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The 20 Best Movies Based On True Stories On Netflix

Sometimes real-life stories are even more fantastic than fantasy. To watch an entertaining movie is a thrilling escape, especially when you have some of the best Netflix movies. However, when that movie is based on a true story, the film will be more realistic and exhilarating.

#1 The Monster of Mangatiti

Real events are dramatized in the incredible story of a resilient teenager held prisoner by a seasoned predator on a remote farm in 1980. 

This movie is based on real-life events when Heather Walsh was held prisoner by Bill Cornelius for about six months. She was forced to endure torture and abuse at the hands of the cruel, depraved man.

The Monster of Mangatiti was about the survivor of  Walsh and how she avoided falling into the usual exploitation traps and told a compelling story in the process.

#7 Monster

This mysterious film is based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. 

The actress Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds to play this role. She also gets the help of makeup artists to change her glamorous self into a dead ringer Wuornos. 

Aileen Wuornos was convicted as a murderer and was executed in Florida. Theron won an Oscar, for Best Actress in 2004, for playing this role.

#8 Lion

This film also was  Oscar winner by receiving six nominations in 2017, including Best Picture. 

The film tells the real and touching story of a young Indian boy, Saroo, who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family.

After being lost and left to fend on his own, he is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman). With only a distant memory of his family, he sets out to find his birth parents more than two decades later.

#9 The Impossible

It is a film based on the true story of one family who was caught in the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami. 

The film tells the story of one of the survivors. Maria Belon is a Spanish tourist who was in Thailand along with her husband and three young sons on vacation when the incident happened.

Watts played a vital role in this film. She received a nomination for both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her portrayal.

#13 Veronica

Veronica is a film based on the true story of Estefania Gutierrez Lazaro, a real girl who died in 1992. It is a Spanish horror film about a teenager that unleashes a demonic presence after attempting to use an Ouija board to summon her father's spirit.

This girl used the game Ouija in an attempt to contact the spirit of her recently deceased boyfriend.  For months afterward, she suffered seizures and hallucinations, and her house was hunted.

#16 37

The film is about Kitty Genovese that was raped and murdered outside her home. The incident happened in front of 37 witnesses without helping her. The film was inspired by the true story set in 1964 in New York.

The neighbors took the decision not to act by following their day-to-day struggles. So, If they don't talk about it, it didn't happen.

#20 First They Killed My Father

This film is initially a bio historical film that was directed by Angelina Jolie and was written by Loung Ung, based on Ung's memoir of the same name.

In 1975, the film depicted the life of the 7-year-old Ung that was forced to be trained as a child soldier while her siblings are sent to labor camps during the Communist Khmer Rouge regime.

There were local Cambodian children with no previous acting experience in the casting.  They connect their own painful experiences with those presented in the movie for more authentic aspect.

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