The Best Movies Based On True Stories Of 2023

2023 is an amazing year for movies based on true stories. From biopics to inspiring dramas, audiences can expect a range of films centered around real-life events and people. And we're ranking them from best to worst using votes from Ranker like you. Based on the current list of upcoming releases, 2023 will feature some compelling films that honor history in various ways. Whether you're looking for a thrilling drama or an emotional journey that has been inspired by true events, there's sure to be something for everyone in this lineup of extraordinary films.

Vote up all your favorite films based on real events and vote down the ones that you've seen but think other fans should skip. Check back for upcoming and new true story movies as they are added to the list once released. You should also look for the Paramount+, Apple TV+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Max buttons below each film to stream them whenever you want.

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  • Cocaine Bear
    Video: YouTube
    16 votes
    An oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converges in a Georgia forest after a 500-pound black bear ingests a large amount of cocaine and goes on a drug-fueled rampage.
    • Actors: Keri Russell, Margo Martindale, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O'Shea Jackson
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Elizabeth Banks
  • True Spirit
    Video: YouTube
    19 votes
    A tenacious Australian teen chases her dreams -- and faces her fears -- as she sets out to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
    • Actors: Teagan Croft, Cliff Curtis, Anna Paquin, Josh Lawson, Todd Lasance
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Sarah Spillane
  • Saint Omer
    Video: YouTube
    19 votes
    A novelist attends the trial of a woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter by abandoning her to the rising tide on a beach in northern France. But as the trial continues, her own family history, doubts, and fears about motherhood are steadily dislodged as the life story of the accused is gradually revealed.
    • Actors: Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Alice Diop
  • Kompromat
    Video: YouTube
    8 votes
    Accused of a terrible crime in a plot orchestrated by Russia's FSB, a French diplomat must become a man of action in order to escape.
    • Actors: Gilles Lellouche, Joanna Kulig, Mikhail Gorevoy, Aleksey Gorbunov, Elisa Lasowski
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Jérôme Salle
  • On Sacred Ground
    Video: YouTube
    A journalist and an oil company executive find themselves on opposite sides during the construction of the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline running through the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
    • Actors: David Arquette, William Mapother, Amy Smart, Kerry Knuppe, Frances Fisher
    • Released: 2023
    • Directed by: Josh Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell
  • Pinball: The Man Who Saved the Game
    Video: YouTube
    An unsettled writer with a fantastic mustache, Roger Sharpe finds solace and confidence in the one thing he's mastered: pinball. He soon learns the game is illegal in 1970s New York City when a police raid destroys the only machines he can find. Learning what it means to take a chance, Roger embarks on a crusade to save the game he loves the most.
    • Actors: Mike Faist, Crystal Reed, Dennis Boutsikaris, Christopher Convery, Damian Young
    • Released: 2022
    • Directed by: Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg