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Fair Game (2010)
Based on the outing of former CIA agent Valerie Plame by members of the US government.
Erin Brockovich (2000)
The Insider (1999)
Based on the experiences of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco industry whistleblower. Directed by Michael Mann.
Anna and the King (1999)
Story of Anna Leonowens. Directed by Andy Tennant.
Story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Directed by Patty Jenkins.
Based on the capture of Soviet spy Robert Hanssen.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Story of con artist Frank Abagnale. Directed by Steven Spielberg
8 Mile (2002)
Based on rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III (Eminem) and his rap battles in Detroit.
Based on the story of the Zodiac Killer.
A Beautiful Mind (2002)
Adapted from Sylvia Nasar's A Beautiful Mind, an unauthorized biography of John Nash. Directed by Ron Howard.
Walk the Line (2005)
based on two autobiographies of Johnny Cash, Man in Black, and Cash: The Autobiography.
The Blind Side (2009)
Based on the life of Michael Oher.
Based on Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis.
A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.
The Social Network (2010)
Based on creation of Facebook and the lawsuits that followed
The Fighter (2010)
Based on the life of boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund.
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 Soloist (2009)
Based on the life of Nathaniel Ayers.
Alpha Dog (2007)
Based on the kidnap and murder of Nicholas Markowitz organized mainly by Jesse James Hollywood, with names changed.
The Terminal (2004)
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.
Based on the American cocaine smuggler George Jung. Directed by Ted Demme.
The Duchess (2008)
Based on the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.
Public Enemies (2009)
The FBI tries to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Based on true story of Chris Gardner, starring Will Smith
An American Crime (2007)
Based on the torture and murder of Sylvia Marie Likens.
127 Hours (2011)
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 in Blue John Canyon in 2003.
based on the Canadian Caper, the rescue of dramatization of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis
The Impossible (2012)
Based on a Japanese family who survives by tsunami tragedy in December 26, 2004 at Thailand, directed by J.A. Bayona starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor.
Zero Dark Thirty (2013)
War film based on the decade-long manhunt for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States.
The Vow (2012)
Romantic movie based on true events
J. Edgar (2011)
- Biopic movie based on the life of J.Edgar Hoover, directed by Clint Eastwood.
Movie based on the life of Gia Carangi, a top fashion model from the late 1970s.
Freedom Writers (2007)
Based on the book, The Freedom Writers Diary, by teacher Erin Gruwell.
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Loosely based on the investigation of homicide detective Elmer C. Robinson into the Lonely Hearts Killers. Directed by his own grandson Todd Robinson.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Based on the lives of Anne and Mary Boleyn, the sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.
Rescue Dawn (2007)
Based on the story of Dieter Dengler, a US Navy pilot who was shot down in Loas during the Vietnam War.
Based on the last year of Jesse James' life, leading up to his assassination by Robert Ford.
Take the Lead (2006)
Based on the story of Pierre Dulaine, as he teaches potential high school drop-outs how to ballroom dance during detention, in an attempt to raise their self-respect and confidence.
American Gangster (2007)
Based on the true life story of Frank Lucas, a former heroin dealer, and organized crime boss in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Donnie Brasco (1997)
Loosely based on Joseph D. Pistone, FBI agent who successfully infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in N.Y.C. during the 1970s.
The Whistleblower (2011)
Inspired by actual events, the film tells the story of Kathryn Bolkovac.
The life and career of rapper Biggie Smalls before his death
The King's Speech (2010)
Historical British drama based on King George VI, who was suffering from stammer
Based on a true story, Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a young Houston lawyer and a drug addict.
Coach Carter (2005)
Based on the Richmond High School basketball team led by coach Ken Carter.
The Help (2011)
based on the civil rights era.
The Informant! (2009)
Based on the real life story of Mark Whitacre, the highest ranked executive in U.S. history to turn whistleblower.
Marley & Me (2008)
Based on the memoir of the same title by journalist John Grogan.
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Loosely based on the Mrkonjić Grad incident. Directed by John Moore.
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