This is a
list of . feature films that are based on actual events
A total of 211 films produced before the year 2000 have been identified here as based on actual events. After the year 2000, the making of films based on actual events increased in popularity. Since 2000, approximately 221 movies have been made fulfilling the same criteria.
[ Not all movies have remained true to the genuine history of the event or the characters they are portraying, often adding action and drama to increase the substance and popularity of the movie. ] citation needed 1890s [edit ] 1900s [edit ] 1920s [edit ] 1930s [edit ] 1940s [edit ] (1940) — A chronicle of inventor Young Tom Edison Thomas Edison's boyhood, showing him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments frequently end in disastrous results, until a life-or-death event in his home town redeems him and his ideas (1941) - Inspired by true events in the life of publisher Citizen Kane William Randolph Hurst (1941) — Sergeant York Alvin C. York, a pacifist from the Tennessee hills, becomes the most decorated American soldier of World War I. Gary Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Actor in the film directed by Howard Hawks. (1942) — Gary Cooper plays The Pride of the Yankees NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, "the luckiest man on the face of the earth," and Gehrig's teammates, including Babe Ruth, play themselves in the film. Herman J. Mankiewicz and Jo Swerling adapted Paul Gallico's story, directed by Sam Wood. (1942) — Story of Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan, the actor, singer, dancer, playwright, songwriter, producer, theatre owner, director, and choreographer known as "The Man Who Owns Broadway" (1944) - Story of the The Fighting Sullivans Sullivan brothers from Iowa and the sinking of the USS Juneau (CL-52) (1945) — An early outlaw depiction, starring Dillinger Lawrence Tierney, using footage cannibalized from Lang's You Only Live Once (1946) — Loosely based on the life of songwriter Till the Clouds Roll By Jerome Kern, with an all-star cast including Sinatra, Garland, and Horne (1948) — Two young men attempt to prove their superiority by performing the "perfect murder" of a former classmate, hiding his body in a chest in their apartment, then serve dinner off it for a party, in a story based on a 1929 play that was inspired by the Rope Leopold and Loeb murder in 1924, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1948) - depicts Scott of the Antarctic Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition and his attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole 1950s [edit ] (1955) — Depiction of the The Dam Busters Operation Chastise, technically challenging raids against German dams in World War II, which required the development of " bouncing bombs" (1955) — A biographical film in which To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, America's most decorated soldier, played himself at the studio's urging, although Murphy wanted Tony Curtis for the role (1956) — An MGM biographical film about force-of-nature painter Lust for Life Vincent van Gogh, played by Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn plays Paul Gauguin (1956) — An The Wrong Man Alfred Hitchcock film with Henry Fonda portraying a man wrongly accused of armed robbery (1957) — The life of silent film actor Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney, Sr., the child of deaf-mute parents, played by James Cagney (1957) — The depiction of The Spirit of St. Louis Charles Lindbergh's first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, with James Stewart as "Lucky Lindy" (1958) — Heavily fictionalized story of I Want to Live! Barbara Graham, a woman convicted of murder and facing execution (1958) — A documentary-style retelling of A Night to Remember the Titanic's demise, from the still-definitive 1955 book by Walter Lord (1958)- The story of The Inn of the Sixth Happiness Gladys Aylward rescuing Chinese orphaned children 1960s [edit ] 1960 [edit ] 1961 [edit ] 1962 [edit ] 1963 [edit ] 1964 [edit ] 1965 [edit ] 1966 [edit ] 1967 [edit ] 1968 [edit ] 1969 [edit ] 1970s [edit ] 1970 [edit ] 1971 [edit ] (1971) — A depiction of the events surrounding the wrongful execution of 10 Rillington Place Timothy Evans, a Welshman framed for the death of his daughter by his landlord, English serial killer John Christie, who killed women in his flat at 10 Rillington Place (parts of the film were filmed in the actual location) (1971) — The story of Brian's Song Brian Piccolo, a running back for the Chicago Bears, his cross-racial friendship with teammate Gale Sayers, and his ultimately losing battle with cancer, starring James Caan as Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Sayers (1971) — Based on the story of drug smuggling from Marseille to New York City in the 1960s The French Connection (1971) — Czar Nicholas and Alexandra Nicholas II, the inept monarch of Russia insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family 1972 [edit ] 1973 [edit ] 1974 [edit ] 1975 [edit ] 1976 [edit ] 1977 [edit ] 1978 [edit ] 1979 [edit ] 1980s [edit ] 1980 [edit ] 1981 [edit ] 1982 [edit ] 1983 [edit ] 1984 [edit ] 1985 [edit ] 1986 [edit ] (1986) — Based on the Act of Vengeance Joseph Yablonski family murders in connection with the United Mine Workers (1986) — Based on the rural Pennsylvania crime family led by At Close Range Bruce Johnston, Sr, directed by James Foley (1986) — Based heavily on the hijacking of The Delta Force TWA Flight 847 in 1985, directed by Menahem Golan (1986) — Based on Heartburn Nora Ephron's autobiographical novel about the breakup of her marriage to Carl Bernstein (1986) — Based loosely on the Hoosiers 1953-54 Milan High School basketball team, winners of that year's Indiana state high school basketball championship, despite representing a school of only 160 students (1986) — A depiction of the experiences of 18th century The Mission Jesuits in South America, starring Robert De Niro (1986) — The story of an American journalist in El Salvador during the Salvador Salvadoran civil war (1986) — Based on the relationship of Sid and Nancy Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, Sid's drug use, and the controversy surrounding Nancy's death 1987 [edit ] 1988 [edit ] (1988) — A depiction of two trials for the 1983 gang rape of The Accused Cheryl Araujo at Big Dan's Tavern in New Bedford, Massachusetts, this film frankly addresses the unspoken prejudice against rape victims (1988) — Bird Forest Whitaker portrays the troubled life of jazz musician Charlie 'Bird' Parker, directed by Clint Eastwood (1988) — A Cry in the Dark Meryl Streep, with an Australian accent, plays an unlikeable woman convicted of her child's murder by the court of public opinion, directed by Fred Schepisi (1988) — Based on the Eight Men Out Black Sox scandal during the play of Major League Baseball's 1919 World Series (1988) — Based on the Mississippi Burning FBI investigation following the 1964 slayings of three political activists, directed by Alan Parker (1988) — Based on the assassination of radio host Talk Radio Alan Berg, directed by Oliver Stone (1988) — The story of Tucker: The Man and His Dream Preston Tucker, the maverick car designer and his ill-fated challenge to the auto industry with his revolutionary car concept, the 1948 Tucker Sedan (1988) - About the Great Train Robber Buster (film) Buster Edwards played by the rock drummer Phil Collins 1989 [edit ] (1989) — The autobiography of Vietnam War veteran Born On The Fourth Of July Ron Kovic, directed by Oliver Stone (1989) — Based on the events of Casualties of War the incident on Hill 192 in 1966 during the Vietnam War (1989) — Based on the A City of Sadness 228 Massacre, telling the story of a family embroiled in the tragic " White Terror" that was wrought on the Taiwanese people by the Kuomintang government (KMT) after their arrival from mainland China in the late 1940s, during which tens of thousands of Taiwanese were rounded up, shot, and/or sent to prison, the film won the Golden Lion award (Best Film Award) at the 1989 Venice Film Festival (1989) — An NBC A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story TV movie based on the 1985 ruling Thurman v. City of Torrington, concerning a Connecticut homemaker who sued the city police department in Torrington, Connecticut, claiming a failure of equal protection under the law against her abusive husband, starring Nancy McKeon as Tracey, Dale Midkiff as Buck, and Bruce Weitz as Tracey's lawyer, Burton Weinstein (1989) — Based on the story of Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure Jessica McClure, an 18-month-old toddler who became stuck in a well in the backyard of her home in Midland, Texas, for 58 hours (1989) — Based on the Glory 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War, directed by Edward Zwick (1989) — The true story of I Know My First Name Is Steven Steven Stayner's life after being kidnapped at the age of seven and held with his captor and sexually abused for seven years, before returning to the police station one night after rescuing another child from his captor. (1989) — The story of My Left Foot Christy Brown, a disabled Irish writer who could type only with the toes on his left foot (1989) — Based