List of films based on actual events

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This is a list of feature films that are based on actual events.

A total of 211 films produced before the year 2000 have been identified here as based on actual events. After the year 2000, the making of films based on actual events increased in popularity. Since 2000, approximately 221 movies have been made fulfilling the same criteria.[citation needed] Not all movies have remained true to the genuine history of the event or the characters they are portraying, often adding action and drama to increase the substance and popularity of the movie.

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The Great Imposter (1961) film based on the life of Ferdinand Waldo Demara, starring Tony Curtis

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  • 10 Rillington Place (1971) — A depiction of the events surrounding the wrongful execution of Timothy Evans, a Welshman framed for the death of his daughter by his landlord, English serial killer John Christie, who killed women in his flat at 10 Rillington Place (parts of the film were filmed in the actual location)
  • Brian's Song (1971) — The story of Brian Piccolo, a running back for the Chicago Bears, his cross-racial friendship with teammate Gale Sayers, and his ultimately losing battle with cancer, starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers
  • The French Connection (1971) — Based on the story of drug smuggling from Marseille to New York City in the 1960s
  • Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) — Czar Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family

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1975[edit]

The Legend of lizzie Borden directed by Paul Wendkos, starring Elizabeth Montgomery based on Life of Lizzie Borden accused of murdering her parents in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1892

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1992[edit]

  • Malcolm X (1992) - Bio-epic of the controversial and influential Black leader. Dir. Spike Lee

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2011[edit]

mee sindhutai sapkal (2011) marathi movie based on real story. The film was selected for world premiere at the 54th London Film Festival.

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Rambo

  • Bozo - A Japanese film based on the Akihabara massacre
  • Captain Phillips (2013) — The film is a biopic of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 led by Abduwali Muse.
  • Celluloid (2013) — A Malayalam movie based on the life story of J. C. Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema
  • The Conjuring (2013) — An American supernatural horror film based on disturbing events in a farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.
  • Devil's Knot (2013) - a biographical crime-drama thriller film based on a true story as told in Mara Leveritt's 2002 book of the same name, concerning three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted for killing three young boys and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.
  • Diana (2013) — A British film based on the last two years in the life of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Empire State (2013) — An American film based on two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository
  • The Frozen Ground (2013) — An American thriller film based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for serial killer Robert Hansen, written and directed by Scott Walker
  • Jobs (2013) — An American biographical drama film based on the life of Steve Jobs
  • The Look of Love (2013) — A British film based on the life of Paul Raymond
  • Lovelace (2013) — The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) — A South African film based on the 1994 autobiography by Nelson Mandela
  • Orissa (2013) — A Malayalam film based on the love story between a police constable and an Odisha girl
  • Pain & Gain (2013) — An American crime-comedy film based on the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several people by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym in Florida
  • Philomena (2013) - A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
  • Rush (2013) — Based on the true story of the Formula One season in 1976 with the unforgettable battle for the championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and Lauda's remarkable recovery from a near fatal accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013) — Based on the untold true story of the Walt Disney adaptation of the book Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
  • Shootout at Wadala (2013) — A Hindi film based on infamous Indian urban dacoit and most feared gangster in the Mumbai underworld Manya Surve.His death in 1982 during an encounter with the Maharashtra police became city's first encounter.
  • Snitch (2013) — Based on the true story of a drug dealer
  • Fruitvale Station (2013) — Based on the true story of a 22 year-old man and his last day in 2009
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) — Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill
  • Tracks (2013) — In 1977, Robyn Davidson travels from Alice Springs across 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) of Australian deserts to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan documents her journey.
  • Non-Disclosure: Haunted (2013) — The story of a divorced man and his son who rent a haunted house
  • Kaptaan (2013) — A Pakistani film based on the life of Pakistani politician, social worker and former cricketer Imran Khan
  • Gimme' Shelter (2013) - The story of a young girlVanessa Hudgens who feels unwanted and runs away to find her father, but finds out she's with-child

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