10 Insane Movies Based on Actual Events Far More Stranger Than Fiction

Written By CJ Ervin

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Truth is often stranger than fiction. For example, a user in an online film forum asks, “What movie based on actual events had a scene or moment that made you go “That can’t be true” and then you found out it was? Here are their best recommendations.

1. Compliance (2012)

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One moviegoer recalled, “One of the most upsetting things I’ve ever watched. I had to watch it in 20-minute increments because of how disgusting and infuriating the entire story was.”

2. Rush (2013)

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In the 70s, there was a huge rivalry between Formula 1 racers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Many made note that Niki Lauda really did try to put an end to the race that almost killed him.

3. Moneyball (2011)

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“In Moneyball, the A’s blowing an 11-run lead and then winning on a home run scored by their misfit recruit reeked of Hollywood nonsense. It’s exactly how it went down.”

4. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

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This feature develops tension and establishes the two lions as a threat very well. If you look up the true story The Ghost and the Darkness is based on, you will see that it is pretty accurately depicted on screen.

5. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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Once you have seen this picture, it will be hard to believe that the true story is even crazier than the movie. The events shown in the movie were intentionally dulled or changed altogether because movie viewers wouldn’t believe it happened.

6. I, Tonya (2017)

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When the Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding scandal was afoot, Margot Robbie was most likely a toddler which would explain her disbelief in the factual background of the movie I, Tonya. Initially, when Robbie got her script, she thought it was very creative and well-written. I wish I could have been there when she learned the story was crazier in real life.

7. Changeling (2008)

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Changeling failed to garner positive reviews because film critics believed the story shown on screen was too unbelievable to be true. “It stars Angelina Jolie as a woman united with a boy who she realizes is not her missing son. When she tries to demonstrate this to the police and city authorities, she is vilified as delusional, labeled as an unfit mother, and confined to a psychiatric ward.”

8. Pain & Gain (2013)

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Pain and Gain shares the insane story of a gym manager who recruits two others to help him commit a crime. After many failed attempts, the trio finally achieves success, or so they think. The victim escapes and tries to tell the police, but the story of what took place is so outlandish that even the police don’t believe it.

9. Apollo 13 (1995)

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Another shared, “Test audiences didn’t believe that the astronauts would have survived and didn’t believe that an astronaut’s wife dropped her wedding ring down the drain the morning of the launch. Seemed like Hollywood drama manufacturing, but nope, it was real!”

10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1995)

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A large majority of the insanity known as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was based on reality. It was almost like Johnny Depp was reading an excerpt written by those who experienced these events.

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12 Movies Boomers Admit They Were Actually Shown At School

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Everyone knows the feeling of walking into the classroom and seeing the TV on the rolling stand. It was a feeling of pure joy; you were either watching a film for educational purposes, or you were watching a film because the teacher didn’t want to work on their lesson plan. One way or another, you knew you were watching a movie that day.

15 Magnificently Mind-Blowing Movies You Must See

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What’s the first mind-blowing movie you have ever seen? What’s your favorite thought-provoking film of all time? My favorite mind-bending film of all time is either Inception or The Mist. After someone asked for other examples in an online film forum, here is what moviegoers had to say.

10 Absolutely Amazing Black and White Movies That Are Worth Your Time

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Name a gem of a black-and-white movie. Now name a black-and-white movie that is an absolute must-see but no one has ever heard of. Here is a list of ten collectible black-and-white movies that you must watch.

13 of the Worst, Most Horrendous Films Ever Seen

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Is there a movie that you believe is just not a good movie? You are not alone. Someone asked a popular online community, “What is the worst film you’ve ever seen?” Here is what the internet had to say.

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