Special Report

50 Best Movies Based on True Events

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45. Memories of Murder (2003)
> Favorable reviews: 93% of audiences
> Director: Joon-ho Bong
> Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim

Before directing the Netflix original “Okja,” South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho made “Memories of Murder,” based on the unsolved murders of 10 women in Hwaseong, South Korea. These are considered to be the work of the first serial killer in South Korean history.

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44. My Left Foot (1989)
> Favorable reviews: 92% of audiences
> Director: Jim Sheridan
> Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan

Daniel Day-Lewis gave an Oscar-winning performance as Dublin-born Christy Brown, who was born with cerebral palsy but became a celebrated painter and author using the only part of his body he could control, his left foot. Day-Lewis’s co-star, Brenda Fricker, took home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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43. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
> Favorable reviews: 80% of audiences
> Director: Kathryn Bigelow
> Starring: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt

Director Kathryn Bigelow’s dramatization of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden was a financial as well as critical hit, grossing more than $95 million at the domestic box office against its $40 million budget.

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42. The Big Sick (2017)
> Favorable reviews: 88% of audiences
> Director: Michael Showalter
> Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

“The Big Sick” is based loosely on the true-life story of standup comic Kumail Nanjiani and his wife writer Emily V. Gordon, who collaborated on the screenplay. This romantic comedy shot up to a 98% Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating.

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41. The Straight Story (1999)
> Favorable reviews: 91% of audiences
> Director: David Lynch
> Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz

David Lynch — best known for directing offbeat, often dark films such as “Eraserhead” — crafted a different, more gentle movie with 1999’s “The Straight Story.” The film tells the true story of Alvin Straight, an elderly man who drove a riding lawn mower 300 miles across the Midwest to visit his sick brother.