Top 7 Greatest Movies Based on True Stories


Over the years, movies based on true stories are becoming more and more popular. Recreating true events isn’t something new, but in recent times these types of movies cause the biggest reaction from the public. Movies are the perfect way to recreate events from the past and bring the story close to the viewers. There are millions of amazing stories waiting to be recreated in a 2-hour long movie just to highlight extraordinary things from the past.


While compelling storylines come in many forms, there’s something distinctly satisfying about a movie based on real life. Not only can you continually remind yourself that what you’re watching on screen really did happen, you can also find joy in learning about a captivating tale based on true events.  In this article, I will point out what I think are seven of the greatest true story movies from the past, which never get old for me. This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list by any stretch, but it’s some that I think are worth checking out.


The Imitation Game Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD



  1. The Imitation Game (2014)

The main star behind this movie is Benedict Cumberbatch, which gained popularity from the TV Series Sherlock Holmes and Avengers. The main story behind this movie is about a computer scientist Alan Turning, who is desperately trying to crack the Enigma code that Nazis used during WWII to provide security over radio messages.


Alan was a genius, but very hard to work with. He goes through every layer of the problem, both mathematical and social, and eventually succeed. You should definitely watch it, and you will be amazed.



Catch Me If You Can (2002) Official Trailer


  1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

The Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio is the favorite actor for many people. He is alongside Tom Hanks in this incredible true story movie based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. The young Frank at that time is an expert in forgery and disguise, as he manages to cash checks for millions of dollars by presenting his identity as Pam Am pilot while being chased by a detective played by Tom Hanks.


The story amazes even more just because he did all that before his 19th birthday. He went through all the trouble just to help his parents, who went through hard financial situations in the past. Even though DiCaprio’s acting was impeccable, he didn’t win an Oscar for this movie.



A Beautiful Mind (2001) Official Trailer - Russell Crowe Movie HD


  1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

This true story movie is about an incredible mathematician named John Forbes Nash Jr. He is incredibly gifted, but he faces other troubles just because of that gift. We often see that there is a thin line between genius and madness, and this movie is no different. Played by Russel Crowe, Nash dealt with schizophrenia, loneliness, and depression that strongly affected his personal file.


It is a deep movie and hard to believe that it is actually based on true events. Although it his a representation of Nash’s life, there are some aspects that do not coincide with reality. The film is criticized for omitting some aspects of John’s life, including the fact that he had allegedly got a woman pregnant and abandoned after hearing the news.



American Sniper - Official Trailer [HD]


  1. American Sniper (2014)

We often see a true story movie about war that brings the action closer and shows us what those people are going through. This movie is about American hero Chris Kyle who, at that time, was a Navy SEAL sniper. Clint Eastwood directs superbly and the main character is played by Bradley Cooper, as he sees horrible events while serving in the war in Iraq. He is one of the best snipers in the military and saved countless lives. However, he eventually is released from his duty as he goes back to the States and faces trouble connecting with his family. It feels like his body left the war, but his mind is still there.



12 YEARS A SLAVE - Official Trailer (HD)


  1. 12 Years of Slave (2013)

This is a movie that won three Oscars back in 2014 and was nominated in nine categories. It is a biographical drama that brings us the suffering of Solomon Northup, who was a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery back in 1841. The events in this movie, directed by Steve McQueen, are so traumatic and hurtful, making it hard to believe that it is true. If you still haven’t watched it, now it is the time.



300 - Official Trailer [HD]


  1. 300 (2006)

This legendary movie is about the true story of Spartan King Leonidas and his three hundred men who fought the Persians in the unforgettable Battle of Thermopylae. Since most of the movie is shot using CGI and Green Screen, some people do not believe that it is actually about events that happened in 480BC.


They were outnumbered, but with incredible tactics and positions, they were close to winning the battle. This proves the fact that tactics and positioning can make you victorious, something that sports teams know to use in their favor nowadays.



The Blind Side (2009) Official Trailer - Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw Movie HD


  1. The Blind Side (2009)

This 2009 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron, depicts the true story of the adoption of Michael Oher by Sean and Leigh Tuohy. Oher grew up in foster care with different families and the only thing that gave him a perspective for the future was his talent for American football.


The movie depicts how the adoption from the Tuohy family, brought Oher into a loving family and helped him grow through the ranks of college football into becoming one of the talents in the NFL. It was nominated for best movie and it is a must watch story!


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These are some of the greatest true story movies that will give you goosebumps. It is the best way to bring the story close to the audience and make sure that they survive for generations.


Susana Romero

I love video games. Enough that I don't care about the lingo, the "in" thing, or the crowds and pastimes that typically appeal to gamers. Yes, I call myself a gamer. No, I don't really identify with gamers.