Movies based on a true story

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1. 127 Hours (2010)

16 | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Sean Bott

Votes: 316,122 | Gross: $18.34M

2. American Gangster (2007)

16 | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 358,833 | Gross: $130.16M

3. Everest (2015)

12 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

64 Metascore

The story of New Zealand's Robert "Rob" Edwin Hall, who on May 10, 1996, together with Scott Fischer, teamed up on a joint expedition to ascend Mount Everest.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 175,931 | Gross: $43.48M

4. Darkest Hour (2017)

9 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 120,984 | Gross: $56.44M

5. Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

AL | 93 min | Drama, Family

A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

Votes: 214,218

6. Dunkirk (2017)

12 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 432,668 | Gross: $188.37M

7. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

16 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 344,037 | Gross: $67.21M

8. Into the Wild (2007)

12 | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 511,428 | Gross: $18.35M

9. James Dean (2001 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A biopic about the actor James Dean, whose stardom of the ultimate teenage rebel as well as the premature death made him a legend. His roles are depicted having much in common with his ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Rydell | Stars: James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Valentina Cervi, Enrico Colantoni

Votes: 4,720

10. K-PAX (2001)

12 | 120 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet. His psychiatrist tries to help him, only to begin to doubt his own explanations.

Director: Iain Softley | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 164,892 | Gross: $50.34M

11. Kiss and Cry (I) (2017)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of sarcoma.

Director: Sean Cisterna | Stars: Sarah Fisher, Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sergio Di Zio

Votes: 1,652

12. La vita è bella (1997)

AL | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 530,223 | Gross: $57.60M

13. Lion (2016)

12 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 169,858 | Gross: $51.69M

14. October Sky (1999)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris Owen

Votes: 73,252 | Gross: $32.48M

15. Schindler's List (1993)

12 | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,046,556 | Gross: $96.07M

16. Sleepers (1996)

16 | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Over ten years later, they get their chance for revenge.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert De Niro, Kevin Bacon, Brad Pitt, Jason Patric

Votes: 171,897 | Gross: $49.10M

17. L'ours (1988)

6 | 96 min | Adventure, Family, Drama

An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, Youk the Bear, Jack Wallace

Votes: 14,815 | Gross: $31.75M

18. The Book Thief (2013)

12 | 131 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

Votes: 116,365 | Gross: $21.49M

19. The Danish Girl (2015)

12 | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 139,012 | Gross: $12.71M

20. The Intouchables (2011)

12 | 112 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot

Votes: 646,220 | Gross: $13.18M

21. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

12 | 108 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

Director: Matt Brown | Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair, Raghuvir Joshi

Votes: 40,980 | Gross: $3.87M

22. The Pianist (2002)

12 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 616,051 | Gross: $32.57M

23. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

6 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 394,485 | Gross: $163.57M

24. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

16 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young FBI cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,087,773 | Gross: $130.74M

25. The Social Network (2010)

12 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 555,614 | Gross: $96.96M

26. To the Bone (I) (2017)

9 | 107 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A young woman, dealing with anorexia, meets an unconventional doctor who challenges her to face her condition and embrace life.

Director: Marti Noxon | Stars: Rebekah Kennedy, Lily Collins, Dana L. Wilson, Ziah Colon

Votes: 29,679

27. The Theory of Everything (2014)

9 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, Sophie Perry

Votes: 344,671 | Gross: $35.89M

28. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

16 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

57 Metascore

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

Votes: 28,805 | Gross: $17.45M

29. The Walk (II) (2015)

9 | 123 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Guillaume Baillargeon, Émilie Leclerc

Votes: 106,551 | Gross: $10.14M

30. Die Welle (2008)

12 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

A high school teacher's experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Jürgen Vogel, Frederick Lau, Max Riemelt, Jennifer Ulrich

Votes: 93,033

31. Zodiac (2007)

16 | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 375,907 | Gross: $33.08M

32. Jungle (I) (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

48 Metascore

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Yasmin Kassim, Luis Jose Lopez, Lily Sullivan

Votes: 32,384

33. Unbroken (I) (2014)

16 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 126,638 | Gross: $115.64M

34. Hidden Figures (2016)

12 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 160,331 | Gross: $169.61M

35. The Greatest Showman (2017)

9 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

48 Metascore

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

Votes: 171,083 | Gross: $174.34M

36. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

18 | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

81 Metascore

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 91,411

37. Loving Vincent (2017)

9 | 94 min | Animation, Biography, Crime

62 Metascore

In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist's final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.

Directors: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | Stars: Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory

Votes: 34,984 | Gross: $6.74M

38. 8 Mile (2002)

12 | 110 min | Drama, Music

77 Metascore

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make it big but his friends and foes make this odyssey of rap harder than it may seem.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Eminem, Brittany Murphy, Kim Basinger, Mekhi Phifer

Votes: 221,916 | Gross: $116.72M



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