on the story of the British soldier Philip Williams, who is presumed dead and left behind in the Resurrected Falkland Islands but is accused of desertion when he reappears seven weeks after the end of the Falklands War (1989) — An American made-for-TV movie written by Small Sacrifices Joyce Eliason and based on the best-selling true crime book by Ann Rule of the same name about Diane Downs and the murder and attempted murder of her three children, starring Farrah Fawcett 1990s [edit ] 1990 [edit ] (1990) — An American drama film based on British neurologist Awakenings Oliver Sacks's memoir of the same title, about his discovery of the beneficial effects of the drug L-DOPA, which he administered to catatonic patients, who awakened after decades of catatonia, directed by Penny Marshall (1990) — A German film based on the true story of author and motivational speaker Europa Europa Solomon Perel's life (1990) — Based on the book GoodFellas Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of New York City mobster Henry Hill, directed by Martin Scorsese (1990) — A trendy take on the criminally insane The Krays East End gangsters the Kray twins, who enjoyed a brief, black-humored celebrity during London's Swinging Sixties (1990) — The story of American author and public speaker Not Without My Daughter Betty Mahmoody, who was held against her will with her daughter in Iran, directed by Brian Gilbert (1990) — The true story of the unexplained coma of socialite Reversal of Fortune Sunny von Bülow, the subsequent attempted murder trial, and the eventual acquittal of her husband, Claus von Bülow, who was defended by Alan Dershowitz. (1990) — A television movie starring Too Young to Die? Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, touching on the debate concerning the death penalty, loosely based on the true story of Attina Marie Cannaday (1990) — The intense relationship between an art dealer Vincent & Theo Vincent van Gogh and his alienated older brother Theo, directed by Robert Altman (1990) — Based on the location filming of White Hunter Black Heart in 1951 The African Queen 1991 [edit ] 1992 [edit ] 1993 [edit ] (1993) — Based on the Alive Piers Paul Read book that tells the story of the crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 in 1972, directed by Frank Marshall (1993) — A television film dramatizing the events surrounding The Amy Fisher Story Amy Fisher's teenage affair with Joey Buttafuoco and her conviction for aggravated assault in the shooting of Buttafuoco's wife Mary Jo (1993) — An American television film And the Band Played On docudrama adapted from the book of the same title by Randy Shilts, chronicling the discovery and spread of HIV and AIDS, with emphasis on government indifference and political infighting to what was then perceived as a specifically gay disease, directed by Roger Spottiswoode (1993) — Based on the true story of the first Cool Runnings Jamacian bobsled team trying to make it to the 1988 Winter Olympics, directed by Jon Turteltaub (1993) — A science fiction horror drama film based on an alleged extraterrestrial encounter, in which a group of men who were clearing bush for the government arrive back in town, claiming that their friend was abducted by aliens. Nobody believes them and, despite a lack of motive and no evidence of foul play, their friend's disappearance is treated as murder. Fire in the Sky (1993) — Based on the story of the Gettysburg Battle of Gettysburg, and originally made to be a TV minseries, it is one of the longest feature films ever released at 254 minutes (1993) — Based on the experiences of Heaven & Earth Le Ly Hayslip during the Vietnam War (1993) — The story of The Puppetmaster Li Tian-lu, who becomes a master puppeteer but is faced with demands to turn his skills to propaganda during Japanese-ruled Taiwan from pre-1896 to the end of World War II in 1945. The film won the Jury Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at Istanbul International Film Festival. (1993) — Based on the story of Rudy Notre Dame football walk-on Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, directed by David Anspaugh (1993) — Adapted from the book Schindler's List by Schindler's Ark Thomas Keneally about Oskar Schindler and his actions to save over 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust, directed by Steven Spielberg 1994 [edit ] 1995 [edit ] (1995) — The story of the Apollo 13 Apollo 13 lunar mission, based on the book by Apollo 13 astronaut Lost Moon Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger, directed by Ron Howard (1995) — A Balto live-action/animated historical adventure account of Balto, a Siberian husky who helped make the 1925 serum run to Nome (1995) — Based on the The Basketball Diaries autobiographical book of the same name by author and musician Jim Carroll, an edited collection of diaries he kept between the ages of 12 and 16. (1995) — An Indian Tamil bilingual film centered around the 1993 Bombay Bombay riots (1995) — An historical drama war film based on the story of Braveheart William Wallace of Scotland, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England, directed by and starring Mel Gibson (1995) — A Casino Pileggi/ Scorsese collaboration telling the story of the last mafia-run casino in Las Vegas, the fictional Tangiers, based on Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, Fremont, and Hacienda casinos in Las Vegas for the Chicago Outfit from the 1970s until the early 1980s (1995) — Based on the story of teacher Dangerous Minds LouAnne Johnson who takes on the challenge of an unruly class and wins them over (1995) — Loosely based on Chicago police officer Heat Chuck Adamson's pursuit of career criminal Neil McCauley in the 1960s, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, directed and produced by Michael Mann (1995) — The story of President Nixon Richard Nixon (1995) — An American comedy film based on a true story by United States Army Major Jim Morris, about Green Berets during the Vietnam War in 1968 who attempt to transport an elephant through jungle terrain to a local South Vietnamese village, which in turn helps American forces monitor Operation Dumbo Drop Viet Cong activity, starring Danny Glover and Ray Liotta (1995) — Highly fictionalized film about the settlement of Pocahontas Jamestown, Virginia, the first feature-length animated film by Disney to be based on historical events (1995) — A Hindi film based on a doctor's story centered around kidney smugglers and a serial killer Ravan Raaj: A True Story 1996 [edit ] (1996) — Based on real-life events of child abuse from the Bastard Out of Carolina semi-autobiographical book of the same title by Dorothy Allison, directed by Angelica Huston (1996) — A drama film based on the The Crucible Salem witch trials between 1692 and 1693, written by Arthur Miller and based on his play of the same name - (1996) television film directed by John Mackenzie and written by Deadly Voyage . Produced by Union Pictures and Stuart Urban Viva Films for joint distribution to John Goldschmidt and BBC Films . HBO Films (1996) - A horror film based on real-life dentist/serial killer Nick Rex. Directed by The Dentist Brian Yuzna. (1996) — Adapted from the book by Fly Away Home Bill Lishman, dramatizing the actual experiences of Bill Lishman who in 1986 started training geese to follow his ultralight and succeeded in leading their migration in 1993, directed by Carroll Ballard. (1996) — A fictionalized account about The Ghost and the Darkness two lions that attacked and killed workers in Tsavo, Kenya during the building of the African Uganda-Mombasa Railway in 1898, killing 130 people over a nine-month period. (1996) — Based on the 1994 third retrial of Ghosts of Mississippi Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist accused of the 1963 assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, directed by Rob Reiner (1996) — Killer: A Journal of Murder James Woods plays the evil 1920s serial killer Carl Panzram, who befriended prison guard Henry Lesser, directed by Tim Metcalfe (1996) — Based on the life of Michael Collins IRA leader Michael Collins 1997 [edit ] (1997) — Based on the true story of a slave mutiny that took place aboard the ship Amistad La Amistad in 1839, and the legal battle that followed (1997) — Loosely based on the story of the Anastasia Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (1997) — Loosely based on the life of porn star Boogie Nights John Holmes (1997) — An Indian war film based on the Border (1997 film) Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 (1997) — Loosely based on Donnie Brasco Joseph D. Pistone, the FBI agent who successfully infiltrated the Bonanno crime family in New York City during the 1970s (1997) — A Brazilian thriller film that tells the true story of the abduction of American ambassador Four Days in September Charles Burke Elbrick in 1969 by the MR-8 group, adapted from the book by Fernando Gabeira, directed by Bruno Barreto (1997) — An Indian Tamil political drama based on the life of Indian actor, director, producer and politician Iruvar M. G. Ramachandran and Indian politician M. Karunanidhi (1997) — Based on the life of the Kundun Dalai Lama [2 ] [3 ] (1997) — Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Prefontaine Steve