MOVIES BASED ON TRUE STORIES | HEADLINES

Five Days at Memorial: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  A hospital's doctors and staff are accused of euthanizing patients during Hurricane Katrina.
Thirteen Lives: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Do the facts emerge unscathed in this Ron Howard movie about the Tham Luang cave rescue?
Jerry & Marge Go Large: History vs. Hollywood
Comedy  |  How closely does this story of a retired couple who discovers a lottery loophole stick to the real-life events?
Top Gun: Maverick Reality Check
War  |  Does the Tom Cruise blockbuster stay grounded in reality? We examine the planes, the flying, and the plot.
The Staircase: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this story of the Michael Peterson murder trial stick to the facts?
Operation Mincemeat: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  A group of British intelligence officers during WWII develop a plan to plant deceptive documents on a corpse in order to fool Hitler.
We Own This City: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real members of the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force and find out if the HBO Max miniseries accurately depicts their corruption.
The Girl from Plainville: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How accurate is this Hulu series about the circumstances around the death of Conrad Roy, namely Michelle Carter's involvement?
A League of Their Own: History vs. Hollywood
Baseball  |  We've updated our research comparing the Tom Hanks movie to the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Black Bird: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this story of a prison inmate who goes undercover to befriend a serial killer stick to the facts?
Elvis: History vs. Hollywood
Music  |  Does Baz Luhrmann's Elvis stay grounded in reality?
Trees of Peace: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Is this story of four women who remain hidden during the Rwandan genocide based on an actual account?
Candy: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real axe-wielding mother and find out if the real-life account ends like the miniseries.
The Survivor: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  How much of this movie about a concentration camp prisoner who boxes to survive is based on the real-life account?
Father Stu: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Do the facts remain front and center in this story of former boxer Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg), who was drawn to the priesthood after a near-fatal accident?
WeCrashed: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway portray the couple who guided WeWork on its meteoric rise and fall, but does the Apple TV+ series stick to the facts?


LATEST ADDITIONS

A League of Their Own
When the men go off to war, the women pick up their bats, but is the story based in fact?
Five Days at Memorial
The Apple series focuses on the events that took place at Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina, where thousands were trapped without power.
Thirteen Lives
Does the truth emerge unscathed in this Ron Howard film about the Tham Luang cave rescue?
Black Bird
A prison inmate (Taron Egerton) befriends a suspected serial killer to try and get a confession.
Jerry and Marge Go Large
A couple facing retirement discover a lottery loophole and win millions.
Elvis
The film focuses on the life of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler) and the role of his manager, Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
Top Gun: Maverick
How realistic is the sequel? We examine the flying, the pilots, and the plot.
Trees of Peace
Four women hide beneath a floor for months in an attempt to survive the Rwandan genocide.
The Staircase
The HBO Max series focuses on novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), who was accused of killing his wife.
Candy
The Hulu miniseries explores the killing of Betty Gore by friend Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel).
Operation Mincemeat
To trick the Nazis, the British place fake documents on a corpse posing as an officer. Is the WWII movie accurate?
The Survivor
Does this story of a Holocaust survivor who boxed fellow prisoners keep the facts in the ring?
We Own This City
This HBO miniseries chronicles the corruption surrounding the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force.
Father Stu
Boxer-turned-actor Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) is drawn to the priesthood after a near-fatal accident.
The Girl from Plainville
The Hulu series explores Michelle Carter's involvement in Conrad Roy's suicide.
WeCrashed
The Apple TV+ series focuses on Adam and Rebekah Neumann's role in the rise and fall of WeWork.
Rescued by Ruby
A state trooper hopes to join the K-9 rescue team and picks an unruly dog to help him achieve his dream.
The Thing About Pam
Does this series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
The Dropout
Hulu's series explores the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos.
Against the Ice
Two explorers try to survive on Greenland's polar terrain, but does the story freeze out the facts?
Inventing Anna
How much of this Netflix mini-series that explores the rise and fall of conwoman Anna Delvey is factual?
Home Team
Saints coach Sean Payton (Kevin James) coaches his son's football team during his year-long NFL suspension.
Munich: The Edge of War
Two former classmates who work for rival governments meet to discuss peace in the lead up to WWII.
The Tender Bar
Does this coming-of-age drama directed by George Clooney stick closely to J.R. Moehringer's memoir?
American Underdog
The story of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from grocery store stock boy to NFL star.
A Journal for Jordan
Denzel Washington directs this fact-based story of a soldier who authors a journal for his infant son.
Being the Ricardos
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a film that condenses their timeline.

UPCOMING MOVIES
April 2022
The Offer (4/28)
May 2022
Clark (5/5)
Candy (5/9)
June 2022
The Duke (6/13)
Rise (6/24)
Elvis (6/24)
July 2022
August 2022
Mike (8/25)
Breaking (8/26)
September 2022
Medieval (9/8)
Blonde (9/23)
October 2022
Till (10/14)
November 2022
Amsterdam (11/4)
She Said (11/18)
Devotion (11/23)
Unknown 2022

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