10 Movies You Didn’t Know Were Based On True Stories

  
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8. Rocky

Thanks to ESPN featuring Chuck Wepner, people now realize Rocky Balboa was greatly influenced by the opportunity offered to the former heavyweight, aka, “The Bayonne Bleeder.” Once upon a time there were amicable relations between Sylvester Stallone and Chuck Wepner, but after the success of Rocky, Chuck claimed that Sly held him at an arm’s length, then claimed the story had nothing to do with Chuck’s life in the ring. Eventually the two settled on the financials. Chuck Wepner was a heavyweight fighter who was known for his rough around the edges, brawling style and he was given a real life shot to fight Muhammad Ali. Depending on who you ask, Wepner knocked Ali down during the fight, or Ali stumbled and tripped. Either way, Wepner went all but 15 seconds of 15 rounds with the champ. That’s the story of Rocky.Rocky

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7. 50 First Dates

Wait a second. That Adam Sandler movie co-starring Drew Barrymore was based on a true story? Not buying it? Here are the details. Michelle Philpots is a British woman who experienced brain trauma from multiple accidents during her life. One in 1985, one in 1990. Like Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates, Michelle experienced her memory loss due to a car accident–well, two accidents–the first when she was riding a motorcycle. She works through each and every day as a 24 hour cycle, and then starts it over again when she wakes up. Sleep wipes her short term memory clean. She is married, and remembers her husband from before the accident, because they met in 1985, but does not remember getting married in 1997, so she has to learn this everyday. For Michelle, everyday she wakes up, it’s 1994.

(c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

(c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

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