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The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events

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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
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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
    83
    26

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt

    Released2019

    Directed byQuentin Tarantino

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  • 3
    Hustlers
    81
    31

    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
  • 4
    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

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  • 5
    Hotel Mumbai
    63
    27

    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
    70
    41

    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
    The Highwaymen
    49
    23

    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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  • 8
    Lords of Chaos
    66
    43

    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
  • 9
    Finding Steve McQueen
    62
    40

    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
  • 10
    The Kill Team
    45
    24

    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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  • 11
    Rocketman
    54
    34

    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
  • 12
    Saint Judy
    37
    20

    Saint Judy

    Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany

    Released2019

    Directed bySean Hanish

    Saint Judy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Hanish, based on Judy... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Judy
    48
    32

    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
  • 14
    Trial by Fire
    43
    36

    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
  • 15
    The Red Sea Diving Resort
    44
    38

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    The Upside
    42
    36

    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
  • 17
    Brian Banks
    23
    15

    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
  • 18
    Driven
    22
    14

    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
    Ford v. Ferrari
    15
    5

    Ford v. Ferrari

    Christian Bale, Matt Damon

    Released2019

    Directed byJames Mangold

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  • 20
    The Current War
    25
    18

    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
  • 21
    The Irishman
    14
    4

    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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  • 22
    The Farewell
    35
    32

    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
  • 23
    Brittany Runs a Marathon
    27
    22

    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo

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  • 24
    Miss Virginia
    28
    25

    Miss Virginia

    Uzo Aduba, Matthew Modine

    Released2019

    Directed byR.J. Daniel Hanna

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    Official Secrets
    28
    25

    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