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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, serious, emotional, bleak and touching films and TV shows about / that have / with death, violence, murder, blood, crimes, brutality, friendship, danger, mentor and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries. TOP 10 movies tagged as based on true events: Everest (2015), Guernica (2016), Victoria & Abdul (2017), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Red Dog (2011), 7 Days in Entebbe (2018), The Outsider (1961), Alive (1993), U – July 22 (2018), I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989).
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Hacksaw Ridge
Biography, Drama, History, War
Australia, USA
139 min.
 8.2
Schindler's List
Biography, Drama, History
USA
195 min.
 8.9
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7 Days in Entebbe
Crime, Drama, Thriller
UK, USA
107 min.
 5.5
U – July 22
Drama, Thriller
Norway
90 min.
 8.1

List of based on true events movies

 7.1
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Everest
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Sport, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Iceland
Duration: 121 min.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, tense, captivating, serious, intense, dramatic, based on true events, suspense, emotional, scenic, interesting, sentimental, cerebral, talky, inspirational, harsh, touching, melancholic, sad, breathtaking, compassionate, surprise ending, depressing, absurd
Plot: survival, mountain climbing, adventure, death, mountain, blizzard, snow, tragedy, courage, life & death, natural disaster, forces of nature, catastrophe, camp, storytelling, sacrifice, greed, danger, stranded, loneliness, life philosophy, dialogue, solitude, hiking, climbing, escapades, visceral, runaway, corruption, honest, humanity, technology, brutality, depression, mentor, oxygen, adventurer, adaptation, nudity (topless - notable), human spirit, justice, betrayal, existentialism, destiny, culture clash, redemption, freeze to death, corpse, falling to death, falling from height
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1996, 1990s
Place: mount everest, asia, himalaya, nepal, texas
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 5.8
 2K
Guernica
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country:
Duration: 110 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: journalist, war, civil war, pin, forced confession, kissing in the rain, 360 degree well shot, religious statue, bloody face, beret, fascist, translation, female photographer, portuguese, water torture, rearview mirror, totalitarianism, hotel desk clerk, war correspondent, auto repair, lieutenant colonel, censorship, facial scar, hawk, democracy, brandy, communist party, war wound, clock, bomb shelter, overhead shot, fascism, spanish civil war, air raid, war violence, applying lipstick, bombing, german soldier, uncle niece relationship, saving a life, church bell, darkroom, rabbit, shooting, street life, drum, drummer, wedding dress, accordion, airfield
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1975, year 1939, pre world war two
Place: spain, basque country
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Victoria & Abdul
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: queen victoria, queen of england, snob, royal court, muslim, racism, falling asleep, woman, crown prince, resentment, statue, british history, tall man, asian indian, racial prejudice, death of husband, insanity, death of protagonist, hindu, death of friend, sleeping, intergenerational friendship, interracial friendship, rain, death, servant, food, eating, british empire, friend, friendship, doctor, husband wife relationship, mother son relationship
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: taj mahal, india, scotland
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 8.2
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Hacksaw Ridge
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Style: intense, brutal, dramatic, realistic, touching, bloody, suspense, inspirational, sentimental, emotional, earnest, factual, based on true events, harsh, tense
Plot: war, soldier, violence, conscientious objector, blood, bible, courage, wartime, pacifism, brutality, violent, sacrifice, visceral, gory, weapons, storytelling, vengeance, mentor, survival, love story, catastrophe, gore, destiny, propaganda, runaway, honest, dialogue, childhood, world war two, fight scenes, life & death, ethnic conflict, beautiful scenery, world politics, culture clash, transformation, revenge, prejudice, justice, idealism, redemption, good versus evil, military, corruption, rifle, father son relationship, mother son relationship, religious, war hero, u.s. military
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: japan
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 7.5
 14K
Red Dog
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Style: serious, sentimental, uplifting, realistic, touching, based on true events
Audience: family outing
Plot: pets, on the road, dog, family, animal life, wilderness, obsessive quest, australian outback, search, grief, death, human animal relationship, ambition, escapades, friends, love, australian, great white shark, motorcycle accident, short shorts, speedo, dust, betting, statue, landlord, train tracks, outback, death of dog, man in swimsuit, crash, poisoning, burial, mining, trailer park, shark, bar fight, poisoned, motorcycle, trailer, tank top, male underwear, talking to a dog, pet dog, dead dog, dog movie, legend, veterinarian, grave, sunset, bus driver
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: australia, mine
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7 Days in Entebbe
