Real-Time Movies

List of movies based on real events from visitors to our site: Amundsen, The Highwaymen, 22 July, The Art of Loving: The Story of Michalina Wislocka, The Best of Enemies, Vice, Three Identical Strangers, They Shall Not Grow Old, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, White Boy Rick
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Amundsen (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.3)
Genredrama, adventure, biography, history
Duration02:05
PlotOn real events, Snow, Cold, Expeditions, Political
PlaceAntarctica

Based on the true story of polar explorer, Roald Amundsen, this movie covers his life and the dangerous way to the pole.

The Highwaymen (2019)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective, biography
Duration02:41
CharactersPartners
PlotOn real events, Bank robbery, Political

In 1934, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, two former Texas Rangers, are commissioned to put an end to the wave of vicious crimes perpetrated by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, a notorious duo of infamous robbers and cold-blooded killers who nevertheless are worshiped by the public.

22 July (2018)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, history
CountryNorway, Iceland, USA
Duration02:45
CharactersTerrorists
PlotOn real events, Soccer
PlaceNorway, Court
StyleNetflix

In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utöya Island outside of Oslo. This three-part story will focus on the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved.

The Art of Loving: The Story of Michalina Wislocka (2017)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryPoland
CharactersDoctors
PlotOn real events
PlaceLake, Poland

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.

The Best of Enemies (2019)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration02:43
CharactersPartners, Parents
PlotOn real events, Political
StyleDisturbing, Tense

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Vice (2018)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
Duration02:07
CharactersLesbians, Horses
PlotPolitical, On real events, Power
PlaceUSA

George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

Three Identical Strangers (2018)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.7)
Genredrama, documentary, detective, biography
Duration02:08
CharactersBrothers
PlotOn real events

New York, 1980. Three complete strangers accidentally discover that they're identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives – and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

They Shall Not Grow Old (2018)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 8.3)
Genredocumentary, military, history
Duration02:30
CharactersSoldier
PlotOn real events, War

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genredrama
Duration02:34
CharactersPoor
PlotSurvival, Hunger, On real events
PlaceSmall cities, School
StyleTo cry, Heavy

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

White Boy Rick (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genredrama, crime, biography
Duration01:51
CharactersScammers, Criminals, Parents, Family, FBI
PlotOn real events, Money
StyleTense, Heavy

The story of a teenager, Richard Wershe Jr., who became an undercover informant for the police during the 1980s and was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.

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Operation Finale (2018)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrethriller, drama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersJews, Special agents, Spy
PlotOn real events, Investigation
PlaceIsrael
TimeWorld War II

In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 8)
Genredrama, music, biography
Duration02:09
CharactersMusicians, Singers, Celebrities, Guitarists, Gay
PlotOn real events
PlaceLondon, Concerts, England
StyleBest soundtracks, Worth watching, Oscars

Singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and bass guitarist John Deacon take the music world by storm when they form the rock 'n' roll band Queen in 1970. Hit songs become instant classics. When Mercury's increasingly wild lifestyle starts to spiral out of control, Queen soon faces its greatest challenge yet – finding a way to keep the band together amid the success and excess.

Where Hands Touch (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.8)
Genremelodrama, drama, military
Duration02:26
CharactersChildrens
PlotOn real events, War, Survival, Love, Relationship
PlaceGermany
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Soulful

Germany, 1944. Leyna, the 15-year old daughter of a white German mother and a black African father, meets Lutz, a compassionate member of the Hitler Youth whose father is a prominent Nazi soldier, and they form an unlikely connection in this quickly changing world.

15 Minutes of War (2019)
Mark6.2 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
Duration01:38
CharactersSnipers, Lifeguards, Terrorists
PlotHostage, On real events
StyleTense, Disturbing

February 1976. Somalian rebels hijack a school bus carrying 21 French children and their teacher in Djibouti City. When the terrorists drive it to a no-man’s-land on the border between Somalia and French territory, the French Government sends out a newly formed elite squad to rescue the hostages. Within a few hours, the highly trained team arrives to the crisis area, where the Somalian National Army has taken position behind the barbed wire on the border. The French unit is left with very few options to rescue the hostages. As the volatile situation unravels, the French men quickly come up with a daring plan: carry out a simultaneous 5 men sniper attack to get the children and the teacher out safely. A true story.

Never Look Away (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
Duration02:16
CharactersArtists
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Love, Art
PlacePrison

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Billionaire Boys Club (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.6)
Genrethriller, drama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersBusinessmen, Rich, Scammers, Billionaires
PlotOn real events, Money
PlaceParty, Wall Street
StyleMakes me think, Fascinating

Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a get rich quick scam that turns deadly.

Nureyev (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
Genredocumentary
Duration01:49
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events, Dancing

An insight into the life of the world's most famous male dancer, Rudolf Nureyev.

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Mark4.4 (imdb: 5.8)
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:28
CharactersTerrorists, Lifeguards
PlotOn real events, Hostage, Political
PlaceAircraft, Israel
StyleTense

In 1976, four hijackers take over an Air France airplane with 248 passengers on board and force it to land in Entebbe, Uganda.

Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 8.4)
Genredocumentary, biography
Duration02:27
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events

Fred Rogers used puppets and play to explore complex social issues: race, disability, equality and tragedy, helping form the American concept of childhood. He spoke directly to children and they responded enthusiastically. Yet today, his impact is unclear. Have we lived up to Fred's ideal of good neighbors?

Stronger (2017)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:32
CharactersTerrorists
PlotOn real events, Investigation
StyleDisturbing

A victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma.

