The ‘Based on a True Story’ Phrase: Does it Work?

Based on a True Story Movies - Hidden Figures
The Story: 

Ever been to a movie and found this phrase right at the beginning of it? Did it make you wonder as to how the story would shape up?

Based on a true story is one of those catchy phrases that have little effect on a movie on viewers than producers think. But this doesn't go without recognizing that there are some cool movies that have captured the viewers that are based on a true story. Of course, the movies have gone through a twist to suit the silver screen or fill in the gaps where the story felt thin. The  based on a true story movie legacy makes people want to watch the movie more. 

The Top ‘Based on a True Story’ Movies

So, how did these movies fare when it came to the box office? And how true were they when it came to the story depiction?

This article is going to focus on movies that have had good standings on the silver screen. The events did happen in real time and some have been told in different degrees of history

1. Titanic (1997)

The Titanic is one of the best-grossed films of the 20th Century and also the 21st century. Based on true events that did happen there were additional fictional events. For instance, Jack and Rose played by Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet respectively were actually fictional characters. 

However, they did interact with actual characters, who were on the ship. The movie writer and director James Cameron wanted the both of them to interact with real-life characters in first class who had far more interesting stories than even Jack and Rose. 

For instance, the character Margaret Brown played by Kathy Banes played a significant role in the Titanic. Once the Carpathia had rescued first class survivors, Margaret Brown coordinated with other first-class survivors to rescue lowers class survivors. She became known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown."

2. Hidden Figures(2017)

The movie was adapted from Margot Lee Shetterly Hidden Figures. The film focuses on three black women who were pioneers: Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. They were part of NASA's human team of 'computers'

The "human computers" was a group of women who calculated the most complex equations by hand. While the women did the same as their white counterparts they were segregated to the West campus of the Langley. They used separate bathrooms from their counterparts and were paid less. 

There is no way a movie can tell the full story of these women. The book chronicles the events in full.

3. Catch me if you can.

The film follows a 17-year-old scam and forger who became one of the best bank robbers in history. Frank Abagnale pursued by FBI Agent Carl Hanratty.

In his memoir, Frank did some unbelievable things such as escaping from the VC10 jetliner. According to him he removed the toilet and climbed down beneath it escaping through a hatch onto the tarmac. During an interview, Frank said he had fun getting away with stuff.

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