8 Movies Based on True Stories You Can Stream Right Now on Netflix

Everyone loves a good story. When said story plays out on film in a moving way, even better. But when the plot of a movie is based on a true story that takes the characters from fiction to reality. Below, get our list of movies based on true stories that are available to stream right now on Netflix. Check out kid-friendly Halloween movies on Netflix.

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ (2013)

Matthew McConaughey lost a shocking amount of weight to play Ron Woodroof, a man told he had 30 days to live after being diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s. Woodroof refused to give up and sought alternative treatments and eventually helped others do the same. 

Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto
Best Actor and Best Supporting actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto | Christopher Polk/Getty Images

McConaughey won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Woodroof. As did his co-star Jared Leto. 

‘The Imitation Game’ (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch proved yet again he can play just about any role in 2014’s The Imitation Game. He played Alan Turing, a man who attempted to crack the Enigma code that the Nazis used during World War II.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay. The Doctor Strange (2016) actor starred in the film alongside Keira Knightley and Downton Abbey’s Matthew Goode.

‘Miracle’ (2004)

Kurt Russell portrayed coach, Herb Brooks, in Miracle, a movie about the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team who overcame the odds to beat a talented Soviet team. The win stood out as a triumphant moment during the Cold War. 

‘The King’s Speech’ (2010)

Not only did The King’s Speech win an Oscar for Best Picture, but the film also brought Colin Firth his own Oscar (he won Best Actor) for his portrayal of King George VI. The royal had to find a solution to his stutter after ascending the throne following his brother’s unexpected abdication. 

‘Schindler’s List’ (1994)

In one of his more dramatic roles, Liam Neeson starred in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, where he played a man who protected Jews from being killed in the Holocaust. The film won a whopping five Academy Awards including one for Best Director and another for Best Picture. 

‘Lincoln’ (2012)

Another one from Spielberg (learn why the famed director sometimes waits years to watch his own work), Lincoln followed President Abraham Lincoln through the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed the president while Academy Award-winner Sally Field played his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. For his performance, Day-Lewis won his third Oscar. 

Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Steven Spielberg | Phillip Massey/WireImage

Full disclosure: This writer fell asleep within the first 20 minutes of Lincoln but that in no way reflects on the quality of the movie. 

‘The Aviator’ (2004)

Leonardo DiCaprio played billionaire Howard Hughes in this Academy Award-winning film. DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his performance as did the film (it won Best Picture). The actor’s co-star, Cate Blanchett, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn.

‘Milk’ (2008)

Sean Penn played Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant’s Milk. About the life of Milk, the film highlighted his struggles as a gay rights activist who became California’s first openly gay elected official. Penn won an Academy Award for Best Actor thanks to his stellar performance. 

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