2019 The Best 2019 Movies Based On True Events  

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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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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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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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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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Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman
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 ...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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Michelle Monaghan, Leem Lubany, Common
Saint Judy is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by Sean Hanish, based on Judy Wood. The true story of immigration attorney Judy Wood (Michelle Monaghan), and how she ...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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Stockholm Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong
Stockholm is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Robert Budreau, based on the true story of the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis in Stockholm.
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Jack O'Connell, Laura Dern, Emily Meade
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 ...more
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Dane DeHaan, Ethan Hawke, Chris Pratt
The Kid is a 2019 independent biographical western action drama film directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The story of a young boy (Jake Schur) who reaches out to Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) to help ...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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Stephen Campbell Moore, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes
Red Joan is a 2018 British spy drama film directed by Trevor Nunn, based on the novel by Jennie Rooney and inspired by the life of Melita Norwood.
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Charlie Says Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon, Marianne Rendón
Charlie Says is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Mary Harron. A graduate student begins visiting three female followers of the notorious killer Charles Manson to aide them in ...more
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Ugo Chiti, Damiano D'Innocenzo, Fabio D'Innocenzo
Dogman is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by Matteo Garrone. A well-liked dog groomer and small-time cocaine dealer (Marcello Fonte) attempts to keep his life together while dealing with a ...more
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Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
The White Crow is a 2018 British biographical film directed by Ralph Fiennes, based on the life of Rudolf Nureyev.
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Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden
Rocketman is a 2019 biographical musical film directed by Dexter Fletcher. The story of the life of Elton John (Taron Egerton), from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through ...more
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Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger
JT LeRoy (a.k.a. Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy) is a 2019 biographical film directed by Justin Kelly based on the memoir by Savannah Knoop. A young woman named Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) ...more
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Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley
Peterloo is a 2018 British historical drama, directed and written by Mike Leigh, based on the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. In 1819, British forces attack a peaceful pro-democracy rally in
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Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut
Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.
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Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen
All Is True is a 2018 film directed by Kenneth Branagh. After the Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, during a performance of his play Henry VIII, William Shakespeare (Kenneth Branagh) returns ...more
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Ashley Bratcher, Brooks Ryan, Robia Scott
Unplanned is a 2019 American Christian drama film written and directed by Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, based on the memoir of Abby Johnson. After one of the youngest Planned Parenthood ...more
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Chrissy Metz, Josh Lucas, Topher Grace
Breakthrough is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Roxann Dawson, based on the novel by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba, which was inspired by true events. In early 2015, teenager ...more
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Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay
The Best of Enemies is a 2019 American drama film directed and written by Robin Bissell, based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson. A ...more
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Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Suvinder Vicky
Kesari is a 2019 Indian action film written and directed by Anurag Singh. A Sikh warrior participates in the Battle of Saragarhi while yearning for the respect of his estranged daughter.
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Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler
Wild Nights with Emily is a 2018 American biographical comedy film written and directed by Madeleine Olnek. Chronicles the life of Emily Dickinson (Molly Shannon) as she attempts to get ...more