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, realistic, touching, serious, intense and sentimental films and TV shows about / with husband wife relationship, death, woman, cigarette smoking, catastrophe, storytelling, human, flashback, mentor and photograph 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), 13 Hours (2016), Schindler's List (1993), The Founder (2016), Victoria & Abdul (2017), Borg vs McEnroe (2017), The Blind Side (2009).

List of based on true events movies

 8.1
 450K
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, sentimental, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, u.s. army, u.s. military, conscientious objector, bible, american soldier, world war two, physician, soldier, pacifism, courage, war violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: okinawa, japan, okinawa japan, usa
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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, heroism, bravery, tragedy, firefighter, firemen, danger, fire, friends, rescue, partners ...
Time: 21st century, year 2007, 2000s, 2010s, year 2013
Place: usa, arizona
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 7.1
 203K
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, dramatic, realistic, scenic, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, mountain, natural disaster, stranded, mountain climbing, forces of nature, climbing, adventure, beautiful scenery, blizzard, death, against the odds ...
Time: year 1996, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: mount everest, himalaya, asia, nepal, texas
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 9.4
 558K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
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, thought provoking, harsh, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, accident, scientist, save the day, post nuclear, rescue mission ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chernobyl, soviet union, russia ...
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 7.3
 123K
13 Hours (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Malta, Morocco
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, realistic, intense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: rescue mission, gunfight, navy seal, war, swat team, cia, mercenary, courage, heroism, battlefield, u.s. embassy, embassy ...
Time: year 2012, 2010s, 21st century, year 2011
Place: libya, pentagon, langley virginia, iraq, washington d.c. ...
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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, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, anti semitism, rescue, wartime, nazi, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 7.2
 131K
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, businessman, salesman, fast food, rags to riches, mcdonald's restaurant, family business, ambition, capitalism, greed, destiny, betrayal ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1929, year 1967 ...
Place: usa, america, california, minnesota, illinois ...
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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, queen victoria, british history, queen of england, woman, intergenerational friendship, royal court, hindu, friendship, interracial friendship, racism, muslim ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: india, florence, buckingham palace, scotland, 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, captivating, tense, exciting
Plot: tennis player, tennis, professional sports, rivalry, arrogance, childhood memory, childhood flashback, male objectification, american abroad, coach, fiance fiancee relationship, nightclub ...
Time: 80s, year 1980, 20th century, year 1978, year 1976 ...
Place: monte carlo, sweden, monaco, new york, stockholm sweden ...
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 7.6
 299K
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, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, american football, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, family drama, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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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, rough, serious
Plot: ransom demand, billionaire, greed, kidnapping, ransom, escape, violence, cruelty, escape attempt, wealth, kidnapped boy, strong female lead ...
Time: year 1973, 70s, year 1971
Place: rome italy, italy, saudi arabia
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 7.4
 177K
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, world war two, prime minister, politics, winston churchill, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, london, britain, united kingdom, france ...
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 7.8
 1.1M
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, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: tragic love, love and romance, romance, opposites attract, love, ship, love story, fall in love, titanic, forbidden love, catastrophe, iceberg ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, year 1912, 90s ...
Place: new york, england, atlantic ocean
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 6.6
 70K
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: taliban, heroism, behind enemy lines, al qaeda, soldier, machismo, cia, swat team, murder, military, war in afghanistan, war on terror ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s, year 2001, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, usa, middle east
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 6.2
 19K
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, hostage situation, terrorism, danger, hostage, siege, violence, military, police, politics, death ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: england, iran, london
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 6.9
 162K
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, based on true events, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rise and fall, crimes, crime, gang, twins, violence, stylish, mental illness, mafia, organized crime, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s, year 1957 ...
Place: london, england, united kingdom, scotland yard, east end london
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 7.0
 27K
Pollock (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In August of 1949, Life Magazine ran a banner headline that begged the question: "Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" The film is a look back into the life of an extraordinary man, a man who has ...
Style: based on true events, emotional, inspirational, intellectual, atmospheric ...
Plot: painter, artist, painting, alcohol abuse, art, bohemian life, rise and fall, supportive spouse, addiction, lifestyle, self destructing, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1950s ...
