Films based off True Stories

by CuriousUserX90 | created - 13 May 2018 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

There’s lots of films out there that are based on an actual event that had taken place over the years. This list certainly is massive with there having been hundreds of these film sorts per year, a majority of which are live action films: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_based_on_actual_events

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1. Pocahontas (I) (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

58 Metascore

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

Votes: 155,570 | Gross: $141.60M

2. Balto (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

An outcast Husky risks his life with other sled dogs to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings

Votes: 36,994 | Gross: $11.27M

3. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

58 Metascore

The true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.

Director: Richard Lanni | Stars: Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gérard Depardieu, Jordan Beck

Votes: 1,460 | Gross: $3.14M

4. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 527

5. Auction of Souls (1919)

80 min | Drama, History, Romance

Aurora Mardiganian, a young and beautiful Armenian girl, lives with her parents in the Turkish city of Havpoul. Her father, a prosperous merchant, was preparing to send her to the West to ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Apfel | Stars: Aurora Mardiganian, Irving Cummings, Anna Q. Nilsson, Henry Morgenthau

Votes: 935

6. America (1924)

Passed | 141 min | Drama, History, War

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Neil Hamilton, Carol Dempster, Erville Alderson, Charles Emmett Mack

Votes: 329

7. Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History

In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.

Director: Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Aleksandr Antonov, Vladimir Barskiy, Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Ivan Bobrov

Votes: 48,777 | Gross: $0.05M

8. The General (1926)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When Union spies steal an engineer's beloved locomotive, he pursues it single-handedly and straight through enemy lines.

Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender, Jim Farley

Votes: 73,027

9. The Johnstown Flood (1926)

Passed | 60 min | Drama

Johnstown Flood tells a true story of heartbreak, heroism and the courage to survive. On a stormy day in May of 1889, the South Fork Dam explodes, unleashing a 40-foot wall of water. ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: George O'Brien, Florence Gilbert, Janet Gaynor, Anders Randolf

Votes: 52

10. Chicago (1927)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Based on a true crime story, the movie is about a wild jazz-loving and boozing wife Roxie Hart who kills her boyfriend in cold blood after he leaves her, and how she finagles her way out ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Urson | Stars: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Virginia Bradford, Robert Edeson

Votes: 341 | Gross: $1.05M

11. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 6,333

12. Abraham Lincoln (1930)

Passed | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

An episodic biography of the 16th President of the United States.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Walter Huston, Una Merkel, William L. Thorne, Lucille La Verne

Votes: 1,215

13. Alexander Hamilton (1931)

TV-G | 70 min | Biography, Drama, History

With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, General George Washington took Colonel Hamilton with him into the newly formed government. While the main disagreements in the early days was ... See full summary »

Director: John G. Adolfi | Stars: George Arliss, Doris Kenyon, Dudley Digges, June Collyer

Votes: 213

14. Rasputin and the Empress (1932)

Passed | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History

A prince plots to kill the mad monk Rasputin for the good of the czar, the czarina and Russia.

Directors: Richard Boleslawski, Charles Brabin | Stars: John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 795

15. The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

King Henry VIII marries five more times after his divorce from his first wife Catherine of Aragon.

Director: Alexander Korda | Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Franklin Dyall, Miles Mander

Votes: 3,364

16. Cleopatra (1934)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

The man-hungry Queen of Egypt leads Julius Caesar and Mark Antony astray, amid scenes of DeMillean splendor.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut

Votes: 3,122

17. The House of Rothschild (1934)

Passed | 88 min | Biography, Drama, History

The wealthy Rothschild family undergoes prejudice from the anti-Semitic society they live within.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Sidney Lanfield | Stars: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, Robert Young

Votes: 893

18. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 1,153

19. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 19,192

20. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Not Rated | 176 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard | Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan

Votes: 6,528

21. The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936)

Approved | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned after innocently treating President Lincoln's assassin in 1865.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Warner Baxter, Gloria Stuart, Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Byron

Votes: 1,805

22. San Francisco (1936)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke | Stars: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt

Votes: 4,579

23. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)

Not Rated | 116 min | Biography, Drama

The biopic of the famous French muckraking writer and his involvement in fighting the injustice of the Dreyfuss Affair.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Gale Sondergaard, Joseph Schildkraut, Gloria Holden

Votes: 6,374

24. Alexander Nevsky (1938)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.

Directors: Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Nikolay Cherkasov, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Andrei Abrikosov, Dmitriy Orlov

Votes: 9,768

25. In Old Chicago (1938)

Approved | 95 min | Action, Drama, Musical

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Alice Brady

Votes: 1,941

26. Marie Antoinette (1938)

Passed | 149 min | Biography, Drama, History

The tragic life of Marie Antoinette, who became queen of France in her late teens.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Julien Duvivier | Stars: Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Robert Morley

Votes: 2,475

27. Frontier Marshal (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Western

Earp agrees to become marshal and establish order in Tombstone in this very romanticized version of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral (e.g., Doc is killed by Curley before the actual battle and Earp must do the job alone).

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: Randolph Scott, Nancy Kelly, Cesar Romero, Binnie Barnes

Votes: 507

28. Frontier Marshal (1934)

Approved | 66 min | Western

While cleaning Tombstone of outlaws, Michael Wyatt receives amorous attentions of saloon dancer, while the typical girl woos good of the people, to take the upper hand.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: George O'Brien, Irene Bentley, George E. Stone, Alan Edwards

Votes: 7

29. Juarez (1939)

Approved | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne, Claude Rains

Votes: 1,789

30. The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.

Director: Irving Cummings | Stars: Don Ameche, Loretta Young, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn

Votes: 903

31. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

The story of married couple Irene Castle and Vernon Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan

Votes: 2,115 | Gross: $1.12M

32. Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

Passed | 100 min | Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

A fictionalized account of the early life of the American president as a young lawyer facing his greatest court case.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Alice Brady, Marjorie Weaver, Arleen Whelan

Votes: 6,814

33. Saved from the Titanic (1912)

10 min | Short, Drama

A young woman tells her parents and fiance (in flashback) about the recent sinking of the Titanic and her experiences as a passenger during the disaster. Her intended marriage now faces a ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Arnaud | Stars: Dorothy Gibson, Alec B. Francis, Julia Stuart, John G. Adolfi

Votes: 65

34. Major Wilson's Last Stand (1899)

Short, Drama, History

Savages attack soldiers in a laager.

Stars: 'Frank' Edward Fillis, Texas Jack Jr., Peter Lobengula

35. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,559

36. Edison, the Man (1940)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Drama

82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,424

37. Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan

Votes: 2,902

38. Young Tom Edison (1940)

Approved | 86 min | Biography, Drama

Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, George Bancroft, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 972

39. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 368,840 | Gross: $1.59M

40. Sergeant York (1941)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

Votes: 14,287 | Gross: $16.40M

41. They Died with Their Boots On (1941)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A highly fictionalized account of the life of George Armstrong Custer from his arrival at West Point in 1857 to his death at the battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin

Votes: 5,382

42. Tennessee Johnson (1942)

Passed | 103 min | Biography, Drama

A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Van Heflin, Lionel Barrymore, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main

Votes: 463

43. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 9,186

44. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | 126 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

7.7