Special Report

These Are the Best Movies Made About Real People

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30. All the President’s Men (1976)
> Index score: 2.69 — #551 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $219.5 million
> Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam

Reporters Bob Woodward (played by Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (played by Dustin Hoffman) crack open the Watergate scandal in this epoch-making thriller. Featuring laser-sharp dialogue and top-notch performances, the film is credited with turning investigative journalists into heroes of their time. It won four Academy Awards.

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29. The Miracle Worker (1962)
> Index score: 2.69 — #518 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: No data available
> Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Writer William Gibson adapted his own Broadway play when penning the script for this award-winning biopic. It tells the story of Annie Sullivan (played by Anne Bancroft), the blind tutor who taught Hellen Keller (played by Patty Duke) how to communicate. Both Bancroft and Duke had previously starred in the Broadway production.

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28. Patton (1970)
> Index score: 2.70 — #490 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $347.0 million
> Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

George C. Scott delivers an Oscar-winning performance as George S. Patton in this biographical drama, with a script co-written by Francis Ford Coppola. Spanning the final years of WWII, it depicts the general’s controversial strategies and infamous temper. The film won seven Academy Awards overall, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

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27. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
> Index score: 2.70 — #490 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: No data available
> Starring: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

The first of five collaborations between director Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski, this one offers a fictionalized account of Lope de Aguirre (played by Kinski). Shot on location in the Peruvian rainforest, it follows the mad conquistador on his search for El Dorado, the lost city of gold. Kinski’s natural intensity and the jungle’s hostile terrain infuse the work with an air of constant peril.

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26. The Straight Story (1999)
> Index score: 2.70 — #466 out of 25,589 movies
> Domestic box office: $11.2 million
> Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Galloway Heitz, Joseph A. Carpenter

David Lynch took a break from his surrealist fare to helm this G-rated drama, in which an ailing man (Richard Farnsworth) journeys cross-country via lawnmower. It’s based on the true story of Alvin Straight, who made a similar trip in 1994. When Straight passed away two years later, there was a lawnmower at his funeral procession.