Prefontaine, a middle- and long-distance runner who competed in the 1972 Summer Olympics and died at age 24 in an auto accident (1997) — Based on shock jock Private Parts Howard Stern's 1993 autobiography of the same name (1997) — A dramatization of a 1923 racist lynch mob attack on an African American community Rosewood (1997) — Based on the life of Mexican-American singer Selena Selena Quintanilla Perez (1997) — Based on the autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Seven Years In Tibet Heinrich Harrer, based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during World War II and the interim period before the Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army resumed control of Tibet in 1950 (1997) — Based on the events of the sinking of the Titanic RMS Titanic, directed by James Cameron 1998 [edit ] (1998) — Based on the A Civil Action book of the same name by Jonathan Harr, telling the true story of environmental pollution that took place in Woburn, Massachusetts in the 1980s (1998) — Indonesian award-winning film based on true stories of the lives of three street boys in Daun di Atas Bantal Yogyakarta in Java, Indonesia, directed by Garin Nugroho (1998) — A film centered around the early years of the reign of Elizabeth Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch (1998) — Based on the life of Gia Gia Carangi, a top American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s (1998) — A depiction of the last days of British film director Gods and Monsters James Whale (1998) — The story of the medical doctor, clown, performer, and social activist Patch Adams [4 ] Patch Adams, directed by Tom Shadyac (1998) — The story of the Saving Private Ryan Niland Brothers during World War II, directed by Steven Spielberg (1998) — A biographical film about the relationship between record-breaking distance runner Without Limits Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bill Bowerman, who later co-founded Nike, Inc., directed by Robert Towne 1999 [edit ] (1999) — An Irish-American drama based on the Angela's Ashes memoir of the same title by Frank McCourt, telling the story of McCourt and his childhood after he and his family are forced to move from America back to Ireland because of financial difficulties and family problems caused by his father's alcoholism (1999) — The story of Anglo-Indian travel writer, educator and social activist Anna and the King Anna Leonowens and her experiences in Siam (Thailand). Directed by Andy Tennant (1999) — The story of hate crime victim Boys Don't Cry Brandon Teena, directed by Kimberly Peirce (1999) — Based on Susanna Kaysen's memoir of the same name, chronicling her 18-month stay at a mental institution, Girl, Interrupted directed by [5 ] James Mangold (1999) — Based on the imprisonment of middleweight boxer The Hurricane Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, directed by Norman Jewison (1999) — Based on the experiences of Dr. The Insider Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco industry whistleblower, directed by Michael Mann (1999) — Based on the story of The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Joan of Arc, a young girl who believed she was God's messenger (1999) — American biographical film adapted from the memoir October Sky by Rocket Boys Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the launch of to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, & eventually became a Sputnik 1 NASA engineer, directed by Joe Johnston (1999) — Based on the story of The Pirates of Silicon Valley Steve Jobs ( Apple Computer) and Bill Gates ( Microsoft) and their rivalry on the development of the personal computer (1999) — The story of the making of RKO 281 , directed by Citizen Kane Benjamin Ross (1999) — Based on the story of The Straight Story Alvin Straight's journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower (1999) — A musical drama concerning the 15-month period in 1884 and 1885 leading up to the premiere of Topsy-Turvy Gilbert and Sullivan's , focusing on the creative conflict between playwright and composer, and the decision by the two men to continue their partnership The Mikado 2000s [edit ] 2000 [edit ] (2000) — A comedy-drama film based on Almost Famous Cameron Crowe's early life, telling the coming-of-age story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while covering a fictitious rock band named Stillwater (2000) — An Indian film based on the true story of Bawandar Bhanwari Devi, a rape victim from Rajasthan, India (2000) — A Tamil biographical film based on the life of Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer Bharathi Mahakavi Bharathiyar (2000) — Based on the biography of Australian criminal Chopper Chopper Read, directed by Andrew Dominik (2000) — The story of The Dish the Parkes antenna in New South Wales, Australia, how it plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing, the quirky characters of the nearby town of Parkes and the roles they play (2000) — A biographical film about American legal clerk and environmental activist Erin Brockovich Erin Brockovich, directed by Steven Soderbergh (2000) — A Thai comedy film based on a men's volleyball team composed of gay and transgender athletes The Iron Ladies (2000) — Based on Men of Honor Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear the first African-American Master Diver of the U.S. Navy, directed by George Tillman, Jr. (2000) — Adapted from the book The Perfect Storm by The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger about the 1991 Perfect Storm, also known as the Halloween Nor'easter of 1991, directed by Wolfgang Petersen (2000) — Based on the 1971 Remember the Titans football season of the newly integrated T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia (2000) — The story of the making of Shadow of the Vampire , directed by Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens E. Elias Merhige (2000) — Set during the two-week Thirteen Days Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, centering on how President John F. Kennedy, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and others handled the explosive situation 2001 [edit ] (2001) — A biographical film of sports legend, Ali Muhammad Ali, from his early years to his days in the ring (2001) — Adapted from A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nasar's , an unauthorized biography of American mathematician A Beautiful Mind John Forbes Nash, Jr., directed by Ron Howard (2001) — Loosely based on the Behind Enemy Lines Mrkonjić Grad incident, directed by John Moore (2001) — Adapted from Black Hawk Down by Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern Warfare Mark Bowden about the Battle of Mogadishu (2001) — Based on the American cocaine smuggler Blow George Jung, directed by Ted Demme (2001) — Based on the case of Bully Bobby Kent, who was murdered by seven teens in what is now Weston, Florida, directed by Larry Clark (2001) — Inspired by the mysterious death of film mogul The Cat's Meow Thomas H. Ince (2001) — Based on Enemy at the Gates Vasily Zaytsev during the Battle of Stalingrad, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (2001) — Based on the murders of From Hell Jack the Ripper (2001) — Based on the events of the Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor attack and the Doolittle Raid, directed by Michael Bay (2001) — A Chinese drama film based on the life of actor Quitting Jia Hongsheng, who was suffered from heroin and marijuana addiction from 1992 to 1997 (2001) — Based on the life of memoirist, children's author and creative writing teacher Riding in Cars with Boys Beverly Donofrio, who wrote the autobiographical book on her life by the same tile (2001) — Tells the story of Chris "Izzy" Cole, a Rock Star tribute band singer whose ascendance to the position of lead vocalist of his favorite band was inspired by the real-life story of Tim "Ripper" Owens 2002 [edit ] (2002) — Based on rapper 8 Mile Marshall Bruce Mathers III (Eminem) and his rap battles in Detroit (2002) — Based on the events of Bloody Sunday Bloody Sunday on January 30, 1972, in Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army (2002) — The story of Catch Me If You Can con artist Frank Abagnale, directed by Steven Spielberg (2002) — Adapted from the stage musical by Chicago Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb, exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Jazz Age Chicago, directed by Rob Marshall (2002) — A Brazilian crime drama film, adapted from a book by City of God Paulo Lins, depicting the growth of organized crime in Rio de Janeiro between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund (2002) — The story of serial killer Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer (2002) — The story of Mexican painter Frida Frida Kahlo The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (TV 2002) — Based on the 1998 case and interrogation of Michael Crowe, who confessed to the murder of his sister in 1998 (2002) — The story of Kandahar Afghan refugee Nelofer Pazira's return to Afghanistan, directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf (2002) — Adapted from the play The Laramie Project , both by The Laramie Project Moisés Kaufman, telling the story of the aftermath of the 1998 murder