List of films based on actual events

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This is a list of feature films that are based on actual events. 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. True story movies[1] gained popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the production of movies based on actual events that first aired on CBS, ABC, and NBC.

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  • 10 Rillington Place (1971) — 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; exterior shots were filmed in Number 10; interiors were shot in Number 7
  • 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
  • Dirty Harry (1971) –inspired by the Zodiac killings of the 1960s and early 70s; the detective on the case, Dave Toschi, was the inspiration for Harry Callahan and Frank Bullitt in Bullitt (1968)
  • The French Connection (1971) — based on the story of drug smuggling from Marseilles 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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  1. ^ True story movies
  2. ^ The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill, published by Faber & Faber 1950
  3. ^ "Dr. Patch Adams." The Gesundheit! Institute

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