War / Political Movies Based on True Stories

Saving Private Ryan movieSaving Private Ryan: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  We examine the historical accuracy of the acclaimed Steven Spielberg WWII movie starring Tom Hanks.
The Courier movieThe Courier: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  We sift through this Benedict Cumberbatch spy thriller to uncover what is fact and what is fiction.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 movieThe Trial of the Chicago 7: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Aaron Sorkin's latest directorial effort is a one-sided take on a two-sided series of events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
Greyhound movieGreyhound: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Which aspects of the Tom Hanks naval thriller are rooted in history?
Sergio Netflix MovieSergio: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Meet the real Sergio Vieira de Mello, a top U.N. diplomat who became trapped in rubble after a terrorist attack.
1917 movie1917: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  How much of this Sam Mendes' WWI movie was inspired by his grandfather's experience in the war?
The Best of Enemies movieThe Best of Enemies: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Activist Ann Atwater takes on Klan leader C.P. Ellis, but how much is true?
Outlaw King movieOutlaw King: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this tale of Robert the Bruce do battle with the facts?
The Mauritanian movieThe Mauritanian: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Jodie Foster portrays a lawyer who fights to free an uncharged Gitmo detainee, but is the case the movie presents accurate?
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Judas and the Black Messiah movieJudas and the Black Messiah: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Black Panther Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) is betrayed by FBI informant William O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) in a movie that tries to stick relatively closely to the facts.
The Outpost movieThe Outpost: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does this story of an outnumbered group of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan stick to the facts?
Mrs. America MiniseriesMrs. America: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Hollywood takes aim at conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is its depiction the truth?
The Last Full Measure movieThe Last Full Measure: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Does truth prevail in this story of a hero pararescueman denied the Medal of Honor?
Midway movieMidway: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Is director Roland Emmerich's version of the Battle of Midway true to history?
Vice movieVice: History vs. Hollywood
Political  |  Does the Dick Cheney biopic attempt to rewrite history?
22 July movie22 July: History vs. Hollywood
War  |  Where does this movie about the 2011 Norway massacre veer from the facts?

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.
The Courier
How much fiction is smuggled into this story about Cold War spy Greville Wynne?
The Mauritanian
A man is held without charges at Guantanamo as an attorney (Jodie Foster) fights for his freedom.
Judas and the Black Messiah
Are the facts preserved in this story of slain Black Panther Fred Hampton?
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Is Aaron Sorkin's film too polarized in its perspective of the Chicago Seven?
Based on a novel, the Tom Hanks film was inspired by a real-life WWII battle.
The Outpost
How accurate is this story of a small force of U.S. soldiers who defend their outpost from hundreds of Taliban?
UN diplomat Sergio Vieira de Mello finds himself in a perilous situation in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq.
Mrs. America
Hollywood finds the villain in conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is it the truth?
The Last Full Measure
Is this story about an Air Force pararescueman's heroism true to history?
Two WWI soldiers are tasked with delivering a message that could save hundreds of lives, but did it happen?
Is director Roland Emmerich's version of the WWII Battle of Midway accurate?
The Best of Enemies
A civil rights activist works with a Klan leader, but is the story accurate?
Christian Bale captures Dick Cheney physically, but does the movie bear any resemblance to the truth?
Outlaw King
How accurate is this film about the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce?
22 July
How true is this film about Norway's worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 77 people?
Operation Finale
In 1960, a group of secret agents attempt to capture Adolf Eichman, an architect of the Holocaust.
The 15:17 to Paris
Is this Clint Eastwood movie more accurate because the heroes portray themselves?
12 Strong
A U.S. Special Forces team works with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Starring Chris Hemsworth.
The Death of Stalin
Russia banned the movie, a dark comedy that stars Steve Buscemi as Khrushchev.
The Post
Is this story of a newspaper publisher's decision to publish government secrets accurate?
Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman portrays Winston Churchill during the early days of WWII, but is the movie accurate?
Do the facts become casualties in Christopher Nolan's WWII movie?
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey fights to adopt her combat dog Rex in the years after they survive an IED explosion.
The Promise
We reveal how much of The Promise is based in reality and explore the controversy around the movie.
The Zookeeper's Wife
Meet the real couple who hid hundreds during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
Patriots Day
A chronicle of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent terrorist manhunt.
Hacksaw Ridge
Mel Gibson directs the story of a WWII Medal of Honor winner who never fired a shot.
The Crown
Meet the real people behind more than 16 characters from the Netflix series and find out how much is fiction.
War Dogs
Is the real story of these two stoner arms dealers as exciting as the movie?
This story of the assassination of SS officer Reinhard Heydrich is refreshingly accurate.
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.
Saving Private Ryan
How accurate is the acclaimed Steven Spielberg WWII movie?
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.