Movies are a form of art. Every story is like a painted canvas. Even today, cinema is one of the strongest mediums of influence. And more so, movies based on real events leave the greatest impact as they serve as a living tale of someone’s life. The dramatization is what makes us emotionally connect ourselves with the creator’s thoughts. With that in mind, let us look at the top 10 movies based on real-life events and people that will take you back to the golden days!
The Wolf of Wall Street (Amazon Prime)
When it comes to stockbroking and finance, this is the most highlighted movie of the lot. Starring a multi-talented cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, and many others, this movie has gained the most fame. It is directed by none other than one of the best directors of all time, Martin Scorsese.
The story revolves around the real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort and his company, Stratton Oakmont. It takes you through the adrenaline-induced lifestyle Jordan lived as a man on Wall Street, which DiCaprio has brilliantly portrayed.
One of the best mafias and gangster movies of all time, Al Pacino rises as Tony Montana, a Cuban immigrant who, along with his partner, Manny, played by Steven Bauer, who together build the strongest drug empire in the city of Miami. However, as Tony’s greed for power rises in the city and his name gains fame, his ego gets the best of him, and that certain paranoia leads to the downfall of his prime drug empire.
This movie is directed by Brian de Palma, another known directing genius, based on a true story.
Based on the non-fiction book, Wiseguys, based on a real-life story, this movie emerges as one of the greatest gangster movies ever made. In addition, this movie is arguably considered to be Martin Scorsese’s greatest creation, his Hall of Fame.
The movie is centred around the character Henry Hill, who became an FBI informant when he was caught for his crimes when associated with the Italian-American Mafia in Brooklyn. The other members of the group were Paulie Cicero, Jimmy Conway, Tommy DeVito, and others.
The movie stars Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco in the main roles. This is the best Martin Scorsese creation to put on the list if you haven’t watched it yet.
The Social Network (Hulu and Netflix)
From the creator of Fight Club, this movie is brought to the screen by David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin has written it as an adapted screenplay based on The Accidental Billionaires’ book.
This movie is based on the establishment and evolution of the most revolutionary social media website, Facebook. The story is based on Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin and how they, along with their friends, created a website that gave birth to social media today. It stars Jessie Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and Justin Timberlake in the main roles.
Dunkirk (Amazon Prime)
Condemned to be one of the best war movies of all time, Christopher Nolan once again brings you the best of the Second World War. Based on the real-life event of the same name, Dunkirk is based on 300,000 British soldiers being stuck on the beach on Dunkirk while they are under attack by German soldiers.
What’s interesting about the movie is the narrative from which it has been written. The war has been explained from three different perspectives: land, sea, and air. Some of the most intense action scenes are also shot in real-time, elevating the level of filmmaking. Starring Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh, this movie is one to see!
Flight (Amazon Prime)
A Denzel Washington starrer, this movie is now one of the best live-action films directed by Robert Zemeckis. The film is very loosely inspired by the plane crash of Alaska Airline Flight 261.
Denzel Washington plays Whip Walker’s role, an airline pilot that saves a plane from crashing. However, the story intensifies as while he was in charge of being the pilot, he was under alcohol and cocaine. This opens him up to an investigation which may lead to the termination of his career. A thrilling movie with an exciting plot. This is one to watch!
Zero Dark Thirty (Netflix)
Another live-action film that makes you want to grab some popcorn and enjoy the show. This movie has been adapted from the real-life government operation, Neptune Spear, better known as the killing of the 9/11 attacks perpetrator, Osama Bin Laden.
This movie has been shot with intense action, and the storyline has been carefully examined with all facts placed rightly. As a result, this is one of the best true stories you will get to hear in a long time. It stars Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Chris Pratt in the main roles. It’s directed by the famous war movie director Katheryn Bigelow.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
A movie that could be hailed as one of the best courtroom dramas of all time served as a landmark in highlighting freedom fighters who stood for their community representation during the Vietnam War.
It is based on the trial of the seven defendants, which included Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, and Bobby Seal. They went on trial for their countercultural protests in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. The Black Panther Party was a major part of the strike.
The movie stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Frank Langella in the main roles.
The movie that won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Director this year is based on a book of the same name. This movie talks about the economic recession known as the Great Recession, which occurred between 2005-2007. It is based around one central protagonist, Fern, who lives in her van, travels around the country like a nomad, and looks for jobs that pay the bare minimum for survival.
The movie stars Frances McDormand in the main role for which she won her third Oscar, followed by Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is directed by the up-and-coming female director, Chloe Zhao. Chloe Zhao is also set to direct Marvel’s Eternals this year as well!
Schindler’s List (Netflix)
Of course, we saved the best for last. Spielberg’s Schindler’s List had to be on the list of the best real-life stories. It is considered one of the best war movies of all time, considering the perfect storyline. Not to forget that this movie has won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.
Based in the WWII era, Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist, hires Jewish workers to become a part of his company as labourers as he can provide them with wages that can give them a decent lifestyle. He tries to save as many Jews as he can from poverty, considering that the Jews were given no respect whatsoever at the time and were mostly frowned upon. It is one of the most emotional stories ever written.
It stars Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in the main roles!