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The Best 2018 Movies Based On True Events

Updated March 6, 2020 541 votes 136 voters 17.1k views22 items

Though fictional films often pack the most entertainment, the best 2018 historical movies and films based on true events can bring just as much excitement to viewers. Sure, fictional movies can make up virtually any scenario and setting, but what's so great about these historical movies is knowing the events actually happened—whether that's based on a real murder or a real-life atrocity. Moreover, it gives the audience a chance to relive the times and gain valuable insight they may not find in a book. So, which historical movies of 2018 did you think were best?

Of all the movies based on true events released this year, Tag has to be the most unconventional—focusing on a group of friends and a decades-long game of tag (hilarity ensues). Then you have the more conventional historical drama film 15:17 to Paris, covering the 2015 Thalys terrorist attack—putting viewers right on the train in which it occurred. Of course, there were plenty of other great 2018 historical films, including The Death of Stalin (self explanatory) and the story of post-911 war, 12 Strong

Check out the list of best 2018 movies based on true stories below and vote up your favorites, while voting down any other movies accordingly.

If you are looking for more? Check out this list of the best 2020 movies based on true events.

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    BlacKkKlansman

    John David Washington, Adam Driver

    Released2018

    Directed bySpike Lee

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  • First Man2
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    First Man

    Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy

    Directed byDamien Chazelle

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    Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali

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    American Animals

    Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan

    Released2018

    Directed byBart Layton

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  • 12 Strong5
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    12 Strong

    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

    Released2018

    Directed byNicolai Fuglsig

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  • Tag6
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    Tag

    Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner

    Released2018

    Directed byJeff Tomsic

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  • Papillon7
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    Papillon

    Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek

    Released2018

    Directed byMichael Noer

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  • The Death of Stalin8
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    The Death of Stalin

    Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale

    Released2018

    Directed byArmando Iannucci

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  • 22 July9
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    22 July

    Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Greengrass

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    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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  • The Mule11
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    The Mule

    Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper

    Released2018

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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  • Chappaquiddick12
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    Chappaquiddick

    Jason Clarke, Kate Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byJohn Curran

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  • Operation Finale13
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    Operation Finale

    Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley

    Released2018

    Directed byChris Weitz

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  • Shock and Awe14
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    Shock and Awe

    Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2018

    Directed byRob Reiner

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  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot15
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    Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

    Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara

    Released2018

    Directed byGus Van Sant

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    Black 47

    Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville

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    Directed byLance Daly

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    Cold War

    Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot

    Released2018

    Directed byPawel Pawlikowski

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  • Mary Queen of Scots18
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    Mary Queen of Scots

    Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie

    Released2018

    Directed byJosie Rourke

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  • Welcome to Marwen19
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    Welcome to Marwen

    Steve Carell, Leslie Mann

    Released2018

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Lizzie20
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    Lizzie

    Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart

    Released2018

    Directed byCraig William Macneill

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  • 7 Days in Entebbe21
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    7 Days in Entebbe

    Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl

    Released2018

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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  • The 15:17 to Paris22
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    The 15:17 to Paris

    Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos

    Released2018

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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