The Best Movies Based on Memoirs

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Vote up your favorite movies based on or inspired by memoirs. No biopics without written source material.

Sometimes the truth is more entertaining than fiction. The best movies based on memoirs capture real-life experiences of people fighting addictions, surviving war, and falling in love. Many films based off of memoirs feature amazing actors and actresses and a few movies based on biographies have even won Academy Awards.

What memoirs adapted into movies will you find on this list. The Sound of Music has to be near the top. The stage musical – featuring music composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II – was based on Maria van Trapp's memoir, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Girl, Interrupted is another good movie adapted from a memoir.

The Pianist, based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoir of the same name, won three Academy Awards including Best Actor for Adrien Brody. Other good memoir movies include Mommie Dearest, Downfall, and Eat Pray Love.

Do you have a favorite movie based on a memoir? Vote the best films up to the top of this list, add any we may have missed, and check back for new movies based on memoirs as they come out.

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