List of films based on actual events

List of films based on actual events

This is a list of feature films that are based on actual events.











The Mothman Prophecies (2002) — Based around paranormal events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia culminating in the Silver Bridge collapse on December 15, 1967. Directed by Mark Pellington. -->


  • Letters to God (2010) — based on the true story of Tyler Doughtie. The story took place in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • The Silent House (2010) - The Silent House (Spanish: La Casa Muda) is a Uruguayan Spanish-language horror film released in 2010 and directed by Gustavo Hernández. The film is inspired by real events that took place in the 1940s.
  • D.C. Sniper (2010) — Story based on the Beltway sniper attacks.
  • Temple Grandin (2010) - Temple Grandin is a 2010 biopic directed by Mick Jackson and starring Claire Danes as Temple Grandin, a woman with autism who revolutionized practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses.
  • Extraordinary Measures — Based on the story of John Crowley.
  • Fair Game (2010) — Based on the outing of former CIA agent Valerie Plame by members of the US government. (See: Plame Affair)
  • Green Zone (2010) — The film tells events from the end of the invasion phase of the war until the transfer of power to the Iraqis.
  • Lula, o filho do Brasil (2010) — Story based on the life of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
  • Of Gods and Men (2010) — Based on the assassination of the monks of Tibhirine.
  • The Runaways (2010) — Based on the '70s girl rock band The Runaways, focusing in particular on the relationship between rockers Cherie Currie and Joan Jett. Adapted from Currie's memoir.
  • The Social Network (2010) - Film Based on creation of Facebook and the lawsuits that followed.
  • Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)- a true story based on the book The Last Victim by Jason Moss
  • 127 Hours — Based on the story of Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for six days.
  • Unstoppable (2010) - Based on a runaway train carrying hazardous material putting a city in danger.
  • The Fighter (2010) - Based on the life of boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother Dicky Eklund.
  • The Whistleblower (2010)- Inspired by actual events, the film tells the story of Kathryn Bolkovac.
  • Bonded by Blood (2010) - British Movie Based On Drugs
  • No One Killed Jessica (2011) - Based on real life murder case of Jessica Lall.
  • Secretariat (2010) - Based on the story of a horse (Secretariat) who won the triple crown in belmont stakes and still has the unbeatable record for 37 yrs,even helped his owner Penny chenery to regain her pride.
  • Conviction (2010) - Based on a sister's life who goes to law school so she can become her brother's attorney,as the brother is convicted of murder and is innocent. Betty Anne fights for her brother kenny for his life.
  • Nadunissi Naaygal (2010) - Indian Tamil Film Based On True Story
  • Rakta Charitra (2010) - Indian trilingual Film (Telugu, Hindi And Tamil) Based On True Story Directed By Ram Gopal Varma
  • Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) - Indian Hindi Movie Based On Chittagong Uprising In 1930
  • I Love You Philip Morris (2010) - True Story Based On The Life Of Steven Jay Russell
  • The Special Relationship (2010) - American - British Political Film Based On Relationship Between Tony Blair And Bill Clinton
  • The King's Speech (2010) - Historical British Drama Film Based On King George VI Who Was Suffering From Stammer
  • Striker (2010) - Set in a Mumbai ghetto in the mid '80's and based on true life accounts.
  • You Don't Know Jack (2010) - Based in part on the book, Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life And The Battle To Legalize Euthanasia.
  • Bruce Lee, My Brother (2010)- Based on the life of Bruce Lee in his teenage years to part of his adult years.
  • Dolphin Tale (2011) - The film is inspired by the true story of a dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
  • The Rite (2011)- The film is based on the book The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Rome-based Matt Baglio, which was published in 2009.the film is based on the early life of Father Gary Thomas.
  • The Way Back (2011) - A true story of seven men escaping the prison in Siberia, (held by Stalin) walking through the Gobi desert, Himalayas and all the way to the China wall.
  • Monica (2011) - An Indian Hindi film based on a true story inspired my the murder case of Shivani Bhatnagar.
  • Yugapurushan (2011) - Malayalam film based on the life of the saint Sree Narayana Guru
  • Sanctum (2011) - Film inspired by Andrew Wight's near-death experience of leading a diving expedition miles into a system of underwater caves, then having to find a way out after a freak storm collapses the entrance. Produced by James Cameron.
  • Soul Surfer (2011) - An American drama about a thirteen-year old surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack but is determined to get back in the water.
  • Not a Love Story (2011) - An Indian Bolloywood movie based on the 2008 Neeraj Grover Murder Case .
  • 17 Miracles (2011) - Based on the actual experiences of members of the Willie Handcart Company of Mormon Pioneers following their late-season start and subsequent winter journey to Salt Lake City in 1856.
  • Moneyball (2011) - Based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.
  • Machine Gun Preacher (2011) - Biopic film based on the life of Sam Childers staring Gerard Butler.

Coming films

  • J. Edgar (November 11, 2011) - Story based on the life of J. Edgar Hoover.
  • The Fields (2011) — Story based on the life of screenwriter Harrison Smith.
  • Non-Disclosure: Haunted (2013) — Story of divorced man and his son who rent a haunted house.
  • The Dirty Picture (December 2, 2011) - This is a Bollywood movie based on the life of Silk Smitha.


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