War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

1917 movie1917: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  How much of this Sam Mendes' WWI movie was inspired by his grandfather's experience in the war?
Vice movieVice: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Does the Dick Cheney biopic attempt to rewrite history?
22 July movie22 July: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Where does this movie about the 2011 Norway massacre veer from the facts?
Brexit movieBenedict Cumberbatch "Brexit" Movie Targets Dominic Cummings
Political  |  Cummings was the campaign manager for Vote Leave.
The 15:17 to Paris movieThe 15:17 to Paris: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  The real-life heroes who stopped the train attack portray themselves, but does it make this Clint Eastwood movie more accurate?
The Death of Stalin movieRussia Bans "The Death of Stalin" Starring Steve Buscemi
Political  |  Russia bans the dark comedy, calling it a "despicable film".
The Post movieThe Post: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Is this Steven Spielberg movie historically accurate? Not exactly.
Megan Leavey movieMegan Leavey: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this story of a Marine and her combat dog stray from the truth?
The Best of Enemies movieThe Best of Enemies: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Activist Ann Atwater takes on Klan leader C.P. Ellis, but how much is true?
Outlaw King movieOutlaw King: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this tale of Robert the Bruce do battle with the facts?
Operation Finale movieOperation Finale: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  We interrogate this story of the capture of a former Nazi to find out what's fiction.
Midway movieRoland Emmerich's "Midway" to Tell Story of WWII Battle of Midway
War  |  So far, Woody Harrelson and Mandy Moore have been cast in the WWII action epic.
Darkest Hour movieDarkest Hour: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  We shed light on what's accurate and what's not in this Winston Churchill movie starring Gary Oldman.
12 Strong movie12 Strong: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Meet the actual Horse Soldiers and find out how much of the movie is true.
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.

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.
Two British soldiers during WWI are tasked with delivering a message that could save hundreds of lives, but is the story based in reality?
The Best of Enemies
A civil rights activist works with a Klan leader, but is the story accurate?
Christian Bale captures Dick Cheney physically, but does the movie bear any resemblance to the truth?
Outlaw King
How accurate is this film about the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce?
22 July
How true is this film about Norway's worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 77 people?
Operation Finale
In 1960, a group of secret agents attempt to capture Adolf Eichman, an architect of the Holocaust.
The 15:17 to Paris
Is this Clint Eastwood movie more accurate because the heroes portray themselves?
12 Strong
A U.S. Special Forces team works with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Starring Chris Hemsworth.
The Death of Stalin
Russia banned the movie, a dark comedy that stars Steve Buscemi as Khrushchev.
The Post
Is this story of a newspaper publisher's decision to publish government secrets accurate?
Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill during the early days of WWII, but is the movie accurate?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
Go undercover and discover the truth about the daring escape.
It's full of great fight scenes and lots of blood, but is the story accurate?
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.

Hustlers (2019)
The Irishman (2019)
1917 (2019)
The Farewell (2019)
Brian Banks (2019)