of American student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming (2002) — Based on The Mothman Prophecies paranormal events in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, culminating in the Silver Bridge collapse on December 15, 1967, directed by Mark Pellington (2002) — Based on events in the life of drug dealer Paid in Full Azie Faison during the crack epidemic in 1980s Harlem, leading up to the murders of his friends Rich and Donnell Porter, directed by Charles Stone III (2002) — Based on the The Pianist memoir by Władysław Szpilman, a Polish musician of Jewish origins and a childhood survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland (2002) — Based on the 2002 court case Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story Marc Hall v. Durham Catholic School Board (2002) — An Australian drama film based on the book Rabbit-Proof Fence by Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence Doris Pilkington Garimara, based on the true story of the author's mother and two other mixed-race Aboriginal girls who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement north of Perth, Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families after having been placed there in 1931, directed by Phillip Noyce (2002) — Based on the life of American professional baseball player The Rookie Jim Morris, known for his brief Major League Baseball career (2002) — The story of serial killer Ted Bundy Ted Bundy (2002) — Based on the We Were Soldiers Battle of Ia Drang, the first major engagement of American troops in the Vietnam War, directed by Randall Wallace 2003 [edit ] (2003) — Based on the real-life story of the 1997 robbery known as the 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out North Hollywood shootout (2003) — American drama based on the Antwone Fisher autobiographical book Finding Fish, directed by Denzel Washington in his directorial debut (2003) — Based on the events surrounding the April 20, 1999, Elephant Columbine High School massacre in Columbine, Colorado (2003) — Prequel to Gods and Generals , about General Gettysburg Stonewall Jackson (2003) — Indian war film based on the 1999 LOC Kargil Kargil War (2003) — South Korean film based on the true story of the country's first known serial murders, which took place between 1986 and 1991 Memories of Murder (2003) — The story of serial killer Monster Aileen Wuornos, directed by Patty Jenkins Profoundly Normal (2003) -- The story of two mentally challenged childhood friends who, despite their limitations, find love and family life in the "normal" world. (2003) — Based on the real-life story of South Carolina high school football coach Harold Jones and his mentally challenged assistant, James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, adapted from a 1996 Radio article by Sports Illustrated Gary Smith titled "Someone to Lean On" (2003) — Based on the book Seabiscuit Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand about the champion American Thoroughbred racehorse (2003) — Based on Shattered Glass Stephen Glass's journalistic career at during the mid-1990s and the discovery of his widespread The New Republic journalistic fraud (2003) — An American slasher film depicting the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre murder of several people in Wisconsin (2003) — Adapted from the book by Touching the Void Joe Simpson, about his and Simon Yates' disastrous and near fatal attempt to climb Siula Grande (6,344m) in the Waywash mountain range in the Peruvian Andes in 1985, directed by Kevin MacDonald (2003) — Based on the true story of Irish journalist Veronica Guerin Veronica Guerin (2003) — Based on the Wonderland Wonderland murders in Los Angeles in 1981, directed by James Cox 2004 [edit ] (2004) — Based on true events that occurred in July 1916 in central and southern New Jersey, the film recounts 12 days during which people along the Jersey coast were subjected to attacks by a shark (in the film it is a 12 Days of Terror great white shark) (2004) — A French film based on a true story about the police 36 Quai des Orfèvres (2004) — A drama based on the life of American boxing manager Against the Ropes Jackie Kallen, the first woman to become a success in the sport (2004) — Based on the life of Alexander Alexander the Great (2004) — The story of would-be assassin The Assassination of Richard Nixon Samuel Byck, who plotted to kill Richard Nixon in 1974, directed by Niels Mueller (2004) — The story of The Aviator Howard Hughes, directed by Martin Scorsese (2004) — Based on the life of singer Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin (2004) — An Indian Hindi film based on the Black Friday 1993 Bombay bombings Downfall ( (2004) — A German film based on the final 12 days of Der Untergang) Adolf Hitler's life in his Berlin bunker and Nazi Germany in 1945 (2004) — The story of Sir Finding Neverland James Matthew Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan (2004) — Adapted from Friday Night Lights by Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream H. G. Bissinger, about the 1988 football season of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, directed by Peter Berg (2004) — The story of American distance rider Hidalgo Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo, recounting his racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouin riding pure-blooded Arabian horses, directed by Joe Johnston (2004) — The story of the Hotel Rwanda Paul Rusesabagina's experiences during the Rwandan Genocide, directed by Terry George (2004) — A Tamil romantic drama based on a true love story Kaadhal (2004) — Tamil biographical film based on the life of Indian politician Kamaraj K. Kamaraj, known as the "Kingmaker" during the 1960s in India (2004) — A look at the life of Kinsey Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research (2004) — The story of Miracle Herb Brooks and the U.S. Olympic hockey team leading up to, and during, the 1980 Winter Olympics, directed by Gavin O'Connor (2004) — A biographical film about the early life of The Motorcycle Diaries Che Guevara (2004) — Based on the story of Open Water Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were left behind on their scuba diving trip in the South Pacific, directed by Chris Kentis (2004) — A 2004 biographical film about singer Ray Ray Charles (2004) — A film about black cardiac pioneer Something the Lord Made Vivien Thomas and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, the world-famous "Blue Baby doctor," who pioneered modern heart surgery (2004) — An epic war film loosely based on Troy Homer's Iliad 2005 [edit ] (2005) — Biographical drama based on the murder of Aurore Aurore Gagnon, a Canadian child abuse victim (2005) — Based on events during the early days of the Beyond the Gates Rwandan Genocide, directed by Michael Caton-Jones (2005) — A biographical film about Capote Truman Capote who, during his research for his book , an account of the murder of a Kansas family, develops a close relationship with murderer In Cold Blood Perry Smith, one of the killers (2005) — Based on the story of Cinderella Man James J. Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who comes back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s (2005) — Based on the Coach Carter Richmond High School basketball team led by coach Ken Carter (2005) — An American courtroom drama horror film loosely based on the story of The Exorcism of Emily Rose Anneliese Michel, following a self-proclaimed agnostic who acts as defense counsel representing a parish priest accused by the state of negligent homicide after he performs an exorcism, directed by Scott Derrickson (2005) — A film about Curtis Get Rich or Die Tryin' Jackson's life 50 Cent (2005) — The story of the The Great Raid raid at Cabanatuan on the Philippine island of Luzon during World War II, directed by John Dahl (2005) — Based on the life of golfer, The Greatest Game Ever Played Francis Ouimet, directed by Bill Paxton (2005) — Based on real life serial killer The Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, directed by Ulli Lommel (2005) — Based on the Jarhead Gulf War memoir of Anthony Swofford, directed by Sam Mendes (2005) — Based on the life and career of British The Last Hangman executioner Albert Pierrepont, from early 1933 through the end of his career in 1955, during which he executed some 608 people, including the Nuremberg war criminals and Ruth Ellis, the last women to be executed in Britain (2005) — A Canadian television movie based on the real life Lies My Mother Told Me murder of Larry McNabney by his wife, Elisa McNabney, with the help of a college student (2005) — A biographical film based on the documentary Lords of Dogtown about an influential group of Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders who revolutionized the sport, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (2005) — Loosely based on Munich Operation Wrath of God following the aftermath of the Munich massacre, directed by Steven Spielberg (2005) — Depicts the founding of the The New World Jamestown, Virginia, settlement, inspired by the historical figures Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (2005) — An American drama film chronicling the case of North