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Browse our True Stories section to discover the realities behind movies based on true stories. Are they fact or fiction? We pit history vs. Hollywood to bring you the answers.

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Masters of the Air: Meet the real airmen of the 100th Bomb Group.
Society of the Snow: Do the facts survive in this film about the Andes plane crash?
Ferrari: Does the Michael Mann movie keep the facts in the driver's seat?
The Boys in the Boat: Meet the real working class boys who rowed at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
The Iron Claw: Does this wrestling movie keep the facts inside the ring?
Maestro: Is this Leonard Bernstein movie off-key when it comes to the truth?
Napoleon: Ridley Scott's film presents a heavily fictionalized Napoleon Bonaparte.
Next Goal Wins: Is this story of the American Samoa soccer team faithful to the facts?
Nyad: Distance swimmer Diana Nyad attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.
Pain Hustlers: A pharmaceutical startup bribes doctors to prescribe its opioid medication.
Killers of the Flower Moon: Meet the real Ernest Burkhart and the man behind the Osage Nation murders.
The Burial: Flashy attorney Willie Gary fights to save the funeral business of Jeremiah O'Keefe.
Dumb Money: An everyday guy flips the script on Wall Street by driving up GameStop's stock.
A Million Miles Away: A migrant farmworker strives to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut.
The Hill: Rickey Hill dreams of the big leagues while facing a disability.
Gran Turismo: Meet the real gamer who became a race car driver.
The Beanie Bubble: How much of this Beanie Babies story is grounded in reality?
Oppenheimer: Christopher Nolan's film tells the story of the father of the atomic bomb.
Sound of Freedom: A government agent quits his job in order to rescue trafficked children.
Maggie Moore(s): Two women with the same name are murdered days apart in a desert town.
The Crowded Room: Is this story of a criminal with a psychological disorder based in fact?
Flamin' Hot: Did Richard Montanez create Hot Cheetos or is it a lie?
Reality: Meet the NSA contractor who leaked a top-secret document.
BlackBerry: Is this story of the BlackBerry smartphone keyed into reality?
A Small Light: Miep Gies helps hide Anne Frank's family and others during WWII.
The Pope's Exorcist: Has the truth been exorcised from this Russell Crowe horror movie?
On a Wing and a Prayer: When their pilot dies suddenly, a father tries to land the plane.
Air: Is this story of Nike's efforts to sign Jordan based in reality?
Tetris: Henk Rogers goes behind the Iron Curtain to secure the rights to Tetris.
Boston Strangler: Meet the real female reporters who alerted Boston to the Strangler.
White House Plumbers: Meet the Watergate masterminds who unintentionally toppled a presidency.
Jesus Revolution: A pastor welcomes a group of young hippies who inspire a spiritual awakening.
Dear Edward: Is this story of a boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash factual?
True Spirit: Do the facts stay afloat in this story of a daring teen sailor?
Dog Gone: A family desperately searches for the son's lost dog.
Cocaine Bear: Is this story of a drug-enraged bear stuffed with too much fiction?
Emancipation: How much of this story of an escaped slave is based in fact?
Devotion: Does this film about the first black Navy pilot stick to the facts?
The Fabelmans: How biographical is this movie inspired by Steven Spielberg's youth?
The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A civilian decides to take beer to his buddies fighting in Vietnam.
Blonde: The film is a heavily fictionalized interpretation of Marilyn Monroe.
Bandit: Did the Flying Bandit really carry out 59 heists?
The Woman King: Does the movie leave out the dark side of the Kingdom of Dahomey?
Gigi & Nate: A paralyzed young man finds help and hope through a service monkey.
Breaking: Is this bank hostage movie starring John Boyega based on the facts?
Five Days at Memorial: A hospital's staff is accused of euthanizing patients during Katrina.
Thirteen Lives: Do the facts emerge unscathed in this movie about the Thai cave rescue?
Black Bird: Is this story of an inmate who goes undercover to befriend a killer accurate?
