Drama Movies Based on True Stories

The Danish Girl movieThe Danish Girl: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does the movie capture the facts behind transgender artist Lili Elbe?
Everest movieEverest: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Discover the harrowing real-life story that inspired this Mt. Everest disaster movie.
The 33 movie
 The Chilean Mining Disaster Unfolds in "The 33" Trailer
Drama  |  Antonio Banderas stars in this story of the 33 miners who were trapped 2,300 ft underground.
The Finest Hours Movie
 Chris Pine Attempts a Daring Rescue in "The Finest Hours" Trailer
Drama  |  The movie tells the story of the Coast Guard's 1952 attempt to rescue the crews of two sinking oil tankers.
To Write Love On Her Arms movieTo Write Love On Her Arms: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Kat Dennings portrays Renee Yohe, whose battle with addiction inspired the TWLOHA movement.
Wild movieWild: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Is this Reese Witherspoon movie factual or wildly untrue?
The Theory of Everything movieThe Theory of Everything: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Did the filmmakers include the truth in their formula for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything?
Houdini miniseries
 Adrien Brody Portrays Escape Artist Harry Houdini in History Channel Miniseries
Drama  |  Can Adrien Brody pull off the illusion of making us believe he's Harry Houdini?
Steve Jobs movieSteve Jobs: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  This Steve Jobs biopic doesn't quite compute when it comes to the facts.
The End of the Tour movieThe End of the Tour: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Are the movie's conversations between reporter David Lipsky and author David Foster Wallace based in fact?
Joy movie
 Jennifer Lawrence Endures Heartbreak and Success in "Joy" Trailer
Drama  |  The actress portrays Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano.
San Andreas movieSan Andreas: Science vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Could what's seen in the movie actually happen?
Big Eyes movieBig Eyes: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does Big Eyes paint over the truth?
In the Heart of the Sea movie
 Chris Hemsworth Encounters a Maritime Monster In the Heart of the Sea
Drama  |  The story of the whaleship Essex also became part of the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby-Dick.
Mr. Turner movie
 Director Mike Leigh Paints a Portrait of J.M.W. Turner's Life
Drama  |  Timothy Spall stars as the eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner.
The Fault in Our Stars MovieThe Fault in Our Stars: Meet the Inspiration for Hazel
Drama  |  Meet the real-life teenager who was the inspiration for the movie's Hazel character portrayed by Shailene Woodley.

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.
The Danish Girl
The film tells the story of transgender artist Lili Elbe, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery in the early 1930s.
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.