The 10 Famous and Classic Movies which are based on Real Life Events and Personal Stories

As it is commonly said movies are inspired from real life and this is definitely true. While movies are a great way to relax and chill, there are some great movies which are based on true events or inspired by personal stories. These movies are well received and loved by the audiences and they hold the interests of the audiences because of the superb acting skills of the actors in the movies and their fine direction in the hands of the directors. Here is a list of some of the famous movies which are based on real-life events and are hugely loved by the audiences.

  1. Schindler’s List:


This film is a American epic historical period drama directed by the famous director Steven Spielberg and is based on the life of a German businessman Oskar Schindler  who saved the lives of thousands Polish-Jewish refugees during Holocaust by providing them employment in his factories. This film released in the year 1993 and starred Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as the infamous commandant Amon Göth and Ben Kingsley as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern. This film got the Academy Awards Best Director and Best Picture and several other awards.

  1. The Pianist:

This film is a biographical drama directed by Roman Polanski and is based on the life of the pianist Władysław Szpilman who is forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland. It released in the year 2002 and starred Adrien Brody. The film depicted extreme cruelty during Holocaust and this movie won three Oscars, a Palme d’Or, BAFTA Awards and many other awards.

  1. Erin Brockovich:


This is a biographical film directed by Steven Soderbergh and released in the year 2000.The film starred Julia Roberts in the title role. She portrayed the character of a tough-talking legal clerk who fought against the energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company and helped to bring justice into a tiny town in California whose residents were poisoned by their own drinking water. Julia Roberts won an Oscar, the Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe Award and several other awards for Best Actress.

  1. 12 Years a Slave:

This is a period drama film and is based on the life of the life of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and was sold into slavery. This film released in the year 2013 is directed by Steve McQueen and stars  Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup and the supporting roles include, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard. This is a very realistic film and was both critically acclaimed and a box office success. The film won three Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award, and several other awards.

  1. Catch Me if You Can:

This film is an American biographical crime drama and is based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. who became an expert in forgery and disguise and performed fraud worth millions of dollars by acting as a Pan American World Airways pilot, a Georgia doctor and a Louisiana legal prosecutor and he did all these before his 19th birthday.The film released in the year 2002 and is directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. It was both a box office success and critically acclaimed movie.

  1. Into the Wild:

It is an American biographical drama film and is about a man’s spiritual journey through the natural world. The plot of the movie is based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his life spent in the Alaska in the early 1990s. I realized the year 2007 and is directed by Sean Penn and starred Emile Hirsch as McCandless. The movie was nominated for two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.

  1. 127 Hours:

It is a British-American biographical drama film and is directed by Danny Boyle. The film is based on the life of Aron Ralston, a canyoneer who becomes trapped by a boulder in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park in 2003. The film released in the year 2010 and is based on Ralston’s memoir Between a Rock and a Hard Place and starred James Franco. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and James Franco received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the character of Aron Ralston.

  1. Goodfellas:

This is an American crime film and is directed by the famous director Martin Scorsese. It is an adaptation of the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and starred Rober De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Ray Liotta  It released in the year 1990 and depicts the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends from 1955 to 1980.It is both a commercial success and a critically acclaimed film and is considered as one of the greatest films in the crime genre. The film won six Oscar nominations and Pesci won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

  1. American Sniper:

his is an American biographical war drama film and is directed by Clint Eastwood and is loosely based on the memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle. The film is based on Chris Kyle whose pinpoint accuracy saves many lives and turns him into a legend during the war in Iraq but when he is released from his duty and comes back home it takes a heavy toll on his personal and family life. The film released in the year 2014 and starred Bradley Cooper as Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife. The movie was a huge box office hit and Eastwood’s highest-grossing film till date. The movie won six nominations at the Academy Awards.

  1. Zodiac:

This is an American mystery-thriller film and is directed by David Fincher. The film is based on the book of the same name by Robert Graysmith and depicts the story of the search for a serial killer who called himself “Zodiac” and killed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The case remains one of Northern California’s most infamous unsolved crimes. The film released in the year 2007 and starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr. This is a commercially hit film and was nominated for several awards.

These are some of the movies which are based on real-life events and are hugely loved by the audiences across the world. There are several other famous movies which are also inspired by true events. These movies are a huge success and are very realistic and heart touching. These movies have become classics and are hugely loved by the people because of the amazing acting skills of the actors and the direction.

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    Khaidem Rajit Singha professionally working as Online Digital Marketing since 2010 and also he loves to do blogging about Technology, Travel, Fashion etc. at leisure time. Find him on Instagram @ khaidem

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