People have always been fascinated by movies based on true events, which in turn have for years inspired filmmakers to make such movies. So here are ten such Hollywood movies that have captivated the audience over the years.
1. 'The Psycho'
Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s, is a psychological thriller that continues to be a benchmark in the field of film making. This movie is considered to be a Horror Cult Classic. The film revolves around a real estate secretary, Marion Crane, who escapes after stealing money from one of her associates and happens to meet a motel owner Norman Bates during her stay in his motel, from here the story takes a drastic turn which captures the interest of the audience. What is even more interesting is that the movie was inspired by the doings of the famous killer, Ed Gein, who was found to have been mentally ill.
2. 'The Amityville Horror'
Any movie, based on real-life incidents can be quite the thing, but what makes it even more better is when it happens to be a horror film that is based on actual paranormal activities and that is the case here with The Amityville Horror, directed by Stuart Rosenberg and released in 1979. The movie is based on the experiences of the Lutz family who moved into the 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville. It has been stated that even during the shoot of the film, a lot of people involved in the making had supernatural experiences that could not be really explained. In the movie, during nights all unusual things take place and what are the reasons for these unusual actions explains the basic plot of the movie.
3. 'The Accused'
The Accused is an American drama thriller movie that came out in the year 1988, starring
and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The story revolves around Sarah Tobias, played by Jodie Foster, who is gang raped by three men, who are encouraged to do so by the other drunkards at the bar. Kelly McGillis plays the supportive role of an attorney who helps the victim in bringing the accused to justice. Although quite unbelievable, the movie is actual based on the story of Cheryl Ann Araujo, who was gang raped by four men while the others at the bar took no consent. The story garnered national attention which then went on to be adapted into a movie in the form of “The Accused”.
Awakenings, directed by
and starring the late actor
in the lead role, is actually based on the true story of British Neurologist Oliver Sacks, who was successful in finding the positive effects of L-dopa which was used to treat the patients who had become catatonic as a result of encephalitis lethargic from 1917 to 1928. The film came out in the year 1990 and was nominated under three categories at the Academy Awards. “Awakenings” also stars
Robert De Niro
Cool Runnings, directed by
, is an outstanding movie which shows the unique journey of four Jamaican youngsters, who go on to become the first bob sled team from a tropical nation to participate in the Winter Olympics with the help of a former Canadian bob sled gold medalist, who guides them throughout their journey. The movie is based on the Jamaican bob sled team’s debut competition in the Winter Olympics hosted by Canada in the year 1988.
6. 'Schindlers List'
When talking about movies based on real life events, one cannot forget Schindler’s liste. Schindler’s liste is a drama film directed by one of the greatest director’s we ever witnessed
and is based on the life of Oscar Schindler. Oscar Schindler character was essayed by
. The movie happened to be released in the year 1993. Happening in the backdrop of the holocaust, the movie shows the breathtaking story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who vows to save as many Jews as possible after witnessing the brutality imposed on the Jewish.
A Beautiful Mind
Directed by Ron Howard. the movie is based on the biography of the famous mathematician John Nash, who has made ground breaking discoveries in the field of mathematics. He was later diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but with the passing time learns to deal with it. The movie stars
in the lead. It’s adaptation into a movie was critically acclaimed. The movie bagged four awards at the 2001 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.
8. 'Catch Me If You Can'
Directed by Steven Spielberg . the movie stars
in the lead roles. The movie revolves around Frank Abagnale Jr, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who was infamous as an imposter and also as the person who went on to help the FBI in identifying bank and check frauds under Carl Hanratty’s request, after being captured by him. The film had humor, drama and is quite an entertainer without the least bit his bank frauds, of exaggeration. The movie has got it’s share of success both commercially and critically.. Spielberg’s direction and DiCaprio’s acting was well appreciated by the masses.
Selma, directed by
, is based on the famous 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights led by Martin Luther King Jr. The film stars
as Sir Martin Luther King Jr. and also has other prominent people like
. Christian Colson has done justice to his character as Martin Luther King Jr. The movie was nominated for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Original Song and Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards.
The Revenant is a movie based on the life of the explorer and experienced hunter Hugh Glass. It is quite a delight to any movie buff to watch this movie, as the director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has got the true essence of the story with his techniques of film making and with a cast of esteemed actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and
. It is a must watch for all those who admire adventure movies. Tom Hardy played the role of an Antagonist in the movie. The Revenant bagged few Awards under the Best actor and Best Director categories with Leonardo DiCaprio winning his first Oscar after several failed attempts.