true stories The Best Medical Movies Based on True Stories  

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List Rules Vote for the best movies inspired by true medical events.

What are the best medical movies based on true stories? This list includes great historical movies such as Philadelphia, Patch Adams, and Awakenings. All of these movies recount incredible stories about people and their ailments throughout history. Be it about disease, doctors, studies, or medical advancements, these stories are all based on true stories and touch viewers at their core.

Which movie inspired by real medical events is the best? That's up for the voters to decide. Vote up which movie you think is the best, and if you don't see your favorite on here, be sure to add it. This list is votable and rerankable, so have at it!

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Patch Adams Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Monica Potter

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A Beautiful Mind Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Ron Howard

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd

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Awakenings Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Vin Diesel

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Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts, Marg Helgenberger, Aaron Eckhart

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Girl, Interrupted Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Whoopi Goldberg

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Philadelphia Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Julius Erving

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The Elephant Man Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

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50 First Dates Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Dan Aykroyd

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Rain Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Medical Movies Based on True Stories
Rain Man Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffman, Valeria Golino

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Lorenzo's Oil Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Laura Linney

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Sybil Jessica Lange, JoBeth Williams, Tammy Blanchard

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Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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Dallas Buyers Club Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto

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The Vow Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lange

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M*A*S*H (movie) is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Medical Movies Based on True Stories
M*A*S*H (movie)

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My Left Foot Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker

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Silkwood Meryl Streep, Cher, Kurt Russell

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And the Band Played On Ian McKellen, Steve Martin, Richard Gere

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Something the Lord Made Gabrielle Union, Alan Rickman, Mos Def

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The Intouchables Omar Sy, François Cluzet, Anne Le Ny

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The Karen Carpenter Story Louise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb, Peter Michael Goetz

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Extraordinary Measures Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell

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The Three Faces of Eve Joanne Woodward, Lee J. Cobb, Nancy Kulp

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The Story of Louis Pasteur Paul Muni, Anita Louise, Donald Woods

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Angels in America Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Justin Kirk

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A Civil Action John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathy Bates

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Lenny Kravitz, Max von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner

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You Don't Know Jack Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman

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Miss Evers' Boys Laurence Fishburne, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis

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Million Dollar Babies Jeff Bridges, Beau Bridges, Sean McCann

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The Sea Inside Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas

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Champions Kirstie Alley, John Hurt, Ben Johnson

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My Own Country Marisa Tomei, Hal Holbrook, Naveen Andrews

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The Linda McCartney Story Elizabeth Mitchell, David Lewis, Nicole Oliver

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Living Proof Amanda Bynes, Angie Harmon, Bernadette Peters