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The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events

Updated August 26, 2020 2.7k votes 236 voters 15.6k 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

    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 delivering a message to the frontlines and experience a particularly harrowing day during World War I....  more

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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 TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Brad Pitt) embark on an odyssey to make a name for...  more

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    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

    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 reality...  more

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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 magazine's 2015 article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler. A crew of savvy former strip club...  more
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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, based on the 2009 documentary Surviving Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people...  more
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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 Hamer (Kevin Costner) and ex-partner Maney Gault (Woody Harrelson) attempt to track down and apprehend...  more

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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 Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock 'n roll groups in history....  more
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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. The life of Elton John (Taron Egerton) is tracked from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music...  more

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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 non-fiction book by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind. In 1989s Norway, a young guitarist (Rory Culkin)...  more
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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. In 1972, a gang of close-knit thieves from Youngstown, Ohio attempt to steal $30 million in illegal...  more
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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 events that inspired his 2013 documentary of the same name. A young soldier (Nat Wolff) in Afghanistan...  more
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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 of the Olivier and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow by Peter Quilter....  more
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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 written by Steven Zaillian, based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. The film stars...  more

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    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

    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 (Matt...  more

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    The Red Sea Diving Resort

    Chris Evans, Haley Bennett

    Released2019

    Directed byGideon Raff

    The Red Sea Diving Resort is a 2019 Canadian-American biographical drama film directed and written by Gideon Raff. In 1981, Mossad agents work to rescue and evacuate Jewish-Ethiopians to Israel from...  more
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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 French film The Intouchables. A paralyzed billionaire (Bryan Cranston) strikes up an unlikely friendship...  more
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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 true story of Brian Banks. A football linebacker (Aldis Hodge) is falsely accused of a crime and later...  more
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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 article "Trial by Fire" by David Grann. Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O'Connell) is executed in Texas for...  more
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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 the ultimate car of the future leads to his downfall thanks to his friendship with an FBI informant....  more
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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) directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans...  more
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    Bombshell

    Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman

    Released2019

    Directed byJay Roach

    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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    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 objections of her parents, a Chinese-American woman named Billi (Awkwafina) returns to China after her...  more
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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 on The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) leaks a...  more
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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 27-year-old New York woman, Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) takes up running as a way to find direction in...  more
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    Vita and Virginia

    Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki

    Released2019

    Directed byChanya Button

    Vita and Virginia is a 2018 British biographical romance drama film directed by Chanya Button. Poet and novelist Vita (Gemma Arterton) and literary icon Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki) embark on an...  more