10 Best Movies Based on True Stories

by Rishika Jain2 years ago

6 Valkyrie (2008)

Valkyrie, a 2008 movie based on the real events during World War II in Nazi Germany, of a group of high-ranking Nazi officers who attempted to assassinate Hitler but abruptly failed to do so. In the movie, while operating under the Nazi soldiers, a group of Germans also attempted to assassinate the evil dictator.

Tom Cruise in Valkyrie movie (Image to the left), Adolf Hitler. Image credits: Cruise/Wagner Productions, Shutterstock

Valkyrie is a 2008 historical thriller film based on the real events that happened in Nazi Germany during World War II. The movie depicts the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler on July 20, 1944, which was planned by German Army officers. These high-ranking army officers aimed to assassinate Hitler and use Operation Valkyrie, a national emergency plan, to gain control over Germany.

The movie stars Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg who is one of the key plotters in a daring plot to assassinate Hitler. He places the bomb next to Hitler in his East Prussian headquarters, the Wolf’s Lair, where Hitler had a meeting with senior Nazi military officers.

However, the bomb failed to kill Hitler, merely blowing his trousers into ribbons. What went wrong was that the conference was supposed to be held in a concrete, windowless, underground bunker, but Hitler was no stranger to assassination attempts. He regularly used to change his schedule at the last minute. So he changed his conference venue to an open-windowed, summer barrack that minimized the bomb’s efficiency, resulting in the survival of the main target, Hitler. (Source)


7 Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

The 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde depicts the real-life story of two robbers and sometimes lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They were an infamous robbery team responsible for killing people and robbing banks during the Great Depression in America between 1932 to 1934.

Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde movie (Image to the left), Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Image credits: Warner Bros Pictures, Film via Wikimedia.org

A 1967 American crime film, Bonnie and Clyde, was directed by Arthur Penn and starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. The movie is the true depiction of real-life criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who were lovers as well as partners in crime. They were an infamous American robbery team responsible for a 21-month crime spree that went on robbing banks and murdering people between 1932 to 1934.

They soon became public enemies after they murdered at least nine police officers and four civilians. Their crime spree captured widespread attention as it occurred when the Great Depression was at its height, which hit hard in states such as Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Missouri.

The movie director, Arthur Penn, has presented the movie in a kind of “gangster chic” way. Nevertheless, even after the dramatic depiction of the movie, it is considered to be the first film of the New Hollywood era which portrayed sex and violence in an open yet well-disposed way. (Source)


8 The Perfect Storm (2000)

The Perfect Storm is a 2000 disaster film based on the wreckage of Andrea Gail, a fishing boat that sank during “The Perfect Storm.” The movie portrays the North American storm that occurred in October 1991, and the vessel that got caught in the storm and was never found.

The perfect storm
Perfect Storm movie (Image to the left), GOES-7 satellite image of an unnamed hurricane off the Northeast U.S coast on November 1, 1991. Image credits: Baltimore Pictures, NOAA via Wikimedia.org

The Perfect Storm is a 2000 American disaster film directed by Wolfgang Petersen. The movie is adapted from a non-fiction book, “Perfect Storm,” by Sebastian Junger.

The movie depicts the actual story of the commercial fishing vessel Andrea Gail who got lost at sea after being caught in the North American “Perfect Storm” in 1991. When we hear the phrase “perfect storm,” we might think of a storm where everything goes smoothly and no one gets hurt, but the reality was far from perfect.

The name of the storm was given by a meteorologist who saw three separate storms coming together off the coast of Nova Scotia. The storm claimed 13 lives including the six crew members of Andrea Gail.

The storm hit the vessel when it was in the sea in search of swordfish unaware of the fact that the fierce storm was on its way. The movie was not entirely factually correct, but it managed to show the hardship of Andrea Gail against the deadly force of the sea. (Source)


9 10 Rillington Place (1971)

10 Rillington Place is a 1971 movie based on real-life killings of eight women by the serial killer John Christie in the 1940s and early 1950s. Christie pretended to be a doctor and convinced guileless women that he will cure them. When they followed him home, he chokes them and buries them in a makeshift graveyard.

10 Rillington Place
Doctor in 10 Rillington Place movie (Image to the left), Photograph of John Christie, British serial killer. Image credits: Filmways Pictures, Wikipedia.org

The 1971 movie, 10 Rillington Place, is a true-crime horror drama based on a famous serial killer John Christie. The movie is directed by Richard Fleischer starring Richard Attenborough. The film portrays the John Christie murder spree during the 1940s and early 1950s.

The film narrates the story of a killer masquerading as a doctor and living as a model citizen in mid-century London. He convinces women to follow him home so he can cure what might ail them. When these guileless women follow him home, he chokes them to death and buries them in a small alcove covered over with wallpaper.

In March 1953 when Christie moved out from his terraced house, a new tenant moved in and discovered all these bodies. He murdered at least eight women by strangulation including his wife Ethel. In March 1953, Christie was caught for his crimes and was executed in July. The movie startlingly portrayed the story of John Christie, and it still sets the standard for true-crime drama. (Source)


10 The Devils (1971)

The Devils is a 1971 historical horror film based on the real story of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest who was tried and executed on June 2, 1634. He was accused of witchcraft by a group of Ursuline nuns. The movie is an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s 1952 novel “The Devils of Loudun”.

The Devils
The Devils movie (Image to the left), Aldous Huxley’s novel “The Devils of Loudun “. Image credits: Russo Productions, Aldous Huxley via Wikipedia.org

The Devils, an underrated 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell is based on the true story of Urbain Grandier. He was a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest who was the victim of politically motivated prosecution led by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister of France. He was burned at the stake after a convent of Ursuline nuns complained he was possessed with demons.

After the investigation of the Catholic Church, Urbain Grandier was arrested for summoning evil spirits. He was executed during the witchcraft trial known as “Loudun Possession” in 1634. The movie revolves around Urbain Grandier who seeks to protect the Loudun city from the corrupt hands of Cardinal Richelieu.

Richelieu tries to eliminate Grandier to gain control over France by portraying his image as a satanist. The movie is adapted from Aldous Huxley’s 1952 novel, The Devils of Loudun, and John Whiting’s 1960 play. (Source)

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