A movie based on a true life story is probably the best of its kind. Thanks to such movies, we can discover amazing the lives of people we’ve never heard of before or learn something new about someone famous. These movies also somehow reaffirm our hope for the best — after watching one, you’ll feel like nothing is impossible, and all you have to do is keep working towards achieving your own happiness and never give up on your dreams.
Here are 15 of the most inspiring movies that were based on real life stories.
Saving Mr. Banks
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This is a true story about the legendary Walt Disney and his complicated relationship with Pamela Travers, the author of the well-known children’s book ‘Mary Poppins.’ Disney once promised his daughters that he would produce a film based on their favorite childhood story. He didn’t realize it at the time, but the promise he made was just a start of a 20-year quest for turning his idea into reality. Saving Mr. Banks reveals the skeletons in the closets of two famous people, exposing their secrets and mysteries from the past. And surely, the movie wouldn’t have been such a success if it wasn’t for the brilliant performances from both Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.
This movie is essentially a chronicle of life of the famous Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. When she was 17, her parents forced her to marry William Cavendish, the 5th Duke of Devonshire. There’s no doubt about it — this was a marriage for money which gave her everything but love. She was a fashion icon, a doting mother, and a wise politician. But throughout her life, she was desperate for real love. Eventually, the young Duchess of Devonshire fell in love with the future Prime Minister of England, Charles Grey. Would this affair bring peace and love to her soul?
Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale Jr. is one of the most elusive yet legendary impostors in US history. Before he turned 21, he had worked as a doctor, a legal prosecutor, and a civil aviation pilot. Each and every time he successfully escaped a CIA pursuit team while forging millions of dollars’ worth of checks. But eventually, he had to take responsibility and pay back his dues.
In the late 1920s, James J. Braddock, a heavyweight boxer, was forced to give up on his career after several injuries that caused him some serious health problems. The Great Depression, unemployment, and hunger made him come back to the boxing ring to earn some money for his family. Nobody believed that he could make it, but to everyone’s surprise, his return marked a new stage in his tale of glorious victories.
You can’t fail to be touched by the incredible life story of the great American soul musician, Ray Charles. His name has passed into the history of jazz as a legend, yet he really did experience the ‘rise and fall’ theory of life; from his poor and hungry beginnings in the South, where he went blind as a child, to racism, a fight against drug addiction, and his swift rise to world fame, Ray Charles is someone everyone knows and loves.
This is more than just a real story about a young teacher and her class. It’s a story about hopes, dreams, and endeavors. Erin Gruwell is teaching a class composed of ‘at-risk’ and ‘untouchable’ students, who have divided themselves into racial groups. The teacher makes her best efforts to encourage her students to go to college, and gives them hope for a better tomorrow.
A sad yet very beautiful love story between a pre-fame Jane Austen and Thomas Lefroy. Jane is the youngest daughter of Reverend George Austen, who’s goal is to find a husband for her. She dreams of being a writer and discovering the real world of true love, joy and hope. Unfortunately, she couldn’t marry the man of her dreams and so chose to stay unmarried.
Walk The Line
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This biographical drama tells the story of legendary country musician Johnny Cash and his second wife, June Carter. Despite all of the problems they faced, including Johnny’s alcohol addiction and depression, both of them remained faithful their entire lives.
Amazingly inspirational, this beautiful movie shows the power of dreams and the human spirit. Young Jay decides to challenge himself to survive one of the biggest waves on Earth, the mythic 50-foot wave Mavericks. He turns for help to a local legend, former surfer Frosty Hesson. The only problem is that he promised his wife that he would quit surfing a long time ago.
Seven Years in Tibet
Based on the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountaineer, who became friends with the young Dalai Lama. By force of circumstances, Harrer crosses into Tibet, to the mysterious city of Lhasa, where he will spend seven long years that will change his life forever.
In the summer of 1984, London gay and lesbian activists decide to support miners and their families during the British miners’ strike. They launched a formidable campaign and collected money for the National Union of Mineworkers; however, such donations made from ‘different’ people were not well received by all the workers, including those living in a small town in Wales.
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Jim White, a football coach, loses his job and reluctantly moves his family to a tiny town on the border of California and Mexico. One day, he decides to start a cross-country team with some ordinary village boys. Surprisingly enough, he succeeds in turning a group of misfits and losers into one of the best cross-country teams in the state.
This movie depicts the wonderful story of British writer Beatrix Potter, who used all of her pride and courage to stand up for her dreams and confronted her family and society about serious feminist issues. In a very untraditional move, she chose to become a successful children’s writer rather than get married.
The incredible and moving story of a British guy who had dreamed of becoming an opera singer since he was a little boy. His dreams would come true many years later when he participated in ‘Britain’s Got Talent.’
The Blind Side
A religious family adopts a homeless African-American teenager and helps him to make new friends, enter a university, build his self-confidence, and become a famous football player.