Sometimes you just want to see movies that are based on true life stories or you might not even know that the movie you think its fiction, is not. Here are our top 10 movies that are based on true life stories in 2015.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is following up Birdman with this western based on Michael Punke’s novel. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper whose team leaves him to die after he’s mauled by a bear. He survives and sets out to exact revenge on his old pals.
2. THE END OF TOUR.
Jason Segel is venturing into serious territory by playing author David Foster Wallace in this biopic. Widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, Wallace suffered from depression and committed suicide at age 46 in 2008. The movie follows the author and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) during one of Wallace’s promotional book tours. Lipsky ended up writing Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace, which inspired the movie.
3. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.
Named after their 1988 hit track, rap group N.W.A. takes center stage in Straight Outta Compton. Original members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producing the movie, so hopefully it’ll be pretty true to how things really went down when the group formed in 1986. Fun fact: Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., is playing him in the movie. READ Corey Hawkins “Straight Outta Compton” Actor is The New Jack Bauer in “24: Legacy”
4. THE WALK.
If you’ve seen the documentary Man on Wire, you’re already familiar with the story of Philippe Petit. He’s a French high-wire artist who famously walked between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Though the stunt was completely illegal, all charges were dismissed in exchange for Petit doing a performance for children in Central Park. The new movie, directed by Robert Zemeckis, features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit.
The movie Concussion stars Will Smith as Nigerian-born, Bennet Omalu, who discovered Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of two NFL players, which later led them both to suicide. Directed and written by Peter Landesman, “Concussion” is based on the 2009 GQ article ‘Game Brain’ by Jeanne Marie Laskas. The movie stars Smith alongside Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson.
READ: Will Smith plays Nigerian-born neuropathologist in ‘Concussion’
Steven Spielberg is directing this drama based on the story of an ordinary insurance lawyer who is sent to negotiate the release of a US prisoner of war during the Cold War. Tom Hanks is playing the lead, alongside Amy Ryan as his concerned wife. READ: Movie Review: Bridge Of Spies (2015)
This political drama centers on the women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th century. Carey Mulligan plays the main character, a young political activist. While her character isn’t based on anyone specifically, Meryl Streep plays Emmeline Pankhurst, who was a real leader in the movement. She founded a suffrage advocacy group, spent time in prison for getting physical with officers, and played a huge part in getting the Representation of the People Act passed. She passed away weeks before the government extended the right to vote to women over 21 years old.
8. THE DANISH GIRL.
Eddie Redmayne is already stunning on posters for The Danish Girl, in which he plays Lili Elbe, the first woman to successfully undergo sexual reassignment surgery. The movie revolves around how Lili’s relationship with her wife (Alicia Vikander) evolves along with her transformation.
Tom Hardy is taking on double duty as twins Ronald and Reginald Kray, infamous English gangsters. Though they put up a front as nightclub owners, they were actually leaders in organized crime throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Their story is unique in that Ronnie was openly bisexual and was rumored to have been sleeping with a psychopathic admirer (played by Taron Egerton in the film).
You may have heard that this movie is about a giant whale that sinks a boat in 1820 and think, “Oh, so it’s inspired by Moby Dick.” Actually, this is based on the book that was written about the true story that inspired Herman Melville’s novel. Chris Hemsworth plays first mate Owen Chase, whose boat goes up against gigantic whale . . . and loses. Only eight sailors survived after the ship sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
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