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The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events

Updated August 26, 2020 1.8k votes 207 voters 14.5k views56 items

UPDATE: Check out the top 2020 movies based on true stories!

Though fictional films often pack the most entertainment, the best 2019 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—and sometimes the true story can be even stranger than fiction. Moreover, it gives the audience a chance to relive the times and gain valuable insights they may not find in a book. So, which historical movies of 2019 did you think were best?

There are a lot of movies based on true events released this year including A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Rocketman, and Fighting With My Family. Of course, there are plenty of other great 2019 historical films as well. 

Check out the list of best 2019 movies based on true stories below and vote up your favorites, while voting down any other movies accordingly.

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    1917 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

    1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A...amazon buy button

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    Hustlers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Hustlers

    Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez

    Released2019

    Directed byLorene Scafaria

    Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly E is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Hotel Mumbai is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Hotel Mumbai

    Dev Patel, Armie Hammer

    Released2019

    Directed byAnthony Maras

    Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 Indian-American-Australian thriller film directed by Anthony Maras,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Dirt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Dirt

    Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly

    Released2019

    Directed byJeff Tremaine

    The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical-drama directed by Jeff Tremaine. The story of how... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Finding Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Finding Steve McQueen

    Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor

    Released2019

    Directed byMark Steven Johnson

    Finding Steve McQueen is a 2019 American heist thriller film directed by Mark Steven Johnson.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Highwaymen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Highwaymen

    Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson

    Released2019

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lords of Chaos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Lords of Chaos

    Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen

    Released2019

    Directed byJonas Åkerlund

    Lords of Chaos is a 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund, based on the 1988... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Rocketman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Rocketman

    Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell

    Released2019

    Directed byDexter Fletcher

    Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Kill Team is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Kill Team

    Nat Wolff, Adam Long

    Released2019

    Directed byDan Krauss

    The Kill Team is a 2019 American action drama war film directed by Dan Krauss, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Judy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Judy

    Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley

    Released2019

    Directed byRupert Goold

    Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Trial by Fire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Trial by Fire

    Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern

    Released2019

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    Trial by Fire is a 2019 American biographical drama directed by Edward Zwick, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Upside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Upside

    Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart

    Released2019

    Directed byNeil Burger

    The Upside is a 2017 American comedy drama film directed by Neil Burger, based on the 2011... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Red Sea Diving Resort is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Red Sea Diving Resort

    Chris Evans, Haley Bennett

    Released2019

    Directed byGideon Raff

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  • 16
    Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Brian Banks

    Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear

    Released2019

    Directed byTom Shadyac

    Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Farewell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Farewell

    Awkwafina, Tzi Ma

    Released2019

    Directed byLulu Wang

    The Farewell is a 2019 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Lulu Wang. Over the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Driven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Driven

    Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace

    Released2019

    Directed byNick Hamm

    Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    The Current War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Current War

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon

    Directed byAlfonso Gomez-Rejon

    The Current War is a 2017 American biographical historical film (2019 US theatrical release)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Saint Judy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Saint Judy

    Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany

    Released2019

    Directed bySean Hanish

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    Official Secrets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Official Secrets

    Keira Knightley, Matt Smith

    Released2019

    Directed byGavin Hood

    Official Secrets is a 2019 American-British political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ford v. Ferrari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Brittany Runs a Marathon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo

    Brittany Runs a Marathon is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. A... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Irishman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    The Irishman

    Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

    Released2019

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    The Irishman is a 2019 American epic biographical crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Vita and Virginia is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events
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    Vita and Virginia

    Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2019

    Directed byChanya Button

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