Films

Most Popular “based-on-true-story”, Top grossing  Feature Films chronologically 

First Man (2018) PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

 

BlacKkKlansman (2018)  Gross: $47.83M R | 135 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier,Topher Grace

 

White Boy Rick (2018) Gross: $21.73M R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

The story of teenager Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the FBI during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt, Bel Powley,Jennifer Jason Leigh

 

Operation Finale (2018) Gross: $17.45M

PG-13 | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Lior Raz

Gross: $17.45M

 

12 Strong (2018) Gross: $45.50M R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban. Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña,Navid Negahban

 

The Greatest Showman (2017)  | Gross: $174.34M PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

Director: Michael Gracey | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya

 

Molly’s Game (2017) Gross: $28.78M R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, DramaThe true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

 

Dunkirk (2017) Gross: $188.37M PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance,Tom Hardy

 

All the Money in the World (2017) Gross: $25.11M

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Gettyto pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg,Romain Duris

 

Darkest Hour (2017) Gross: $56.44M

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Gross: $56.44M

 

The Disaster Artist (2017) Gross: $21.12M

R | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco | Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen

 

The Post (2017) Gross: $81.90M

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

 

I, Tonya (2017) Gross: $30.01M

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes. Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney,Julianne Nicholson

 

Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gross: $67.21M R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

 

War Dogs (2016) Gross: $43.02M R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Steve Lantz, Gregg Weiner

 

13 Hours (2016) Gross: $52.85M R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos. Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale,David Denman

 

Straight Outta Compton 2015 201.6 million USD R | 2h 27min | Biography , Drama , History | 14 August 2015 (USA) The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood. Director: Gary Gray Writers:Jonathan Herman (screenplay), Andrea Berloff (screenplay) | 3 more credits Stars: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell A tale of an inner city drug dealer who turns away from crime to pursue his passion, rap music. Director:Jim Sheridan Writer: Terence Winter

Stars:50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje |

 

The Revenant (2015) Gross: $183.64M R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter,Domhnall Gleeson

 

The Big Short (2015) Gross: $70.26M R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

 

American Sniper (2014)  Gross: $350.13M R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

 

Unbroken (I) (2014) Gross: $115.64M PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

 

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Gross: $392.90M R | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie,Matthew McConaughey

 

12 Years a Slave (2013) Gross: $56.67M R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

 

American Hustle (2013) Gross: $150.12M R | 138 min | Crime, Dram A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper,Jennifer Lawrence

 

The Social Network (2010) 224.9 million USD

PG-13 | 2h | Biography , Drama | 1 October 2010 (USA) budget 50 million USD

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher Writers: Aaron Sorkin (screenplay), Ben Mezrich (book) Stars:

Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake

 

The Blind Side (2009) Gross: $255.96M

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Blow  2001 ‧ Drama/Crime ‧ 2h 4m box office 83.3 million USD

In the turbulence of the 1970s, the international drug trade underwent a fast, violent and lucrative revolution – and one ordinary American was at its center. But in just a few short years, George Jung (Johnny Depp), a high-school football star single handedly became the world’s premiere importer  Release date: March 29, 2001 (USA) Director: Ted Demme Adapted from: Blow Screenplay: Nick Cassavetes, David McKenna

Producers: Ted Demme, Denis Leary, Joel Stillerman, Tomás Krejcí

 

Pearl Harbor (2001) Gross: $198.54M

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001) Gross: $170.74M PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama

After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) Gross: $216.54M R | 169 min | Drama, War Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

 

Braveheart (1995) Gross: $75.60M R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

 

Apollo 13 (I) (1995) Gross: $173.84M PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

 

Schindler’s List (1993) R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

 

Goodfellas (1990)  Gross: $46.84M R | 146 min | Crime, Drama The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Scarface 1983 ‧ Crime/Thriller ‧ 3h 25m  Box office: 65.9 million After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine. Release date: December 9, 1983 (USA) Director: Brian De Palma Budget: 25 million USD Featured song: Tony’s Theme