Special Report

50 Worst Movies Based on True Events

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45. Windtalkers (2002)
> Favorable reviews: 50% of audiences
> Director: John Woo
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare

“Windtalkers” is based on the Navajo code talkers the Marines used in World War II, although the film has been criticized for straying from this central premise. The movie bombed at the domestic box office, grossing just over $40 million against its $115 million production budget.

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44. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
> Favorable reviews: 42% of audiences
> Director: Scott Derrickson
> Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn

This action-horror flick is based on a book by a real-life cop who joins forces with a Catholic priest specializing in exorcisms. The movie made money but failed to impress critics, who panned “the random, far-fetched storytelling” (Time Out) and called it “a routing procedural with unremarkable frights” (Chicago Sun-Times).

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43. Copying Beethoven (2006)
> Favorable reviews: 56% of audiences
> Director: Agnieszka Holland
> Starring: Ed Harris, Diane Kruger, Matthew Goode

“Copying Beethoven” portrays the master composer at the end of his life as he writes his Ninth Symphony. The film also introduces some fictional aspects such as a love interest for Beethoven. Only 28% of critics gave the movie a positive review on Rotten Tomatoes.

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42. The Informant! (2009)
> Favorable reviews: 44% of audiences
> Director: Steven Soderbergh
> Starring: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt

Critics liked this comedy-drama about an agribusiness whistleblower — Rotten Tomatoes praised its “consistently ironic tone” and the “charismatic turn by star Matt Damon,” and it received an 80% score on the Tomatometer. Audiences, however, were considerably less impressed. A mere 44% of them gave it a thumbs up.

Source: Courtesy of Cannon Film Distributors

41. Bloodsport (1988)
> Favorable reviews: 74% of audiences
> Director: Newt Arnold
> Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres

The Jean-Claude Van Damme-starring martial arts film “Bloodsport” is based on Frank Dux, who participated in an international fighting tournament that supposedly took place in the Bahamas. Dux has been accused of telling tall tales, however. Regardless, the film is described as cliched and “virtually plotless” in Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus.