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11 Best Movies on Netflix Based on True Stories

Watching movies based on true stories have its own charm; be it paranormal, inspirational, or something that’ll shake you to your core. If you enjoy true stories and have run out of options, you’re in luck because I am going to provide you with 11 Best Movies on Netflix Based on True Stories that is a must-watch! So without further ado, scroll down!

1)The Swimmers

Director Sally El Hosaini
Release DateNovember 10, 2022
CastNathalie Issa, Mattias Schweighfer, Manal Issa
Character NamesYusra Mardini, Sven, Sarah Mardini
Famous DialogueI’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.
IMDb rating7.4/10
Shooting LocationBerlin, Damascus

Two Syrian sisters, refugees from the war-torn city of Damascus, battled the choppy waters of the Mediterranean in an attempt to reach Greece. After being granted asylum, they went on to compete in the Rio Olympic Games.

2)The Disaster Artist 

The astounding true story of Tommy Wiseau, an aspiring filmmaker with an outsider perspective in Hollywood, and his best friend as they follow their ambitions and embark on the humorous odyssey of making the iconic, cult classic “The Room.”

DirectorJames Franco
Release DateDecember 8, 2017
GenreDrama/Comedy drama
CastJames Franco, Tommy Wiseau, Dave Franco
Character NamesTommy Wiseau, Henry, Greg Sestero
Famous DialogueI aim where I aim, just do the scene.
IMDb rating7.3/10
Shooting LocationSan Fernando Valley

3)The Siege of Jadotville

DirectorRichie Smyth
Release DateSeptember 19, 2016
CastJamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Conor MacNeil
Character NamesCommander Patrick, Conor Cruise, Radio Operator
Famous DialogueI once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you
IMDb rating7.2/10
Shooting LocationJadotville, Cong

 A 150-strong Irish battalion holds out against a siege launched by 3,000 Congolese soldiers backed by French and Belgian mercenaries employed by mining companies.

4)Official Secrets 

DirectorGavin Hood
Release DateJanuary 28, 2019
CastKeira Knightley, Katherine Gun, Ralph Fiennes
Character NamesKatherine Gun, Ben Emmerson
Famous DialogueWhat we know, is that Saddam has this material.
IMDb rating7.3/10
Shooting LocationYorkshire 

In 2003, as tensions were rising in anticipation of a war in Iraq, British intelligence specialist Katharine Gun was presented a memo from the NSA that made her deeply uneasy. The memo asked her to collate information that could be used to blackmail U.N. Security Council members into voting in support of an invasion of Iraq. Gun was unwilling to cooperate in what she perceived as an unjust war and decided to leak the memo to the press, going against her government’s wishes.

5)Little girls

DirectorTyler Perry
Release DateFebruary 14, 2007
CastIdris Elba, Gabrielle Union, Louis Gossett
Character NamesMonty, Julia, Willie
Famous DialogueHey, look, I try to support black owned business but this is absolutely ridiculous.
IMDb rating 5.8/10
Shooting LocationAtlanta, Georgia, USA

Desperate to track down her missing daughter, a determined woman commences a private inquiry that guides law enforcement to the unsolved homicides of female sex workers. 


DirectorRon Howard
Release DateDecember 5, 2008
GenreDrama/Historical drama
CastFrank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon
Character NamesRichard Nixon, David Frost, Jack Brennan
Famous DialogueWell, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal
IMDb rating7.7/10
Shooting LocationPalos Verdes Estates, California, USA

In 1977, the Watergate scandal concluded Richard Nixon’s (Frank Langella) presidency. Three years later, the former president selected British TV personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) to do a one-on-one, exclusive interview. Despite Nixon’s confidence that he could mislead Frost, and Frost’s team’s doubts about his capability, the interview became a candid and revealing one to the public. 


DirectorStephen Frears
Release Date November 1, 2013
CastSteve Coogan, Judi Dench, Sophie Kennedy
Character NamesMartin Sixsmith, Philomena Lee
Famous Dialogue I forgive you because I don’t want to remain angry.
IMDb rating7.6/10
Shooting LocationLondon and Northern Ireland

Philomena’s true story is a heartbreaking yet inspiring one. Her journey is full of hope and courage, and her and Martin’s friendship is an inspiring reminder of the power of love and friendship. An Irish teenager, found herself in a difficult situation when she became pregnant outside of marriage. The nuns at the convent she was sent to take away her baby, Anthony, and put him up for adoption in the United States when he was just a toddle

8)Operation Odessa

DirectorTiller Russell
Release DateMarch 9, 2018
CastDick Gregorie, Ludwig Fainberg, Kristy Galeota
Character NamesDick Gregorie, Ludwig Fainberg, Kristy Galeota
Famous DialogueI have to tell you, all my enemies are dead and I’m happy.
IMDb rating 7.7/10
Shooting Location

This documentary is a thrilling account of a remarkable story that captivated the public: the tale of a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy/ spy who joined forces to sell a nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. Spanning from Brooklyn to Miami to Cali to Moscow, the film chronicles the adventure of the three friends as they try to con the Russian mafia, the Cali cartel, and the DEA for the ultimate payoff. This remarkable story has been shrouded in mystery, until now.


DirectorIzu Ojukwu
Release Date2021
CastLucy Ameh, Ali Nuhu, Sani Musa Danja
Character NamesAmina, Dajuma, Barde
Famous Dialogue
IMDb rating4/10 
Shooting LocationNigeria

‘Amina’ is a poignant tale of a woman who is faced with a difficult and unexpected challenge. After an unanticipated pregnancy leaves her feeling overwhelmed and confused, she is determined to make a life for herself and her child. Unfortunately, her journey is not an easy one and she finds herself sinking deeper into emotional turmoil. Despite her best efforts, she eventually finds herself in a mental institution, feeling lost, alone, and unstable.


DirectorPaul Weitz
Release DateJune 18, 2021
CastKevin Hart, DeWanda Wise, Melody Hurd
Character NamesMatthew Logelin, Swan, Maddy Logeline
Famous DialogueYou know Maddy, if you could have only one parent, I wish you could’ve had your mom, cause she would’ve been better at it.
IMDb rating 6.6/10 
Shooting LocationBoston, Boston Common, Montréal and Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery.

A father is raising his infant daughter alone after the untimely passing of his wife, who passed away a day after their daughter’s birth.

11)Against the Ice

DirectorPeter Flinth
Release DateFebruary 15, 2022
GenreAdventure/Historical drama
CastNikolaj Coster-Waldau, Joe Cole, Heida Reed
Character NamesEjnar, Iver, Neja Holm
Famous Dialogue
IMDb rating6.5/10
Shooting Location

Two adventurers set out on a daring mission to uncover a missing map in Greenland’s wild terrain. With their lives at risk, they must battle the elements to survive the treacherous journey inspired by Denmark’s pioneering 1909 polar expedition.


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A journalist who covers a variety of beats ranging from entertainment to pop culture. Secretly a bookworm who spends her spare time binging cat videos.

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