Country Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., which changed sexual harassment law, directed by Niki Caro (2005) — The story of the rescue of the Only the Brave Lost Battalion by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, directed by Lane Nishikawa (2005) — An Indian Hindi film depicting organized crime in the late 1990s in India, loosely based on real-life gangster and hired killer, Shri Prakash Shukla Sehar (2005) — A Sins Bollywood film based on the true story of a Catholic priest from Kerala who was hanged due to his sexual relationship with a married woman (2005) — A Syriana geopolitical thiller film loosely based on the book by See No Evil Robert Baer, a former FBI agent, based on his experiences (2005) — based on two autobiographies of Johnny Cash, Walk the Line Man in Black and Cash: The Autobiography (2005) — The life story of New Zealander The World's Fastest Indian Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967 2006 [edit ] (2006) — An American crime drama based on the kidnap and murder of 15-year-old Alpha Dog Nicholas Markowitz and surrounding events in 2000, organized mainly by Jesse James Hollywood a young middle-class drug dealer in California (2006) — Based on the legend of the An American Haunting Bell Witch (2006) — A Dutch film based on the true story of a young Jewish girl set during World War II Black Book (2006) — Based loosely on the true story of the unsolved The Black Dahlia Black Dahlia homicide in January 1947, directed by Brian De Palma (2006) — Based on speculated events leading to the Bobby shooting of Robert F. Kennedy at The Ambassador Hotel in 1968, directed by Emilio Estevez (a.k.a. Buenos Aires, 1977 Chronicle of an Escape) (2006) — An Argentinian political thriller film which tells the true story of four men who narrowly escaped death at the hands of a military death squad during the Argentine Dirty War in the 1970s (2006) — Based on the experiences of former Catch a Fire migrant worker turned Umkhonto we Sizwe member Patrick Chamusso during apartheid in the 1980s, directed by Phillip Noyce (2006) — Based on the trial of mobster Find Me Guilty Giacomo "Jackie" DiNorscio, which became the longest Mafia trial in American history, directed by Sidney Lumet (2006) — Based on the book Flags of Our Fathers written by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the Flags of Our Fathers Battle of Iwo Jima and the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima (2006) — Based on the story of the Glory Road 1965–66 Texas Western Miners basketball team and its march to the national championship, although some liberties were taken (2006) — Based on real incidents involving youth gang members in a youth jail named "Killpatrick Camp" who played for a football team led by coach Sean Porter Gridiron Gang (2006) — Based on the suspicious death of actor Hollywoodland George Reeves on June 16, 1959, directed by Allen Coulter (2006) — While researching his book Infamous , writer In Cold Blood Truman Capote develops a close relationship with convicted murderers Dick Hickock and Perry Smith (2006) — Based on the story of Invincible Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s as a walk-on (2006) — A film based the true story of on serial killers Karla Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka (2006) — Based on factual events during The Last King of Scotland Idi Amin's rule of Uganda, directed by Kevin Macdonald (2006) — Loosely based on the investigation of homicide detective Elmer C. Robinson into the Lonely Hearts Lonely Hearts Killers, directed by his own grandson Todd Robinson (2006) — Based on the life of Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, from her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI to her reign as queen to the French Revolution (2006) — A film based on the true story of Provoked Kiranjit Ahluwalia who murdered her abusive husband (2006) — Based on the true story of The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith (2006) — After The Queen the death of Princess Diana, HM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted (2006) — Based on the story of Take the Lead Pierre Dulaine, a well-known ballroom dancer and dance instructor, known for "Dancing Classrooms," as he teaches potential high school dropouts how to ballroom dance during detention in an attempt to raise their self-respect and confidence (2006) — Based on the Traces of Love Sampoong Department Store collapse of 1995 (2006) — Based on United 93 United Airlines Flight 93 and the passengers on board who prevented the hijackers from reaching their intended target, directed by Paul Greengrass (2006) — The story of the aftermath of the We Are Marshall 1970 plane crash that killed the entire Marshall University football team, directed by McG (2006) — Based on the rescue of World Trade Center John McLoughlin and Will Jimeno, freed from the wreckage of the collapsing World Trade Center towers (2006) — A film about the The Zodiac Zodiac Killer 2007 [edit ] (2007) — A fictionalized account of the 300 Battle of Thermopylae, based on the comic series written by Frank Miller. (2007) — An American crime drama based on the torture and murder of An American Crime Sylvia Likens by Indianapolis housewife Gertrude Baniszewski. (2007) — Based on the true life story of American Gangster Frank Lucas, a former heroin dealer, and organized crime boss in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s (2007) — Based on the last year of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Jesse James' life, leading up to his assassination by Robert Ford (2007) — Based on the protest activity at the Battle In Seattle World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference of 1999 (2007) — A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Becoming Jane Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman (2007) — Loosely based on Borderland serial killer/ cult leader Adolfo Constanzo (2007) — Based on the capture of Soviet spy Breach Robert Hanssen (2007) — A biographical film depicting the Chapter 27 murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman (2007) — Based on Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's War Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan to help launch Operation Cyclone, a program to organize and support the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan (2007) — Based on the true story of 1960s mass murderer Chicago Massacre: Richard Speck Richard Speck (2007) - Based on the story Control Ian Curtis, the singer of Joy Division, whose personal, professional and romantic life led him to commit suicide at the age of 23. (2007) — An American horror film based on the Zodiac killings in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 1970s Curse of the Zodiac (2007) — A biographical drama based on the life of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby, depicting his life after suffering a massive stroke in December 1995 at the age of 43, which left him with a condition known as locked-in syndrome (2007) — Based on the life of legendary salsa singer, El Cantante Hector Lavoe, directed by Leon Ichaso (2007) — A sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth: The Golden Age , depicting a mature Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth I of England, who endures multiple crises late in her reign, including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments (2007) — Based on the book, Freedom Writers by teacher The Freedom Writers Diary Erin Gruwell, based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Eastside, Long Beach, California (2007) — An American horror film loosely based on the torture and murder of The Girl Next Door Sylvia Likens by Indianapolis housewife Gertrude Baniszewski (2007) — Based on the relationship between Goodbye Bafana Nelson Mandela and writer James Gregory (2007) — An Indian bi-language (Hindi and Tamil) film loosely based on the life of Indian business tycoon Guru Dhirubhai Ambani, who helped found Reliance Industries in Mumbai, India (2007) — The story of the fake The Hoax autobiography that Clifford Irving allegedly helped Howard Hughes write (2007) — The story about the life of I'm Not There. Bob Dylan, in which six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work (2007) — Based loosely on the homicide of returning Iraq War veteran In the Valley of Elah Richard T. Davis in 2003 by fellow soldiers from Baker Company, directed by Paul Haggis (2007) — Based on the 1996 Into the Wild non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures and travels of Christopher McCandless across North American and his life spent in the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s (2007) — Indian Tamil movie based on the real life incident in which three girls were burnt to death in Kalloori Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu, India, directed by Balaji Shakthivel (2007) — The story of The Killing of John Lennon Mark Chapman's plot to kill John Lennon Kuppi (2007) — An Indian Tamil film based on the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (2007) — Based on the murder of American journalist A Mighty Heart Daniel Pearl in Pakistan (2007) — Intended to be the first in a Mongol trilogy of films based on the life of Genghis Khan (2007) — An Indian Tamil biographical film based on the life of social reformer and rationalist Periyar Periyar E. V. Ramasamy (2007) — Based loosely on the true story of Philadelphia swim coach Pride Jim Ellis and his African American swim team in 1974 Philadelphia (2007) — Based on tales of a real man-eating Primeval crocodile named Gustave, still living in Burundi (2007) — Based on the story of Rescue Dawn Dieter Dengler, a U.S. Navy pilot who was shot down in Laos during the Vietnam War (2007) — A British gangster film based on the true story of the Rise of the Footsoldier Rettendon murders and the autobiography of Carlton Leach, a former football hooligan of the infamous Inter City Firm, who became a powerful figure of the English underworld (2007) — Based on the " Rohtenburg Rotenburg Cannibal" ( Armin Meiwes) (2007) — Indian Tamil psychological thriller film based on a true story Satham Podathey (2007) — Based on the September 7–11, 1857, September Dawn Mountain Meadows massacre (2007) — A Hindi film based on the Shootout at Lokhandwala 1991 Lokhandwala Complex shootout shootout, a real-life gun battle between gangsters and Mumbai Police during an encounter with gangster Maya Dolas (2007) — Loosely based on the Stuck hit-and-run committed by Chante Jawan Mallard, who left her victim to die slowly in her garage (2007) — The true story based on the life of Sybil Shirley Ardell Mason who was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder (2007) — Based on the life of Washington, D.C., radio personality Talk To Me Ralph "Petey" Greene (2007) — Based on the 1970s Los Angeles What We Do Is Secret punk band, The Germs and their lead singer, Darby Crash (2007) — Based on the story of the Zodiac Zodiac Killer 2008 [edit ] (2008) — Inspired by the story of the 21 MIT Blackjack Team (2008) — Based on German militant group, the The Baader Meinhof Complex Red Army Faction, the film retells the story of the early years of the RAF, concentrating on its beginnings in 1967 (at the time of the German student movement) up to the German Autumn (Deutscher Herbst) of 1977 (2008) — Based on a 1971 London robbery allegedly concocted by The Bank Job MI5 (2008) — A film fictionalized and based on the life of Britain's most violent prisoner Bronson Michael Gordon Peterson, better known as 'Charles Bronson'. (2008) — Based on the life of influential Chicago-based record company executive Cadillac Records Leonard Chess and the singers who recorded for Chess Records (2008) — Inspired by the real story of a girl who died from spinal cancer at the age of 14 in 1985 and is currently in the process of Camino canonization (2008) — A story based on a report about a Taiwanese postman who successfully delivered a piece of mail addressed in the old Japanese style - the sender was the former Japanese employer of the recipient. Cape No. 7 Taiwan was ruled by Japan from 1896 to 1945, and the film depicts the subtly long-lasting relations between the people in Taiwan and Japan. (2008) — Loosely based upon the real-life Changeling Wineville Chicken Murders, involving Christine Collins and the disappearance of her son (2008) — A merged version of two films: Che and The Argentine about the life of Guerrilla Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara (2008) — An Austrian film based on The Counterfeiters Operation Bernhard (2008) — The story of the Defiance Bielski partisans (2008) — Based on the life of The Duchess Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (2008) — A Swedish drama based on the true story of Maria Larsson, a Swedish working class woman in the early 20th century who wins a camera in a lottery and goes on to become a photographer Everlasting Moments (2008) — Based on the life of "The Elmira Express" The Express Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy (2008) — Based on events at Felon California State Prison, Corcoran in the 1990s (2008) — Based on the lives of Flammen & Citronen Bent Faurschou-Hviid and Jørgen Haagen Schmit, members of the Holger Danske, a Danish resistance group in Nazi-occupied Denmark (2008) — The story of Flash of Genius Robert Kearns, inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper and his claims and lawsuit against Ford Motor Company (2008) — Based on the achievements of the South Korean women's national Forever the Moment handball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics (2008) — The story of the 1977 televised Frost/Nixon Frost/Nixon interviews (2008) — Based on Hunger Bobby Sands and the 1981 Irish hunger strike (2008) — Hurt Locker Oscar-winning war film about a three-man explosive ordnance disposal team during the Iraq War (2008) — Based on the life of Mughal emperor Jodhaa Akbar Akbar the Great (2008) — Based on the true life story of Living Proof Denny Slamon, who helped develop a breast cancer drug called Herceptin 2 (2008) — Based on the Marley & Me memoir of the same title by journalist John Grogan (2008) — A Norwegian biographic war film based on real events in the life of resistance fighter Max Manus Max Manus, who helped to save his country from the Germans during World War II (2008) — Based on the life of Milk Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California (2008) — Based on the lives of sisters The Other Boleyn Girl Anne and Mary Boleyn, who compete for the affection of King Henry VIII (2008) — The story of attorney Stone of Destiny Ian Hamilton, who helped recapture the Stone of Scone for Scotland (2008) — The story of The Stoning of Soraya M. Soraya Manutchehri, a victim of stoning in Iran (2008) — An American horror film inspired by true events revolving around a young couple staying in an isolated vacation home who are terrorized by three unknown assailants The Strangers (2008) — The story of the Valkyrie 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler and to use the Operation Valkyrie national emergency plan to take control of the country (2008) — Based on the life and W. presidency of George W. Bush Ip man (2008) — Based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee 2009 [edit ] (2009) — Based on Accident on Hill Road Chante Mallard, a Fort Worth, Texas, woman convicted and sentenced to 50 years' imprisonment for her role in the death of a 37-year-old homeless man (2009) — A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe (2009) — Adapted from the 2006 The Blind Side Michael Lewis book , focusing on the life of future The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game NFL player Michael Oher (2009) — A drama based on the three-year romance between 19th-century poet Bright Star John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats' untimely death at age 25 (2009) — About fashion designer Coco avant Chanel Coco Chanel before she was famous (2009) — A British sports film based on The Damned United Brian Clough's tenure as Leeds United's manager Deadfall Trail (2009) — Based on a three-week survival trip in the Kaibab National Forest (2009) — Based on the Everyman's War Battle of the Bulge during World War II (2009) — An American political thriller which depicts the Formosa Betrayed KMT government's intentional wipe-out of the Taiwan people's opposition voices in the 1980s, inspired by two actual events—one surrounding the death of Professor Chen Wen-Chen (陳文成) of Carnegie Mellon University in 1981, and the other the 1984 assassination of (American-citizen) journalist Henry Liu in California (2009) — Based on the faithful Hachi: A Dog's Tale Akita Hachikō (2009) — A psychological supernatural film based on true events surrounding a family haunted by violent and traumatic events from supernatural forces occupying their new house The Haunting in Connecticut (2009) — An Australian drama based on the brutal murder of 15-year-old Melbourne girl Rachel Barber, who went missing on March 1, 1999 In Her Skin (2009) — Based on the real life story of The Informant! Mark Whitacre, the highest-ranked executive in U.S. history to turn whistleblower (2009) — Based on the real-life story of South African president Invictus Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, the captain of the Springboks, the South African rugby union team (2009) — An American comedy drama contrasting the lives of two food writers: pioneer chef Julie & Julia Julia Child in the 1940s and 21st century New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes in Child's cookbook in 365 days (2009) — A psychological thriller based on the The Killing Room Project MKUltra programme by the CIA, with fictionalized characters (2009) — Based on the autobiography of ballet dancer Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin (2009) — A depiction of the life and career of rapper Notorious Biggie Smalls before his death (2009) — A Malayalam historical drama film based on the life of Pazhassi Raja Pazhassi Raja, a Hindu king who fought against the British in the 18th century (2009) — The true story of gay rights crusader Mary Griffith, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance, based on the book of the same title by Prayers for Bobby Leroy F. Aarons (2009) — An American biographical crime film in which the FBI tries to take down notorious American gangsters Public Enemies John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s (2009) — Based on the life of The