Best Movies Based On Historical Events or People

Names may have been changes, events may have been fictionalized, but the movies are good, and historically grounded.

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81 The Untouchables

How is this not higher? This is a great movie and the whole thing is based on Al Capone. This needs to be much higher.

82 Captain Phillips
83 Ed Wood
84 October Sky

I think October Sky is the best movie it was based in Coalwood,WV. The movie was about Homer Hickam and the rocketboys. That created a rocket that changed history especially for there town. Those who haven't watched it should. If you do email me and tell me what you think

This film in particular had an overwhelming effect on me as a child... Indeed a brilliant work

85 The Last King of Scotland

Forest Whitaker in probably one of the most powerful roles based off a real person. Such an amazing and yet disturbing movie. Incredibly moving.

86 Gangs of New York

Pure and simple excellence... Right up there with The Last of the Mohicans if you ask me...

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87 Lagaan

The people of a small village in Victorian India stake their future on a game of cricket against their ruthless British rulers

Excellent movie in India... Brilliant taking by ashutosh govarikar... Ever best amirkhan performence

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88 Texas Chainsaw Massacre

It looks so realistic. It actually looks like someone was caught filming the events of the real killings!

The only thing that actually happened was that he had a mask made out of human skin, but I LOVE this movie!

worst killing family in united states history

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89 A Very Long Engagement

A great depiction of post world war 1 france. Every scene is a masterpiece

90 Letters From Iwo Jima
91 An American Haunting
92 Chapter 27
93 The King's Speech

Excellent movie, incredible acting. Deserved all the awards it got. You can feel the tension and triumph. A must watch!

This should be higher, it has a great director a great cast and won lots of oscars - Waser12345

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94 Bobby

Great movie with many cameos. But portrays a lost vision for America! - williamlhall

95 Tora! Tora! Tora!

Way better than Pearl Harbor. They used the war footage on Tora, Tora, Tora on several shows and movies for years. - FearlessFreep

96 Hotel Rwanda

Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo played their roles like angels. So disapointed they didn't win oscars.

97 Arn: The Knight Templar
98 United 93
99 Flags of Our Fathers
100 The Ten Commandments

This Academy Award-winning 1956 epic stars Charlton Heston, playing the role of Moses. While Hollywood may have taken some liberties with this movie, it's still a timeless classic! - the_dude_abides

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