You won't believe these films are based on a true story

09 Jul 2018
Some of the best movie plots have been inspired by true events. To celebrate the release of Tag, a film based on a real-life game of tag that lasted for over 30 years (we’re not kidding), we’ve picked a few of our favourite films depicting unbelievable true stories... 
Tom Hanks	as Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger in Sully: Miracle on the Hudson.

The 2016 biographical drama Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, is based on the true story of US Airways pilots Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles as they find themselves without engine power on flight 1549 shortly after take-off. With the lives of the crew and passengers in their hands, miraculously, everyone was saved and Sully hailed a hero.

 This praise is short-lived however, as he is thrown into a court room battle against The National Transportation Safety Board, who question whether he acted properly by choosing to land in the Hudson river. Tom Hanks takes on the leading role of Sully in this film inspired by the autobiography Highest Skies, written by Sullenburger himself and journalist Jeffrey Zaslow.

Oh hai, Mark. The Disaster Artist is an American comedy-drama based on the true story behind Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 melodrama, The Room. Dubbed as one of the worst films ever made, it went on to reach cult status and is still watched and celebrated all over the world, manly thanks to the bizarre storyline and awkward acting.

The Disaster Artist is a story about the making of The Room. Written and directed by James Franco and released in 2017, it lifts the lid on how the world’s worst film came to fruition, with a surprisingly inspiring story of friendship and ambition. Franco stars as Wiseau, with his younger brother, Dave Franco taking on the role of best friend Greg Sestero. There’s also a whole host of recognisable faces, through character performances or hilarious cameos.

Black Mass

‘In the beginning, Jim was a small-time player. Next thing you know, he’s a damn kingpin.’ Based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass is the true story of an unholy alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob, with no shortage of ruthlessly violent twists and turns as the tale unfolds.

The story is set in 1970s’ South Boston and features Johnny Depp as the infamous American mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, who sees himself persuaded by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) to cooperate with the FBI. The 2015 release is brimming with edge-of-your-seat action and bloodthirsty Irish and Italian mobsters.

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Who knew a game of hide-and-seek could go so wrong? Based on the true story of the Perron family who, terrorised by dark spirits in a secluded farmhouse, call on the help of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to rid their lives of the terrifying, demonic entity.

Set in Harrisville, Rhode Island in 1971, the investigators do all they can to banish the spirits and spare the family from further paranormal activity. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga take on the roles of the investigators in this supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and released in 2013. The film’s sequel, The Conjuring 2, was released in June 2016.
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This Clint Eastwood-directed tale from 2009 recalls the story of the South African rugby team in the lead-up to the 1995 World Cup. Nelson Mandela, who famously appeared at the final wearing a Springbok rugby shirt, is played by Morgan Freeman, with South Africa captain François Pienaar portrayed by Matt Damon – both actors received Oscar nominations.

The title of the film refers to a Victorian poem that inspired Mandela during his 27-year incarceration on Robben Island, a place the Springboks visited during the tournament to understand what Mandela had gone through.

In the heart of the sea A cruel twist of fate based on a true story

Based on the tragic true story of the whaling ship Essex, as told by the book of the same name written by Nathaniel Philbrick and published in 2000, Ron Howard’s adventure-drama explores the dramatic events that took place aboard the Essex in 1820 as it set sail in pursuit of whale oil.

A cruel twist of fate sees the crew shipwrecked and fighting for their lives as the men are forced to make a series of harrowing decisions in untenable circumstances. The events that took place inspired the classic novel Moby Dick. This 2015 film stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s first mate Owen Chase, and Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced captain George Pollard.

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What if we refused to stop playing our favourite childhood games just because we grew up? Tag, the uplifting, action-packed comedy directed by Jeff Tomsic features a group of childhood friends who did exactly that, making a playground pact to never stop playing their favourite game of tag, no matter what.

The group of friends, dubbed the ‘Tag Brothers’ became involved in a 30-year long game of tag, despite jobs, relationships, children and house moves, casting all plans aside each May to dedicate every last second to not being 'it'. Inspired by their insane antics and flagrant one-upmanship, Tag not only packs in plenty of action, it also drums home the importance of perpetual friendship, and the lengths we should go to in order to protect it.

The film stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner and is in UK cinemas now! Take a look at the trailer here.

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