This is a list of films based on a true story
Touching the Void (2003)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Box office in the USA: US$4,593,598
Total box office: US$13,846,359
IMDB: 8.10/10 (29,802)
In 1985, two climbers set off to conquer one of the highest peaks of the Peruvian Andes. At 7000 feet high, one of them breaks a leg, forcing the pair to descend the mountain.
An interesting fact:
- The restoration of the ascent with the participation of the actors was filmed in the Alps.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Director: Mel Gibson
Box office in the USA: US$67,209,615
Total box office: US$175,302,354
IMDB: 8.20/10 (316,837)
American Army Officer of WWII, Desmond Doss, serving during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first conscientious objector to fighting in the war in American history. For his actions, he is eventually awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Interesting facts this truly historical event:
- One of the reasons that Mel Gibson wanted to work on this film is because he wanted to tell the story of a “real” superhero.
- When asked how many lives he had saved, Doss answered that he saved around 50 men. However, according to his fellow soldiers, Doss saved approximately 100 men.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Box office in the USA: US$125,070,033
Total box office: US$240,797,623
IMDB: 7.50/10 (185,196)
This movie tells the story of pilot Chesley Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks) when he made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York with 150 people onboard. Sullenberger manages to land safely, and luckily, no one was hurt. Due to his acts of bravery, pilot “Sully” becomes an American hero. After the emergency landing, he is invited to a television show, prompting the airline to begin an investigation that might harm Sully’s reputation. The aftermath of the crash will give you shivers, especially if knowing that this film is based on a real story that happened in 2009.
- The biplane run that was flown by Sully was a rare model of the Stearman Cloudboy. At the time of the film, only six of these aircraft were in working condition.
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Box office in the USA: US$62,962
Total box office: US$100,292,829
IMDB: 7.60/10 (8,068)
Aftershock makes a strong impression. It is based on an earthquake that happened in Tangshan, China that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in 1976. The film was shot without special effects, and the leading roles were played by children, adding to the documentary’s heartbreaking tone.
Interesting facts about this true story film:
- Although this film was initially was planned to be shown in hundreds of theaters across the country, in memory of the victims of the Tohoku earthquake in Japan, it was released in March 2015 in just four Japanese movie theaters.
Director: James Cameron
Box office in the USA: US$658,672,302
Total box office: US$2,185,372,302
IMDB: 7.80/10 (890,074)
Many believe this film is the greatest love story ever told. Director James Cameron recreated the interior of the legendary Titanic ship and the events of that terrible night down to the smallest detail.
Interesting facts about this movie based on a real shipwreck:
- Creating a three-dimensional version of the Titanic ship cost $18 million and required 60 weeks, which was longer than the original movie took to shoot.
- Before proceeding to draw Rose, Jack tells her, “Over on the bed… the couch.” In fact, this line was only the mistake that actor Leonardo DiCaprio made during shooting. Nevertheless, Cameron liked Jack’s reservation, and this particular take was included in the final version of the film.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Director: Morten Tyldum
Box office in the USA: U$91,125,683
Total box office: $227,774,226
IMDB: 8.00/10 (587,155)
English mathematician and logician Alan Turing helps to crack the ‘Enigma code’ during World War II. His story will touch your heart as you get a more in-depth view of human nature. This film shows how Turing’s unique personality helped him to solve a seemingly impossible code and accomplish an unprecedented achievement.
Interesting movie facts about this real historical event:
- The real name of the electromechanical machine that decoded the “Enigma code” is “Bombe.”
- Benedict Cumberbatch and Alan Turing are, in fact, distant relatives.
Director: Angelina Jolie
Box office in the USA: US$115,637,895
Total box office: US$163,278,357
IMDB: 7.20/10 (126,480)
The Second World War, or WWII, changed in the lives of millions of people, including 1936 Berlin Olympiad, Louis Zamperini. Zamperini endured a terrible plane crash, days drifting on a raft in the Pacific Ocean, and torture when he was held prisoner at a Japanese concentration camp. However, these horrible experiences could not break him, and he managed to hold onto his humanity. Zamperini’s bravery has inspired many audiences. He reminds us that life is beautiful and worths fighting for against all odds.
Interesting facts about this true story movie and a real historical person:
- In 1963, Zamperini was a part of the American national team and attended the Olympic Games in Berlin where he met Hitler. However, Zamperini couldn’t resist pulling a prank, and he stole the German flag from the Reich Chancellery.
- Zamperini died on July 2, 2014. Before he passed away, Zamperini was able to watch an earlier version of the film from Angelina Jolie’s laptop while he was in the hospital.
Director: Sean Ellis
Box office in the USA: US$2,964,84
IMDB: 7.20/10 (32,115)
The film was directed by British director Sean Ellis, and it is based on a true story. The plot is based on Operation Anthropoid, which was conducted by the Czech resistance in 1942. The goal of this operations was to kill Reinhard Heydrich who was Deputy Reichsprotektor of Bohemia and Moravia. Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy had leading roles in this film.
Interesting facts this movie based on a real event:
- Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (1904-1942) was the third person in the hierarchy of the Third Reich. The license plate of his car was SS-3.
- Arriving at the scene of the crime where the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich was attempted, the Gestapo men removed the license plate from his car before they began to take photos of the crime scene.
Lo Impossible (2012)
Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Box office in the USA: US$19,019,882
Total box office: US$198,087,212
IMDB: 7.60/10 (169,648)
The plot of the film is based on the true story of the Álvarez family on December 26, 2004; their story took place on the coast of Southeast Asia, which was hit by a crushing tsunami. Due to this event, the lives of Álvarezs were changed forever.
- According to Naomi Watts, the movie’s producers heard an interview on the radio when this family told their story about how they survived the 2004 tsunami and decided to make a film on it.
- Many background actors use in this movie were people who survived the tsunami.
Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2015)
Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Box office in the USA: US$57,046
Total box office: US$3,735,821
IMDB: 7.20/10 (11,061)
This biographical drama tells about the backstage of sports by looking at the life of the greatest soccer player in history – Pele. When watching this film, viewers can witness the demanding life of the Brazilian sports legend, Pele.
Interesting fact about this movie:
- The film was planned to be released by the opening of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but sadly, filming was not completed on time.
- According to the movie, Pele’s mother worked as a servant at José “Mazzola” Altafini house. In reality, both Pele and Altafini come from poor families, and, they lived in different cities.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Box office in the USA: US$15,789,389
Total box office: US$46,152,800
IMDB: 7.40/10 (68,174)
The film is about springboarder Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. After placing last in all competitions, he became famous for his failures.
An interesting fact about this movie and the real person:
- In an interview with the BBC on June 6, 2015, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards said that the plot of the film was 90% invented. “I was warned that only 10-15% of the movie will be based on the real events of my life.”
Co-authors: Brittany W. and Eugene B.