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Based on a True Story

Entertainment
85k viewsThe True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie ViolenceClassic scenes of movie violence often have interesting back stories (and, in some cases, interesting hack stories. As in cleavers...
Entertainment
5.7k votersThe Best Movies Based On True Stories"Movies based on a true story" is so commonly thrown around it's practically the new "in a world where..." as far as trailer plugs...
True Crime
1.5m views10 Real Life Crime Scenes And The Movies They InspiredNot all scary movies are pure fiction. Many popular horror films are based on crimes that actually happened. True crime is a risin...
TV Characters
44.4k views29 Popular TV Characters Who Were Based on Real PeopleTV characters based on real people are as popular as ever. What better source to draw upon than real life? After all, real life is...
Adaptations
6.7k views12 Times You Didn't Realize Two Movies Told The Same (True) StoryFilms often take inspiration from true stories, and sometimes two movies depict the same events without audiences realizing there ...
Entertainment
537 votersMovie Villains You Didn't Realize Were Based On Real PeopleFictional characters are frequently based on actual people with varying degrees of looseness, but the more outlandish a character ...
Entertainment
4.5k votersAre These Horror Movies Really "Based On A True Story"?Based on a true story. It's a tagline sure to attract curious viewers to any movie making the claim, but horror movies supposedly ...
Survival
528 votersThe Best Survival Movies Based on True StoriesThere are hundreds if not thousands of movies about survival, but only a choice few are based on true events. The survival movies ...
Celebrities
1.5k votersThe Very Best Biopics About Real PeopleList of the best biopics ever made, as ranked by film critics and movie fans. History is filled with remarkable individuals and st...
Entertainment
25k voters20 Horrifying Crime Movies Whose True Stories Are Way More TerrifyingNot all the movies on this list are, strictly speaking, crime films. However, these movies all have their roots in real transgress...
Entertainment
19.5k voters22 Disturbing, Brutal Movies Based on Real-Life Atrocities"Based on a true story"—we see it all the time. It's a marketing tool, a cloying device used to engender empathy for the character...
Weird
1.8m viewsTerrifying Horror Movies And The True Stories They're Based OnWhile most, if not all, horror movies include a fair amount of fiction to make the story more gory and gruesome, often times the i...
Entertainment
462 votersThe Best Movies About Real Serial KillersWhile characters like Hannibal Lecter and Michael Myers are certainly frightening figures, movies about real life serial killers a...
Entertainment
847 votersThe Best Movies Based on Real MurdersThe truth is often stranger than fiction. That's what makes these movies based on real murders some of the scariest projects to ev...
Historical Entertainment
302.7k viewsFamous People Who Hate Their BiopicsThere is no shortage of famous people who hated their biopics. In many cases, it’s hard to blame people for not liking the way the...
poll
6k votersThe Best Scary Movies Based on True StoriesHelp determine the best scary movies that are based on true stories by voting up your favorites. It is said that the truth is stra...
Adaptations
653 votersThe Best Medical Movies Based on True StoriesWhat are the best medical movies based on true stories? This list includes great historical movies such as Philadelphia, Patch Ada...
Thrillers
119.9k views23 X-Files Storylines That Were Based on Real Life StoriesThere are plenty of questions about The X-Files we still want the answers to. Are aliens real? What about ghosts? Are flukemen hid...
poll
912 votersThe Best Movies 'Loosely' Based On True Stories"Based on a true story" isn't always exactly accurate. This list of movies loosely based on true stories took a few too many liber...
Comic Books & Characters
73.9k views15 Comic Book Characters Based On Real People"Where did you come up with this stuff?" is a common question asked to creators of all types. Many lauded comic book writers and a...