Jerry and Marge Go Large: Is this story of a retired couple who finds a lottery loophole accurate?
Elvis: Is Baz Luhrmann's Elvis grounded in reality?
Top Gun: Maverick: Does the blockbuster sequel stay grounded in reality?
Trees of Peace: Is this Rwandan genocide survival story based on an actual account?
The Staircase: Does this Michael Peterson murder trial miniseries tell the whole story?
Candy: Does this miniseries about an axe wielding mother stick to the facts?
Operation Mincemeat: The British try to trick the Nazis by placing fake documents on a corpse.
The Survivor: A Holocaust prisoner boxes to survive, but is the story accurate?
We Own This City: Meet the real members of the Baltimore PD's corrupt Gun Trace Task Force.
Father Stu: Does this story of boxer-turned-priest Stuart Long stick to the facts?
The Girl from Plainville: How accurate is this Hulu series about the death of Conrad Roy?
WeCrashed: The series focuses on the couple behind the rise and fall of WeWork.
Rescued by Ruby: A trooper gets his wish of being a K-9 handler but is paired with an unruly pup.
The Thing About Pam: Does this Renee Zellweger miniseries get the details of murderer Pam Hupp right?
The Dropout: Is this story of blood-testing startup Theranos contaminated by too much fiction?
Against the Ice: Two polar explorers struggle to survive, but does the movie freeze out the facts?
Inventing Anna: How much of this series about conwoman Anna Delvey is factual?
Home Team: Is this Kevin James comedy in line with the real NFL coach's story?
Munich: The Edge of War: How much of this WWII-era spy thriller is based in history?
The Tender Bar: Does this coming-of-age story stay true to J.R. Moehringer's memoir?
American Underdog: Does this story of quarterback Kurt Warner incorporate the facts?
A Journal for Jordan: A soldier (Michael B. Jordan) in Iraq pens a journal for his infant son.
Being the Ricardos: The film focuses on a week in the life of Lucy and Desi, but does it toy with the truth?
House of Gucci: Does this Ridley Scott tale of betrayal, revenge, and murder preserve the truth?
King Richard: Richard Williams (Will Smith) raises Venus and Serena to become tennis superstars.
Spencer: Is Kristen Stewart's Princess Diana more fiction than fact?
The Last Duel: Does this film about France's last judicial duel take liberties with history?
Maid: Do the facts get washed away in this series about a struggling single mother?
The Eyes of Tammy Faye: Does the movie preach the truth about Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker?
Queenpins: Is this comedy about two coupon counterfeiters accurate?
Worth: An attorney is tasked with determining how much each 9/11 victim's life was worth.
Respect: The Jennifer Hudson movie is compared to the real-life Queen of Soul.
Saving Private Ryan: Is the acclaimed Steven Spielberg WWII movie historically accurate?
Joe Bell: A father embarks on a cross-country walk to fight for his deceased son.
Dr. Death: Meet the real doctor who maimed over 30 of his patients.
Fatherhood: Does this story of a widowed father raising his daughter stick to the facts?
Blue Miracle: A skipper teams up with a group of orphans to compete in a fishing tournament.
Dream Horse: Is this rags-to-riches racehorse movie faithful to the real-life events?
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: Discover the story of possession and murder that inspired the movie.
The Serpent: Do the facts survive in this serial killer story?
Concrete Cowboy: Is this movie about an urban cowboy reconnecting with his rebellious son based in fact?
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom: How much of the story is based on the real blues singer Ma Rainey?
The Mauritanian: Jodie Foster is an attorney who fights to free a Gitmo detainee.
The Courier: How much fiction is smuggled into this Cold War spy thriller?
The United States vs. Billie Holiday: Is this biopic in tune with the real-life jazz singer?
Judas and the Black Messiah: Are the events around Fred Hampton's death depicted accurately?
Minamata: Does this story of environmental negligence get the facts right?
The Dig: Do the facts get buried in this story of the Sutton Hoo excavation?