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: rescue mission, commando raid, counter terrorism, terrorism, airplane hijack
Place: uganda, israel
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 7.7
 532
The Outsider
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: native american, u.s. marine, farming, drought, volunteer, killed in action, indian reservation, u.s. marine corps, war hero, parade, fistfight, american indian, world war two, friendship
Time: year 1955, year 1945
Place: arizona
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 7.1
 43K
Alive
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Style: bleak, serious, dramatic, inspirational, rough, realistic, suspense, interesting, disturbing, based on true events, touching, intense, harsh, scenic, suspenseful, absurd, exciting, emotional
Plot: survival, stranded, cannibalism, adventure, death, courage, rescue, lone hero, dialogue, catastrophe, life & death, book, god, beautiful scenery, adaptation, mentor, storytelling, human spirit, humanity, wilderness, rugby, destiny, tragedy, greed, freezing, life philosophy, isolation, runaway, chase, natural disaster, imagination, literature, brutality, justice, apocalypse, christian, transformation, childhood, against the odds, fantasy world, solitude, distopia, philosophy, sacrifice, starvation, weapons, technology, culture clash, prejudice, goth
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: latin america, uruguay, andes mountains, chile
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 8.1
 720
U – July 22
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 90 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: terrorism, school shooting, fascism, youth, island, mental illness
Time: year 2011
Place: norway
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I Know My First Name Is Steven
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Style: emotional, serious, tense, realistic, disturbing, based on true events, bleak, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: starting over, crime, haunted by the past, kidnapping, missing child, confined, danger, sexual abuse, life is a bitch, parents and children, captivity, crimes, torturer, sexual cruelty, claustrophobia, true crime, sadistic psychopath, sexual predator, stockholm syndrome, post traumatic stress, child molestation, pervert, predator, child rape, sociopath, pedophile, ex convict, captive, sadist, terrorism, serial rapist, child in peril, highway, evil man, ruse, psychopath, legal system, escape, child abuse, false identity, violence, shower, guilt, perversion
Time: 80s, year 1974, year 1980, year 1972
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Story of Women
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 108 min.
Style: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, based on true events, sincere
Plot: pregnancy, down on your luck, abortion, nazi collaborator, prostitution, wartime life, injustice, society, life is a bitch, couple relations, love affair, crimes, love and romance, unwanted pregnancy, couples, abortionist, nazi occupation, nazi soldier, death penalty, death sentence, estranged couple, unhappy marriage, verdict, cheating wife, children, curfew, dysfunctional marriage, adultery, women's prison, prostitute, prison, husband wife relationship, woman killed, breaking the law, mustard, looking through a keyhole, shackles, keyhole, executioner, disabled person, female criminal, sentenced to death, death row, guillotine, occupation, world war two veteran, knitting, unhappy ending, ends with death, train tracks
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1943
Place: europe, france, normandy, paris france
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Schindler's List
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Style: epic, emotional, bleak, realistic, touching, serious, heartbreaking, compassionate, dramatic, earnest, interesting, sentimental, intense, sad, suspense, atmospheric, breathtaking, factual, clever, captivating, disturbing, sincere, based on true events, thought provoking, brutal, reflective
Plot: holocaust, nazi, war, survival, concentration camp, ghetto, jewish, nazis, rescue, anti heroes, jews, genocide, violence, storytelling, honest, tragedy, courage, redemption, wartime, moral ambiguity, camp, accountant, mentor, brutality, catastrophe, manipulation, destiny, sacrifice, auschwitz, industrialist, factory, violent, villa, beautiful scenery, morality, champagne, womanizer, shaving, against humanity, ss, train, gratitude, confined, german, danger, anti semitism, misfit, snow, doctor, husband wife relationship
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s
Place: poland, europe, germany, israel
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The Perfect Storm
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, bleak, serious, intense, tense, rough, suspense, dramatic, based on true events, bad ending, interesting, idiotic, factual, sentimental, absurd, emotional, entertaining, awful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventure, shark, natural disaster, ship, fish, obsessive quest, survival, multiple storylines, catastrophe, ocean or sea, rescue, dialogue, boat, storm at sea, ocean, destiny, happy ending, death, greed, courage, chase, male camaraderie, jamaican, u.s. air force, marina, city hall, first contact, forces of nature, culture clash, sacrifice, mentor, life philosophy, runaway, stranded, family, adaptation, danger, storytelling, lame, love story, stereotypes, honest, writers, escapades, apocalypse, betrayal, stupidity, lone hero, redemption, fantasy world
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: new england, atlantic ocean, portugal
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The Murder of Mary Phagan
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 251 min.