Place: new york, usa, greenwich village manhattan new york city, long island
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 7.2
 10K
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, suspenseful, touching
Plot: cosmonaut, space station, space mission, space exploration, human in outer space, catastrophe, danger, friendship, outer space, hopes, teddy bear, rocket launching ...
Time: year 1985
Place: ussr, russia
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 7.3
 55K
Woman in Gold (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain ...
Style: based on true events, captivating, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, injustice, art theft, legal action, art, lawyer, stolen painting, courtroom drama, legal, fighting the system, life is a bitch, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 1930s
Place: austria, vienna, los angeles, california, washington d.c. ...
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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: singer, rock band, musician, music band, gay, fame, musician's life, friendship between men, aids, lgbt, desire for fame, rise to the top ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1975, year 1984 ...
Place: england, britain, munich germany, atlanta georgia, edinburgh scotland ...
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 6.9
 3K
Coco Chanel (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Italy, France, UK
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Italian-French-British TV film targeting the US audience, about the fashion icon Coco Chanel. The film begins with the fashion goddess (deftly played by Shirley MacLaine) in her twilight years, steeped in wealth and fame, still issuing game-changing ...
Style: based on true events, realistic, serious, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: fashion, tragic love, relationship vs career, designer, rise to the top, lifestyle, ambition, follow your dream, feminism, fashion designer, orphan, eccentricity ...
Time: 20th century, 19th century, turn of the century, 1890s, 1900s
Place: paris france, france
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 7.2
 140K
The Post (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.
Style: political thriller, based on true events, thought provoking, factual, exciting ...
Plot: cover up, journalism, vietnam war, expose, politics, lie, truth, wartime, newspaper story, newspaper reporter, war violence, newspaper article ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1949, year 1965, year 1971 ...
Place: usa, washington d.c., vietnam
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The Crucifixion (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Romania, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a priest is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.
Style: based on true events, enigmatic, captivating, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: demonic possession, priest, investigation, journalist, prison, exorcism, nun, exorcist, demon, supernatural power, death, crucifix ...
Place: romania
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 8.1
 442K
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, realistic, based on true events ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car race, racecar driver, rise to the top, fame, race car, sport, automobile racing, world champion, rivalry, human spirit, race, racing ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1976, year 1970 ...
Place: europe, ibiza, usa, monaco, monte carlo ...
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 7.2
 20K
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, realistic, factual, compassionate, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, illness, husband wife relationship, paralysis, supportive spouse, polio, adaptation, human spirit, cigarette smoking, holding hands, cricket the game, patient ...
Time: year 1970, year 1958, year 1973, year 1981, year 1971 ...
Place: england, africa, spain, germany, kenya
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 7.4
 17K
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, touching, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, human animal relationship, pets, friends, animal life, obsessive quest, on the road, family, ambition, wilderness, mine, mourning ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: australia
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 8.0
 219K
Lion (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Australia, USA, India
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: motivational, sentimental, emotional, touching, based on true events ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, poverty, childhood, missing child, loneliness, survival, courage, destiny, foster home, long lost relative, childhood memory, childhood flashback ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1986, year 2008, year 2012 ...
Place: india, australia, tasmania, kolkata, melbourne australia ...
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 7.1
 13K
Girl (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A 15-year-old girl, born in a boy's body, dreams of becoming a ballerina and will push her body to its limits in order for her dream to succeed.
Style: based on true events, sentimental, thought provoking, disturbing, social ...
Plot: transsexual, father daughter relationship, gender identity, sexual desire, ballerina, first sexual experience, teenager, self mutilation, male nudity, school, self harm, single father ...
Time: 2010s
Place: antwerp, belgium
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The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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: macabre, based on true events, bleak, melancholic, suspenseful
Plot: serial killer, sex crime, loner, murder, misfit, mentally unstable, brutality, murder of a prostitute, prostitute, pub, alcohol abuse, loser ...
Time: 70s, year 1970, 20th century, year 1974
Place: hamburg germany, west germany, central europe
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 6.7
 20K
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, captivating, inspirational, lyrical
Plot: female writer, female protagonist, novelist, lesbian relationship, nobel prize, exploitation, bisexuality, woman, writers, manuscript, lesbian sex, ghost writer ...
Time: 19th century, 1900s, 1890s, 20th century, year 1900
Place: paris france, louisiana, algeria, france
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