Advertising a film as being “based on true events,” is an excellent way to encourage potential theater goers to spend their hard earned money to see real life unfold on the big screen. Theater goers love the idea of getting a glimpse into somebody’s extraordinary life, so it’s no wonder that many movies are branded as being, “based on a true story,” because let’s face it, a film is a hell of a lot more interesting when you know that it’s not all movie magic. Unfortunately, movies that claim to be based on real life may not always stick to the truth. Of course we know that every movie that’s based on real events gets a little bit of Hollywood embellishment, but sometimes embellishments to make a story more entertaining end up turning the film into a completely different story than what actually happened. So to dispel some lies that Hollywood likes to perpetuate, below are ten movies that claim to be based on true stories but are actually complete lies. These movies twisted the truth around so much that they ended up becoming a story that was almost unrecognizable from the original, yet the film still continues to be sold as a true story.
10 The Strangers (2009)
9 The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
8 Rudy (1993)
7 A Beautiful Mind (2001)
6 Braveheart (1995)
5 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
4 Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
3 Flight (2012)
2 The Hurricane (1999)
1 The Perfect Storm (2000)
The Perfect Storm is a movie about the crew of the Andrea Gail and their deadly encounter with “the Perfect Storm.” The film uses the real names of the people on the actual Andrea Gail and the fact that the Andrea Gail set sail and never came back is true, but besides that, everything else is made up. The supposedly “true story” is actually a combination of different stories from the book True Stories, by Sebastion Junger. To put it a bit more clearly, everything that happened to the fisherman in The Perfect Storm actually happened to different people. So basically the true story of the crew of the Andrea Gail is nothing more than fiction.
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