The main reason why I prefer watching Hollywood movies than Bollywood is the fact that Hollywood movies are pretty much closer to reality. Yes, they do have their own fiction, especially the science fiction, and the horror films, but the characters and stories woven around the fiction are realistic and easier to believe.

Also, Hollywood movies are made with the script in mind rather than the stars. Also, the best part of their scripts is that they are either based on popular fiction novels, famous real personalities or on the true events. Unlike Bollywood film industry, the Hollywood makers are given the freedom to create movies almost on anything and this is the reason they are often seen making a lot of Movies based on true events whether it is controversial or not.

While some of the films are dark themed, there are a few others that narrate an exciting and enthralling story based on true events. Basically made for entertainment, if looked closely, these movies can also get you pumped up in real life.

Best Hollywood Movies on True Stories

American Gangster

American Gangster

Even though the film is based on the life of real-life gangster Frank Lucas, this 2007 crime film American Gangster focuses on the rift between the gangster, played by Denzel Washington, and the detective who caught him, played by Russel Crowe as well as highlights the successful convictions of dirty cops in NYPD during the 70s.

127 Hours

127 hours movie

Based on the real life canyoner Aron Ralston, the film 127 Hours takes us through the misery and pain that Ralston felt during the 127 hours of being trapped by a boulder in an isolated slot canyon in Blue John Canyon, South-Eastern Utah during April 2003. The scene where he cuts off his hand to save his life is both petrifying and disturbing but at the same time brave and well-thought.

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can biopic film

Catch Me If You Can is a 2002 American crime film based on the cat and mouse chase between the real-life con man Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and the FBI led by Carl Hanratty, played by Tom Hanks. Frank Abagnale was on the FBI’s most wanted list for a long time as he had successfully performed con jobs worth millions of dollars before he was 19 by check fraud.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Set during World War II, The Great Escape is a 1963 American war film that tells us the story about the great escape of British Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp. The story narrated in the film is derived from the 1950 novel of the same name written by Paul Brickhill, which is also considered as the first-hand account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III, a POW camp run by Luftwaffe.

The Conjuring

conjuring horror film

Well, I am not a big believer in ghosts and paranormal events but I am a huge fan of films and TV series based on paranormal activity. Also, I am also curious about the claims and stories revolving around haunted mansions or places all over the world. One such haunted story based film is The Conjuring. Although a fiction, this 2013 supernatural-horror film is based on the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

After The Conjuring, we have another horror film that makes into our list of top Hollywood films based on real events. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 film loosely based on the real-life exorcism story of Anneliese Michel, who died as a result of a catholic exorcism conducted on her believing that she was possessed by demons. The film doesn’t try to side with either the superstitious interpretation or medical interpretation but leaves it to the audience to decide on their own.

The Terminal

The Terminal

The Terminal is a 2004 comedy-drama film that narrates the real-life dilemma of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who spent 18 years of his life at the Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Paris, France, from 1988 to 2006. Although the film’s theme is derived from Nasseri’s misery, Terminal has a completely different plot. In the film, Viktor Navorski, portrayed by Tom Hanks, is trapped at the John F. Kennedy Airport terminal in New York city, who is denied entry into the United States, owing to the outbreak of civil war in his own country and his stateless status.


Zodiac hollywood film on serial killer

Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film that is based on the manhunt for a notorious serial killer called Zodiac. Directed by David Fincher, the screenplay for the film is entirely based on 1986 non-fiction book of the same name authored by Robert Graysmith. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Buffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. in the lead roles portraying the characters of the Author Robert Graysmith, SFPD Inspector David Toschi, and the journalist Paul Avery respectively.


titanic full movie

Although not entirely based on the true story, the 1997 epic romantic disaster film Titanic does make it to the list as the movie does revolve around the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912. In order to dramatize the film, the director-writer of the film James Cameron added a romantic love story between Jack Dawson, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rose DeWitt Bukater, played by Kate Winslet, both of whom were aboard the ship but belonged to different social classes. The film came out as one of the best romantic films in the Hollywood history.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips is a 2013 film starring Tom Hanks in the titular role as Richard Phillips, captain of the MV Maersk Alabama. Directed by Paul Greengrass, the story of the film is based on the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking during which Captain Phillips was taken hostage by the pirates in the Indian Ocean led by Abduwali Muse. The screenplay for the film was derived from Captain Richard Phillips own creation A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea.

Rajeesh Nair is a true Gizmofreak and an addictive movie buff. He blogs at – a lifestyle Blogzine which focuses on general life related topics of the 21st Century.