War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

  
Manhattan TV show
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 Manhattan TV Show Trailer Depicts History Wrapped in Fiction
War  |  WGN America's TV show about the Manhattan Project uses real history as the backdrop for fictional characters and storylines.
The Imitation Game movie
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 Benedict Cumberbatch Cracks Nazi Codes in The Imitation Game Trailer
War  |  Cumberbatch portrays British code breaker Alan Turing.
Exodus: Gods and Kings movie
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 Christian Bale Faces Off Against Rhamses in the Exodus: Gods and Kings Trailer
War  |  Check out the first trailer for the Ridley Scott biblical epic.
Game of Thrones TV showHow Much of Game of Thrones is CGI? Plenty.
War  |  It makes you wonder how much of what we see in movies and on TV is real vs. computer generated.
300: Rise of an Empire Movie300: Rise of an Empire - History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does the truth drown along with the fallen warriors in this bloody naval spectacle?
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.
Unbroken movie
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 Unbroken Trailer Displays Unbreakable Spirit of Louis Zamperini
War  |  The real-life Zamperini passed away on July 2 at age 97.
Kill the Messenger movie
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 Jeremy Renner Stirs Up Controversy in the Kill the Messenger Trailer
Political  |  The actor portrays Gary Webb, the journalist who attempted to expose a link between the CIA and the crack cocaine epidemic.
The Railway Man movieThe Railway Man: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Colin Firth stars in the adaptation of Eric Lomax's autobiography.
Unbroken movie
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 The Unbroken Olympics Preview Showcases the Movie and the Hero
War  |  WWII hero and Olympian Louis Zamperini is featured in this special Unbroken preview.


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.
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.
Lee Daniels' The Butler
Does The Butler serve up the truth or mostly fiction?
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.
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.