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True Story

Best films based on real events

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Real life has inspired many of the best cinematic events. With a new batch of based-on-a-true-story movies out recently—including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Only The Brave and Professor Marston and the Wonder Women—we want to celebrate the best adaptations of real events. Whether completely faithful, artfully tweaked, or riddled with liberties-taken, what are the best based-on-a-true-story narrative features?

Most mentioned

  • The Social Network
  • Zodiac
  • Spotlight
  • Schindler's List
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • GoodFellas
  • Dunkirk
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • All the President's Men
  • Raging Bull
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Argo
  • 127 Hours
  • Jackie
  • Apollo 13
  • Hidden Figures
  • Amadeus
  • Captain Phillips

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