Special Report

50 Worst Movies Based on True Events

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40. Patch Adams (1998)
> Favorable reviews: 73% of audiences
> Director: Tom Shadyac
> Starring: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter
> Domestic box office: $135.03 million
> Based on: Life of physician and social activist Patch Adams

Source: Courtesy of IFC Films

39. Burke and Hare (2010)
> Favorable reviews: 35% of audiences
> Director: John Landis
> Starring: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley
> Domestic box office: $0.00 million
> Based on: Burke and Hare murders in 19th-century Scotland

Source: Courtesy of Alchemy

38. Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (2015)
> Favorable reviews: 23% of audiences
> Director: Daniel Alfredson
> Starring: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten
> Domestic box office: N/A
> Based on: 1983 kidnapping of beer baron Freddy Heineken

Source: Courtesy of Open Road Films

37. Jobs (2013)
> Favorable reviews: 40% of audiences
> Director: Joshua Michael Stern
> Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad
> Domestic box office: $16.12 million
> Based on: Life of Steve Jobs

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36. The Babe (1992)
> Favorable reviews: 37% of audiences
> Director: Arthur Hiller
> Starring: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado
> Domestic box office: $17.53 million
> Based on: Life of Babe Ruth

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35. 47 Ronin (2013)
> Favorable reviews: 48% of audiences
> Director: Carl Rinsch
> Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki
> Domestic box office: $38.36 million
> Based on: Revenge of the samurai of their lord in 18th century Japan

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34. Aftermath (2017)
> Favorable reviews: 17% of audiences
> Director: Elliott Lester
> Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Grace
> Domestic box office: N/A
> Based on: The 2002 mid-air collision of a passenger jet and cargo jet

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33. Devil’s Knot (2013)
> Favorable reviews: 39% of audiences
> Director: Atom Egoyan
> Starring: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola
> Domestic box office: N/A
> Based on: Murders committed by the so-called West Memphis Three in Arkansas

Source: Courtesy of IFC Films

32. Savage Grace (2007)
> Favorable reviews: 38% of audiences
> Director: Tom Kalin
> Starring: Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Dillane
> Domestic box office: $0.43 million
> Based on: The murder case of socialite Barbara Daly Baekeland

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

31. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
> Favorable reviews: 50% of audiences
> Director: Ridley Scott
> Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver
> Domestic box office: $7.19 million
> Based on: The travels of Christopher Columbus