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Top 5 Movies Based On True Stories or Events

September 24th, 2015 | by Michael McCall
Top 5 Movies Based On True Stories or Events

It’s Thursday so why not throw it back and look at movies of our past. The ones that made us laugh, cry , and passed so many hours on. So this being my first throwback Thursday I decided best way to start is my Top 5 Movies based off real life stories!

the-conjuring-movie-poster5. The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring is a horror movie and if you asked me it’s one of the best in a very long time. This movie is based off the real life Perron family and two paranormal investigators Loraine and Ed Warren. The Perron family moves into a new house in Rhode Island, and eventually discover they are being haunted by an accused witch named Bathsheba. Bathsheba owned the property in the eighteen hundreds, since than there has been numerous murders and suicides. One of the Perron daughters have written a book about her experiences that she and her family witnessed in the house. This movie is strictly on the list because it gave me that old style feeling that horror movies used to have and I feel most horror movies no longer have that feeling.

4. Pain and Gain (2013)pain__gain_movie-wide

This comedy action movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg is hard to believe this was even influenced by a true story never mind being based on one.  Twenty years ago personal trainer Daniel Lugo meets Victor Kershaw who is a very successful and lives an amazing life. Daniel decides he doesn’t deserve that life but he does. So he assembles a group with a former convict who is a born again Christian, Paul Doyle and best friend steroid user Adrian Doorbal. They go out to kidnap Kershaw to torture him and make him sign over his fortunes. This movie is hilarious and that sounds really bad being based off a story that involves kidnapping, cruel and unusual punishment, and some people did die or was almost killed. The survivors that were part of it were not happy with this movie, showing light on criminals and their crimes where people did die.


Stills from the film United starring David Tennant as coach Jimmy Murphy, Jack O’Connell as Manchester United Legend Bobby Charlton and Dougray Scott

3. United (2011)

Starting in the 50’s one of the greatest English players of all time started his incredible career. Bobby Charlton born in Ashington, Northumberland played his first game for Manchester United in 1956, against Charlton Athletic and scoring his first two goal on his debut. Two years later while playing in the European cup, Manchester United was playing in Belgrade, Serbia. After winning there match they were forced to get on a plane and fly back to England for an upcoming match. If they were not able to make the match they would have been deducted several points in the standings. Forcing the Man U players onto the pane in shaky weather conditions the plane goes down and crashes and now known as Munich Air Disaster. The Movie follows the events before and after in 1958 of this tragic event. This great dramatic movie will get right down to your bones.


Schindler sees a girl in red during the liquidation of the Kraków ghetto. The red coat is one of the few instances of color used in this predominantly black

2. Schindler’s List (1993)

This Movie is not only one of the best based on a true story but one of the best movies of all time. According to on the top 250 movies of all time Schindler’s List is ranked number 6 of all time. Back in 1939 Oscar Schindler goes to Krakow, Poland to start making money off World War two, being the business man he is. It’s the beginning of the war and Schindler owns his own ammunition factory where he staffs it with Jewish people, but when they start being exterminated Schindler puts a stop on his factory workers being killed. He then realises protecting them he wasn’t only saving his workers but innocent people. He is held accountable for saving over a thousand Jews during the holocaust. This movie is bone chilling, shows a great outlook on the war, and was able to show people as close as they can and show what it was like for some of these people

  1. Imitation Game (2014)the-imitation-game-poster

Many of you are probably thinking why I didn’t put Schindler’s list number one if I spoke so highly of it. That’s because there is one I loved more and I would say this one is also one of the greatest movies of all time. On the list featured above Imitation Game may be a lot further on the list ranking number 222 I would still put this as my favourite movie based on a true event. This movie as well takes part during World War two following the story of brilliant mind Alan Turner. Turner is hired by the British Military to try and decode the Nazis codes. Following his love life and friendship with Joan Clarke, who ended up being engaged despite his sexuality. Turner develops a machine to decode the Nazis which will go down as the first ever computer, and will eventually help win the war. This is a movie I highly recommend especially for you history buffs, its one that I really got into and I didn’t notice the time pass as I watched it. Ill watch this one again and it even had me do research on the movie, as all these movies did and it why they are on my top 5.




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