Style: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, tense, based on true events
Plot: factory, dedicated lawyer, crime, murder, journalism, legal action, murder trial, legal investigation, anti semitism, uncover truth, death row, courtroom drama, false accusation, racism, injustice, fighting the system, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, legal, society, life is a bitch, teenage life, politics, confined, law enforcement, media, rebellion, rivalry, state affairs, miscarriage of justice, true crime, hate crime, social injustice, prejudice, teenager, courtroom, jewish, journalist, governor
Time: 1910s
Place: georgia, usa, atlanta georgia
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 7.1
 15K
Infamous
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Style: talky, tense, serious, witty, sincere, realistic, melancholic, clever, dramatic, based on true events, captivating, factual, emotional, intellectual, interesting, intense, enigmatic, cerebral, earnest, heartbreaking, psychological, entertaining, light
Plot: murder, obsession, friendship, writer's life, investigation, writers, pornography, adaptation, brutality, book, secrets, loneliness, betrayal, dialogue, drinking, death penalty, manipulation, storytelling, writing, life philosophy, unlikely friendships, relationships, small town, catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, literature, crimes, period piece, family, gay, justice, distopia, classic car, family drama, runaway, eccentricity, homosexuality, gays and lesbians, police investigation, dysfunctional family, sexualized violence, guilt, greed, childhood, creativity, character study, journalism, multiple storylines, obsessive quest
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, new york, mexico, manhattan new york city, california
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 7.4
 111K
Capote
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 114 min.
Style: talky, captivating, serious, dramatic, enigmatic, cerebral, realistic, melancholic, intellectual, reflective, interesting, sincere, dark, witty, based on true events, tense, bleak, depressing, atmospheric
Plot: writer's life, journalism, murder, literature, death penalty, writing, character study, writers, eccentricity, manipulation, crime, obsession, prison, drinking, greed, complex characters, loneliness, crimes, death, storytelling, moral ambiguity, book, adaptation, relationships, guilt, corruption, investigation, mentor, secrets, creativity, unlikely friendships, tragedy, childhood, brutality, depression, pornography, runaway, magazine, murder mystery, friendship, culture clash, dialogue, death row, new yorker, identity, gay, dream, life philosophy, homosexuality, small town
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1960s, 60s, year 1960, year 1959, 1950s
Place: kansas, usa, alabama, spain
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In the Realm of the Senses
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Style: erotic, sexy, sexual, disturbing, art house, serious, psychological, enigmatic, realistic, talky, melancholic, intense, stylized, based on true events, harsh, surreal, interesting, brutal, intellectual, cerebral, cynical, ironic, pre war, meditative, breathtaking, reflective, absurd
Plot: obsession, male nudity, sexuality, voyeurism, unsimulated sex, pornography, sex, censorship, prostitution, art, sexualized violence, femme fatale, relationships, geisha, castration, passion, jealousy, bdsm, prostitute, loneliness, brutality, death, love, murder, violent, violence, adultery, nudity (topless - notable), manipulation, addiction, visceral, longing, brothel, couple relations, romance, psychology, stylish, dialogue, betrayal, hotel, tragic love, group sex, sex in public, slut, sexual obsession, female full frontal nudity, female nudity, bare breasts, dangerous attraction, nudity (full frontal - brief)
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.3
 13K
Veronica
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Style: based on true events, based on supposedly true story
Plot: ouija, solar eclipse, possession, crucifix, nightmare, widow, family, terror, supernatural, ends with historical notes, bleeding, flickering light, taking a bath, ouija board, swing, mattress, 15 year old, teenage protagonist, telephone conversation, blind woman, demonic possession, nun, brother sister relationship, sister sister relationship, teenage girl, photograph, fire, violence, female protagonist, police, death, mother daughter relationship, telephone call, eating, bathtub, flashback, blood, party, school
Time: 1990s, year 1991
Place: madrid, spain
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 7.4
 28K
Detroit
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Style: based on true events, surprise ending, suspense
Plot: racism, police violence, police brutality, murder, church choir, church, beating, fire, riot, african american, police, racial slur, trial, motel, violence, singing, fear, 40 year old, waking up from a coma, disobeying orders, police radio, audio flashback, social decay, racial segregation, gospel, police van, police lineup, record company, breaking a glass window, angry mob, miscarriage of justice, machinery, police siren, music hall, urban decay, female director, throwing a rock, knocked out with a gun butt, murder of son, fire truck, shot in the side, abuse of power, lord's prayer, psychological torture, jazz music, factory worker, breaking down a door, national guard, shame, coercion
Time: 1960s, year 1967, year 1969, year 1943
Place: detroit, michigan
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 7.2
 2K
Summer 1993
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Spain
Duration: 97 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: summer, death of mother, family, countryside, childhood, 6 year old, girl in underwear, grandparent, plaster cast, glass of milk, thunderstorm, taking a bath, beard, applying lipstick, loss of mother, grandmother, fireworks, broken arm, cousin, cousin cousin relationship, crying girl, doll, power outage, night, daughter, giant, orphan, uncle, cat, grandfather, swimming, lipstick, loss of father, death of father, singing, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, crying, bathtub, niece, little girl, blood, doctor, dancing
Time: year 1993
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 7.3
 1K
Colosio
Genre: Thriller
Country: Mexico, Spain, France, Colombia
Duration: 100 min.
