Best Movies Ever Made based on a True Story

List by john Last updated August 16, 2017

This is a list of the best movies based on a true story of all time listed in no particular order. Some of the films featured here have been made to closely resemble historic fact while others take the story with a pinch of salt and try to add more entertainment value. If you have any suggestions for movies that have not been included please comment below.


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Schindler's List (1993)

Drama History War
Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.
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Vote count 3,495 Vote avg 82 Release date 1993-11-29

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Crime Drama Comedy
EARN. SPEND. PARTY.
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Vote count 5,203 Vote avg 79 Release date 2013-12-25

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Stalag 17 (1953)

Comedy Drama War
THE STAR-SPANGLED, LAUGH-LOADED SALUTE TO OUR P.W. HEROS!
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Vote count 124 Vote avg 76 Release date 1953-05-29

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Catch Me If You Can (2002)

Drama Crime
The true story of a real fake.
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Vote count 3,011 Vote avg 77 Release date 2002-12-25

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The Pianist (2002)

Drama War
Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.
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Vote count 1,418 Vote avg 80 Release date 2002-09-24

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Find Me Guilty (2006)

Drama Action Comedy
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Vote count 108 Vote avg 64 Release date 2006-03-16

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The Intouchables (2011)

Drama Comedy
Sometimes you have to reach into someone else's world to find out what's missing in your own.
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Vote count 4,046 Vote avg 81 Release date 2011-11-02

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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Drama History War
When the world closed its eyes, he opened his arms.
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Vote count 690 Vote avg 74 Release date 2004-09-11

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Ray (2004)

Drama Music
The extraordinary life story of Ray Charles. A man who fought harder and went farther than anyone thought possible.
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Vote count 381 Vote avg 71 Release date 2004-10-29

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The Impossible (2012)

Drama
Nothing is more powerful than the human spirit.
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Vote count 1,681 Vote avg 69 Release date 2012-09-09

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Drama
Inspired by True Events
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Vote count 1,956 Vote avg 76 Release date 2006-12-14

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Zodiac (2007)

Crime Drama Mystery
There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer
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Vote count 1,566 Vote avg 72 Release date 2007-03-02

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Drama History War
The mission is a man.
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Vote count 4,239 Vote avg 78 Release date 1998-07-24

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The Great Escape (1963)

Adventure Drama History
Put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it...
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Vote count 612 Vote avg 78 Release date 1963-06-20

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Goodfellas (1990)

Drama Crime
Three Decades of Life in the Mafia.
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Vote count 2,495 Vote avg 82 Release date 1990-09-12

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In the Name of the Father (1993)

Drama
Falsely accused. Wrongly imprisoned. He fought for justice to clear his father's name.
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Vote count 282 Vote avg 75 Release date 1993-12-12

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Drama Romance
I need to believe that something extra ordinary is possible....
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Vote count 2,402 Vote avg 76 Release date 2001-12-11

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Changeling (2008)

Crime Drama Mystery
To find her son, she did what no one else dared.
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Vote count 932 Vote avg 73 Release date 2008-01-30

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Titanic (1997)

Drama Romance Thriller
Nothing on Earth could come between them.
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Vote count 5,943 Vote avg 74 Release date 1997-11-18

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Into the Wild (2007)

Adventure Drama
Into the heart. Into the soul.
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Vote count 2,402 Vote avg 78 Release date 2007-09-11

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Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Crime Drama Thriller
The Most Bizarre Bank Siege Ever.
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Vote count 540 Vote avg 75 Release date 1975-08-11

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Captain Phillips (2013)

Action Drama Thriller
Out here survival is everything.
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Vote count 2,150 Vote avg 76 Release date 2013-10-10

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Argo (2012)

Drama Thriller
The movie was fake. The mission was real.
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Vote count 3,026 Vote avg 70 Release date 2012-10-11

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Blow (2001)

Crime Drama
Based on a True Story.
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Vote count 1,077 Vote avg 74 Release date 2001-04-04

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Donnie Brasco (1997)

Crime Drama Thriller
Donnie Brasco. Based on a True Story.
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Vote count 923 Vote avg 73 Release date 1997-02-27

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Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Drama History
The event the world will never forget.
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Vote count 136 Vote avg 75 Release date 1961-12-01

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October Sky (1999)

Drama Family
Sometimes one dream is enough to light up the whole sky.
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Vote count 204 Vote avg 73 Release date 1999-02-19

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The Imitation Game (2014)

History Drama Thriller
The true enigma was the man who cracked the code.
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Vote count 4,450 Vote avg 80 Release date 2014-11-14

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Troy (2004)

War Adventure Drama
For passion. For honor. For destiny. For victory. For love.
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Vote count 2,145 Vote avg 68 Release date 2004-05-13

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The Social Network (2010)

Drama
You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.
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Vote count 2,737 Vote avg 71 Release date 2010-09-30

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War Horse (2011)

Drama War
Separated by War. Tested by Battle. Bound by Friendship.
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Vote count 818 Vote avg 70 Release date 2011-12-25

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Frost/Nixon (2008)

Drama
400 million people were waiting for the truth.
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Vote count 281 Vote avg 71 Release date 2008-10-15

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Apollo 13 (1995)

Drama
Houston, we have a problem.
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Vote count 1,326 Vote avg 73 Release date 1995-06-30

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

Drama Thriller War
You'll know when you're in it.
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Vote count 1,595 Vote avg 72 Release date 2008-10-10

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Thriller Drama History
The Greatest Manhunt in History
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Vote count 1,518 Vote avg 66 Release date 2012-12-19

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Unbroken (2014)

Drama War
Survival. Resilience. Redemption
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Vote count 1,182 Vote avg 72 Release date 2014-12-25

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Walk the Line (2005)

Drama Music Romance
Love is a burning thing.
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Vote count 606 Vote avg 73 Release date 2005-09-13

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Drama War
This is the end...
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Vote count 1,610 Vote avg 80 Release date 1979-08-15

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JFK (1991)

Drama Thriller History
The story that won’t go away.
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Vote count 417 Vote avg 75 Release date 1991-12-20

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Paths of Glory (1957)

Drama War
It explodes in the no-man's land no picture ever dared cross before!
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Vote count 430 Vote avg 81 Release date 1957-09-18

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Everest (2015)

Adventure Drama
The Storm Awaits.
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Vote count 1,487 Vote avg 67 Release date 2015-09-10

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The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Drama War History
The Revolt that Stirred the World!
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Vote count 143 Vote avg 78 Release date 1966-09-08

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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Thriller Drama
In the shadow of war, one man showed the world what we stood for.
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Vote count 2,165 Vote avg 71 Release date 2015-10-15

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Spotlight (2015)

Drama Thriller History
Break the story. Break the silence.
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Vote count 2,171 Vote avg 78 Release date 2015-11-06

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The Big Short (2015)

Comedy Drama
This is a true story.
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Vote count 2,132 Vote avg 73 Release date 2015-12-11

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Pawn Sacrifice (2015)

Drama
On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.
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Vote count 215 Vote avg 67 Release date 2015-09-16

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Straight Outta Compton (2015)

Drama Music
The Story of N.W.A.
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Vote count 1,160 Vote avg 76 Release date 2015-08-13

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Trumbo (2015)

Drama
Are you now or have you ever been...
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Vote count 419 Vote avg 73 Release date 2015-10-27

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In Cold Blood (1967)

Crime Drama
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Vote count 76 Vote avg 74 Release date 1967-12-14

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Inherit the Wind (1960)

Drama History
It's all about the fabulous "Monkey Trial" that rocked America!
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Vote count 81 Vote avg 75 Release date 1960-06-24

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