10 Movies Based from Real People

As we are in the first week of 2019, here are ten movies based on real life where by the end of any of them, you should be a little bit inspired.

127 Hours (2010) is about Aron Ralston who finds himself trapped while hiking Blue John Canyon in Utah.  It is based from his memoir, Between a Rock and a Hard Place.  The only problem is it’s a remote area and no one really knows his true location.  So, he begins a video diary for several purposes.  It stars James Franco as Aron.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) is about Chris Gardner’s way from homelessness to entrepreneurship.  It is based from his memoir with the same name.  The movie stars Will and Jaden Smith, as son and father, focusing on their new relationship while Chris proves himself as an unpaid intern stockbroker.

Hotel Rwanda (2004) is about Paul and Tatiana Ruseabagina whose decision to help refugees saves many lives.  It takes place during the heightened tensions between Hutu and Tutsi people.  It stars Don Cheadle as Paul and Sophie Okonedo as Tatiana.

Unbroken (2014) is about Louis Zamperini who was a prisoner during World War II.  It is based from the book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  It focuses primarily on the relationship between Louis and “The Bird.”  It stars Jack O’Connell as Louis and Miyavi as Mutsuhiro Watanabe.

12 Years a Slave (2013) is about Solomon Northup who was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery.  It is based from his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.  Solomon lives his captive years in Louisiana, owned by Edwin Epps, before he proves his status as a free man.  It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon and Michael Fassbender as Edwin.

Catch Me If You Can (2002) is about Frank Abagnale Jr. who is a con man and commits enough check fraud to catch the eye of an FBI agent. It is based from his memoir, Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake.  Carl Hanratty and Frank play a cat and mouse game.  It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank and Tom Hanks as Carl.

The Pianist (2002) is about Wladyslaw Szpilman who as a Holocaust survivor finds surviving on Polish streets tough and unbearable.  He meets Wilm Hosenfeld and a relationship forms.  It is based from his memoir, The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45.  It stars Adrian Brody as Wladyslaw and Thomas Kretschmann as Wilm.

Hidden Figures (2016) is about Karen Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson who were integral to NASA’s achievements during the 1960s.  It is based from the book by Margo Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.  It stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughn, and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson.

The King’s Speech (2010) is about King George VI and his speech therapist who helped him overcome his stutter.  Lionel Logue becomes an integral part of his life.  It stars  Colin Firth as King George and Geoffrey Rush as Lionel.

Chariots of Fire (1981) is about two athletes from different backgrounds including their time in the 1924 Olympics.  Eric Liddell is a Christian and Harold Abrahams is a Jew, but both find passion and purpose in running.  It stars Ben Cross as Harold and Ian Charleson as Eric. 


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