Special Report

These Are the Best Movies Made About Real People

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35. The Right Stuff (1983)
> Index score: 2.67 — #657 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $62.5 million
> Starring: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Based on Tom Wolfe’s bestselling novel, this biographical drama takes viewers behind the scenes of America’s space program. It portrays a team of fearless pilots turned astronauts, each one brought to life by a talented actor. Despite opening to critical acclaim, the film underperformed at the domestic box office.

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34. My Darling Clementine (1946)
> Index score: 2.67 — #657 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: No data available
> Starring: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy Downs

When his brother is murdered, Wyatt Earp (played by Henry Fonda) embarks down a path of revenge in this John Ford Western. It sets most of the action in the infamous town of Tombstone and builds toward a historic gunfight at the OK Corral. This is one of many films to fictionalize Earp’s story.

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33. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
> Index score: 2.68 — #620 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $30.8 million
> Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Steve Zahn

Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for his portrayal of HIV-positive electrician Ron Woodroof in this gut-wrenching biopic. As the AIDS crisis devastates his community, Woodroof skirts around the system to get unapproved medications into the hands of those who need them.

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32. Inherit the Wind (1960)
> Index score: 2.68 — #601 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: No data available
> Starring: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

A science teacher is accused of teaching Darwinist theory in this courtroom drama, which examines notions of blind faith and groupthink. While inspired by the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, the film (and the play it adapted) was crafted in direct response to McCarthyism and Hollywood blacklisting.

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31. Il Postino (1994)
> Index score: 2.68 — #615 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $49.1 million
> Starring: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Renato Scarpa

This award-winning drama imagines a fictional friendship between real-life Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and his postman. Much of the story takes place when Neruda is in exile, blending romantic themes with political turmoil. It’s based on a 1983 film called “Ardiente paciencia,” which was later turned into a novel.