Soloist Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless (2009) — A Hindi film based on the real life The Stoneman Murders Stoneman serial killings, which made headlines in the early 1980s in Mumbai (2009) — Based on the experiences of Taking Chance Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, who escorted the body of Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown from Iraq (2009) — An American comedy based on the Taking Woodstock Woodstock Festival of 1969, directed by Ang Lee (2009) — A dramatization of the turbulent first years of The Young Victoria Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert 2010s [edit ] 2010 [edit ] (2010) — Based on the story of 127 Hours 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 (2010) — A Canadian-South African film based on the lives of four photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa during The Bang Bang Club apartheid, especially between 1990 and 1994 (2010) — based on the Essex boys, a group involved in organised crime in Bonded by Blood Essex, England, and their suspicious murders, which are still debated today (see also Rise of the Footsoldier) (2010) — Based on the life of Bruce Lee, My Brother Bruce Lee from his teenage years through part of his adult years (2010) — A legal drama based on the story of a single mother, Conviction Betty Anne Waters, who goes to law school so she can become her brother Kenny's attorney after Kenny is wrongly convicted of murder (2010) — An American direct-to-video drama thriller based on the D.C. Sniper Beltway sniper attacks of October 2002 committed by John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo (2010) — A Canadian drama thriller based on the book Dear Mr. Gacy by The Last Victim Jason Moss (2010) — A medical drama based on the story of Extraordinary Measures John Crowley and Aileen Crowley, whose children have Pompe disease (2010) — Based on the outing of former Fair Game CIA agent Valerie Plame by members of the US government (See: Plame Affair) (2010) — Based on the life of boxer The Fighter Micky Ward and his half-brother, Dicky Eklund (2010) — A British-French-American war thriller depicting the events from the end of the invasion phase of the Green Zone 2003 invasion of Iraq until the transfer of power to the Iraqis (2010) — A true story based on the life of con artist, impostor and multiple prison escapee I Love You Philip Morris Steven Jay Russell (2010) — An Indian Hindi movie based on Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Chittagong uprising of 1930 (2010) — An historical British drama based on The King's Speech King George VI, who suffered from a severe stammer A Kiss and a Promise (2010) — The real-life story of a sociopath (Mick Rossi), who owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Ontario with his wife, played by Natasha Gregson Wagner, co-starring Patrick Bergin and Sean Power (2010) — Based on the true story of Tyler Doughtie, an 8-year-old suffering from cancer with a love of writing and sending letters to God Letters to God (2010) — Based on the life of Lula, o filho do Brasil Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2010) — Based on the events leading to the participation of the Montevideo, God Bless You! Yugoslavia national football team at the first FIFA World Cup in Montevideo, Uruguay in July 1930 (2010) — An Indian Tamil psychological thriller film based on a true story about murderer Veera (Samar) Nadunissi Naaygal (2010) — Based on the Of Gods and Men assassination of the monks of Tibhirine (2010) — An Indian trilingual ( Rakta Charitra Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil) biographical crime film based on the life of political leader and factionist Paritala Ravindra, directed by Ram Gopal Varma (2010) — An American drama based on the 1970s all-girl rock band The Runaways The Runaways, focusing in particular on the relationship between rockers Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, adapted from Currie's memoir (2010) — Based on the story of a Thoroughbred named Secretariat Secretariat, who won the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes and still holds the record after 37 years, and his owner, Penny Chenery (2010) — ( The Silent House Spanish: La Casa Muda) a Uruguayan Spanish-language horror film directed by Gustavo Hernández, allegedly inspired by real events that took place in the 1940s (2010) — Based on creation of The Social Network Facebook and the lawsuits that followed (2010) — An American-British political film based on relationship between British Prime Minister The Special Relationship Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton (2010) — A Bollywood action drama film set in a Mumbai ghetto in the mid 1980s, a story of triumph and human spirit over indomitable odds Striker (2010) — A 2010 biopic directed by Temple Grandin 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 (2010) — An American action thriller loosely based on the Unstoppable CSX 8888 incident, which tells the story of a runaway train carrying hazardous material, which puts cities and people in danger (2010) — A thriller which tells the story of The Whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska police officer who was recruited to serve as a U.N. peacekeeper with DynCorp International in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999 (2010) — A television film based in part on the book, You Don't Know Jack Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life And The Battle To Legalize Euthanasia, focusing on the life and work of physical-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian Ip Man 2 (2010) — Based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and the story of him in Hong Kong 2011 [edit ] (2011) — Based on the actual experiences of members of the 17 Miracles Willie Handcart Company of Mormon pioneers following their late-season start and subsequent winter journey to Salt Lake City in 1856 (2011) — A Chinese historical drama based on the 1911 1911 Revolution and Xinhai Revolution, starring Jackie Chan (2011) — A comedy-drama film loosely based on the life of screenwriter 50/50 Will Reiser (2011) — A direct-to-video film, the tenth production to be inspired by the 1977 book The Amityville Haunting , about the family who moves into the house in The Amityville Horror (2011) — A black comedy film based on the 1996 murder of 81-year-old millionaire Marjorie Nugent in Bernie Carthage, Texas, by her 39-year-old companion (2011) — A western film based on the life of an aged Blackthorn Butch Cassidy living under the assumed name of James Blackthorn in a secluded village in Bolivia 20 years after his disappearance in 1908 The Craigslist Killer (2011) — The film is inspired by the true story of a man named Philip Markoff who killed one woman and is known to have assaulted at least two others in Massachusetts and Rhode Island (2011) — An allegedly biographical film based on The Devil's Double Latif Yahia, body double for Uday Hussein, the playboy son of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein (2011) — A Bollywood biopic movie based on the life of The Dirty Picture Silk Smitha, a South Indian actress known for her erotic roles (2011) — Inspired by the true story of a Dolphin Tale bottlenose dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she is fitted with prosthetic tail after she loses her natural tail after becoming entangled in a rope attached to a crab trap (2011) — Based on the Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers (2011) — A story based on the life of screenwriter Harrison Smith The Fields (2011) — An American drama film about a young white woman and her relationship with two black maids during the civil rights era The Help (2011) — A biopic movie based on the life of J. Edgar J. Edgar Hoover, directed by Clint Eastwood (2011) — An American film based on the story of a young girl who is abandoned by her meth-addicted former-groupie mother, who informs a fading rock star that she is his daughter Janie Jones (2011) — An Argentinian movie based on the first meeting of Argentine president Juan y Eva Juan Perón and Eva Perón during the 1944 San Juan earthquake (2011) — A biopic movie based on the life of Irish American mobster Kill the Irishman Danny Greene (2011) — A biopic film based on the life of former gang biker turned preacher and defender of Africa orphans Machine Gun Preacher Sam Childers, starring Gerard Butler (2011) — An American independent film loosely modeled on Margin Call Lehman Brothers and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 (2011) — An American drama horror movie presented by way of "found footage" which follows two teenage girls who go online to find friends, but instead go missing Megan Is Missing (2011) — An American biographical sports drama film based on Moneyball , an account of the Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Oakland Athletics baseball team's 2002 season by Michael Lewis Monica (2011) — An Indian Hindi film based on a true story inspired by the murder case of Shivani Bhatnagar, a journalist working for the Indian Express newspaper (2011) — Based on real life murder case of No One Killed Jessica Jessica Lall, a model in New Delhi who was working as a celebrity barmaid at a crowded socialite party when she was shot dead in April 