The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories Films

The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

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List Criteria: 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    Goodfellas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Pesci

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    Titanic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

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    The Untouchables is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner

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    Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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    JFK is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon

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    The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

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    Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

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    Heat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Natalie Portman, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro

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    Donnie Brasco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti

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    Saving Mr. Banks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson

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    Boogie Nights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham

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    Unstoppable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Denzel Washington, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pine

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    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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    Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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    Almost Famous is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Zooey Deschanel, Kate Hudson, Anna Paquin

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    The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

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    The French Connection is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey

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    The Black Dahlia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Scarlett Johansson, Rose McGowan, Hilary Swank

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    American Hustle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro

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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

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    Changeling is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan

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    Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bill Murray

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    Snitch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Nadine Velazquez

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    Alpha Dog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Amber Heard

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    50/50 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Anna Kendrick, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bryce Dallas Howard

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    The Haunting in Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas

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    Pain and Gain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris

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    21 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne

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    Open Water is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Saul Stein, Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis

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    Bronson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance

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    Lady Sings the Blues is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams

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    The Crucible is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jeffrey Jones

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    Badlands is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek

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    Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan, Kelsey Grammer

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    The Strangers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman

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    In the Valley of Elah is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Charlize Theron, James Franco, Susan Sarandon

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    Pride is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold

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    The Bling Ring is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson, Paris Hilton

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    Too Young to Die? is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michael O'Keefe

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    The New World is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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    Till the Clouds Roll By is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury

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    You Only Live Once is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies "Loosely" Based on True Stories

    Henry Fonda, Margaret Hamilton, Sylvia Sidney

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