Upcoming Movies Based on True Stories

Here you will find a schedule of new and upcoming true story movies. Get a jump on the biopics and real-life stories that will hit theaters in the coming months. Discover release dates, watch trailers and meet the real people who are the basis for these new movies based on true stories.
January 2020
Does this story of an attorney who fights to free a black man on Death Row perjure itself with too much fiction?
Is this story about an Air Force pararescueman's heroism true to history?
February 2020
How much of the ABC TV series For Life is rooted in fact?
An orphan brought up with the Ku Klux Klan tries to break free with the help of the reverend he once planned to assassinate.
March 2020
Several political captives hatch a plot to break out of Pretoria Local Prison in 1979.
We compare the Netflix series to Shannan Gilbert's real-life disappearance.
The story of singer/songwriter Jeremy Camp and his experience with love and loss early in his career.
This wildly popular Netflix documentary tells the at-times exaggerated story of big-cat zoo operator Joe Exotic.
Two African-American entrepreneurs, who pose as a janitor and chauffeur, hire an average white man to pretend to head their business.
Meet the real African American hair-care entrepreneur behind the rags-to-riches story.
April 2020
Hollywood finds the villain in conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is it the truth?
UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello finds himself in a perilous situation in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq.
Hugh Jackman portrays Frank Tassone, the superintendent at the heart of the Long Island school scandal.
May 2020
Is it possible that Al Capone was faking dementia to get out of prison?
The creator of The Favourite offers a heavily fictionalized story of Catherine the Great.
French New Wave sensation Jean Seberg is targeted by the FBI for her involvement with the Black Panther Party.
Military spouses and girlfriends form a choir that becomes a global sensation, but does the film stay in harmony with the truth?
June 2020
This Judd Apatow comedy was loosely inspired by the life of its star, comedian Pete Davidson.
July 2020
Outnumbered and surrounded, a small force of U.S. soldiers attempts to defend their outpost against the Taliban.
Based on a novel, the Tom Hanks film was inspired by a real-life WWII battle.
August 2020
Ethan Hawke portrays abolitionist John Brown in this Showtime miniseries.
September 2020
We explore the real-life possession and murder that inspired The Conjuring 3.
December 2020
Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin in this biopic.
Unknown 2020
Johnny Flynn takes on the role of David Bowie in a film about the musician's first trip to America and the creation of his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.
The Right Stuff
This TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about John Glenn and the space race comes to Disney+ in the fall.

Greyhound (2020)
Waco (2018)
Military Wives (2020)
Capone (2020)
Mrs. America (2020)