10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based On True Stories
When it comes to making movies, it only takes is an idea. An entire world can be built around a simple story. Most movie fans are unaware that many of the “purely coincidental” Hollywood features are anything but. Sometimes these scripts are born of a writer reading a news story, or a studio executive overhearing an interesting story between two employees. Sometimes, story lines which seem too outrageous to have truthful source material make for the best movies. Here are 10 popular movies you probably didn’t know were based on true stories.
10. Alpha Dog
Alpha Dog was a 2006 crime drama directed by Nick Cassavetes starring Emile Hirsch as Johnny Truelove. Truelove was a mid-level drug dealer in Los Angeles County in the late 1990s, pushing his good through a team of former high school and childhood friends. The film was a hit at Sundance Film Festival, and then word began to leak that Alpha Dog was in reference to real life drug dealer–who began signing his name as Alpha Dog–Jesse James Hollywood. Yes, that was his given name, and yes, it seemed his parents set him up for a life of crime and utter societal failure. The film is pretty accurate, and quite tragic. Hollywood remains one of the youngest men to ever be on the FBI’s most wanted list. The film chronicles the story that did him in: the murder of 15 year old, Nicholas Markowitz.
9. A Few Good Men
“You can’t handle the truth!” It is one of the most popular lines in the history of cinema, and this military courtroom drama was based on an actual case. And if ever a movie line could extend from art imitating life, so that life might imitate art… we can’t handle the truth, because we’ll never know the truth. Hang with us, here’s what went down. The court martial, Code Red, was based on the real trial of former U.S. Marine, David Cox. Ultimately, David was slapped with assault in the real life version, and eventually received an honorable discharge after completing his service. When the movie was released, he and several others were shocked by the story, and sued the production company. While playing the waiting game, David worked for UPS, and one day mysteriously disappeared. He was found three months later, murdered.