The 8 best movies based on true stories on Netflix

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A good storyline makes a movie impressive to watch. A good storyline based on a true story makes a movie even unforgettable. Documentaries are a good way to learn something about the world but when sealed in a Hollywood filter, we’ll admit, it becomes a lot more fun to watch. As Netflix is a winner in any given entertainment genre, their selection of movies based on true stories is also impressive. Here are our 8 favourites. Enjoy!

First They Killed My Father

This true story directed by Angelina Jolie tells the shocking story of Loung Ung, who recounts the horrors she suffered under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Dallas Buyers Club

This Oscar-winning true story is best known because of Matthew McConaughey’s impressive role. But what’s even more impressive is the story behind it, that of real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof who changed the world for good during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in 1985.

12 Years a Slave

Another Oscar-winning true story that tells the incredible story of a free black man who is abducted and sold into slavery. It’s only until he meets a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) after 12 years that he finds freedom.


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The Theory of Everything

With the recent passing of scientist Stephen Hawking, this film is a must-watch to understand his inspiring life story. After being diagnosed with a fatal illness at just 21-years-old, Stephen changed the world of science for good while building a beautiful family.


While scandals in the Catholic church are a ‘common’ item in newspapers nowadays, this wasn’t the case in 2001. This true story tells the unique story of a small group of journalists from the Boston Globe, who uncovered the worldwide cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Imitation Game

If you thought that guns and weapons ended the second world war, this true story movie will change that perspective for good. It tells the incredible story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) who cracked the German’s Enigma code.

To The Bone

Even though actress Lily Collins, who suffered from an eating disorder herself, plays the lead role in this film about a young girl suffering from anorexia nervosa, it is actually based on the real-life experiences of director Marti Noxon. An impressive story that shows a different side to the mental disease.


Someone’s vision of life is partly influenced by its student years. Also if you’re the president of America. Barry tells the true story of Barack Obama’s student life at the Columbian University, where he struggles with discrimination and poverty. It’s only 35 years later that he puts matters into his own hands.

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