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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Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet Kathy Bates

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Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling Denzel Washington

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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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 13 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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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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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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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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Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale Billy Connolly

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Ed Wood Johnny Depp, Sarah Jessica Parker Bill Murray

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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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Snitch Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon Nadine Velazquez

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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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Pain and Gain Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg Ed Harris

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

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The Crucible Winona Ryder, Daniel Day-Lewis Jeffrey Jones

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Badlands Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen Sissy Spacek

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The Bling Ring Lindsay Lohan, Emma Watson Paris Hilton

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Anastasia Kirsten Dunst, Meg Ryan Kelsey Grammer

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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