghost writer, nobel prize, exploitation, lesbian sex, husband wife relationship, money, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 1890s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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 7.6
 100K
The Wave (2008)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, based on true events, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: fascism, teachers and students, experiment, nazism, high school, dictatorship, teacher, bullying, suicide, against humanity, dictator, anarchist ...
Time: contemporary
Place: germany, europe, california
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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The true story of the kidnapping of Freddy Heineken, the grandson of the founder of the Heineken brewery, and his driver. They were released after a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid.
Style: tense, serious, exciting, based on true events, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, heist, group of friends, gangsters, abduction, betrayal, greed, family, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1982
Place: holland, amsterdam, paris france, california
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 6.8
 18K
Truth (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: As a renowned producer and close associate of Dan Rather, Mary Mapes believes she’s broken the biggest story of the 2004 election: revelations of a sitting U.S. President’s military service. But when allegations come pouring in, sources change ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, factual, twists and turns, intense ...
Plot: tv reporter, politics, political scandal, presidential election, american politics, election, ends with biographical notes, fired from the job, husband wife relationship, justice, twists & turns, conspiracy theory ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: texas, new york
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