A lot of people are so into movies more than any type of entertainment, like no matter how many times people watch a certain film, no matter how old that film is, if it is good, then it is worth watching over and over again. In every film, there is always something that stands out, for fantasy films, it is the special effects, or set design, for comedy films, it is the punch lines.
However, there are films that are just so good that most people don’t know that it was actually based on a real life incident or is based on a particular person’s life. It is kind of impossible though to bring these stories into movies because as accurate as they want to it to be, they must need to have that ‘wow’ factor that the viewers would love. Without further ado, here are some of the best films of all time that are based on real life people and events.
Catch Me If You Can
The main protagonist of the film, Frank Abagnale Jr., is portrayed by one of the finest actors in Hollywood today, Leonardo DiCaprio, together with another amazing actor, Tom Hanks, who portrayed an FBI agent. The story focuses on how Frank managed to fool a lot of people, by pretending to be a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer, at the age of 16 and has managed to escape the FBI multiple times, hence the title. The film’s story line is indeed very impressive, however, Frank Abagnale Jr. is actually a real person, and he was indeed a confidence trickster, impostor, who forges checks, just like what happened in the film. According to Steven Spielberg, the director of the film, they did it as accurate as possible, with of course the help of Frank Abagnale Jr. himself, who even had a cameo in the film.
“Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it, and they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that’s one of the reasons that make it very popular.” – Frank Abagnale
LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (1998)
Hollywood is known for producing the finest films in the world, but then again, this next film was actually made in Italy. The film, Life is Beautiful, was actually inspired by the life of Rubino Romeo Salmoni, who survived the Italian Holocaust in World War II. The film won over 40 international awards including not just one, but three Oscars. The film, however, told a different tale, where a man named Guido Orefice, together with his wife and son, used creativity by letting his son think that they were in a game. Despite telling a different story, it still showed how the people suffered during the war, but at the same time, it showed their courage and bravery for making it through.
Almost everyone has seen the film Titanic more than once in their life. The tragic tale of Jack and Rose, may all be pure fiction, but what happened to the real ‘unsinkable’ ship is far worse than their love story. There are, however, people in the film who are actually based on the real people boarding the Titanic, like the Captain, Molly Brown, and Bruce Ismay, who is said to be the one who pressured the Captain to go faster. Unfortunately, Jack and Rose’s love story isn’t the only story in the film that was tragic.
In fact, director James Cameron, based a few scenes from true events that happened while the ship was sinking including the fact that the third class passengers were trapped, the couple who simply chose to go down with the Titanic, and the band who continued to play while the ship was sinking.
Finally, the tale of the royal family of Russia. This animated film was obviously based on the tale of Anastasia Romanova and her family’s tragic death. The film focuses on Anastasia, who ended up in an orphanage after escaping the tragedy caused by the evil sorcerer, Rasputin, and unfortunately forgot about her true identity.
With the help of Dimitri, who had no idea she was the real Anastasia at first, she was reunited with the Duchess, who was her grandmother. Unfortunately, what really happened to the Romanova family was more tragic than what happened in the film. Rasputin wasn’t really a sorcerer, he was, in fact, a monk and died before the family did.
The Russian Imperial Romanova Family was captured and killed by Bolshevik troops under the toddler of the aural Regional Soviet. For years, a lot of people believed that the young Duchess Anastasia managed to escape, but historians believed that she died with her family.
“Life is a road that I wanna keep going, love is a river I want to keep flowing, life is a road now and forever, wonderful journey. I’ll be there when the world stops turning, I’ll be there when the storm is through, in the end I wanna be standing at the beginning with you.” – Anastasia
It is indeed true, that the best stories are the ones that happen in real life because they will always be better than the ones that are just created inside someone’s head with the use of their imagination.