Everyone loves a romcom but there's nothing like the 'Wow' moment when you see the phrase "based on a true story". By now, your jaw has probably dropped and you're frantically googling to find out what actually happened. Most of the time, the producers have to cut a few details from the script to fit the plot into a reasonable length film. This leaves you hungry to find out more.
The truth is, most of our favorite movies are inspired by 100 percent real events. That's what makes them so easy to get hooked on. How relatable they can be and how much we identify with the characters. So if you’re looking for a movie that's as entertaining as it is factual, get the popcorn ready, cause I’ve got you covered. Good news is that they're all available to stream on Netflix too!
Kiss & Cry, 2016
This movie is based on the true story of 18-year-old Canadian figure skater. Carley Allison and her battle against an extremely rare form of cancer. So rare there's a one in 3.5 billion chance of overcoming it. Allison decided to share her story on YouTube and ended up inspiring millions of people. I'm not saying this movie is going to make you bawl your eyes out but you may want to have some tissues handy just in case.
The Laundromat, 2019
Watching this movie just because Meryl Streep stars in it is not the only reason you'll be drawn to it. It's also an insanely interesting story. It follows three people affected by the suspicious dealings of the law firm Mossack Fonseca. In case you have no clue about what I'm talking about, they were the shady tax-avoiding company taken down by the infamous Panama Papers. The movie is based on this true story. Get ready to get hooked.
The Irishman, 2019
Okay, okay, I know this movie is well over three hours, but it's so worth it. We've all heard the same feedback about how long this movie is. But let's also not forget how good it is! You just have to stick with it and watch it till the end. Robert de Niro plays Frank Sheeran, a truck driver involved in organized crime who operated as a hitman and allegedly killed Jimmy Hoffa, the President of the Teamsters union.
The Imitation Game, 2014
Based on the life of Mathematician and cryptanalyst, Alan Turing who was hired to decrypt German intelligence messages for the British government during the World War 2. As gripping as it is, it's also super saddening watching Turing having to hide his illegal homosexuality.
Everyone loves an underdog story, especially when it's got Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The movie is adapted from a book by Michael Lewis about how the budget-conscious Oakland A's used data and statistics to change the game of baseball. Even if you're not that into sports, you're going to love this one.
The Social Network, 2010
Ever wondered how the website which is still widely used by your relatives to stay up to date with the news started? Here you have Jesse Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg and the beautiful Armie Hammer doing double-time as both of the Winklevoss twins to tell you all about it. Impeccably scripted, beautifully directed, and filled with fine performances. Highly recommend it if you've not seen it.
Seven Years in Tibet, 1997
Heinrich Harrer's life was straight-up crazy. First of all, he was an Austrian mountaineer who ended up trapped in a British internment camp in India. After he finally escaped, he then fled across Tibet and casually became a tutor to and friend of the Dalai Lama. What a classic! Definitely recommend watching this if you've never seen it before.
This is one of those wild stories that seems legit too crazy to be true. At five years old, Saroo Brierley got on a train by accident that took him 930 miles from his home in India. While his mother desperately searched for him, he was taken in by police, and then adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty-five years later, he set out to find the family he once had, with very little information. Such a beautiful story and so worth watching.
The Blind Side, 2009
This is a heartwarming story of how NFL star Michael Oher went from an impoverished teen to one of the most sought-out college football prospects. Sandra Bullock is just incredible!
The Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017
If you're shocked about this one being based on a true story, you're not the only one. This movie was inspired by the unsolved 1991 murder of 34-year-old Kathy Page in Vidor, Texas. After no progress was made on catching her killer, Page’s devoted father started putting up billboards in the Vidor area calling out the police.