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The Top Ten Movies Based on a True Story

 

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“Life is a movie /
Write your own ending,”

The Muppets – “Finale: The Magic Store” (from The Muppet Movie)

Truth can be stranger than fiction. That is one reason why bookstores have a large non-fiction section, and television has “reality” programming. The movies have a genre called Documentaries. However, they tend to not be very profitable, due to their nature of placing the emphasis on cold, dry facts, instead of entertainment. That sort of filmmaking is quite limited. And Hollywood, like our podcast, prefers to be unlimited. They can’t leave well enough alone. The clichés are apt: the truth is awful, bitter, cold, and inconvenient. Why be constrict yourself to what was actually said, when you can write a script with words that should have been said?

This top 10 list covers a broad topic, so it is no surprise that Keith and I have a ton of honorable mentions. Those lists are sorted in alphabetical order. One other note: neither one of us had seen The Revenant at the time we made our lists.

So without any further ado, here is our lists.

The Top Ten Movies Based on a True Story

Keith’s List

  • 10. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • 9. Apollo 13 (1995)
  • 8. The Imitation Game (2014)
  • 7. The Blind Side (2009)
  • 6. The Aviator (2004)
  • 5. Cinderella Man (2005)
  • 4. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
  • 3. Men of Honor (2000)
  • 2. The King’s Speech (2010)
  • 1. Catch Me if you can (2002)

Honorable mentions: Argo (2012); Alive (1993); American Gangster (2007); American Hustle (2013); American Sniper (2014); Awakenings (1990); Bridge of Spies (2015); Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986); Captain Phillips (2013); Foxcatcher (2014); Into the Wild (2007); Lone Survivor (2013); Man on the Moon (1999); Radio (2003); Raging Bull (1980); Rush (2013); Schindler’s List (1993); Seabiscuit (2003); Stand and Deliver (1988); The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996); The Pianist (2002); The Theory of Everything (2014); Wild (2014)

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My List

  • 10. Good night, and Good Luck. (2005)
  • 9. The Big Short (2015)
  • 8. Eight Men Out (1988)
  • 7. Apollo 13 (1995)
  • 6. Frost/Nixon (2008)
  • 5. The Social Network (2010)
  • 4. The Imitation Game (2014)
  • 3. Goodfellas (1990)
  • 2. Argo (2012)
  • 1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Honorable Mentions: 42 (2013); All the President’s Men (1976); American Hustle (2013); Angela’s Ashes 1999); Basketball Diaries (1995); Born on 4th of July (1989); Brian’s Song (1971); Captain Phillips (2013); Catch Me if you Can (2002); Dog Day Afternoon (1975); Foxcatcher (2014); The French Connection (1971); Gandhi (1982); The Killing Fields (1984); The King’s Speech (2010); Miracle (2004); Mommie Dearest (1981); The Perfect Storm (2000); The Pride of the Yankees (1942); Raging Bull (1980); Serpico (1973); Spotilght (2015); Straight Outta Compton (2015); Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

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