I scoured through the archives of to get you a list of all the movies on Netflix based on a true story. I found 35 on there of which I had a personal bet with myself on who would be the “truest actor”, the person who had most true stories under their belt. I originally thought it was going to be Kevin Costner or Tim Robbins… and the winner is… (drum roll begins)
After a young woman suffers a brutal rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.
About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt.
War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.
Journalist Anne Roland finds a web of government cover-ups while investigating a friend’s death in this compelling true story. The trail leads her from a seemingly innocuous desert ranch to the highest levels of power, and may endanger her own life.
THE BATTLE FOR HADITHA
An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”.
BOYS DON’T CRY
Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
CITY OF GOD
Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
ED GEIN: THE BUTCHER OF PLAINFIELD
Inspired by the true story of one of the most gruesome killers in American history. Now, years after inspiring “Psycho’s” Norman Bates, “The Silence Of The Lambs’” Buffalo Bill and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s” Leatherface, the story of real life serial killer Ed Gein is told once again. Nicknamed “The Butcher Of Plainfield,” Gein was responsible for a rash of gory murders that sent shock waves through his rural Wisconsin town, and across America, in the late 1950’s. Prepare to enter the evil mind and twisted world of “The Butcher Of Plainfield.”
26 men are chosen to participate in the roles of guards and prisoners in a psychological study that ultimately spirals out of control.
Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
Based on the true life serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.
HOLY ROLLERS: THE TRUE STORY OF CARD COUNTING CHRISTIANS
Follow the rise of the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America — made up entirely of card-counting, churchgoing Christians.
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
THE HUNTING PARTY
A young journalist, a seasoned cameraman and a discredited war correspondent embark on an unauthorized mission to find the No.1 war criminal in Bosnia. However, their extremely dangerous target decides to come after them.
The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.
Based on a true story, a quadriplegic aristocrat’s world is turned upside down when he hires a good-humored ex-con as his caretaker.
A young gang member turns his life around in prison, thanks to the friendship he forms with a convicted murderer who becomes his mentor.
THE KING’S SPEECH
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
MY LEFT FOOT
Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb – his left foot.
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
PAIN & GAIN
A crew of ripped Miami bodybuilders scores a high-rolling lifestyle through kidnapping and extortion in this crime comedy based on a true story.
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.
THE SARATOV APPROACH
Two missionaries are kidnapped and held for ransom while serving in Russia.
THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother’s new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
This film is based on the story of the capture of computer hacker “Kevin Mitnick”.
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
WE WERE SOLDIERS
The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.
THE WORLD’S FASTEST INDIAN
The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle — a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.
(end of drum roll) The winner with two is… Anthony Hopkins! Congrats to the man who had killer sideburns in Amistad and faster than a dude with a fleshlight in The Worlds Fastest Indian.