Penguin Bloom: With the help of young magpie, a family heals after a tragic accident.
Our Friend: After a heartbreaking diagnosis, a couple's best friend shows up to help.
Hillbilly Elegy: Does Ron Howard's adaptation of J.D. Vance's memoir stick to the facts?
Clouds: Is this film about a teen musician battling cancer in tune with the truth?
The Trial of the Chicago 7: Does Aaron Sorkin's movie take an unbiased look at the protests and trial?
The Right Stuff: How accurate is this TV adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book about the space race?
The One and Only Ivan: How much of the movie was inspired by the real gorilla's story?
The Outpost: Does this modern-day war movie give an honest account?
Hamilton: Is the musical faithful to history?
Greyhound: How much of the Tom Hanks naval thriller is based in history?
Waco: Does this miniseries about the Waco siege stick to the facts?
Military Wives: Is this movie about soldiers' wives who form a choir in harmony with the real-life story?
Capone: Did Al Capone hide millions in cash?
Mrs. America: Does the miniseries depict conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly accurately?
Bad Education: Meet the real school district employees who stole $11.2 million.
Sergio: A UN diplomat finds himself in the middle of a terrorist attack. Meet the real guy.
Tiger King: It's possible that the most endangered thing in this big cat documentary is the truth.
Lost Girls: Does this story of a mother's search for her missing daughter stick to the facts?
Self Made: Meet the real hair-care pioneer who inspired the Netflix series.
I Still Believe: Is Jeremy Camp's real-life story of love and loss like the movie?
For Life: This courtroom drama deviates from the facts in one big way.
The Last Full Measure: Does this story of a Vietnam war hero arm itself with too much fiction?
Just Mercy: Is this film about an innocent man on Death Row loyal to the facts?
Togo: Does this story about a herioc sled dog veer into fiction?
Richard Jewell: Does this story about a defamed American hero stick to the facts?
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Does too much fiction crowd the neighborhood in this Mister Rogers movie?
Ford v Ferrari: Does the truth finish first or last in this car racing movie?
Midway: Does Roland Emmerich's Battle of Midway movie stick to the facts?
Harriet: Was Harriet Tubman's life similar to this action movie?
The Current War: Is this film about the AC vs. DC current war powered by too much fiction?
Downton Abbey: How much of the movie's royal visit was inspired by history?
Dolemite Is My Name: Was the real-life evolution of Dolemite just as outrageous?
Judy: Does the truth get lost somewhere over the rainbow?
Hustlers: Former strippers scam wealthy men, but how much is true?
The Irishman: Is this movie about Hoffa's death riddled with holes?
1917: Did this World War I movie's premise actually happen?
The Farewell: How much of this story of a family's lie is based in the truth?
Brian Banks: Is this film about a falsely accused football star accurate?
Skin: Is this story of a reformed skinhead accurate?
When They See Us: This searing tale of racial injustice is more fiction than fact.
Chernobyl: Does this nuclear disaster miniseries deliver more fiction than fact?
Rocketman: How much fiction was injected into this Elton John biopic?
The Act: Does this story of child abuse that culminates in murder stick to the facts?
Tolkien: Do the facts in this biopic get lost in the fires of Mount Doom?
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: Is this Ted Bundy film suffocated by too much fiction?
Breakthrough: Does this miracle survival story profess the truth?
The Best of Enemies: Is this story of a civil rights activist and her nemesis factually accurate?
The Dirt: We dig into The Dirt to separate the facts from the fiction.
Fighting with My Family: Does this movie about WWE's Paige get pinned by too much fiction?
I Am the Night: Are the shocking revelations in this noir miniseries rooted in fact?
Vice: It was nominated for 8 Oscars, but does this biopic stick to the facts?
The Upside: Is too much fiction a downside to the movie?
Welcome to Marwen: Does this Robert Zemeckis movie welcome the truth?
The Mule: Does this story of an elderly drug mule deliver the truth?
