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Movies Based on a True Story #2

Can you identify these films based on actual events?
"Based" on a true story doesn't mean the movie was non-fictional
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Last updatedSeptember 19, 2017
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Year
Description
Movie
1965
In the hills of Austria, seven musical children get a new governess
The Sound of Music
2000
Foolhardy fishermen confront a monster storm off the coast of Canada
The Perfect Storm
1993
Undersized Notre Dame football walk-on gets a brief chance to play
Rudy
2002
White rapper from Detroit wins a rap battle
8 Mile
2004
Hotel manager protects Tutsis from genocide
Hotel Rwanda
1995
Houston problem solvers must help save a wounded spacecraft
Apollo 13
1995
In a gangsta's paradise, only an inspirational ex-Marine teacher can reach troubled youth
Dangerous Minds
1997
Upper class girl and lower class boy have a forbidden romance aboard a doomed ocean liner
Titanic
1967
Man and woman are lovers and also notorious 1930s bank robbers
Bonnie and Clyde
1993
Jamaicans compete in the Winter Olympics
Cool Runnings
1993
German industrialist hires Jews to protect them from the Nazi regime
Schindler's List
1992
When the boys go off to war, the girls get a chance to play professional baseball
A League
Of Their Own
2001
Prize-winning economist becomes unhinged and looks for hidden messages in newspapers
A Beautiful Mind
2006
Passengers battle terrorists on a hijacked plane on 9/11
United 93
1995
Scottish patriot William Wallace fights for freedom
Braveheart
2007
Small number of oily Spartans battle a much larger force of Persians
300
2008
Soldier becomes addicted to the thrill of defusing bombs in Iraq
The Hurt Locker
2003
Undersized race horse inspires a nation during the Great Depression
Seabiscuit
1998
Medical student uses humor to help patients
Patch Adams
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level 77
Nov 15, 2014
Fine quiz, and hope this isn't annoying, but... while many of these could be considered loosely based on a true story and that's fine, Hollywood does that all the time, some others I don't think really count even by that definition. Most notably 8 Mile, which, although it borrows a couple elements of the story from Eminem's life it is in no way meant to be a true story. It's pure fiction, maybe inspired somewhat by a true story.
and then there's Titanic, which although set against the backdrop of a meticulously recreated true event in history, is also the story of a couple that are totally 100% fictional. The main story of Titanic and the two main characters are not in any way based on a true story, it's just that they happened to be living in the real world at a specific time and place. This would be like saying Anchorman is based on a true story because there really was a city called San Diego in the 1970s. I think The Hurt Locker might also fall into this category.
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level 77
Nov 15, 2014
Actually Anchorman's not even a good example since the events of that movie actually are supposed to tell the true story of something that happened in history- the integration of female news anchors in network affiliate newscasts. That actually happened. On the other hand there's no evidence at all that first class girls on the Titanic were slumming around in steerage with penniless artists. hmmm... okay a better example would be saying that The Wedding Singer was based on a true story because the 80s really happened. Even though all the main characters in the movie never existed (aside from Billy Idol) and were not inspired by anybody who ever existed. But the historical backdrop of the story was accurate. Still, it's the setting of the story. Not the actual story.
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level 76
Nov 15, 2014
I've never seen 8 Mile so I can't discuss that one, but The Hurt Locker was based on reports of a journalist who was actually embedded with a bomb squad in Iraq. While the characters were fictional, I think they were based on people who really exist. Titanic, as you said, was not based on any known persons but because the setting was crucial to the story, for me it fit the caveat of fiction based on a true event. The Wedding Singer was not based on real people or any real event. A time period is not an event and is too broad. To make it fit the caveat, it would have to have been about a real or fictional singer from a real wedding, such as a person who sang at the wedding of Charles and Di.
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level 77
Nov 15, 2014
Okay what about Forrest Gump. Is that a true story? There are plenty of real events in that movie. The integration at the University of Alabama. The Vietnam War. The assassination of several different leaders. And so on and so on. Does that make it a true story? I think just because the backdrop of Titanic is so incredibly dramatic people start to think that the story of the film IS the backdrop of the film, but I would simply disagree. The story of Titanic is the love story between Jack and Rose, and this is not in any way based on a true story.

