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The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events  

Jason Bancroft
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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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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong
1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with delivering a message to the frontlines and experience a particularly harrowing day during World War
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a 2019 crime thriller film directed by Quentin Tarantino. A TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for ...more
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Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B
Hustlers is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, based on New York magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy ...more
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Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 thriller film directed by Joe Berlinger. Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) struggle to accept the ...more
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Dev Patel, Armie Hammer, Nazanin Boniadi
Hotel Mumbai is a 2019 Indian-American-Australian thriller film directed by Anthony Maras, based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as ...more
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Bombshell Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie
Bombshell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Jay Roach. Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman), and Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie) decide to take on Fox News boss ...more
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Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates
The Highwaymen is a 2019 American crime film directed by John Lee Hancock. Texas Ranger Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and ...more
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Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx
Just Mercy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, based on the memoir by Bryan Stevenson. A distinguished civil rights attorney, Bryan Stevenson (Michael ...more
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Nat Wolff, Adam Long, Jonathan Whitesell
The Kill Team is a 2019 American action drama war film directed by Dan Krauss, based on the events that inspired his 2013 documentary of the same name. A young soldier (Nat Wolff) in Afghanistan ...more
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Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber
The Dirt is a 2019 American biographical-drama directed by Jeff Tremaine. The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history.
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Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins
Dark Waters is a 2019 American drama film directed by Todd Haynes, based on a true story. An attorney (Mark Ruffalo) discovers a connection between a string of mysterious deaths and chemical ...more
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Travis Fimmel, Rachael Taylor, Forest Whitaker
Finding Steve McQueen is a 2019 American heist thriller film directed by Mark Steven Johnson. In 1972, a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio attempt to steal $30 million in illegal ...more
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Scott Adkins, Donnie Yen, Kwok-Kwan Chan
Ip Man 4: The Finale is a 2019 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) arrives in San Francisco, United States where his student, Bruce Lee (Danny ...more
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Richard Jewell Olivia Wilde, Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell
Richard Jewell is a 2019 American drama film directed by Clint Eastwood, based on an article published by Vanity Fair in 1997. American security guard, Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser), is ...more
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Togo Willem Dafoe, Julianne Nicholson, Christopher Heyerdahl
Togo is a 2019 American drama film directed by Ericson Core. Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his sled dog Togo are two key figures that participated in the 1925 serum run to save the town of ...more
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Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine
The Report is a 2019 American drama film directed by Scott Z. Burns. Senate staffer Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention ...more
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Seberg Starring Kristen Stewart, Jack O'Connell, Anthony Mackie
Seberg is a 2019 political thriller film directed by Benedict Andrews, from a screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. The F.B.I.'s surveillance program COINTELPRO begins to target ...more
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Lords of Chaos Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Anthony De La Torre
Lords of Chaos is a 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund, based on the 1988 non-fiction book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. In 1989s Norway, a young ...more
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Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock
Judy is a 2019 British biographical drama film directed by Rupert Goold, it is an adaptation of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter. ...more
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Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Rocketman is a 2019 British-American biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of ...more
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The Ride Shane Graham, Ludacris, Sasha Alexander
The Ride is a 2018 sports movie directed by Alex Ranarivelo. A BMX champion overcomes his abusive childhood through the love and life lessons learned through his foster family.
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Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Phoebe Fox
The Aeronauts is a 2019 independent biographical action-adventure film directed by Tom Harper. A Pilot (Felicity Jones) and scientist (Eddie Redmayne) find themselves in an epic fight for ...more
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Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer
Driven is a 2019 drama film directed by Nick Hamm. John DeLorean's (Lee Pace) quest to design the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI
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Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd
Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the true story of Brian Banks. A football linebacker (Aldis Hodge) is falsely accused of a crime and ...more
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Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Jon Bernthal
Ford v. Ferrari is a 2019 action biographical drama film directed by James Mangold. An eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby ...more