War / Political Movies Based on True Stories
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.
Masters of the Air
Does the series hit the target with regard to the facts about the 100th Bomb Group during WWII?
Does Joaquin Phoenix accurately depict French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte?
NSA translator Reality Winner leaks a classified intelligence report to The Intercept.
A Small Light
The Nat Geo miniseries tells the story of Miep Gies, one of the people who helped hide Anne Frank and her family.
Two U.S. Navy pilots develop a bond of brotherhood as they fly combat missions in the Korean War.
The Woman King
Does the movie tell the whole story of the Kingdom of Dahomey and its female warriors?
Top Gun: Maverick
How realistic is the sequel? We examine the flying, the pilots, and the plot.
To trick the Nazis, the British place fake documents on a corpse posing as an officer. Is the WWII movie accurate?
Does this story of a Holocaust survivor who boxed fellow prisoners keep the facts in the ring?
Munich: The Edge of War
Two former classmates who work for rival governments meet to discuss peace in the lead up to WWII.
A Journal for Jordan
Denzel Washington directs this fact-based story of a soldier who authors a journal for his infant son.
How much fiction is smuggled into this story about Cold War spy Greville Wynne?
A man is held without charges at Guantanamo as an attorney (Jodie Foster) fights for his freedom.
Based on a novel, the Tom Hanks film was inspired by a real-life WWII battle.
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.
Hollywood finds the villain in conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, but is it the truth?
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?
How accurate is this film about the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce?
How true is this film about Norway's worst terrorist attack, which claimed the lives of 77 people?
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?
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.
Is this story of a newspaper publisher's decision to publish government secrets accurate?
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 fights to adopt her combat dog Rex in the years after they survive an IED explosion.
We reveal how much of The Promise is based in reality and explore the controversy around the movie.
A chronicle of the Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent terrorist manhunt.
Mel Gibson directs the story of a WWII Medal of Honor winner who never fired a shot.
Meet the real people behind more than 16 characters from the Netflix series and find out how much is fiction.
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?
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.
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?
Does the truth remain unbroken in this story of an Olympian and WWII hero?
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.
The Monuments Men
Does director George Clooney paint over the facts with too much fiction?
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?
Climb aboard Tom Hanks's character's cargo ship as we explore the facts behind Captain Phillips.
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.
Meet the heroes and investigate the story behind the film.
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.
As a result of refusing to obey, he saved the lives of nine hundred.