Top 15 Netflix Movies That Are Based on True Story

Nobody is unaware of the fact Netflix is ruling the streaming industry with its gigantic collection library of movies and tv series.

But even more than that they themselves have been producing and backing the projects for years which they stream as their Netflix Originals.

And there are so many hidden gems amongst their collection which you might be unaware of too!

Well, not anymore! We have handpicked some of the lesser-known but the best Netflix movies for you to watch.

The Photographer Of Mauthausen (2018)

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The Photographer of Mauthausen is an extremely strong and remarkable motion picture depicting the story of Francisco Boix, a veteran of the Spanish Civil War.

The latter was imprisoned at Mauthausen, a Nazi concentration camp. Out of sheer bravery, he photographed the horrific state of the war camp and hid them away from the Nazi soldiers.

Francisco and his fellow prisoners risked their lives to preserve evidence to prove the awful atrocities that occurred in the concentration camp.

Actor Mario Casas who plays the role of Francisco Boix in the film had to lose 12 kg in weight to look like a malnourished Boix, and his roleplay is nothing short of marvelous. 

This movie is a worthwhile experience for Netflix subscribers looking for a heart-stirring biographical drama.

First They Killed My Father (2017)

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First They Killed My Father is set in the year of 1975 and follows up on the life of Loung Ung, a Cambodian author, and human rights activist. It was the period of the Khmer Rouge regime which is shown in this film. 

The film recalls the author’s childhood; she was forced to become a child soldier when she was just seven years old. Besides herself, her siblings were also sent off to the labor camps.

It was first screened at the Telluride Film Festival, which everyone in the audience loved. The film was released on Netflix on September 15, 2017, and is still available.

Molly’s Game (2017)

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This film is about Molly Bloom, a former Olympic downhill skier who became the target of an FBI investigation after the underground poker empire she coordinated in and catered to the Russian Mob, movie stars, athletes, and business tycoons were exposed.

Their life of Molly was on the line, and then she had to fight to prove that she was not a criminal. Rather they were making her out to be with very few allies to help her out.

The story of how an Olympic athlete ran one of the biggest underground poker games ever played in the shadows is enthralling and is currently available on Netflix.

The Social Network (2010)

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Meta, which once began as Facebook, is the social media platform people of all ages use today.

It all excellently comes to life in the 2010 film, The Social Network. This film depicts the founding story of Facebook and the lawsuits the founders had to face in creating the first-ever social media platform.

The film is based on the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires by co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Saverin’s book includes the struggles and efforts of each of the founders of Facebook- Mark Zuckerberg, The Winklevoss twins, and Saverin himself.

It is never easy to bring origin stories to the big screen, and it’s always a remarkable feat when someone can tell these tales of inception to completion in a thought-provoking manner.

The King (2019)

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This historical drama-based film relates to the life of King Henry V, referring to William Shakespeare’s works.

The plot emphasizes the king to be demonstrating force and power to defeat his enemies and unite the country despite the desire for peace.

The monarch’s life is presented through moral reflection and intrigue in a game of war and power.

The overall pacing of the show is slow, and it has quite a grave seriousness to it making the decisions to be dramatic.

And then you get impeccable cinematography with an aesthetic that captures viewers who are fans of epic films.

The film was one of the most ambitious releases of the Netflix platform back in 2019, with stars like Timothée Chalamet, Robert Pattinson, and Joel Edgerton being cast for roles.

The Drug King (2018)

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You can find plenty of good gangster films in existence that are based on true events. Some great flicks come to mind when we think of gangster movies, like Goodfellas, Blow, American Gangster, and Donnie Brasco. 

One such crime drama film inspired by true stories,  The Drug King, absolutely deserves to be enjoyed by subscribers all across the globe.

The film narrates the story of Lee Doo-sam, a drug smuggler who built an underworld empire in Busan during the 1970s. In his early years of smuggling, the ambitious black hat started with the illegal transportation of diamonds before getting his hands on narcotics. 

In the process, he accumulates wealth and becomes extremely rich enough to start his underworld empire.

Zodiac (2007)

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True crimes surrounding serial killers have made for a good lump of American films that have retained audiences’ attention for way longer than anything. 

The U.S. is known as home for some of the most famous and notorious serial killers of all time. The Zodiac Killer was one such case that remains a mystery to date.

The film Zodiac is based on real-life case files of serial killings by the Zodiac Killer during the late 1960s to early 1970s. The story also finds reference from a non-fiction book by Robert Graysmith.

The film follows the origin as well as the rise of the serial killer in San Francisco and the incapability of the police to discover his identity. 

The Most Hated Woman in America (2017)

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Suppose anyone has wondered why praying is no longer practiced in public schools. In that case, they should check out the Netflix original The Most Hated Woman in America’s History, which was released on the streaming service on March 24, 2017.

