20 Amazing Hollywood Movies based on Real-Life Stories
Amazing Hollywood Movies based on Real-Life Stories.

20 Amazing Hollywood Movies based on Real-Life Stories

There’s something absolutely dramatic and wild to know that the movie that you just watched was based on a real-life event. The thrill of finding that the movie that you just watched was based on a real-life story is very surreal. The awe of finding that someone had such a romantic experience and the spine chilling wonderment in the mysteries. Hollywood is littered with such movies that never fails to leave in need of more. In this blog, we bring you the best-handpicked movies based on real-life stories that won’t fail to amaze you.

The Greatest Showman

Hands down! It was one of the best movies I’ve ever watched. Filled with colourful songs and choreography and starring actors like Zendaya, Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman, the movie was definitely worth the watch. It is a musical that follows the life of PT Barnum as he establishes an eccentric circus with people who were shunned by society for being different.


It is a thrilling story with mystery and unsolved clues that still baffle the people. A series of crimes took place by a single killer whose letters are still not being able to be deduced by the police. It is a story of a reporter sacrificing his life and time in order to catch the criminal.

Catch Me If You Can

Catch me if you can is a very light-hearted and funny story of how a con man shook off the trail of cops by his intelligent ways. The narration and acting by Leonardo DiCaprio was on point and made it all better.


If you’re a fan of historical movies then this movie is for you (the added bonus of actors like Fionn Whitehead and Harry Styles only help). It is the story of the evacuation of the Dunkirk coast by the allied forces during World War II. You’ll also get to witness an amazing directorial work by Christopher Nolan

All The President’s Men

Watergate Scandal was one of the biggest scandals in American history and this movie follows the story of how two media people managed to bring all the pieces together and helped in the prosecution of the real masterminds behind the scandal.

The Wolf of Wall Street

In the world of the stock market, Jordan Belfort was a wolf in sheep’s clothing whose life was filled with drugs, women and white collared crimes. He commits crimes after crimes under his guise of a stockbroker and manages to hustle millions of dollars.

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The Pianist

It is one of the most heart and gut-wrenching story of a Jewish Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who struggles to survive during the holocaust. The knowledge that someone actually went through this to just survive makes it more dramatic and sad.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Freddie mercury is a heartthrob that still reigns in the hearts of people across the world. From his shady and blatantly homosexual relationships (at the time when it was a crime), to his solid music everything about him was absolutely unique. He never shied away from voicing his opinions and lived unafraid of the possible consequences, and Rami Malek manages to capture that personality to the last bit.

The Imitation Game

Yet another excellent movie by Benedict Cumberbatch, it tells us the story of Alan Turing personnel who played an integral role in World War II by decoding the codes of Germans for the British Government. But it is not just about that. Alan too hides some secrets of his own- the fact that he is a homosexual is just one of them.

The Irishman

The 3-hour long watch was definitely worth the ending. Frank Sheeran, played by Robert de Niro a truck driver, involved in some serious crimes and is accused of killing Jimmy Hoffa, the President of Teamsters Union.

The Social Network

If you’ve felt curious about Facebook then this one is for you. But be aware this is not just a story of how Facebook came into being but the actual legal and power struggle that went behind the scenes between Mark Zuckerberg and the other Co-founders.

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The King

Timothee Chalamet and Robert Pattinson in a historical drama is everything we wanted and more. The story is a reimagined version of Shakespeare’s Henriad that tells us the life of Henry V and his ascension after the apparent death of his father and brother.

Schindler’s List

It is a story that will move you to tears. A businessman risking his life in order to save thousands of Jew lives is something that had been unheard of but this is what Oskar Schindler did. He is renowned for being brave enough to take such a revolutionary step.

12 Years a Slave

It is a movie marred with malevolence and cruelty faced by slaves before the civil war broke out in America. Solomon Northup, a free African-American, is lured, kidnapped and sold in slavery and what follows is a harrowing 12 years as he struggles to stay alive.

The Two Popes

It’s a religious work that tells the story of Pope Francis and Pope Benedict and their hope to revolutionize the Catholic Church and take it in the footsteps of contemporary ways and create a completely new vision for it.


A movie filled with celebs like Cardi B, Lizzo and Jennifer Lopez, it is based on a Magazine Article that drew out the story of New York strippers that stole from the rich and took it for themselves.

Lost Girls

This serial killer would never fail to raise chills upon anyone’s spine and it only gets eerie when you realise it is based on a real story of a mother who desperately tries to solve the mystery around her daughter’s murder which eventually turns into what meets the eye.

127 Hours

Imagine being stuck under a boulder for five days as you desperately try to stay alive in the hope that someone would come to rescue you. This is the story of Aron Ralston who finds himself in such a situation and amputates his hands in order to live. It is certainly not a movie for the weak-hearted.

I Still Believe

A true romantic movie that still manages to draw tears even if you’re watching it for the first or the umpteenth time. A Christian singer-songwriter is forced to watch as his wife slowly dies from cancer, making him question his faith and loyalty to God. What makes it even sadder is the fact that it is a real-life story.

The Post

A thrilling real-life story as the publisher and editor of the Washington Post work and coordinated together to expose the decade long corruption in the government. Strong character development and portrayal by Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks brings the character to life and make the story even better.

Personally, there’s a certain charm that is attached to the movies based on real-life stories. There’s a
certain hope that maybe one day my life could be captured by the best actors around the world. Be it a fairytale romance or a chilling adventure this genre certainly provides a break from the monotonous fiction genre. So what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorns and get binging!

Arohi Verma
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Arohi Verma

She loves to dance to the rhythm of words. Currently a Journalism student at Delhi University, she hopes to write the next bestselling book with mystical creatures and sparkling nights.

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