Drama Movies Based on True Stories

The Lost City of Z movieThe Lost City of Z: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Charlie Hunnam takes us on an adventure, but how much of it is fiction?
Beauty and the Beast movieBeauty and the Beast: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Discover the story that inspired the Disney movies.
The Founder movieThe Founder: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Who really founded McDonald's. Hint: It wasn't Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton).
Lion movieLion: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  A man uses Google Earth to search for the family he lost as a child.
Deepwater Horizon movieDeepwater Horizon: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  We drill down to uncover the real story behind this disaster movie.
Genius movieGenius: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Colin Firth is book editor Max Perkins, who battles Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) on the colossal size of his work.
Joy movieJoy: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does this movie about the Miracle Mop inventor wash away the facts?
King Arthur: Legend of the SwordIs There Any Truth to "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"?
Drama  |  We explore the legend, the movie, and the reality.
The Case for Christ movieThe Case for Christ: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does this movie about a man attempting to disprove Christianity stick closely to the real events?
A United Kingdom movieA United Kingdom: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  We pit this interracial marriage story starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike against the real couple.
Hidden Figures movieHidden Figures: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  How much fiction fuels this story of three African-American women NASA mathematicians?
Loving movieLoving: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does this movie about a landmark Civil Rights case remain loyal to the truth?
Sully movieSully: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does the truth get left on the tarmac in this Clint Eastwood film about Captain Sully?
Miracles from Heaven movieMiracles from Heaven: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Is this movie about a girl who visited heaven faithful to the real account?
The Revenant movieThe Revenant: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Was Hugh Glass's life really as gripping as the movie depicts?

Whether the setting is the classroom, the courtroom, a distant country or an ancient holy land, drama can unfold almost anywhere. Here, we present our research into some of the most well-known true drama movies. From a woman who made it her mission to fight for a town dying from contaminated groundwater, to a Navy diver who refused to give up after losing his leg, we explore the facts behind drama movies based on true stories. Join us as we pit History vs. Hollywood, taking a closer look at the reality behind the movies that have made us want to stand up and cheer, shake our fists at the screen, or struggle as hard as we can to hold back our tears.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Is King Arthur's legend one of fact or fiction?
The Lost City of Z
Does this movie about explorer Percy Fawcett stray away from the truth?
The Case for Christ
An avowed atheist journalist attempts to debunk the claims of Christianity.
Beauty and the Beast
Meet the real couple who inspired Beauty and the Beast.
A United Kingdom
David Oyelowo is a prince who's interracial marriage changes history, but did it really?
The Founder
Michael Keaton is McDonald's "founder" Ray Kroc. Now meet the real founders.
Hidden Figures
Is this story of three African-American women NASA mathematicians fueled by too much fiction?
A young Indian boy is separated from his family and uses Google Earth to try and find them 25 years later.
Does this movie about an interracial couple's right to live freely together stay faithful to the real story?
Deepwater Horizon
Is Deepwater Horizon full of leaks when it comes to the truth?
Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks as Capt. Sully, but does the film leave the truth on the tarmac?
Is the struggle between author Thomas Wolfe and editor Max Perkins accurately portrayed?
Miracles from Heaven
Meet the real girl who says she visited heaven after falling inside a hollow tree.
Does this story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano wash away the facts?
The Revenant
Is this story of revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio based more on fact or folklore?
The Danish Girl
The film tells the story of transgender artist Lili Elbe, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery.
Steve Jobs
The truth doesn't quite compute in this biopic about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.
Does the truth get lost on the mountain?
The End of the Tour
Are the movie's conversations taken from David Lipsky's transcripts?
To Write Love on Her Arms
Kat Dennings portrays Renee Yohe, who inspired the TWLOHA movement.
Big Eyes
Does Big Eyes paint within the boundaries of the truth?
Reese Witherspoon ventures into the Wild, but does she bring the truth with her?
The Theory of Everything
Is this Stephen Hawking biopic as intelligent as the famous physicist?
The Fault in Our Stars
Meet Esther Earl, the inspiration behind Shailene Woodley's character.
Heaven is for Real
Heaven is for real. Okay, but is the movie?
Son of God
Based on the ten-hour miniseries The Bible, we explore the history, the cast and the controversy.
12 Years a Slave
Is this unflinching tale of slavery shackled by fiction?
Does this Ashton Kutcher movie compute when it comes to the truth?
The Social Network
Does the Facebook movie compute with the truth?
Freedom Writers
Get to know the teacher who inspired her students to beat the odds.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Meet the real-life stockbroker who went from rags to riches.
Calendar Girls
See pics of the real Calendar Girls and purchase the latest calendar.
Finding Neverland
Does the truth get lost in Johnny Depp's Neverland?
The Passion of the Christ
Go beyond the movie as we compare the film to the history.
Antwone Fisher
Abused as a boy, a former foster child learns to shed his demons during his time in the Navy.
The Hours
Hear Virginia Woolf's voice and read her suicide letter to her husband.
Get to know the controversial artist whose physical suffering inspired her paintings.
Erin Brockovich
Meet the real woman behind the movie, who took on a power company and won.
Hear the voices of actual passengers and find out if Jack and Rose where based on real people.