The Best True Story Movies of All-Time
In a time when reboots and remakes are becoming quite mainstream, it is not completely unfair to consider true story movies merely recycled material. Though, it is really a matter of how well those true events are depicted and how well a true story is told for it to be appreciated by the movie buffs. Let us present to you some of the best true story movies that fulfill that criteria.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
What separates Hachi from the other true story movies is its unique plot that revolves around a dog. It is an American adaptation of a Japanese story that has a dog called Hachiko in focus. The dog is shown to be in the habit of accompanying his master to the train station each day and greeting him after work later in the day. Unfortunately, the master dies one day without ever returning to the train station. Hachiko remains loyal and continues to visit the station each day for the next 9 years, waiting for his master to return. Hachiko clearly touched the hearts of many, which is why a bronze statue of the dog is seen in the same waiting spot outside Shibuya train station, Japan.
The Imitation Game (2014)
When speaking of true story movies, The Imitation Game surely deserves a mention. The movie is based on the life of a mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist named Alan Turing. Featuring one of the finest actors in Benedict Cumberbatch, the story narrates the events of World War II and how Turing managed to crack the enigma code to help beat the Germans in a race against time. In addition, the movie does a decent job of bringing to light issues like gender discrimination and violation of gay rights at that time.
127 Hours (2010)
127 Hours is a movie based on the real-life experience of an American mountain climber named Aron Ralston. The man amputated his arm in order to free himself as he got trapped by a boulder for a total of 6 days in Blue John Canyon back in 2003. The movie does a great job at offering edge of the seat action with immaculate acting performance by James Franco, an impressive background score and superb direction by Danny Boyle to complement it. It is amazing to note that this isn’t one of those true story movies that require you to necessarily have 3D to experience the thrill.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Based on a book by Sylvia Nasar, this movie is based on the story of a mathematician named John Forbes Nash Jr. Nash Jr. used to teach at Princeton and made various inroads into the game theory. Though, the man struggled with mental sickness in the later part of his life. There were some changes made to the details about his schizophrenic symptoms and his love life with Alicia Nash. In reality, Nash’s relationship was much more complicated in the sense that he had some homosexual experiences and even fathered a kid with a different woman prior to his relationship with Alicia.
Schindler’s List (1993)
The list of true story movies is incomplete without the mention of Schindler’s List. This one revolves around the story of Oskar Schindler. Schindler is shown as a German business owner who transformed himself from being a corrupt businessman into an employer with a conscience. He does so by offering employment to thousands of camp bound refugees who fight each day to survive the harsh unemployed life. This movie would have meant little without Steven Spielberg’s excellent direction. He resisted the temptation of casting popular actors and chose Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes among the cast, both of whom were still fairly less popular at the time. Surely, it is an experience to be had.