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Movies Based on Real Events


How many period movies have you watched and wondered “What if this was real?”. Well in this post I am going to cover the movies that were based on real historical events. this list contains movies which describe the real incident and as well as adaptations. Enjoy!

300

The movie revolves about the Spartan King Leonidas battle against the Persian God King Xerxes. Despite the impossible dramatic facts this battle was actually had in 480 BC. It is called “Battle of Thermopylae“. The movie was directed by Zack Snyder starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey David Wenham and Michael Fassbender.

300 : Rise of An Empire

This movie is based on the Battle of Artemisium and The Battle of Salamis during the second Persian invasion of Greece. The movie is sequel to the movie “300”. It was directed by Zack Snider starring Sullivan stapleton and Eva Green.

Hidden Figures

This movie is based on the “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly. The book was written in 2016 and includes the life stories of Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan and Katherine Johnson who were mathematicians worked for NASA as computers during space race. The Movie was directed by

12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave is a 2013 biographical period drama film and an adaptation of the Twelve Years a Slave written in 1853 by Solomon Northup, a black man who was kidnapped and sold as a slave during 1840s. The movie represent the life of a black mans as a slave.

Goodfellas

Goodfellas is an 1990 crime movie directed by Martin Scorsese starring Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci. It was an adaptation of 1985 non fiction Wiseguy. written by Nicholas Pileggi. The book was based on the life stories of Henry Hill who was a mafia mobster later changed into an informant.

Zodiac

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller based on the “Zodiac Killer” a serial killer operated in late 1960s to early 1970s. The movie was directed by David Fincher and starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 drama film based on Rwandan Genocide. An event occurred during Rwandan civil war. The movie was directed by Terry George starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo.

Into the Wild

The 2007 biography film was based on the life events of Chris McCandless an American hiker who moved into wild Alaska in search of minimal living. The film was directed by Sean Penn starring Emile Hirsch as Chris McCandless

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a 2014 historical drama film based on the life events of Alan Turing, a crypt-analyst who decrypted the German intelligence messages for the British government during second world war. The film was directed by Morten Tyldum starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing along with Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode.

The Duchess

The 2008 British film was based on the life of the 18th century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish also known as Duchess of Devonshire. The movie was directed by Saul Dibb starring Keira Knightley as the Duchess of Devonshire.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The 2019 film was based on the memoir of the same name by William Kamkwamba, a Malawian inventor who built a wind turbine using scrap materials. The film was directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor starring Maxwell Simba as William Kamkwamba.

First They Killed My Father

The film is based on the Loung Ung’s memoir of the same name. The 2017 biography film was written and directed by Angelina Jolie starring Sreymoch Sareum and Kompheak Phoeung. The entire casting crew is Cambodian and the dialogues are almost entirely Cambodian. The film unfolds the life of a child who was forced to train as a child soldier in Cambodia at the end of the Vietnam war.

Catch Me If You Can

Catch me If You Can is a 2002 American crime film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. The film is based on the life events of Frank Abagnale who was a con man turned into security consultant.

Snowden

The 2016 biographical thriller was based on a book called The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of The Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. The film was directed by Oliver Stone starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden who released highly classified information to the public.

American Hustle

The 2013 film was based on a FBI operation of late ’70s and early 1980s called Abscam which initially targeted trafficking stolen properties but later evolved into a public corruption investigation. The film was directed by David O. Russel starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

2020 Drama film was based on the Chicago seven, a group of anti-Vietnam war protesters who was charged by US Federal government for conspiracy and crossing state lines with the intention of inciting riot. The film was directed by Aaron Sorkin starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, John Carroll Lynch, Noah Robbins and Daniel Flaherty as the members of Chicago seven.

The Dig

The upcoming 2021 film is based on the 1939 excavation in Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England which found Anglo-Saxon ship burial site. The film was directed by Simon Stone starring Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes and Lily James.

Hacksaw Ridge

The 2016 war film was based on the life story of Desmond Doss, a US army corporal who served as a medic during the second world war. He refused to carry a weapon or a firearm of any kind. The movie was directed by Mel Gibson starring Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss with Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer.

Pearl Harbor

The 2001 war film was based on the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the Doolittle Raid. The film was directed by Michael Bay starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale.

Zero Dark Thirty

The 2012 American thriller was based on the international manhunt for Osama Bin Laden which lasted for almost a decade. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow starring Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke and Mark Strong.

The Revenant

The 2015 adventure film was based on the life events of Hugh Glass who was an American frontiersman, a hunter and an explorer lived in 1783-1833 period. The fim was directed by Alejandro González starring Leonardo DiCaprio As Hugh Glass along with Tom Hardy.

Schindler’s List

The 1993 American drama film was based on the events happened during second world war. Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist and a member of Nazi party who had saved about 1200 during the holocaust. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg starring Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler along with Ben Kingsley and Ralph Finnes.

American Sniper

The 2014 American war film was based on the life of Chris Kyle an American Navy Seal who served as a sniper killing 255. He is known as the deadliest marksman in US military history. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle.

The movies may not be the exact historical event. But they are a inspiration to look into history once again. Thank you for reading….<3 🙂 🙂 🙂

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