7 Most Accurate Movies Based On A True Story

  
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5. Into The Wild

The story of Christopher McCandless is a haunting reminder of the arrogance so easily associated with youth, and the subsequent perils that are born of an invincible mindset. Knowledge can be a very dangerous thing when it’s not coupled with wisdom. Into The Wild isn’t as judgmental as those statements. An audience member would scoff at a character who’d venture into such troublesome scenarios with a jagged chip on their shoulder. Therein lies the beautify of the film: McCandless wasn’t that guy; he was beloved. That was the greatest thing Sean Penn and Emile Hirsch were able to achieve in telling his story. Yes, the film is accurate regarding the adventures and misadventures of McCandless, and it is presumably accurate in depicting his times alone, based on the journal entries of the subject himself.

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©Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

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4. 127 Hours

Another film pitting man against nature, 127 Hours served as a yet another proclamation regarding the strength of the human spirit. And how accurate is the film? Too accurate for some viewers. Some audience members struggled to make it through the film–their sympathies running too deep. Yes, Aron Ralston became trapped between a boulder and a canyon wall. Yes, he did everything he could to free himself, before realizing his only option was to remove his arm after several days. Hence, the title of the film. Where did the film stray from what actually happened? For sake of story there were characters added here and there, but all of the events shared in the story…? Accurate. Ralston’s psychological struggle? Accurate. James Franco was at his best in this film. Director Danny Boyle  did a knock out job matching the tonality of the film to Ralston’s Blue John Canyon videos.

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TM and ©Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved./Courtesy Everett Collection

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