True story: Recent movies

Here are a few recent movies based on true story:


  • One Life: This biographical drama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who is credited with saving over 600 Jewish children from the Holocaust by organizing their escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
  • Holland, Michigan: This drama is based on the true story of an unspoken romance that develops between a down-on-his-luck auto worker and a woman with a mysterious past.
  • Disclaimer: This thriller is based on the novel of the same name by Renee Knight and follows a widow who discovers a shocking secret about her deceased husband. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline.
  • Ferrari: This biographical drama chronicles the life of Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the legendary Ferrari racing team and car manufacturer. The film stars Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari.
  • Boston Strangler: This crime thriller tells the story of the Boston Strangler, a serial killer who terrorized Boston in the 1960s. The film stars Keira Knightley and Carrie Coon.


Billion Dollar Raja: Upcoming investigative financial drama is inspired by the true story of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, his involvement in insider trading, and the prosecution that brought him down.


  • Ghani: This sports drama biopic is based on the life of Indian boxer Ghani Khan, who rose from poverty to become a national champion.


Malayalam movies based on true story:

  1. Manjummel Boys (2024): Directed by Chidambaram, this survival thriller is based on real events that transpired in the infamous ‘Guna Caves’ located in Kodaikanal. The film tells the story of a group of friends stuck in the cave with no one to rescue them. It features an ensemble cast including Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Ganapathi, Lal Jr, Khalid Rahman, and Deepak Parambol.
  2. Romancham: Although not recent, this movie is worth mentioning. Director Jithu Madhavan mined personal experiences to create this blockbuster. The film is inspired by real-life incidents he encountered while living in Marthahalli with friends. What initially terrified him later turned into a horror-comedy as he recalled those experiences with a humorous twist.
  3. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Crime File, and Celluloid are other Malayalam movies inspired by real-life incidents.


Here are some Tamil movies based on true story:

  1. Kaadhal (2004): Directed by Balaji Sakthivel, this film features Bharath and Sandhya in the lead roles. While parts of the movie are fictional, the climax is based on a true incident.
  2. Pichaikkaran (2016): Starring Vijay Antony and Satna Titus, this movie, directed by Sasi, revolves around a wealthy businessman who secretly lives as a beggar to save his mother from dying.
  3. Aval: A horror film directed by Milind Rau, it stars Siddharth and Andrea. The story is based on a real incident that happened to a friend of Siddharth and Milind’s family.
  4. Kalloori (2007): Directed by Balaji Shakthivel, this film is inspired by a tragic real event that occurred in 2000. Three college girls from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University were burnt alive during a bus burning accident in Dharmapuri.
  5. Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom: Featuring Vijay Sethupathi, this comedy-drama is based on a true incident where the protagonist loses his memory just before his wedding.

These movies based on true story offer a glimpse into real-life events, making them both engaging and thought-provoking.

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