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The Best Movies That Based On True Stories

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.
Karl Marx

In this  list, which does not shift to alternative history scenarios when describing historicality, you will find many historically important and/or inspirational figures and also events such as victories, wars, and genocides.

You will see excellent performances that brings oscar award in the category of actors in a leading role to the performer such as Ray, Capote, Lincoln  movies. Also you will see Mark Zuckerberg  and the process of the establishment of the social media giant Facebook  in the David Fincher's Social Network. Queens' Freddie Mercury in the Bohemian Rhapsody and etc. 

In addition to these semi-biographical works, there are also movies that shed light on and remembers the  historical events and traumas such as holocaust era movie Schindler List,  and chronologically recent Rwandan genocide in the movie Hotel Rwanda which is about one million murder happened in three months.

8.9/10

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1993

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Schindler's List

Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric German Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gasse ...

based on book

based on true story

biography

black and white

drama

epic

8.5/10

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2002

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The Pianist

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later sepa ...

based on book

based on memoir or autobiography

based on true story

biography

drama

golden palm

8.2/10

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1995

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Casino

This Martin Scorsese film depicts the Janus-like quality of Las Vegas--it has a glittering, glamorous face, as well as a brutal, cruel one. Ace Rothstein and Nicky Santoro, mobsters who move to Las Vegas to make their mark, live and work in this paradoxical world. Seen through their eyes, each as a ...

based on book

corruption

crime

drama

gangster

mafia

8.2/10

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2001

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Beautiful Mind, A

From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harr ...

based on book

based on true story

biography

drama

love story

philosophy

8.1/10

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2002

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Catch Me If You Can

New Rochelle, the 1960s. High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain dad's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tra ...

based on book

based on true story

biography

comedy

corruption

crime

8.1/10

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2004

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Hotel Rwanda

During the 1990s, some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in the country of Rwanda--and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, one million people were brutally murdered ...

based on true story

civil war

corruption

drama

historical

history

8.1/10

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2018

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soo ...

based on true story

biography

drama

lgbt

musical

8.1/10

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2013

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12 Years a Slave

Based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Sol ...

based on book

based on memoir or autobiography

based on true story

civil war

drama

historical

8/10

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2006

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The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story about a man named Christopher Gardner. Gardner has invested heavily in a device known as a "Bone Density scanner". He feels like he has made these devices. However, they do not sell as they are marginally better than the current technology at a much higher price. As Gardner tri ...

based on true story

biography

depression

drama

true story

8/10

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2010

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The King's Speech

England's Prince Albert must ascend the throne as King George VI, but he has a speech impediment. Knowing that the country needs her husband to be able to communicate effectively, Elizabeth hires Lionel Logue, an Australian actor and speech therapist, to help him overcome his stammer. An extraordina ...

based on true story

drama

historical

history

politics

true story

8/10

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2014

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The Imitation Game

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

based on book

based on true story

biography

computers

drama

historical

8/10

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2019

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Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

action

based on true story

comedy

crime

cult

drama


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