Special Report

50 Worst Movies Based on True Events

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5. Domino (2005)
> Favorable reviews: 56% of audiences
> Director: Tony Scott
> Starring: Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Edgar Ramí­rez

“Domino” was inspired by the life of Domino Harvey, a former model, bounty hunter, and daughter of actor Laurence Harvey. The movie failed to inspire critics, with only 19% giving it a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes.

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4. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
> Favorable reviews: 44% of audiences
> Director: Tom Elkins
> Starring: Abigail Spencer, Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff

With a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score of 19%, this sequel to the original “Haunting in Connecticut” (see No. 7) was very slightly better liked than its predecessor, which only managed a 17% score. It is, however, “Ultimately nothing more than a decrepit vehicle for the moldiest of scary-movie clichés,” according to Time Out.

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3. Amelia (2009)
> Favorable reviews: 31% of audiences
> Director: Mira Nair
> Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor

“Amelia” is based on the life of famed pilot Amelia Earhart, who is portrayed by Hilary Swank in the film. Only 20% of critics and 31% of audiences gave the movie a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes. It also failed to gross even one-half of its reported $40 million budget worldwide.

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2. An American Haunting (2005)
> Favorable reviews: 35% of audiences
> Director: Courtney Solomon
> Starring: Donald Sutherland, Sissy Spacek, Rachel Hurd-Wood

Based on the true story of witchcraft and sexual abuse in 19th-century Tennessee, “An American Haunting” was nominated as Least Scary Horror Movie in the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards. It managed no more than a 13% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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1. Primeval (2007)
> Favorable reviews: 31% of audiences
> Director: Michael Katleman
> Starring: Dominic Purcell, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton

Crocodile-horror film “Primeval” is based on the Burundi crocodile — rumored to measure up to 20 feet long and to have eaten hundreds of men. The movie is a failure in the eyes of both critics and audiences, receiving 18% and 31% positive reviews from each, respectively, on Rotten Tomatoes. The critics consensus is that it’s of low quality and “inane political messages.” The movie mixes “Hotel Rwanda” atrocities with an animated crocodile — a losing combination.