War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

  
Dunkirk movieDunkirk: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Are the facts left stranded on the beach in Christopher Nolan's WWII movie?
The Promise movieThe Promise: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  We explore the IMDB controversy and pit the movie vs. the actual Armenian Genocide.
War Dogs movieWar Dogs: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Is this story of two stoners who win a $300 million arms contract loaded with too much fiction?
The Crown Netflix TV ShowThe Crown: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  We separate fact from fiction in this Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II.
Anthropoid movieAnthropoid: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Very little fiction was able to infiltrate this refreshingly accurate story of the assassination of brutal Nazi Reinhard Heydrich.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage movie
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War  |  Real-life story of the Navy ship that was torpedoed during WWII, leaving 900 crewmen in shark-infested waters.
The Finest Hours MovieThe Finest Hours: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does the truth flounder in this Coast Guard rescue story?
The Big Short movieThe Big Short: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Meet the real-life counterparts of The Big Short's ensemble cast.
Megan Leavey movieMegan Leavey: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this story of a Marine and her combat dog stray from the truth?
The Zookeeper's Wife movieThe Zookeeper's Wife: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Jessica Chastain portrays the wife of zoologist Jan Zabinski.
Patriots Day moviePatriots Day: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  How accurate is this story of the 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon?
Hacksaw Ridge movieHacksaw Ridge: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does Mel Gibson's movie about a Medal of Honor winner who never fired a shot stay faithful to the real story?
Free State of Jones movieFree State of Jones: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this story of Matthew McConaughey as a rebellious Civil War farmer secede from the truth?
Snowden movie
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Political  |  Watch the full trailer for Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley.
13 Hours movie13 Hours: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Meet the real-life security team members who defended the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
Bridge of Spies movieBridge of Spies: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Does this Tom Hanks spy thriller engage in its own cover-up of the facts?


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.
Dunkirk
Do the facts become casualties in Christopher Nolan's WWII movie?
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey fights to adopt her combat dog Rex in the years after they survive an IED explosion.
The Promise
We reveal how much of The Promise is based in reality and explore the controversy around the movie.
The Zookeeper's Wife
Meet the real couple who hid hundreds during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
Patriots Day
A chronicle of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent terrorist manhunt.
Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson directs the story of a WWII Medal of Honor winner who never fired a shot.
The Crown
Meet the real people behind more than 16 characters from the Netflix series and find out how much is fiction.
War Dogs
Is the real story of these two stoner arms dealers as exciting as the movie?
Anthropoid
This story of the assassination of SS officer Reinhard Heydrich is refreshingly accurate.
Free State of Jones
Matthew McConaughey is a farmer who rebels against the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The Finest Hours
Does the truth stay afloat in this story of a perilous Coast Guard rescue mission?
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Meet the real-life secret soldiers.
The Big Short
Meet the key players in the housing market crisis who are represented in The Big Short movie.
Bridge of Spies
Tom Hanks is lawyer James Donovan, who defended spy Rudolf Abel during the Cold War.
Texas Rising
Does Texas Rising retell or rewrite the rise of the Texas Rangers?
Woman in Gold
Does this story of a woman who fights to reclaim a painting stolen by the Nazis smudge the facts?
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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