Often critics and experts lament that Hollywood movies are highly fictional and unrelatable to the true lives of the people and events. But there are some of the finest Hollywood movies that are based on true stories of individuals and historic events. Starting from ‘Apocalypse Now’ to ’Into the Wild’, Hollywood has come up with some of the finest films that are purely based on the true event and true stories of tragedy, success, and resistance.
Here in this article, we are going to discuss about top 10 Hollywood movies based on true stories. These films are inspired by true events and stories, immortalize true incidents, heroic acts, memories from the past and exceptional individuals.
Here we go.
1. The Imitation Game (2014)
The first movie in our list of top movies based on true stories is ‘The Imitation Game’. The film is based on the true events during the World War II. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the main role, the film revolves around the story of a computers scientist named Alan Turing, who is expert in cracking the Enigma code used by the Nazis to secure their radio messages transmission during WWII. The only problem with the Alan was that he considered his co-worker’s inferior to him. But in order to succeed, he has to negotiate both social and mathematical difficulties.
2. 300 (2006)
The second in our list of best Hollywood movies based on true stories is ‘300’. This film is based on the battle between Greece and Persia where the Spartan King Leonidas along with his 300 men, fought bravely against the Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC. Starring Gerard Butler(King) and Lena Headey (queen), the film contains some excellent visuals and the great acting and direction made the audience feel history coming to life.
3.Into the Wild (2007)
This movie is included in our list of true story movies list. This movie shows the spiritual journey of a man through the natural world. The movies show the wish to live independent, free from social norms and explore the spiritual world. After graduation, Christopher McCandless donates all his possessions and savings of $24,000 and heads towards Alaska to full fill his dreams.
4. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Alcatraz, a prison on the island in San Francisco Bay, was considered the most secure prison and was believed that no one escape from there. This film focuses on the true story of three men who make this impossible task possible and successfully escaped from the prison. This movie has also got place in our list of Hollywood movies based on true stories,
5. Apocalypse Now (1979)
This film is based on the famous book ‘Heart of Darkness’, which is based on the real events during the Vietnam War. Starring Martin Sheen as the Captain Willard, goes on a dangerous mission to assassinate colonel (Marlon Brando) in Cambodia, who is considered as a god by a local tribe. This is one of the best true story movies.
6. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
This true story based film reveals experiences of the military officer, Thomas Edward Lawrence during WWI who is working in the Arabian Peninsula. It shows his emotional struggles with the violence that was taking place during the war and focuses on other negative aspects of the war.
7. Midnight Express (1978)
This film reveals the true story of an American student who was caught while smuggling drugs and was put into prison. He tries to escape from the prison many times but every time, he was recaptured and was then beaten up brutally by the officials. The most striking thing about the film are its soundtracks which won Oscar for Best Original Score. This is one of the best movies based on true stories,
8. Spartacus (1960)
This movie is considered to be the best ever made movie about the Roman Empire. The film directed by Stanley Kubrick, reveals one of the most famous revolts by the slaves in the history. This epic true story based movie is a must watch.
9. Schindler’s List (1993)
This movie is about the true story of a Nazi businessman, Oskar Schindler. The film shows his heart change and he eventually saved over 1,000 Jews from being executed. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film was well appreciated and received OSCARS for Best Director and Best Picture award that year.
10. Catch Me if You Can (2002)
This is one of the best movies of all time based on true life stories of individuals who did extra ordinary jobs. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the main roles, the film represents a real-life story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who mastered in forgery and disguise at a very young age. He made millions of dollars acting as a legal prosecutor, Pan Am pilot and a doctor along the way. The most fascinating thing is that; he did all these when he was only 18. He did all these frauds to bring his parents back together, who were separated due to harsh financial conditions. The film is a combination of some funny comic scenes, great actions and brilliant acting. This movie is also included in our list of English movies based on true stories.
This list is truly based on personal opinion. Feel free to express your views in the comments.
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