Didn't know about The Hurt Locker. You might be right.
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level 64
Nov 17, 2014
I would say the same about Braveheart obviously inspired by but not based on, such an inaccurate movie.
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level 77
Nov 21, 2014
I think that's different. Braveheart takes a lot of liberties and has many inaccuracies, but William Wallace and Edward the Longshanks were real people and the story being told is supposed to be a reflection of true events. Similarly, 300... obviously there were not goat men and cleaver-armed demon executioners in the Persian army, and Xerxes wasn't a 10 foot tall fetishist ladyboy, but the events in the film, though presented in a highly stylized fashion, are actually based on history. Even some of the corniest lines of dialogue that most people assume is pure comic book invention are actually lifted straight from the accounts by Herodotus.
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level 53
Apr 18, 2017
Dude...you've got to say spoiler alert when you give away important details like Anchorman not being a true story.
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level 45
Oct 12, 2017
that's because 300 was based on the graphic novel an not te actual event if you want a film based more so on the event wath The 300 Spartans which was made in the 50s or 60s
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level 77
Feb 27, 2018
the graphic novel was based on the historical accounts of Herodotus, though, with heavily sylized elements inserted and many creative liberties taken.
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level 45
Nov 17, 2014
All I could think of instead of Dangerous Minds was "Only The Strong". Anyone remember that one? Same concept, more brazillian dance fighting?
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level 72
Nov 17, 2014
Every time I hear "based on a true story," I think of the animated film Balto.
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level 45
Nov 18, 2014
Every time I glance at the icon, I think it is Lord of the Rings and then I shed a tear because that isn't real life :'(
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level 63
Dec 26, 2014
I agree with others that Titanic shouldn't be on here. I saw the qualification the quizmaster added above, but all based-on-a-true-story films are in some sense fictionalized. What gets me with Titanic is that the two major plot points (the heart necklace and the Jack/Rose fiasco) are made-up, so it literally can't be based on a true "story." The backdrop of the film is based on actual events, but the film itself is not.
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level 45
Apr 25, 2016
braveheart is incredibly inaccurate for instance, the battle which he won in the film and gets knighted for..... Wallace had already been executed by the time the battle even took place..... and he sure as hell never slept with the princess let alone got her pregnant
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level 45
Apr 25, 2016
and longshanks also died long before Wallace was executed
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level 77
Feb 27, 2018
The History Buffs channel on YouTube pointed out that the princess at the time was in France and only about 8 years old at the time so Wallace would have had to have been a teleporting pedophile.
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level 63
Apr 28, 2018
And also Mel Gibson isn't William Wallace. He's actually Mel Gibson in real life.
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level 61
Sep 8, 2016
THANK YOU for the additional info! I hate when people cry about how this or that is totally unreal and the movie doesn't deserve to be titled as "based on a true story". Even if there's just an event that actually happened but all the people are fictional you can use that phrase.
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level 73
Oct 25, 2016
How can that be the qualifier for allowing a film / book / etc claim to be based on a true story? It's like saying Rise of the Planet of the Apes is based on a true story because drugs have indeed been tested on chimps before. Adding the backdrop of some factual event to a fictional tale does not in any way make the tale 'based on a true story'
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level 58
Sep 14, 2016
John Nash wasn't actually an economist, but a mathematician, though his work on game theory is used in economics.
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level 40
Oct 5, 2016
You should add Fargo if you count Titanic and 8 Mile as true stories.
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level ∞
Nov 2, 2016
And Harry Potter too! But seriously, these aren't true stories, they are "based" on a true story. Hollywood likes to do that.
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level 77
Feb 27, 2018
As I pointed out above there's a difference between story and setting.
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level 77
Feb 27, 2018
but if this is the paradigm we're using I will do the same on the sequels I make.
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level 49
Apr 28, 2018
Surprised not to see Star Wars Ep3
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level 47
Apr 30, 2018
A better clue than Titanic would be A Night to Remember. That was actually a pretty accurate depiction of the sinking. Other movies that were largely true to events include Gettysburg and Tora Tora Tora.
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level 77
Sep 25, 2018
I included two of those films on the sequels I made which you can find here and here