The Top 20 Best True Story Films of All Time 20 – 15
20. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown — Daniel Day Lewis at his best in a heart touching drama you will never forget.
19. Le Scaphandre et le papillon : True story based on Jean Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle who suffered a stroke and has to survive with a near completely paralyzed body.
18 . A Beautiful Mind: 2001 biography of John Nash, the Nobel Larueate in economics. Russell Crowe’s best work.
17. Jaws: It’s loosely based on a short story . .. okay, very loosely, but it was still marketed as being a true story, more specifically, it’s based on the 1916 shark attacks. True story day.
16. Rocky: Another movie that is very very loosely based on the truth, Rocky is about Chuck Wepner “Bayonne Bleeder,” a blue collar worker who has a shot at the championship.
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15. The King’s Speech: 2010 British flick starring Colin Firth as King George VI. A historical drama that gets most of the facts right.
14. Catch Me If You Can : True story of Frank Abagnale, who conned millions of dollars as Pan Am pilot, legal prosecutor and
13: 2008 historical drama based on Peter Morgan’s 2006 play. Tells the story of the Frost / Nixon interviews of ’77.
12: Dog Gay Afternon: Sidney Lumet’s 1975 crime dram written by Frank Pierson, tells the story of a guy who robs a bank to pay for an operation his lover needs.
11: Donnie Brasco: An undercover FBI agent infiltrates the bomb only to find he’s got more in common with the mob than with his colleagues.
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10. October Sky: The story of Homer Hickman, a colam miner’s son. Hickman took up rocketry against his father’s wishes after watching the first Sputnik.
9: Into The Wild: Athlete Christopher McCandless decides to abandon everything his has and go and live in the wilderness after graduation from Emory university.
8: The Sea Inside: Real life story of Ramon Sampedro, the Spaniard who for 30 years fought a campaign in favour of euthanasia.
7: The Motorcycle Diaries : Film telling the true story of Che Guevera’s motorcycle trip that led him to find his calling in life.
6: The Insider: Research chemist comes under attack both personally and professionally when he decides to appear in an expose on Big Tobacco on “60 Minutes.”
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5: Goodfellas: Martin Scorsese’s legendary crime flick in which Henry Hill works his way to the top of the mob.
4: Raging Bull: A boxer on a path of self destruction tears his way to the top of the boxing world but destroys his life at the same time.
3: Titanic: Perhaps the highlight of both Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s careers and one of the highest grossing box office movies of all times.
2: The Pianist: Adrian Brody’s finest work, telling the story of a Polish Jewish musician who fights for survivial in World War II.
- 1. Schindler’s List : One of the most important movies of all time, telling the true life story of Oskar Schindler, who became concerned for his Jewish workers after witnessing Nazi prosecution.