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List Rules Films that were based on non-fiction books. Vote up the best movies that started as a non-fiction book.

Some of the absolute best movies in the history of film were based on non-fiction books, whether written to complete historical accuracy or loosely based on true events. Some of these movies have gone down as classics and have forever shaped the movie industry. They tell some of the most gripping stories of all time and captivate audiences. What are the best movies based on non-fiction books?
 
This list has the best movies that were based on non-fiction books, ranked by the community. This the films on this list span a variety of genres, including romance, inspirational dramas, thrillers, and action adventure.
 
This list features the best movies based on non-fiction books including, Tuesdays with Morrie, Syriana, The Hiding Place, Apollo 13, The Blind Side, The Basketball Diaries, The Call of the Wild, and The Greatest Game Ever Played. Vote up the best films based on a non-fiction book below and see where your favorites rank!

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Apollo 13 Tom Hanks, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ed Harris - Based on Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

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The Perfect Storm George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Diane Lane - Based on the book of the same name by Sebastian Junger.

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Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci - Based on Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

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The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates - Based on The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.

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Casino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Casino Sharon Stone, Robert De Niro, James Woods - Based on Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi

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Escape from Alcatraz Clint Eastwood, Danny Glover, Patrick McGoohan - Based on Escape from Alcatraz by J. Campbell Bruce.

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Lone Survivor Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch - Based on the book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.

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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Marley & Me Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner, Owen Wilson - Based on the book of the same name by John Grogan.

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Jarhead Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, John Krasinski - Based on the book of the same name by U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford.

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Seabiscuit Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire - Based on Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand.

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Moneyball Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright - Based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis.

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Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti - Based on Donnie Brasco: My Undercover life in the Mafia by Joseph D. Pistone

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Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell - Based on the book of the same name by James Bradley and Ron Powers.

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The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer - Based on The Man-Eaters of Tsavo by John Henry Patterson.

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Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw - Based on Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H. G. Bissinger.

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The Social Network Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara - Based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich.

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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field - Based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns.

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Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried - Based on Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.

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Public Enemies Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum - Based on Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34 by Bryan Burrough.

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
Pitch Perfect Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow - Based on Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory by Mickey Rapkin.

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The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft - Based on The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences by Frederick Treves and The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu.

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Boys Don't Cry Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Natalie Zea - Based on Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

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The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger - Based on Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, and The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To #45472 by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.

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Dead Man Walking Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black - Based on Dead Man Walking by Sister Helen Prejean C.S.J.

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Into the Wild Kristen Stewart, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis - Based on the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer.

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The Wolf of Wall Street is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Based on Non-Fiction Books
The Wolf of Wall Street Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie - Based on the book of the same name by Jordan Belfort

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Charlie Wilson's War Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks - Based on Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile III.

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Not Without My Daughter Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Roshan Seth - Based on Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody and William Hoffer.

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All the President's Men Richard Nixon, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford - Based on the book of the same name by journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

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The Call of the Wild Clark Gable, Loretta Young, Reginald Owen - Based on The Call of the Wild by Jack London.

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Kevin Spacey, Jude Law, John Cusack - Based on the book of the same name by John Berendt.

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Midnight Express John Hurt, Randy Quaid, Brad Davis - Based on Midnight Express by Billy Hayes & William Hoffer

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The Basketball Diaries Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis - Based on the book of the same name by Jim Carroll.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor - Based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson.

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Seven Years in Tibet Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B. D. Wong - Based on Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer.

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He's Just Not That Into You Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly - Based on the book of the same name by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo.

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Freedom Writers Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton - Based on The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell.

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The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans - Based on The Iceman Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

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My Dog Skip Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz - Based on My Dog Skip by Willie Morris.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played Shia LaBeouf, Peyton List, Joe Jackson - Based on The Greatest Game Ever Played: Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf by Mark Frost.

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, George Clooney - Based on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris

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Love & Other Drugs Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaimie Alexander - Based on Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.

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Syriana George Clooney, Matt Damon, Amanda Peet - Based on See No Evil by Robert Baer.

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A Night to Remember Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, David McCallum - Based on A Night to Remember by Walter Lord.

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Adaptation Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Maggie Gyllenhaal - Based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.

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Angela's Ashes Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Alan Parker - Based on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

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Thirteen Days Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten - Based on The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis by Ernest May and Philip Zelikow

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Bully Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner, Nick Stahl - Based on Bully: A True Story of High School Revenge by Jim Schultze

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates - Based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Harr.