War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

  
Soldier BiopicsMeet 3 Modern-Day U.S. Soldiers Who Deserve Biopics
War  |  The incredible true stories of U.S. veterans Sal Giunta, Kyle Carpenter and Leroy Petry need to find their way to the big screen. Are you listening Hollywood?
American Sniper movieAmerican Sniper: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does the truth get caught in the crosshairs of this Navy SEAL biopic?
The Imitation Game movieThe Imitation Game: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this Alan Turing biopic encrypt the truth?
Kill the Messenger movieKill the Messenger: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Jeremy Renner portrays Gary Webb, the journalist who attempted to expose a link between the CIA and the crack cocaine epidemic.
Manhattan TV showManhattan: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  WGN America's TV show about the Manhattan Project uses real history as the backdrop for its mostly fictional characters.
The Woman in Gold movie
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 Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds Fight for The Lady in Gold
Political  |  Mirren portrays Maria Altmann, who fights for her right to a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis.
Unbroken movieUnbroken: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Find out if the truth remains unbroken in this story of WWII hero Louis Zamperini.
Selma movie
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 David Oyelowo Leads the March as MLK in the Selma Movie Trailer
Political  |  The story of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches also stars Oprah, Common and Tom Wilkinson.
Rosewater movie
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 Jon Stewart Wants Viewers to Smell the Rosewater
Political  |  In his directorial debut, Jon Stewart brings the story of tortured journalist Maziar Bahari to the big screen.
The Last Ship TV showIs the USS Nathan James a Real Navy Ship?
War  |  Learn about the origin of The Last Ship's USS Nathan James and find out whether parachute sails are a real technology.


ALL TRUE STORY War / Political Movies
Go behind enemy lines as we present our research into true war movies. Here, you will also find political movies inspired by true stories. Whether it's a mission to rescue civilians trapped in a country that has turned hostile like in Argo, or a ferocious battle to stop the Persian invasion of Greece like in 300, war movies based on true stories often provide a suspense-filled, unflinching glimpse at what it's like to be on the tripwire of death, facing constant fear while functioning on adrenaline and the desire for self-preservation. Of course, some movies only embrace the heroism and explosions, while leaving out the brutal reality. We attempt to confirm the truth and fill in the gaps.
American Sniper
Does this Clint Eastwood film take aim at the truth?
Unbroken
Does the truth remain unbroken in this story of an Olympian and WWII hero?
The Imitation Game
Is this Alan Turing biopic cryptic when it comes to the truth?
Kill the Messenger
Does Kill the Messenger kill the truth?
Manhattan
We compare the Manhattan TV show to real life at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
The Railway Man
Colin Firth portrays Eric Lomax, a WWII POW who tracks down one of his former captors for closure.
300: Rise of an Empire
It's a bloody, sexy, violent spectacle, but how much of the 300 sequel is true?
The Monuments Men
Does director George Clooney paint over the facts with too much fiction?
Lone Survivor
Mark Wahlberg fights for his life, but does the truth hold up in the onscreen version of the battle.
Diana
Does the Diana movie reproduce the truth as well as it does the fashion?
Captain Phillips
Climb aboard Tom Hanks's character's cargo ship as we explore the facts behind Captain Phillips.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Does The Butler serve up the truth or mostly fiction?
Argo
Go undercover and discover the truth about the daring escape.
300
It's full of great fight scenes and lots of blood, but is the story accurate?
Breach
Investigate the FBI Agent who betrayed his country, religion and family.
Charlie Wilson's War
Did this congressman single-handedly beat the Soviets?
United 93
Meet the heroes and investigate the story behind the film.
The Pianist
Did you know that director Roman Polanski had himself been a prisoner of the Polish ghetto during WWII?
Men of Honor
Meet the real Navy diver who lost his leg but not his ability to overcome his circumstances.
Schindler's List
As a result of refusing to obey, he saved the lives of nine hundred.
Not Without My Daughter
Meet the mother and daughter who escaped from Iran.

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