Hi guys! Surfing online for movies you might have missed last year? Well, I decided to brush up on the films that are based on (or inspired by) true events and share. After all, there are so many that are based on books, and some which are based on books are also based on true stories. It’s a twisted web the cinema weaves. Take a look at my limited list of movies I enjoyed (hopefully you do too) that are based on real events.


  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 

This is a 2016 American biographical war film based on Mitchell Zuckoff‘s 2014 book 13 HoursThe film gives the inside account of what really happened in Benghazi as it follows six members of a security team who fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Libya after waves of terrorist attacks on September 11, 2012. It stars amazing actors like James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber and Toby Stephens. If you love action movies with lots of guns blazing and bombs going off, you would surely enjoy this.


  • Deepwater Horizon

This is a 2016 American biopic disaster film based on the world’s largest man-made disasters that occurred April 20th, 2010; Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The cast includes Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich, Gina Rodriguez, Dylan O’Brien and Kate Hudson. The nail-biting suspense had me at the edge of my seat, feeling like I was right there when it happened.


  • Snowden

This is a 2016 American biographical political thriller based on the books The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena which reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. The cast includes Joseph Gordon-LevittShailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans and Nicolas Cage. Movie made me question a whole lot by the way.


  • Sully

This is a 2016 American biographical drama based on the autobiography Highest Duty by Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow. It follows Sullenberger‘s January 2009 emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived with only minor injuries, the subsequent publicity and investigation. The film stars Tom HanksAaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Holt McCallany, Jamey Sheridan, and Jerry Ferrara. Sully had some slow moments but it is a good watch generally.


  • War Dogs

This is a 2016 American comedy drama based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson who then wrote a book titled Arms and the Dudes detailing the story. The movie follows two arms dealers, Efraim Diveroli and David Packouz, who receive a US Army contract to supply ammunition for the Afghan National Army worth approximately $300 million.The film is heavily fictionalized and dramatized, and some of its events, such as the duo driving through Iraq, were either invented or based on other events, such as screenwriter Stephen Chin‘s own experiences. War Dogs stars Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper. I’m a major fan of Miles Teller and Jonah Hill but i’m not being biased when I say it’s an amazing movie with lots of laughs.


  • The Finest Hours

is a 2016 American historical drama-thriller movie based on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman which tells the story of the historic 1952 United States Coast Guard rescue of the crew of the SS Pendleton, after the ship split apart during a nor’easter off the New England coast. The cast includes Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, and Eric Bana.


  • Hacksaw Ridge

This is a 2016 biographical war drama film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian that refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. He single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers yet he saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. It stars Andrew GarfieldSam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.


  • Miracles From Heaven

This is a 2016 American Christian drama based on Miracles from Heaven, a book by Christy Beam, which recounts the true story of her 10-year-old daughter Anna who had a rare and incurable disease. After Anna had a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified  her family restored and their community inspired. The film stars Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, and Queen Latifah. It is a movie by believers, about believers, for believers.


  • Southside With You

This is a 2016 American biographical romantic drama inspired by Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson on the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor. It stars  Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter. Even though we all know how the movie ends up, it does shed light on how it truthfully started.

  • Queen Of Katwe

This is a 2016 American biographical sports drama adapted from an ESPN magazine article and book by Tim Crothers. It is the colorful true story of a young girl who sells corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. The cast includes David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, and Madina Nalwanga.


  • Jackie

This is a 2016 biographical drama film about one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, Jacqueline “Jackie” Bouvier Kennedy which tells the story about her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well. The movie stars Natalie PortmanPeter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup and John Hurt. It is a movie about power and a woman almost losing it all.


What other 2016 movie based on true events do you think should have made my list? 


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