The Top 100 Based-on-a-True-Story Movies of All Time

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1

GoodFellas

1990    Martin Scorsese    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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Schindler's List

1993    Steven Spielberg    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Raging Bull

1980    Martin Scorsese    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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4

The Passion of Joan of Arc

1928    Carl Theodor Dreyer    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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5

Badlands

1973    Terrence Malick    Rated PG

Americana    Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime

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6

Dog Day Afternoon

1975    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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All the President's Men

1976    Alan J. Pakula    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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8

Braveheart

1995    Mel Gibson    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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9

Bonnie and Clyde

1967    Arthur Penn    Rated R

Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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10

Amadeus

1984    Milos Forman    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Based-on-Theatre    Biopic

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11

12 Years a Slave

2013    Steve McQueen    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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12

Patton

1970    Franklin J. Schaffner    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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13

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013    Martin Scorsese    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Black Comedy

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14

The Social Network

2010    David Fincher    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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15

Catch Me If You Can

2002    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Chase Movie

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16

Apollo 13

1995    Ron Howard    Rated PG

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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17

Serpico

1973    Sidney Lumet    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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18

The Right Stuff

1983    Philip Kaufman    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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19

Argo

2012    Ben Affleck    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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20

Papillon

1973    Franklin J. Schaffner    Rated PG

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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21

Inherit the Wind

1960    Stanley Kramer    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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22

In Cold Blood

1967    Richard Brooks    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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23

A Beautiful Mind

2001    Ron Howard    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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24

The Elephant Man

1980    David Lynch    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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25

Ed Wood

1994    Tim Burton    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Comedy Drama

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26

The Fighter

2010    David O. Russell    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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27

The Pianist

2002    Roman Polanski    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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28

The King's Speech

2010    Tom Hooper    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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29

Empire of the Sun

1987    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Childhood Drama    Drama

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31

Andrei Rublev

1966    Andrei Tarkovsky    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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32

Glory

1989    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films    Epic

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33

Heavenly Creatures

1994    Peter Jackson    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Coming-of-Age    Crime

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34

Black Hawk Down

2001    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films

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35

Henry V

1989    Kenneth Branagh    Rated PG13

Based-on-Shakespeare    Biopic    Epic

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36

Midnight Express

1978    Alan Parker    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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37

Captain Phillips

2013    Paul Greengrass    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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38

Moneyball

2011    Bennett Miller    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Sports Drama

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39

127 Hours

2010    Danny Boyle    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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40

Malcolm X

1992    Spike Lee    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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41

Donnie Brasco

1997    Mike Newell    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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42

Lincoln

2012    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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44

My Left Foot

1989    Jim Sheridan    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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45

Into the Wild

2007    Sean Penn    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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46

Mississippi Burning

1988    Alan Parker    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Detective Film

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47

Gandhi

1982    Richard Attenborough    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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48

Walk the Line

2005    James Mangold    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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49

The Last Emperor

1987    Bernardo Bertolucci    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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50

Milk

2008    Gus Van Sant    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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51

Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942    Michael Curtiz    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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52

The Pride of the Yankees

1942    Sam Wood    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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53

Zodiac

2007    David Fincher    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Docudrama

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54

The Insider

1999    Michael Mann    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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55

The Mirror

1975    Andrei Tarkovsky    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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56

Ip Man

2008    Wilson Yip    Not Rated

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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57

Dallas Buyers Club

2013    Jean-Marc Vallée    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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58

Lenny

1974    Bob Fosse    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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59

Hunger

2008    Steve McQueen    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Drama    Political Drama

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60

Reds

1981    Warren Beatty    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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61

The Wrong Man

1956    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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63

Good Night, and Good Luck.

2005    George Clooney    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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66

Chaplin

1992    Richard Attenborough    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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67

Rudy

1993    David Anspaugh    Rated PG

Biopic    Drama    Sports Drama

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68

Downfall

2004    Oliver Hirschbiegel    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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69

Birdman of Alcatraz

1962    John Frankenheimer    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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70

Mutiny on the Bounty

1935    Frank Lloyd    Not Rated

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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71

Frost/Nixon

2008    Ron Howard    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Based-on-Theatre    Docudrama

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72

Sid and Nancy

1986    Alex Cox    Rated R

Addiction Drama    Biopic    Drama

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73

Rush

2013    Ron Howard    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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75

The Aviator

2004    Martin Scorsese    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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76

Sergeant York

1941    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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77

Bronson

2008    Nicolas Winding Refn    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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78

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

1974    Werner Herzog    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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79

Blow

2001    Ted Demme    Rated R

Addiction Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime

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80

Young Mr. Lincoln

1939    John Ford    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Courtroom Drama

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81

Elizabeth

1998    Shekhar Kapur    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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82

Gods and Monsters

1998    Bill Condon    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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83

The Motorcycle Diaries

2004    Walter Salles    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biker Film    Biopic

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84

Salvador

1986    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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85

Awakenings

1990    Penny Marshall    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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87

Born on the Fourth of July

1989    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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88

Out of Africa

1985    Sydney Pollack    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Costume Romance

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89

Coal Miner's Daughter

1980    Michael Apted    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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90

The Miracle Worker

1962    Arthur Penn    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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91

American Gangster

2007    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Crime Drama

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93

This Boy's Life

1993    Michael Caton-Jones    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Coming-of-Age

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95

Becket

1964    Peter Glenville    Rated PG13

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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96

Silkwood

1983    Mike Nichols    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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97

Bloodsport

1988    Newt Arnold    Rated R

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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98

Man on the Moon

1999    Milos Forman    Rated R

Biopic    Comedy Drama    Drama

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99

The Last King of Scotland

2006    Kevin Macdonald    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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The Basketball Diaries

1995    Scott Kalvert    Rated R

Addiction Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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