Favorite "Based on a True Story" Movies

Having spent the last year or so working on sharing my favorite movies from various categories, I'm kind of surprised I hadn't thought to share some of my favorite movies that were based on a true story. 

This is one of my all time favorite categories of movies since I find that the movies themselves often prompt me to read and delve further into the stories behind the making of the movies. 

 A few like The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Titanic, and Sound of Music were already mentioned in previous "favorites" posts and I'm trying not to repeat movies through all these lists (though it's not always easy and I may inadvertently list one or two I've forgotten I've mentioned before). 

1. Schindler's List

2. The Big Short

3. Spotlight

4. The Impossible

5. Hidden Figures

6. Blackhawk Down

7. The Perfect Storm

8. Eat, Pray, Love

9. The Pursuit of Happyness

10. Walk the Line

11. Selena 

12. Apollo 13

13. Big Miracle 

14. Sully

15. The Founder

16. The Help

17. Marley & Me

18 Erin Brokovich

19. Dolphin Tale

20.The Vow

21. Deepwater Horizon

22. The Finest Hours 

23. The Glass Castle

24. Elvis

25. Julie and Julia

26. Wild

27. Catch Me if You Can

28. Eddie the Eagle

29. Captain Philips

30. Pearl Harbor

31. American Made

32. The Terminal 

Others in this series:

Favorite action movies

Favorite "high school" movies

Favorite sports movies

Favorite musicals 

Favorite animated movies

Favorite tear jerker/ drama 

Favorite Fantasy Movies

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  1. Eat Pray Love, Wild, and Selena are my faves that I have watched! Some of these I did not know were books? I really loved the Forrest Gump book! Did you read that?

    1. I haven't read that one yet; I'll have to check it out.

  2. Such a GREAT list- thanks for the reminders here :)

  3. Would you believe I haven’t watched hardly any of these?? I’m not a big movie person, but so many on here look great!! Pinning for later!!

    1. We started watching a ton of these movies in our homeschool for history and then used them as a jumping off point to learn more about the person or that time period.

  4. I love movies based on true stories. There are so many on this list that I havent seen and I didn't even know they were based on a true story. I'll have to check them out.

  5. So many good ones on the list!! Wild, Julie and Julia, Dolphin Tale, The Help, Walk the Line.... thanks for sharing!

    1. We actually visited the aquarium/ dolphin that Dolphin Tale was based off of on one of our trips to Florida.

  6. Oh my gosh, we were just talking about movies based on true stories. Have you seen the Netflix movie that just came out society of the snow? It’s about a plane crash in the Andes mountains in 1972. It was something with the survivors did to stay alive. I’m saving your list for sure!

    1. Ooh.. I have not seen that one yet! I'll have to add it to my list. Thanks

  7. I've seen Sully, Pearl Harbor, and The Terminal!

  8. Ohh! What a great category. Some of these movies that you mentioned I didn't even were based on true stories.

  9. This is SUCH a good list. I am bookmarking for later! I loved The Impossible. One of the best movies.

    1. Yes! We watched that one Christmas Eve and I didn't want to turn it off to go to my mom's because I wanted to see how it ended.

  10. What a great list. I don't think I realized that all of these were true stories.

  11. Lots of my favorites on this list, some I can watch over and over again!

  12. Apollo 13 is one of my favorite movies ever and is one I'll rewatch often. It's been sad to see The Blind Side story in the news recently. Lots of hurt there it seems. Argo and The King's Speech are two others that are favorites here. Have a nice weekend!

    1. I don't think I've seen either of those two; I'll have to check them out.

  13. Gosh, I've only seen three of these...Elvis, The Help, and Apollo 13. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!


    1. Thank you! We just flew home from Florida last night...but I'm spending today in bed fighting off a cold/infection.

  14. I've seen many of thee -- and all well worth the time!

  15. I've seen the majority of the films on your list, and "The Terminal" stands out as my ultimate favorite. I'm a devoted fan of Tom Hanks.

    Hugs and blessings, Joanne

  16. Oh, this is my favorite category of movies! I am going to save this list as I haven't seen all of these. Thanks for sharing!

  17. You have some great ones here!! I LOOOOVE Pearl Harbor. That movie came out when I worked at the movie theater and I used to sit in there on my breaks and watch it over and over. I also LOVE Selena. My friends and I were obsessed with that movie when it came out!

    1. I was a huge fan of her music and loved seeing the movie; even if I knew it was going to end so tragically.

  18. Some of these movies are some of my favourites -- Sully, Hidden Figures, Apollo 13!


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