War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

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
 Oliver Stone's "Snowden" Gets Full Trailer
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?
Texas Rising miniseriesTexas Rising: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  We do battle with the fiction in this 10-hour miniseries.
Woman in Gold movieWoman in Gold: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Does the movie paint the story with too much fiction?
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?
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage movie
 Sharks Circle Nicolas Cage in "USS Indianapolis" Trailer
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.
Show Me a Hero miniseries
 HBO Miniseries Looks at Rise and Fall of Yonkers Mayor Nick Wasicsko
Political  |  The mayor's efforts to see that federally-mandated public housing be built in a white neighborhood cost him his career.
Suffragette movie
 Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep Fight for Their Rights in "Suffragette" Trailer
Political  |  The movie tells the story of the women's suffrage movement in Britain.
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?
Unbroken movieUnbroken: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Find out if the truth remains unbroken in this story of WWII hero Louis Zamperini.
Selma movie
 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.

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.
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.