Top 10 Films Based on True Events
Movies today are often a mix of recycled plots and/or remakes. And, while, films based on true stories can somewhat be considered somewhat unoriginal, in the studio of a skilled director, these films can tell amazing stories that are as compelling as fictional-based themes. In this list, let’s take a look at 10 of the best true-to-life films ever shown on the big screen.
Schindler’s List is easily one of the best films in this list due to the fact that the main character, Oskar Schindler, was able to halt the certain death of many innocent Jews during World War II. Oskar Schindler, played by the amazing Liam Neeson, started out life as a corrupt businessman but his views changed when he saw how horrible the Jews were treated by the Germans during the second World War. He turned his factory from a profitable business to a refugee camp for Jews, and he was able to save over 1,000 people because of it.
The Pianist isn’t easy to watch but its depiction of the truth makes it a very engaging film. The movie is about the story of a pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman who was able to escape Kraków after the death of his mother. Throughout the film, the camera catches the downfall of many men and women that are gunned down in the streets and dead bodies are set on fire.
Zodiac is about the manhunt of a notorious serial killer. He operated in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 60s, taunting police with letters, ciphered newsletters, and blood-stained clothing. Zodiac’s case is one of California’s most infamous unsolved cases, and the film showed exactly how the public felt when a serial killer was on the loose in the Bay Area.
This film is based on drug kingpin Frank Lucas and the detective who took him down. Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington played the main roles.
In American Gangster, heroin peddler Frank Lucas realizes that he is sick of paying off members of the mob for drug deals. As such, he thought about different ways to smuggle the drug into the U.S. without shelling out extra money.
21 is an American heist drama film that stars Kevin Spacey and Jim Sturgess. It was inspired by the true story which saw a bunch of MIT students create a blackjack team who were able to bag millions of dollars from card counting at casino tables.
In 21, Ben Campbell (Jim Sturgess) was recruited into Micky Rosa’s (Kevin Spacey) blackjack team when the former’s skills in math shone in a non-linear equation class. The blackjack team consisted of two teams namely the “spotters,” which kept track of the count, and the “big players” who bet huge when the tables at the Planet Hollywood were favorable. Card counting at tables is apparent in some of the major brick-and-mortar casinos, although this isn’t possible in live games offered by online gaming providers. Gaming site Gala Bingo, for one, offers players “live play” against a casino dealer through its Live Blackjack platform. However, unlike in 21 players can’t send real-time signals to alert the “big players.” 21 shows the obvious weaknesses of land-based casinos and what they have to go through everyday to prevent card counting at table games.
Raging Bull is the sad story of boxing legend Jake LaMotta. In the film he is played by the iconic Robert De Niro. LaMotta’s rage inside the ring was as fierce as his anger in real life and this is arguably one of De Niro’s finest performances.
In 1941, LaMotta’s boxing career was at its peak. Fame and fortune got to his head, and his aggressiveness as a boxer spilled out of the ring and into his personal life.
Milk is the story of a gay rights activist and the first openly-gay politician to be elected into public office in the state of California. While Milk’s story was a triumphant one it wasn’t without its struggles in overcoming adversity and fragile relationships. Milk’s death was an untimely one when he was assassinated along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone. Ten years after the event, the film bearing his very own name was put together in his honor.
127 hours is the horrifying tale of Aron Ralston, the daredevil canyoneer who was stuck for 127 hours in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park.
The movie showed in great accuracy how Ralson, who was played by James Franco, was able to survive for five days with only a small amount of food, water, a pocketknife, and camcorder. Realizing that he would die if he did not do something drastic, he decided to cut off his own arm to escape the bolder that trapped him in the first place.
Erin Brockovich is the story of a brave, small-town lawyer who fought, and won, against a huge corporation in order to bring justice to the average Joe.
While working on real estate cases, Brockovich unveils a massive reality that involves Pacific Gas and Electric with contaminating the area water with toxic chemicals, making the residents sick. With her sheer determination, Brockovich obtains records from the water board and files a lawsuit against the gas and electric company.
A Beautiful Mind
This movie depicts the story of a math wizard and his struggle to glory. While a genius, John Forbes Nash, Jr. struggles with remembering the facts and what is affected by his schizophrenia. The movie takes viewers closer to what it’s like to live with schizophrenia, and how it affects a person’s relationship with their family, friends, and co-workers. At some points of the film, John is seen talking to his best friend and daughter but later on, viewers learn that both do not exist and are only products of Nash Jr.’s illness.