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5 Great Movies Based on True Stories

By Film Threat Staff | January 13, 2020

If you want to watch a movie but you just don’t know where to start, then you can find some great ones, right here. Some of these movies are based on accurate events whereas others have been exaggerated so that they can be made into a dramatic film. Either way, they all have some element of truth and this alone makes them very interesting to watch.

Escape From Alcatraz

This movie is based on an island in the Bay area. At the time, it was the most secure prison ever and some believed that it was impossible to escape from. That didn’t stop people from trying though! Three daring men, played by Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward and Clint Eastwood attempted to break out by crafting an elaborate plan and they broke out in the year 1962. A lot of people dispute the success of the endeavor but when you look at the movie, you will soon see that the entire movie is nothing but riveting and even though it’s hard to separate fact from fantasy, it was an incredible film overall and it’s one that you won’t want to miss.


Casino, the movie was released in the year 1995. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and it stars Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone. Joe Pesci also appears in the film. The main thing that you need to know about this movie is that it was inspired by a real story. It’s about Frank Rosenthal and he managed the Stardust and Hacienda casinos. He even managed the Fremont at one point. It tells the story of the Chicago mob and it goes without saying that this is easily one of the finest movies of all time. The main characters here were all based on real-life counterparts. Sam Rothstein is based on the famous Frank Rosenthal and Geri McGee serves as the inspiration for Ginger McKenna. When you watch the movie, you may find it hard to separate the fact from the fiction as some of the details were exaggerated. That being said, it’s important to know that Rosenthal did not have a gaming license at all. You would have thought that this scene was added for some kind of comedic value, but this is not the case at all. He had links to organized crime, but the mob knew that it would be far too risky to try and get him a license. That is why they always tried to give him lesser-known titles as this helped them to really make sure that he was as safe as possible at all times. If you are yet to see this movie then you need to give it a watch as soon as you can. After all, it’s well worth it and you would be surprised at how much dark comedy there is in it. If you want to find out more about this movie then this post by 5starpokies is worth the read.

Apocalypse Now

This movie is based on The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. This is based on actual events that happened to the author. The narrative is set during the Vietnam War and it tells the story of Captain Willard. He’s played by Martin Sheen. He’s sent on a mission to deadly Cambodia, with his aim being to assassinate someone. The person who is due to be assassinated is played by Marlon Brando and unfortunately, he has managed to set himself up as being God to a local tribe. He’s also said to be insane as well, which really doesn’t work in anyone’s favor.

The Imitation Game

This compelling film stars Benedict Cumberbatch. He is known for playing Sherlock and he was given the main role. He tells the story of Alan Turing. He’s a computer scientist and he needs to try and crack the Enigma code. The Nazis are using this code to provide security for any radio messages that they send out during the second World War. Turing really was a genius in his own right but unfortunately, he was also very hard work. He saw all of his colleagues as being inferior to him, but he needs to overcome the mathematical and even social difficulties that he experiences if he wants to have any chance of being able to succeed.

Into the Wild

This is based on a true story. It’s about a man’s spiritual journey through a very natural world. This reflects the conflicts and even the problems that people experience when they are not content with living a materialistic life. The whole thing is underpinned with a wish to be independent and free, while also being able to escape some of the norms of society. Christopher McCandless graduated at the top of his class from the Emory University. He’s also a top athlete as well. He makes the decision to abandon his possessions while also giving away every cent he owns to charity. That came to well over $24,000. He then hitchhikes to Alaska in an attempt to follow his dream. He changes his name to Alexander Supertramp and the rest is history. If you have never seen this movie before then you are certainly missing out because it is not to be missed and it’s an incredible story overall.

Of course, there really are so many movies out there that are all based on real-life situations. If you have never thought to give any of them a watch then now is the time to do that. After all, each one is known for individual reasons and it’s great to see that so many movie fans appreciate them still to this day. Hollywood really does have plenty of blockbusters and it’s amazing to see how big some of the actors who have starred in these movies have gotten as well. Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci were showstoppers in the Casino movie and Sharon Stone credits the movie as being a launchpad for her career too.

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