Drama Movies Based on True Stories
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?
Against the Ice: History vs. Hollywood Drama
| Explorer Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his companion Iver Iversen (Joe Cole) try to survive on Greenland's polar ice, but does the story freeze out the truth?
ALL TRUE STORY Drama Movies
Whether the setting is the classroom, the courtroom, a distant country or an ancient holy land, drama can unfold almost anywhere. Here, we present our research into some of the most well-known true drama movies. From a woman who made it her mission to fight for a town dying from contaminated groundwater, to a Navy diver who refused to give up after losing his leg, we explore the facts behind drama movies based on true stories. Join us as we pit History vs. Hollywood, taking a closer look at the reality behind the movies that have made us want to stand up and cheer, shake our fists at the screen, or struggle as hard as we can to hold back our tears.
A father and son search for their dog that went missing along the Appalachian Trail.
A runaway slave named Peter (Will Smith) tries to make his way through the Louisiana swamps to the Union Army.
A Jewish boy falls in love with filmmaking in this semi-autobiographical story of Steven Spielberg.
The film is a heavily fictionalized and nightmarish look at the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.
Gigi & Nate
A paralyzed young man finds hope through his primate friend, but how much of the film is monkey business?
Five Days at Memorial
The series examines the controversial events at Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina.
Does the truth emerge unscathed in this Ron Howard film about the Tham Luang cave rescue?
Trees of Peace
Four women hide beneath a floor for months in an attempt to survive the Rwandan genocide.
Boxer-turned-actor Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) is drawn to the priesthood after a near-fatal accident.
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.
Against the Ice
Two explorers try to survive on Greenland's polar terrain, but does the story freeze out the facts?
The Tender Bar
Does this coming-of-age drama directed by George Clooney stick closely to J.R. Moehringer's memoir?
Being the Ricardos
Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in a film that condenses their timeline.
House of Gucci
Socialite Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) plots the death of her husband, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver).
Kristen Stewart portrays Princess Diana when she decides to leave Prince Charles, but is it factual?
The Last Duel
Does this Ridley Scott movie about France's last official trial by combat take liberties with history?
Does the truth get washed away in this series about a struggling single mother?
Attorney Ken Feinberg (Michael Keaton) must figure out how much each 9/11 victim's life is worth.
A father embarks on a cross-country walk to raise awareness of bullying after his son commits suicide.
Does this story of a widowed father (Kevin Hart) raising his daughter stick to the facts?
Is this story about an urban cowboy who reconnects with his rebellious son based in fact?
Does this story of photojournalist W. Eugene Smith accurately capture the Minamata disaster?
Does the truth get buried in this story of the Sutton Hoo archaeological dig?
After an accident leaves a mother paralyzed, the family cares for an injured magpie, which helps them heal.
When a couple receives devastating news, a friend arrives to help, but is the story in line with the truth?
Does David Fincher's story of the writing of Citizen Kane stick to the facts?
All My Life
A couple rushes their wedding plans after the husband-to-be is diagnosed with cancer.
Does Ron Howard's film about J.D. Vance's difficult upbringing in Appalachia stay true to his memoir?
The stories of two couples intersect when tragedy strikes, but how much is based on the real couples?
The Right Stuff
How accurate is this Disney+ TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about John Glenn and the space race?
Meet the real African American hair-care entrepreneur behind the rags-to-riches story.
How much of the ABC TV series For Life is rooted in fact?
Does this story of an attorney who fights to free a black man on Death Row perjure itself with too much fiction?
Meet the real sled dog who helped save Nome from a diphtheria epidemic.
Harriet Tubman frees dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad, but is the biopic factual?
The Current War
Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse face off to see whose electrical current will power the world.
Which parts of the Downton Abbey movie are true to history?
An standout football player's NFL dreams are suspended after he's falsely accused of rape and sent to prison.
A young man taken in by a group of skinheads decides to shed that part of his life, but is the story accurate?
The film explores the formative years of author J.R.R. Tolkien.
Does this HBO miniseries about the Chernobyl disaster deliver a heavy does of fiction or fact?
Is the movie's miraculous survival story fact or mostly fiction?
Lady Sarah becomes jealous of Queen Anne's affection for her new servant, but is the ensuing love triangle real?
Is the truth reinvented in this story of a bouncer who drives a black pianist through the 1960s South?
Ryan Gosling blasts off as Neil Armstrong in this biopic of the first man to walk on the moon.
Does this story of a father trying to help his drug-addicted son leave out certain facts?
In 1983, a young couple sets off across the ocean to deliver a yacht and they encounter a deadly hurricane.
Only the Brave
Does the truth get lost in the smoke in this wildfire movie?
Is this story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman made weaker by too much ficton?
A salesman-turned-pastor tries to save a church he was ordered to shut down.
The Glass Castle
Is the movie in sync with Jeannette Walls bestselling memoir about her poverty stricken upbringing?
A United Kingdom
David Oyelowo is a prince who's interracial marriage changes history, but did it really?
Michael Keaton is McDonald's "founder" Ray Kroc. Now meet the real founders.
Is this story of three African-American women NASA mathematicians fueled by too much fiction?
A young Indian boy is separated from his family and uses Google Earth to try and find them 25 years later.
Does this movie about an interracial couple's right to live freely together stay faithful to the real story?
Clint Eastwood directs Tom Hanks as Capt. Sully, but does the film leave the truth on the tarmac?
Is the struggle between author Thomas Wolfe and editor Max Perkins accurately portrayed?
Miracles from Heaven
Meet the real girl who says she visited heaven after falling inside a hollow tree.
Does this story of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano wash away the facts?
Is this story of revenge starring Leonardo DiCaprio based more on fact or folklore?
The Danish Girl
The film tells the story of transgender artist Lili Elbe, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery.
The truth doesn't quite compute in this biopic about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.
Does the truth get lost on the mountain?
Does Big Eyes paint within the boundaries of the truth?
Reese Witherspoon ventures into the Wild, but does she bring the truth with her?
Son of God
Based on the ten-hour miniseries The Bible, we explore the history, the cast and the controversy.
Does this Ashton Kutcher movie compute when it comes to the truth?
Get to know the teacher who inspired her students to beat the odds.
See pics of the real Calendar Girls and purchase the latest calendar.
Abused as a boy, a former foster child learns to shed his demons during his time in the Navy.
Hear Virginia Woolf's voice and read her suicide letter to her husband.
Get to know the controversial artist whose physical suffering inspired her paintings.
Meet the real woman behind the movie, who took on a power company and won.
Hear the voices of actual passengers and find out if Jack and Rose where based on real people.