Style: based on true events, suspense
Plot: political candidate, politics, murder, lookalikes
Time: 1990s
Place: mexico
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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 42 min.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, based on true events
Plot: legal action, anthology, legal investigation, courtroom, murder, racism, courtroom drama, lawyer, crime, crime investigation, criminal, police, legal, crimes, deadly, society, true crime, testimony, jury, courthouse, district attorney, murder trial, trial, court, witness, propaganda, judge, flashback
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: beverly hills, california, usa, los angeles
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Murder in the Heartland
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: murder, electric chair, serial killer, psychopath, violence, lawyer, love
Time: 1950s
Place: nebraska
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The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy
Genre: Action, Adventure, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, based on true events
Audience: boys' night
Plot: unlikely partners, treasure hunt, old west, escapades, partners, criminal heroes, bounty hunter, on the run, friendship, chases and races, friends, crimes, danger, gunfight, native american, american indian, sheriff, conspiracy
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: texas, usa
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 7.3
 1K
Guilty
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Style: bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, based on true events, sincere, gloomy, touching
Plot: legal action, realism, courtroom drama, false accusation, courtroom, broken family, police brutality, judge, lawyer, prison, imprisonment, life turned upside down, injustice, legal, society, life is a bitch, sexual abuse, prison life, confined, crimes, rivalry, disorder, incompetent official, incompetent court, false arrest, rape accusation, statutory rape, miscarriage of justice, psychological manipulation, psychological torment, homophobic slur, detention, false accusation of rape, pedophilia, child rape, rape victim, pedophile, wrongful imprisonment, police violence, trial, testimony, police arrest, blackmail, death of mother, jail, attorney, innocence, justice, police raid, witness
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, france, flanders
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 7.2
 889
Sanctuary
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: incest overtones, boy, parent child relationship, coming of age, troublemaker, rebel, stepfather, escape, violence, betrayal, death, mother son relationship
Time: 1960s
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The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, based on true events, touching
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, unfulfilled love, lesbian relationship, homosexuality, gender, feminism, love and romance, forbidden love, friends, unfulfillment, coal mining, lesbian lover, femininity, property, secret code, feminist, code, acceptance, journal, rejection, business venture, wedding ring, lesbian couple, uncle niece relationship, marriage of convenience, business partner, unrequited love, reputation, diary, gay relationship, gossip, aunt niece relationship, broken heart, independence, love letter, orphan, inheritance, lesbian romance, love triangle, birthday, female nudity, lesbian sex, lesbianism, lesbian, bare breasts, lesbian kiss, newspaper, betrayal, drunkenness
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1800s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
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Lo negro del Negro
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico
Style: based on true events
Plot: corruption, police department, greed, assassination, police brutality, undercover cop, arrest, torture, murder, revenge
Place: mexico
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 5.7
 14K
Aftermath
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 94 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: mental breakdown, grief, revenge, sadness, accusation, vigilante, depression, tragedy, investigation, airport, lawyer, death, drinking, airplane, secret, forgiveness, guilt, grieving, retribution, tragic event, airplane accident, loss of child, loss of wife, death of child, loss of loved one, death of wife, accident, police car, gun, violence, crying
Time: 2000s
Place: germany
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The American Letters
Genre: Biography
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 102 min.
Style: based on true events
Plot: composer, love triangle, wife husband relationship, czech history, husband wife relationship, musician
Time: 1890s
Place: central europe
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