10 Hollywood Movies Based On Real Life
- 1. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The film depicts the real-life adventures and struggles of the Welsh diplomat and military officer Thomas Edward Lawrence during World War I. Assigned the mission of undertaking a military assessment, Lawrence joins hands with Prince Faisal of Syria in his revolt against the Turks. This epic masterpiece is known for its beautiful cinematography.
- 2. Midnight Express (1978)
An American student is caught by the Turkish police while he’s trying to smuggle Hashish out of Turkey. The film, written by Oliver Stone, depicts the American’s attempt to escape from prison.
Based on Billy Hayes’s 1977 autobiographical book of the same name, the film’s title is the prison slang used to describe an inmate’s escape attempt.
- 3. Schindler’s List (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this historical period drama, tells the story of a Nazi businessman, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) who rescues over 1,000 Polish Jews from the Holocaust in Germany, during World War II.
The film, also featuring Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley, received the Academy awards in the Best Director and Best Picture category.
- 4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A search party undertakes a mission to locate Private James Francis Ryan of the US Army, who is assumed to be missing in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. Set against the invasion of Normandy in 1944 by the allied forces, this film features one of the most epic opening sequences that lasts nearly 30 minutes.
- 5. Erin Brockovich (2000)
The film depicts the story of a small town mother of three kids, who works in a lawyer’s office and accidentally discovers a water poisoning scam that has caused a lot of cancerous diseases in her town.
Erin Brockovich, perfectly portrayed by Julia Roberts, takes on the task of taking down a big business corporation to bring justice to the people.
- 6. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
This biographical drama, directed by Ron Howard, tells the story of American mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe) who won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Nash is hired by the US Department of Defence to decipher encrypted Soviet telecommunications by analyzing patterns in magazines and newspapers. The stress of the assignment ultimately leads to Nash developing Paranoid Schizophrenia.
The film is based on the 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar.
- 7. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Hutu military forces conduct a military operation to wipe out the Tutsi community in Rwanda (East Africa), in spring of 1994. Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), who runs a hotel, takes it upon himself to save as many lives as he can.
Based on the Rwandan Genocide, in which more than 1 million people lost their lives, the film is a chilling account of the true incident.
- 8. The Blind Side (2009)
A white family in Memphis (Tennessee, USA) takes in Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager who has been in foster care from an early age. The family soon discovers that Michael has an exceptional ability as a football player. Through their constant support and love, Michael becomes a professional football player in the NFL.
Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, the family matriarch, won her the Academy award for best actress.
- 9. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Solomon Northup, a free black man from New York, is kidnapped in 1841 by two conmen and sold into slavery. Northup was forced to work as a slave on a plantation in the state of Louisiana for 12 years.
This touching and realistic film, directed by Steve McQueen, is based on the biographical account of Solomon Northup.
- 10. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)’
Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), an electrician living in the 1980s in Texas, gets diagnosed with AIDS. In order to combat the ill-effects of his deadly disease, Ron starts smuggling in illegal and unapproved pharmaceutical drugs from Mexico, which attracts a lot of negative attention from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
His efforts soon gain popularity and a lot of people suffering from HIV/AIDS start showing up at his door for help. Ron decides to help these people and establishes the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.