All Time Best: Movie Based On A True Story

November 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

All Time Best: Movie Based On A True Story

This edition of All Time Best was one of the hardest of…  all time.

What’s the best movie based on a true story?

Tough one.  How many amazing movies out there are based on true events?  Sometimes, movies are infinitely more fascinating when you know they actually happened.

I found a pretty great list on Wikipedia and while I scanned it, I couldn’t help but marvel at how many incredible true stories have been made into films.

My first instinct was to go with one of my favorite actors and his brilliant portrayal of Jim Lovell in:

Apollo 13

Tom Hanks.  I really can’t think of any movies he’s done that I didn’t enjoy on some level.

They broke down in space! How can you resist this amazing story of astronauts in peril on their way to the moon?  It’s the moon?

Think of it realistically.  Can you think of a crazier place to get stuck?  It’s space!

Not only that, the way the world rallied around the men to bring them back safely makes me wish I could have watched the events unfold live myself.

The power of the human spirit.  Nice.

Now, I have to admit that my winning pick BARELY edged out Apollo 13. It’s a completely different movie but you can’t argue that it’s an amazing story.

The story of Henry Hill.


What more can I say?  Goodfellas will always be one of the greatest films of all time let alone the greatest based on a true story. Martin Scorsese’s remarkable masterpiece unites the talents of some of the best actors the world has ever seen.

The result is one hell of an entertaining story.

While my first instinct was to go with Apollo 13, I’m admittedly bias because GoodFellas also happens to be one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite movie based on a true story?