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.