Drama Movies Based on True Stories

The Right Stuff TV SeriesThe Right Stuff Series: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does the Disney+ astronaut TV series leave the truth on the launchpad?
For Life TV seriesFor Life: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  We reveal which parts of this courtroom drama are fictional.
Togo movieTogo: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does this sled dog movie stay on course with the facts?
Harriet movieHarriet: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Is this action movie a factual depiction of Harriet Tubman's life?
Downton Abbey MovieHow Much of the "Downton Abbey" Movie is Historically Accurate?
Drama  |  Did the King and Queen visit overnight at estates like Downton? Is the assassination attempt on the King historically based?
Skin movieSkin: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  How accurate is this story of a man who erases the hate from his life, literally?
Tolkien movieTolkien: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Are the biopic's facts lost in the fires of Mount Doom?
The Favourite MovieThe Favourite: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Was Queen Anne really caught up in a high-stakes love triangle with two other women?
Self Made seriesSelf Made: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Meet the real entrepreneur who rejuvenated women's hair and made a fortune.
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Just Mercy movieJust Mercy: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Do the facts prevail in this story of an attorney who fights for the life of a wrongfully convicted black man on Death Row?
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood movieA Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does too much fiction cloud the neighborhood in this Mister Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks?
The Current War movieThe Current War: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse battle over whose current will power America, but does the story fail to stay plugged in to the truth?
Brian Banks movieBrian Banks: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  Does this story of a wrongfully convicted high school football star stay in bounds with regard to the facts?
Chernobyl miniseriesChernobyl: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  This nuclear disaster miniseries delivers a higher dose of fear than fact.
Breakthrough movieBreakthrough: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  How much of the movie's miraculous survival story is true?
Green Book movieGreen Book: History vs. Hollywood
Drama  |  A white bouncer takes a job driving a black pianist in the 1960s South, but does the truth get lost along the way?

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.
The Right Stuff
How accurate is this Disney+ TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about John Glenn and the space race?
Self Made
Meet the real African American hair-care entrepreneur behind the rags-to-riches story.
For Life
How much of the ABC TV series For Life is rooted in fact?
Just Mercy
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.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Is the Tom Hanks Mister Rogers movie filled with too much fiction?
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.
Downton Abbey
Which parts of the Downton Abbey movie are true to history?
Brian Banks
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?
The Favourite
Lady Sarah becomes jealous of Queen Anne's affection for her new servant, but is the ensuing love triangle real?
Green Book
Is the truth reinvented in this story of a bouncer who drives a black pianist through the 1960s South?
First Man
Ryan Gosling blasts off as Neil Armstrong in this biopic of the first man to walk on the moon.
Beautiful Boy
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.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco portrays Tommy Wiseau, famous for making the worst movie ever.
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Does the film accurately depict Charles Dickens's writing of A Christmas Carol.
Only the Brave
Does the truth get lost in the smoke in this wildfire movie?
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Is this story of Winnie-the-Pooh's creation as fictional as the storybooks?
Is this story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman made weaker by too much ficton?
Victoria and Abdul
Was Queen Victoria really a champion against racial intolerance?
All Saints
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?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Is King Arthur's legend one of fact or fiction?
The Lost City of Z
Does this movie about explorer Percy Fawcett stray away from the truth?
The Case for Christ
An avowed atheist journalist attempts to debunk the claims of Christianity.
Beauty and the Beast
Meet the real couple who inspired Beauty and the Beast.
A United Kingdom
David Oyelowo is a prince who's interracial marriage changes history, but did it really?
The Founder
Michael Keaton is McDonald's "founder" Ray Kroc. Now meet the real founders.
Hidden Figures
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?
Deepwater Horizon
Is Deepwater Horizon full of leaks when it comes to the truth?
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?
The Revenant
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.
Steve Jobs
The truth doesn't quite compute in this biopic about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.
Does the truth get lost on the mountain?
The End of the Tour
Are the movie's conversations taken from David Lipsky's transcripts?
To Write Love on Her Arms
Kat Dennings portrays Renee Yohe, who inspired the TWLOHA movement.
Big Eyes
Does Big Eyes paint within the boundaries of the truth?
Reese Witherspoon ventures into the Wild, but does she bring the truth with her?
The Theory of Everything
Is this Stephen Hawking biopic as intelligent as the famous physicist?
The Fault in Our Stars
Meet Esther Earl, the inspiration behind Shailene Woodley's character.
Heaven is for Real
Heaven is for real. Okay, but is the movie?
Son of God
Based on the ten-hour miniseries The Bible, we explore the history, the cast and the controversy.
12 Years a Slave
Is this unflinching tale of slavery shackled by fiction?
Does this Ashton Kutcher movie compute when it comes to the truth?
The Social Network
Does the Facebook movie compute with the truth?
Freedom Writers
Get to know the teacher who inspired her students to beat the odds.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Meet the real-life stockbroker who went from rags to riches.
Calendar Girls
See pics of the real Calendar Girls and purchase the latest calendar.
Finding Neverland
Does the truth get lost in Johnny Depp's Neverland?
The Passion of the Christ
Go beyond the movie as we compare the film to the history.
Antwone Fisher
Abused as a boy, a former foster child learns to shed his demons during his time in the Navy.
The Hours
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.
Erin Brockovich
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.