1999 (2011) — A Bollywood movie based on the 2008 Not a Love Story Neeraj Grover Murder Case (2011) — Based on a true story about Mike Weiss (played by Puncture Chris Evans), a young Houston lawyer and a drug addict (2011) — A Bollywood Ragini MMS horror thriller movie based on true story about a girl from Delhi named Deepika (2011) — An Australian family film based on a true story about a Kelpie/cattle dog cross who was well known for his travels through Red Dog Western Australia's Pilbara region (2011) — A film is based on the book The Rite The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Rome-based Matt Baglio, published in 2009, and based on the early life of Father Gary Thomas (2011) — A film inspired by Sanctum Andrew Wight's near-death experience after 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 (2011) — An American independent horror film based on a young woman who is terrorized in her family vacation home while cleaning the property with her father and uncle Silent House (2011) — based on the Snowtown Snowtown murders (2011) — An American drama about Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton, a 13-year-old surfer who loses her arm in a shark attack, but is determined to get back in the water (2011) — Based on true events surrounding the murder of women picked up along Texas Killing Fields I-45 and dumped in an old oil field in League City, Texas (2011) — An Indian Tamil film based on true story, set in Kaliyikkavila, a town on the state border Thambi Vettothi Sundaram — A Malayalam thriller film based on actual event that happened in Traffic Chennai (2011) — A true story of seven men who escape from prison in The Way Back Siberia (after being held by Stalin), then walk through the Gobi Desert, Himalayas and all the way to Sikkim, India (2011) — A comedy-drama family film based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee, owner of We Bought a Zoo Dartmoor Zoological Park near the village of Sparkwell in the county fo Devon in England (2011) — A Malayalam film based on the life of the saint Sree Yugapurushan Narayana Guru
mee sindhutai sapkal (2011) marathi movie based on real story. The film was selected for world premiere at the 54th London Film Festival.
2012 [edit ] (2012) — An American film based on real Act of Valor US Navy SEALs missions around the world (2012) — A Tamil period film which based on a Tamil novel depicting the history of Aravaan Madurai from 1310 to 1910 (2012) — Based on the Argo Canadian Caper, the rescue of dramatization of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran in 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis (2012) — A true story movie based on Big Miracle Operation Breakthrough in 1988 (2012) — A Bollywood movie loosely based on the life of Indian author and political activist Buddha in a Traffic Jam Arundhati Roy (2012) — Based on the life of surfer Chasing Mavericks Jay Moriarity (2012) — Based on the Compliance strip search prank call scam (2012) — A Kannada crime film based on the real life incidents of a notorious gang named Dandupalya Dandupalya (2012) — An American-Japanese film based on the investigation of the role of Emperor Emperor Hirohito in World War II (2012) — An HBO political movie based on Game Change John McCain's 2008 presidential election campaign (2012) — An Indian crime movie based on a true story about events in Gangs of Wasseypur Wasseypur, India, directed by Anurag Kashyap (2012) — An American crime thriller based on the life of notorious Mafia hitman The Iceman Richard Kuklinski (2012) — Based on a Spanish family who survives a tsunami tragedy in December 26, 2004, in Thailand, directed by The Impossible J.A. Bayona and starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor (2012) — A Malayalam film based on the life of Malayalam poet Ivan Megharoopan P. Kunhiraman Nair (2012) — An Indian Tamil movie revolving around four people, referred to as "Kazhugu," who recover the bodies of suicide victims who jump off a cliff Kazhugu (2012) — A Nigerian thriller disaster film based on a Nigerian aviation tragedy in 2006 Last Flight to Abuja (2012) — An American epic historical drama film based on the final four months of President Lincoln's life and his efforts in January 1865 to have the Lincoln Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (2012) — A Chilean drama film based on the unpublished play No El Plebiscito, focusing on how advertising tactics came to be widely used in political campaigns Pachai Engira Kaathu (2012) — An Indian Tamil political movie based on true events which happened in Pollachi (2012) — Based on the true story of a sister and a brother who never know that they are siblings People Like Us (2012) — An Indian Tamil movie based on a real life incident Vinmeengal (2012) — A romantic movie based on true events The Vow (2012) — Loosely based on the events surrounding the use of the Won't Back Down parent trigger law in Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles in 2010 (2012) — Based on the British When the Lights Went Out poltergeist case The Black Monk of Pontefract (2012) — A war film based on the decade-long manhunt for Al Qaeda leader Zero Dark Thirty Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States 2013 [edit ] (2013) — Based on events during the Madras Cafe Sri Lankan civil war (2013) — Based on 12 Years a Slave Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was deceived and kidnapped in Washington, D.C. and sold into slavery (1841–1853) (2013) — Based on 42 Jackie Robinson's breaking of the " color barrier" of Major League Baseball in the 1940s (2013) — Based on the search for the hidden The A.R.K. Report Ark of the Covenant [6 ] (2013) - A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. American Hustle (2013) — Based on the The Attacks of 26/11 2008 Mumbai attacks (2013) — A Kannada biopic film based on the notorious forest brigand Attahasa Veerappan (2013) — A Hindi film based on life of Indian athlete Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Milkha Singh (2013) — An American satirical black comedy crime film based on the The Bling Ring Bling Ring, also known as the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who broke into Hollywood Hills homes from October 2008 through August 2009 (2013) — The film is a biopic of merchant mariner Captain Richard Phillips, who was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean during the Captain Phillips Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009 led by Abduwali Muse. (2013) — A Malayalam movie based on the life story of Celluloid J. C. Daniel, the father of Malayalam cinema (2013) — An American supernatural horror film based on disturbing events in a farmhouse in The Conjuring Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971 (2013) - In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Dallas Buyers Club (2013) — A British film based on the last two years in the life of Diana Diana, Princess of Wales (2013) — An American film based on two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository Empire State (2013) — An American thriller film based on the real-life 1980s Alaskan hunt for The Frozen Ground serial killer Robert Hansen, written and directed by Scott Walker (2013) — An American biographical drama film based on the life of Jobs Steve Jobs (2013) — A British film based on the life of The Look of Love Paul Raymond (2013) —The story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life. Lovelace (2013) — A South African film based on the 1994 autobiography by Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela (2013) — A Malayalam film based on the love story between a police constable and an Orissa Odisha girl (2013) — An American crime-comedy film based on the kidnapping, extortion, torture, and murder of several people by an organized group of criminals that included a number of bodybuilders affiliated with Sun Gym in Florida Pain & Gain (2013) - A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Philomena (2013) — Based on the true story of the Rush Formula One season in 1976 with the unforgettable battle for the championship between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, and Lauda's remarkable recovery from a near fatal accident at the 1976 German Grand Prix (2013) — Based on the untold true story of the Walt Disney adaptation of the book Saving Mr. Banks Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (2013) — Based on the true story of a drug dealer Snitch (2013) — Based on the true story of a 22 year-old man and his last day in 2009 Fruitvale Station (2013) — Based on the true story of The Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill Upcoming films [edit ] Non-Disclosure: Haunted (2013) — The story of a divorced man and his son who rent a haunted house (2013) — A Pakistani film based on the life of Pakistani politician, social worker and former cricketer Kaptaan Imran Khan (2014) – Thriller based on the real-life story of The Face of an Angel Amanda Knox who was accused of the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. (2014) — A WWII Platoon charged with rescuing artwork from being destroyed by the Nazis. The Monuments Men References [edit ] External links [edit ] This film-related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it