But that’s not all this film enrolls within, as it also shows the aftermath of that event and how the person responsible for it was part of a devastating kidnapping ordeal.

The film depicts the struggles in the life of an outspoken activist and founder of the American Atheists, Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

In the 1960s, she took her argument that children should not require the lord’s Prayer in public schools to the Supreme Court, where The Supreme Court ruled that mandatory prayer in schools was deemed illegal and no longer practiced.

With a 90-minute runtime, The Most Hated Woman in America’s History is the most compelling story and an excellent choice for anyone looking for a movie night with a strong historical background.

The Two Popes (2019)

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The Two Popes tells the tale inspired by actual events of real-life individuals involving the very conservative Pope Benedict XVI and contradictorily very liberal Pope Francis as they discuss and debate ways of finding common ground to create a new path for the Catholic Church. 

Post to a limited release period in the theatres, The Two Popes eventually made its way from the cinema halls to Netflix on December 20, 2019, where the film remains to this day. 

It can be a typical example of not judging a book by its cover, sort of a film. As boring as the title might sound, it is nevertheless one of the most entertaining movies and a must-watch biographical drama available on the streaming service for subscribers.

Kill the Messenger (2014)

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Kill The Messenger is set in California in 1996 and revolves around the life of a journalist named Gary Webb.

His search for the dark secrets of the drug world, as he looks into the CIA’s involvement in the 1980s ordeal that saw the clandestine organization get crack cocaine sold to the black part of LA to make money to fund the Contras fighting in Nicaragua. 

The drug wars were a big deal in the 1900s, and one man decided to lighten a discomforting conspiracy involving the contras, cocaine, crack, and the CIA. 

The film is adapted from a book of the same title written by Nick Schou and the book by Webb called Dark Alliance.

Kill the Messenger narrates the investigator’s biography, filled with actions of risk and true bravery being portrayed like never before.

So this 2014 biographical crime drama is a must-watch endeavor for anyone looking to get some insight into the intriguing historical chapter.

The Polka King (2017)

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The film is based on the 2009-released documentary of Jan Lewan, leader of a Polish-American polka band called The Man Who Would Be Polka King, directed by Joshua Brown and John Mikulak. 

The revived version of that film, The Polka King, is directed by Maya Forbes, who wrote the film with Wallace Woldarsky (the early Simpsons writer). 

People love to watch films depicting individuals who act abhorrent and end up getting their requital.

This is about the greatest scandal in the history of polka which may not seem like a captivating story to convert into a feature film. But, The Polka King movie will instantly grip endeavors that subscribers should put at the top of their watchlist.

Dolemite is My Name (2019)

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The film Dolemite is My Name is a hilarious biopic of Rudy Ray Moore, known for his character Dolemite in stand-up comedy and movies.

The blend of comedy and kung-Fu to tell can be as interesting as absurd it sounds. The famously proclaimed “Godfather of Rap” is played by Eddie Murphy, who achieved a triumphant transformation for this role.

Rudy Ray Moore feels not like some real-life character but is a person straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

With his exaggerated confidence, he becomes known as Dolemite and does everything possible to achieve the success he has dreamt of. Despite not having the required resources or knowledge, he is always on the lookout for ways to bring festive content to the world and make his audience laugh.

Operation Finale (2018)

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Every movie about World War II is exhilarating, with many instantly riveting titles showcasing the horrors of the battles.

But not many of these endeavors show off the post-war fighting battles that ensured every war prisoner was punished for their heinous crimes during the tumultuous historical period. 

That is what this 2018 film Operation Finale, presents to its audience.

Operation Finale tells the story of the brave efforts of the officers of Israeli Mossad as they attempt to secure Adolf Eichmann, the former SS official.

He was considered to be one of the architects of the Nazi’s final solution. Also known as the Holocaust, the Reich planned to exterminate or commit genocide against the Jewish population.

The Theory of Everything (2014)

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Based on the memoirs of Jane Hawking (Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife), the film narrates the life of this couple facing the diagnosis that the theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, had been through from a very early age.

It is a story of determination and love and everything these forces together can achieve when situations are not in their favor.

A whole two decades of life against the disease is brought out through Jane’s memoirs. This film gives the audience a better visualization of the life of one of the most brilliant minds to ever walk the Earth’s surface.

Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne have taken up pretty complicated roles, but they have gained international recognition for their impeccable, emotional, and heart-throbbing work.

The Dig (2021)

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In the film The Dig, Sutton Hoo is described as the site of two early medieval cemeteries dating back centuries ago that Archaeologists have been excavating since the late 1930s. This Netflix original film offers a compelling reimagination of the events during the excavation of 1939.

The Dig is originally a renowned novel written by author John Preston and was published in 2007.

The film has references from the book as well for detailed descriptions. In the film, a landowner of Suffolk named Edith Pretty hires an archaeologist, Basil Brown, to excavate at her rural estate in Sutton Hoo.

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