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

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Raging Bull 1980, 129 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Robert De NiroCathy MoriartyJoe Pesci

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Apollo 13 1995, 140 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Tom HanksKevin BaconGary Sinise

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

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Serpico 1973, 130 min.

Sidney Lumet     Starring: Al PacinoJohn RandolphJack Kehoe

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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The Elephant Man 1980, 124 min.

David Lynch     Starring: Anthony HopkinsJohn HurtAnne Bancroft

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Argo 2012, 120 min.

Ben Affleck     Starring: Ben AffleckBryan CranstonAlan Arkin

Based-on-a-True-Story    Docudrama    Drama

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The Fighter 2010, 114 min.

David O. Russell     Starring: Mark WahlbergChristian BaleAmy Adams

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Pianist 2002, 150 min.

Roman Polanski     Starring: Maureen LipmanAdrien BrodyFrank Finlay

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Moneyball 2011, 133 min.

Bennett Miller     Starring: Brad PittJonah HillRobin Wright

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

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Midnight Express 1978, 121 min.

Alan Parker     Starring: John HurtBo HopkinsIrene Miracle

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Donnie Brasco 1997, 127 min.

Mike Newell     Starring: Al PacinoJohnny DeppMichael Madsen

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

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Malcolm X 1992, 202 min.

Spike Lee     Starring: Denzel WashingtonSpike LeeAlbert Hall

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Gandhi 1982, 188 min.

Richard Attenborough     Starring: Edward FoxJohn GielgudTrevor Howard

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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Milk 2008, 128 min.

Gus Van Sant     Starring: Sean PennEmile HirschJosh Brolin

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Ip Man 2008, 106 min.

Wilson Yip     Starring: Donnie YenSimon YamSiu-Wong Fan

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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Lenny 1974, 111 min.

Bob Fosse     Starring: Dustin HoffmanValerie PerrineJan Miner

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

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Reds 1981, 194 min.

Warren Beatty     Starring: Warren BeattyDiane KeatonEdward Herrmann

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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Rush 2013, 123 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Chris HemsworthDaniel BrühlOlivia Wilde

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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Bronson 2008, 92 min.

Nicolas Winding Refn     Starring: Tom HardyMatt KingKelly Adams

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Crime

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Rudy 1993, 116 min.

David Anspaugh     Starring: Sean AstinNed BeattyLili Taylor

Biopic    Drama    Sports Drama

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Sergeant York 1941, 134 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: Joan LeslieWalter BrennanGary Cooper

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Sid and Nancy 1986, 112 min.

Alex Cox     Starring: Gary OldmanChloe WebbDavid Hayman

Addiction Drama    Biopic    Drama

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Blow 2001, 124 min.

Ted Demme     Starring: Johnny DeppPenélope CruzJordi Mollà

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

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Salvador 1986, 122 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: James WoodsJames BelushiMichael Murphy

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Napoléon 1927, 330 min.

Abel Gance     Starring: Albert DieudonnéEdmond Van DaëleGina Manès

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Becket 1964, 148 min.

Peter Glenville     Starring: Richard BurtonPeter O'TooleJohn Gielgud

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Silkwood 1983, 131 min.

Mike Nichols     Starring: Meryl StreepKurt RussellCraig T. Nelson

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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Selma 2014, 128 min.

Ava DuVernay     Starring: David OyelowoCarmen EjogoTom Wilkinson

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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