What are the best medical movies based on true stories? This list includes great historical movies such as Philadelphia, Patch Adams, and Awakenings. All of these movies recount incredible stories about people and their ailments throughout history. Be it about disease, doctors, studies, or medical advancements, these stories are all based on true stories and touch viewers at their core.
Which movie inspired by real medical events is the best? That's up for the voters to decide. Vote up which movie you think is the best, and if you don't see your favorite on here, be sure to add it. This list is votable and rerankable, so have at it!
Directed by: Tom ShadyacPatch Adams is a 1998 semi-biographical comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams, Monica... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jonathan DemmePhiladelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Ron HowardA Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a... more on Wikipedia
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Directed by: Steven SoderberghErin Brockovich is a 2000 biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Barry LevinsonRain Man is a 1988 American drama film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: James MangoldGirl, Interrupted is a 1999 American drama film, and an adaptation of Susanna Kaysen's 1993... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Penny MarshallAwakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks' 1973 memoir of the same title.... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: David LynchThe Elephant Man is a 1980 American-British biographical film about Joseph Merrick, a severely... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Peter Segal50 First Dates is a 2004 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. Henry Roth... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Buzz KulikBrian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Joseph SargentSybil is a 2007 American docudrama directed by Joseph Sargent. The teleplay by John Pielmeier... more on Wikipedia
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Directed by: Jean-Marc ValléeDallas Buyers Club is a 2013 American biographical drama film, co-written by Craig Borten and... more on Wikipedia
The Karen Carpenter StoryLouise Fletcher, Cynthia Gibb
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Directed by: Michael SucsyThe Vow is a 2012 romantic drama film directed by Michael Sucsy, starring Channing Tatum and... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Mike NicholsSilkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Jim SheridanMy Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Roger SpottiswoodeAnd the Band Played On is a 1993 American television film docudrama directed by Roger... more on Wikipedia
Directed by: Joseph SargentSomething the Lord Made is a 2004 film about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his... more on Wikipedia
Brain on FireChloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate
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Directed by: Mira NairMy Own Country is a 1998 drama TV film directed by Mira Nair.