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What are the best movies based on real life?

Remember the time when all we ever wanted to do was watch fairy tales and other movies that aren't most likely to happen in real life? Because why not? There is something about fictionalized films that make them undeniably good. For instance, fictionalized motion pictures are capable of creating endless possibilities. And watching these kinds of movies also help make our imaginations grow. But sometimes, we find ourselves looking for something completely different in order to discover other compelling stories. And by this, we mean catching some movies based on true stories. While documentaries have been providing real-life events in order to inform or educate its viewers, movies inspired by true events can come in different genres. Plus, the portrayals of the actors and actresses for real-life people are quite exciting to see since bringing to life a real person effectively is pretty challenging. As a result, the movies become even more entertaining to watch.

To all movie buffs out there, whether you are looking for a story about war or a biographical drama about an athlete or an artist, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve listed down the best films inspired by true events. From Zodiac to Gandhi, these films will probably make you do some research about them after watching their stories. So grab some popcorn now, and start binge-watching these movies today! Feel free to upvote the most interesting based-on-a-true-story movie to help out other people in finding the best answer! You can also leave a comment about your thoughts on these movies or the entire list!

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  1. 1Zodiac

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    Zodiac is a mystery-crime movie based on a non-fiction book written by Robert Graysmith about unsolved murders. This 2007 film is directed by David Fincher, and it stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo.

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  1. 2The Wolf of Wall Street

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    One of the best movies based on real-life is The Wolf of Wall Street, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and starred by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie. This 2013 biographical crime film is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort.

  2. 3Schindler's List

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    Schindler's List is one of the most popular based-on-a-true-story films. It is a 1993 movie directed by Steven Spielberg, and a movie about World War II. It stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.

  1. 4The Greatest Showman

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    The Greatest Showman is a musical biographical movie based on the creation of P. T. Barnum's American Museum and the lives of its performers. This 2017 film is directed by Michael Gracey.

  2. 5Dog Day Afternoon

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    Dog Day Afternoon is a biographical crime movie which is based on the 1972 bank robbery that turned into a hostage-taking. The film was released in 1975, and it is directed by Sidney Lumet.

  3. 6Raging Bull

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    Raging Bull is a biographical sports drama directed by Martin Scorsese and released in 1980. It features Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, and depicts the story of Jake LaMotta as he destroys his life through his career.


  4. 7Straight Outta Compton

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    Straight Outta Compton is a dramatic biographical motion picture starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell. It was directed by F. Gary Gray and was written by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff.

  5. 8Gandhi

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    Gandhi is a British-Indian historical drama film that covers the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, from 1893 to his assassination and funeral in 1948.

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    May 26, 2018
    "Raging Bull is one of the most gripping, brutal, and magnetic films ever made. I myself am not a fan of boxing--I find it hard to like sports that I wouldn't enjoy playing myself. However, like or dislike of boxing doesn't really matter in this movie. This movie features Robert De Niro at his best (long before slumming for sub-par Hollywood comedies and slashers) as famed boxer Jake La Motta, whose massive insecurity makes Woody Allen look arrogant. Always worried about his wife leaving him, at one point grilling his brother (Joe Pesci, in his memorable screen debut) to see if he had, uh, indulged, La Motta was like an alternate history version of Brando from On The Waterfront, only with many more "F"-words--he wanted more than anything else to be the top, and then when he got there, he promptly lost everything, no longer having any worlds left to conquer. De Niro, of course, put on a ton of weight for the movie's end, and he delivers really bad stand-up in anonymous night clubs, having alienated nearly everyone in his path by his various demons and neuroses."
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    Anonymous
    May 29, 2018
    "What a breathtakingly moving true story about the courage of one man. I love documentaries and stories/movies based on true life. I read about Oskar Schindler before I ever watched the movie. This is an inspiring and thought provoking story based during a ghastly time in our world history. Schindler's List is an amazing movie that you really shouldn't skip."
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "This docudrama is a fantastic view of the life of Gandhi. Ben Kingsley's acting is spot on and really brings the movie and its message to life. Over the course of his life, Gandhi went from lawyer to peace activist to martyr and symbol, and this movie displays that so well. I highly recommend it."
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    Anonymous
    May 16, 2018
    "This film quickly became iconic shortly after it's release. I think it's probably one of the best adaptations of how real life financial district works. I thought the actors in the film did a pretty good job and I thought the story was solid enough to keep me entertained."
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    The Wolf of Wall Street
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    Anonymous
    May 16, 2018
    "One of the best movies I have ever seen. Rarely do I come away from a theater feeling this way about a movie. I love the costumes and the songs are unforgettable. This is a clean, wholesome movie that I was able to take the entire family to see."
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    The Greatest Showman
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    Anonymous
    May 18, 2018
    "zodiac is a moive about the zodiac killer. Its one of the best adaptations of a real life situation that i've found in a movie so far. It really tells the story well and is super suspenseful"
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    Anonymous
    May 17, 2018
    "Straight Outta Compton is a biographical movie based on real-life people. It's very dramatic and exciting."
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    Straight Outta Compton
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    Anonymous
    May 22, 2018
    "really puts you in the vibe"
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    Dog Day Afternoon
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1ZodiacMovies 9 Paid
2The Wolf of Wall StreetMovies 8 Paid
3Schindler's ListMovies 7 Paid
4The Greatest ShowmanMovies 6 Paid
5Dog Day AfternoonMovies 4 Paid
6Raging BullMovies 3 Paid
7Straight Outta ComptonMovies 2 Paid
8GandhiMovies 1 Paid
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