Great Movies: Movies Based on Real People or Events

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2010- Warner Home Video
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Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army.  …More

All the President's Men All the President's Men
1976 - Warner Home Video
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The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein tie the Watergate break-in to the White House. …More

Amistad Amistad
1997 - Paramount Home Video
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Based on a true story, "Amistad" is the epic profiling the trial of several Africans charged with mutiny while on board a slave ship headed for America's northeastern coast in 1839. …More

Anastasia Anastasia
1956 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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An expatriate Russian general grooms a refugee to pose as the lost daughter of Czar Nicholas II. …More

A Beautiful Mind A Beautiful Mind
2001 - Universal Home Video
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Equal parts intellectual history, love story, and investigation into the mysteries of genius and madness, this dramatic biography tells the story of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr., who went mad, recovered, and went on to win a Noble Prize. of photos. …More

Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down
2001 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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The true story of the longest sustained battle involving American troops since the Vietnam War, an ill-fated humanitarian mission to Somalia on October 3, 1993. …More

The Blind Side The Blind Side
2009 - Warner Home Video
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Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. …More

Boys Don't Cry Boys Don't Cry
1999 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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A story about hope, fear and the courage it takes to be yourself, "Boys Don't Cry" is provocative and tragic story about the life and brutal murder of transgendered Brandon Teena. …More

Charlie Wilson's War Charlie Wilson's War
2007 - Universal
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Texas congressman Charlie Wilson sets a series of earth-shaking events in motion when he conspires with a rogue CIA operative to aid Afghan mujahedeen rebels in their fight against the Soviet Red Army. …More

Conviction Conviction
2010 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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Convinced that her brother is innocent, Betty Anne puts herself through high school, college and, finally, law school in an 18 year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor. …More

The Elephant Man The Elephant Man
1980 - Paramount Home Video
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John Merrick was known as the elephant man because of a deadly disease that transformed his features and proportions into something monstrous. He survived as a circus freak show attraction until Frederick Treves decided to "rescue" him and to introduce him to society. …More

The Fighter The Fighter
2010 - Paramount Home Video
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Academy Award Nominees Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Christian Bale (The Dark Knight) and Amy Adams (Doubt) star in this remarkable film. Based on a true story, two brothers, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. …More

Fly Away Home Fly Away Home
1996- Sony Pictures Home Ent
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Soar into adventure with one of the most exciting family films of the year. From the director of "The Black Stallion" comes the story that will make you believe in miracles. Based on a true story, "Fly Away Home" is the soaring adventure of a 13-year-old girl and her estranged father, who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly. …More

Girl, Interrupted Girl, Interrupted
By Mangold, James
1999 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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After a botched suicide attempt, Susanna Kaysen checks herself into a renowned psychiatric hospital, where she meets a group of troubled young women including the charming sociopath Lisa, and soon realizes she'll have to fight for her sanity. …More

Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda
2004 - Tcfhe/MGM
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The true story of a man who stood up the atrocities in Rwanda and offered his hotel as shelter for thousands of refugees. Over 1 million people were brutally murdered in three months, but this man saved lives one at a time. …More

JFK JFK
1991 - Warner Home Video
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New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison wraps an assassination-conspiracy theory around characters high and low. Directed by Oliver Stone. …More

Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg
1961 - MGM
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A fictionalized account of a war crimes trial of four eminent Nazi judges at Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II. Provides insight into Nazi brutality and raises questions about freedom of choice, loyalty to one's country, and responsibility to mankind. …More

The King's Speech The King's Speech
2010- Tcfhe/Anchor Bay/Starz
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Britain's King George VI (Colin Firth) struggles with an embarrassing stutter for years until he seeks help from unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush) in this biographical drama that chalked up multiple Oscar nods, including Best Picture. Logue's pioneering treatment and unlikely friendship give the royal leader a sense of confidence that serves him and his country well during the dark days of World War II. …More

The Last King of Scotland The Last King of Scotland
2006- Twentieth Century-Fox
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A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world …More

Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia
1962 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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Assigned to Arabia during World War I, a British officer courageously unites the warring Arab factions into a strong guerrilla front and leads them to brilliant victories in treacherous desert battlefields where they eventually defeat the ruling Turkish Empire. …More

October Sky October Sky
1999 - Universal Home Video
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When the Soviet satellite Sputnik files over Coalwood, West Virginia in 1957, a teenager's dreams and destiny change forever in this incredible true story of determination, inspiration and triumph. …More

Pursuit of Happyness Pursuit of Happyness
2006 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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Chris Gardner is a bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them. …More

Raging Bull Raging Bull
1980 - Tcfhe/MGM
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Graphic biography of 1949-51 WBA middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Best actor Oscar for De Niro. …More

Rudy Rudy
1993 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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With heart and determination an Illinois youth tackles shortcomings to play Notre Dame football. …More

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan
1998 - Paramount Home Video
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When the government learns that paratrooper Private Ryan's three brothers have all died in the war, they deploy a small band of U.S. soldiers during the tumultuous battle at Normandy to find him in this brutally honest World War II epic. …More

Selena Selena
1997- Warner Home Video
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From the humble Texas barrio roots to stardom's center stage. Music, family, triumph, and joy abound in this dynamic story of the beloved, ill-fated singer whose following continues to grow. It's a story of a girl who had a spirit to believe in a dream and the courage to make it come true. …More

Seven Years in Tibet Seven Years in Tibet
1997- Sony Pictures Home Ent
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Based on a true story, Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer sets out to climb one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. British troops intercept his trek and imprison him and his team. After escaping, he discovers the forbidden Tibetan city of Lhasa where he befriends Tibet's Dalai Lama on the eve of the Communist invasion. …More

The Social Network The Social Network
2010 - Sony Pictures Home Ent
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On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication.. …More

The Soloist The Soloist
2009 - Paramount Home Video
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In The Soloist, an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. …More

Soul Surfer Soul Surfer
2011- Provident-Integrity Distribution
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SOUL SURFER is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. The film features an all-star cast, including Anna Sophia Robb and Helen Hunt, with Carrie Underwood in her film debut, and Dennis Quaid. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany's feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. …More

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Temple Grandin Temple Grandin
2010 - HBO Home Video
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Based on the writings by its title subject, HBO Film's Temple Grandin starring Golden Globe winner Claire Danes is an engaging portrait of an autistic young woman who became, through timely mentoring and sheer force of will, one of America's most remarkable success stories. …More

We Bought a Zoo We Bought a Zoo
2011 - Twentieth Century-Fox
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Acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. …More