film The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

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List Rules Films loosely based on a true story. Vote based on the quality of the film, not the accuracy of the story.

"Based on a true story" isn't always exactly accurate. This list of movies loosely based on true stories took a few too many liberties or only used a true story as distant inspiration.

Hollywood loves this idea though. In the last thirteen years there have been more "based on a true story" films made than were released in the 100 years prior. The problem is that a lot of these "true stories" are hardly that. Be it a huge exaggeration, using one real life person in a crazy scenario, or taking a historical event and creating a fictional story around it (hi, Jack Dawson), the films on this list played fast and loose with the facts.

This isn't by any means knocking any of these films, many are fantastic, widely loved, award winning films. They just took a few too many liberties with the facts. Below is the list of films based on true stories... sort of. Vote up the best films on this list, even if they didn't stick to the truth.

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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Goodfellas Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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The Untouchables Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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A Beautiful Mind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories
A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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JFK Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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Donnie Brasco Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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Behind Enemy Lines Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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Heat Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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Unstoppable Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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Boogie Nights Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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Almost Famous Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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The French Connection Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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American Hustle Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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Changeling Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

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Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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The Black Dahlia Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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Ed Wood Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

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Snitch Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Nadine Velazquez

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50/50 Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard

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Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

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Pain and Gain Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris

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The Haunting in Connecticut Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas

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21 Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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Bronson Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance

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Open Water Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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The Strangers Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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The Crucible Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

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Lady Sings the Blues Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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Badlands Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek

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Anastasia Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

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The Bling Ring Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, Paris Hilton

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In the Valley of Elah Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

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Pride Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold

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The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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Too Young to Die? Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michael O'Keefe

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Till the Clouds Roll By Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury

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You Only Live Once Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton, Sylvia Sidney