The Favourite: Was Queen Anne in a love triangle?
Green Book: Does this interracial road trip story veer away from the truth?
Outlaw King: Does this story of Robert the Bruce betray the facts?
22 July: What fiction has been added to this story of the Norway attacks?
Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Does this story of an author-turned-literary forger stick to the facts?
Beautiful Boy: Is this story of drug abuse addicted to preserving the truth?
The Old Man & the Gun: Meet the real bank robber behind the movie.
Operation Finale: Did the real capture of the former Nazi unfold like in the movie?
Bohemian Rhapsody: Is it the real story, or is it just fantasy?
A Prayer Before Dawn: Are the facts on display in this story of a boxer locked up in a brutal Thai prison?
White Boy Rick: Does this story of a 14-year-old FBI informant betray the facts?
BlacKkKlansman: We investigate the real-life story that inspired the Spike Lee movie.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Meet the real people who will be depicted in the movie.
Slender Man: Is the horror movie rooted in fact or Internet fiction?
The Nun: The movie isn't true but its demon Valak is found in mythology.
First Man: A look at the real story of Neil Armstrong vs. the movie's version.
Tag: Is this decades-long game of tag exaggerated for the movie?
Adrift: Is the truth lost at sea in this survival movie?
I Can Only Imagine: Does this movie about the backstory of the hit song ring true?
The 15:17 to Paris: The real heroes star, but does that mean it's more accurate?
Darkest Hour: There are several inaccuracies in the Winston Churchill biopic.
12 Strong: We infiltrate the real story and compare it to the movie?
The Post: Does this Steven Spielberg movie peddle too much fiction?
Lady Bird: What details were inspired by director Greta Gerwig's life?
Molly's Game: Does the movie stack the deck with too much fiction?
The Greatest Showman: Was P.T. Barnum really a champion for tolerance?
I, Tonya: Does it get a perfect score for historical accuracy?
The Disaster Artist: Does this film about the worst movie ever made stick to the facts?
The Man Who Invented Christmas: Does this story of the writing of A Christmas Carol add too much fiction?
Goodbye Christopher Robin: Is this Pooh origin story stuffed with too much fiction?
Only the Brave: Does the truth get lost in the smoke in this wildfire movie?
Marshall: Is this Thurgood Marshall movie guilty of too much fiction?
Victoria and Abdul: Was Queen Victoria really a champion against racial intolerance?
American Made: Is this drug smuggling movie laced with fiction?
Battle of the Sexes: Does this tennis movie serve up the truth?
Stronger: Is this Boston Marathon survivor movie weakened by fiction?
The Glass Castle: Does the movie stay faithful to the memoir?
Detroit: How factual is this civil rights movie?
Dunkirk: Does the truth become a casualty in this WWII movie?
Happy Valley: See images of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno.
The Big Sick: We examine the romantic comedy and separate fiction from fact.
All Eyez on Me: Does this Tupac biopic stay in rhythm with the truth?
Megan Leavey: We bite into the truth behind this military dog movie.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: Was King Arthur an actual person?
The Promise: How close is the movie to the actual Armenian Genocide?
The Lost City of Z: We explored the movie for fiction. Here's what we found.
Annabelle: Creation: Is there any truth to this horror sequel?
The Case for Christ: A look at the real guy who tried to disprove Christ.
The Zookeeper's Wife: Meet the heroic couple and the Nazi who betrayed them.
Beauty and the Beast: Did you know that the Disney movie was inspired by a real couple?
A United Kingdom: Does this interracial marriage story stay faithful to the facts?
War Dogs: Is this gunrunning movie armed with the truth?
Gold: We mined the movie for the facts.
The Bye Bye Man: Is there any truth to this horror tale?
Patriots Day: Does this Boston Marathon bombing movie align itself with the facts?
Hidden Figures: Does this movie about female NASA pioneers jettison the facts from the story?
The Crown: Does this Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II remain loyal to the truth?

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