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 5.2)
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersTerrorists, Military, Soldier
PlotOn real events
PlaceTrains, Paris, School

In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. One was a college student, one was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, and the other was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

Michelangelo Endless (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, biography
Duration01:36
CharactersCelebrities, Artists, Geniuses
PlotOn real events
PlaceItaly
StyleInspirational

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Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019)
Mark8 (imdb: 7)
Genredrama, biography, history
Duration01:32
PlotOn real events, Political
PlaceEngland

Political strategist Dominic Cummings leads a popular but controversial campaign to convince British voters to leave the European Union from 2015 up until the present day.

Salyut-7 (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryRussia
Duration02:01
CharactersAstronauts
PlotOn real events
PlaceSpace
StyleExciting

Salyut 7, the Soviet space station, was orbiting Earth in unmanned regime. Suddenly it stops responding to signals from the Ground Control. Fall of this station, the pride of soviet science and space industry, would not only damage the image of the country, but also bring upon tragedy, probably with loss of life. Astronauts have to be sent to the station to find what caused the breakdown and prevent the catastrophe. However, nobody has ever docked an uncontrolled object in space. To this day this is the most technically complicated mission in the history of the world of space navigation.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.7)
Genredocumentary
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:37
PlotOn real events

Offbeat documentarian Chris Smith provides a behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Carrey adopted the persona of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman on the set of Man on the Moon.

Detroit (2017)
Mark5.8 (imdb: 7.3)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, history
CountryUSA
Duration02:35
PlotOn real events, Death

A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizens' uprisings in the history of the United States.

I Am Paul Walker (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
CharactersActors, Celebrities
PlotOn real events

Explore the life and legacy of actor Paul Walker, the Southern California native who cut his teeth as a child actor before breaking out in the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise.

The Mercy (2018)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama, adventure, detective, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:28
PlotOn real events, Survival, Travel
PlaceSea, Yachts
StylePhilosophical, For men

Yachtsman Donald Crowhurst's disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race ends up with him creating an outrageous account of traveling the world alone by sea.

Winchester (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 5.4)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, detective, biography
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:46
PlotGhosts, On real events, Curses
PlaceCalifornia
StyleGothic

San Jose, California, 1906. Isolated in her labyrinthine mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester believes that she is being haunted by the souls of those killed by the guns manufactured by her company.

David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2017)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredocumentary
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersSingers
PlotOn real events

In the last five years of his life, David Bowie ended nearly a decade of silence to engage in an extraordinary burst of activity, producing two groundbreaking albums and a musical. David Bowie: The Last Five Years explores this unexpected end to a remarkable career. Made with remarkable access, Francis Whately’s documentary is a revelatory follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary David Bowie: Five Years, which chronicled Bowie’s golden ‘70s and early-‘80s period.

Whitney (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
Duration01:44
CharactersActors, Celebrities, Singers
PlotOn real events

Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald examines the life and career of singer Whitney Houston. Features never-before-seen archival footage, exclusive recordings, rare performances and interviews with the people who knew her best.

The White Crow (2019)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genredrama, biography
Duration02:24
PlotDancing, On real events
TimeCold War

The story of Rudolf Nureyev, whose escape to the West stunned the world at the height of the Cold War. With his magnetic presence, Nureyev emerged as ballet’s most famous star, a wild and beautiful dancer limited by the world of 1950s Leningrad. His flirtation with Western artists and ideas led him into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the KGB.

Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.9)
Genredocumentary
Duration02:08
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events

Girl next door, activist, so-called traitor, fitness tycoon, Oscar winner: Jane Fonda has lived a life of controversy, tragedy and transformation – and she’s done it all in the public eye. An intimate look at one woman’s singular journey.

Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredocumentary, music, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sri Lanka
Duration02:18
CharactersPoor, Celebrities, Cats, Journalists
PlotSuccess, On real events, Love, Motorcycles
PlaceGhetto, Sea, Aircraft, India
TimeNew Year

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.

Come Sunday (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 6)
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration02:33
CharactersPriests
PlotOn real events, Religious
StylePhilosophical, Netflix, Makes me think

Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.

Padman (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, biography
Duration02:30
CharactersBusinessmen
PlotOn real events
PlaceIndia

Concerned about his wife Gayatri's menstrual hygiene, Lakshmikant Chauhan urges her to ditch the cloth and opt for sanitary napkins. Gayatri is reluctant to go for disposable pads as they are expensive. Lakshmi obsessing over a 'ladies problem' makes her cringe but he insists on bringing upon a change by addressing the taboo topic. Subjected to hostility for ruffling the religious and age-old beliefs of people around, can the man brave the resistance and get his point across?

Rebel in the Rye (2017)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 6.6)
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:16
CharactersWriters, Geniuses
PlotOn real events, Obsession

The life of celebrated but reclusive author, J.D. Salinger, who gained worldwide fame with the publication of his novel, The Catcher in the Rye.

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (2018)
Mark8 (imdb: 8)
Genrecomedy, documentary, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:26
CharactersActors
PlotOn real events

A funny, intimate and heartbreaking portrait of one of the world’s most beloved and inventive comedians, Robin Williams, told largely through his own words. Celebrates what he brought to comedy and to the culture at large, from the wild days of late-1970s L.A. to his death in 2014.

Rocketman (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredrama, musical, music, biography
Duration01:53
CharactersCelebrities, Musicians, Singers, Pianists
PlotOn real events, Music
StyleVivid

The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

Free Solo (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 8.2)
Genredocumentary, sport
Duration02:28
CharactersClimbers
PlotOn real events

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite's 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.

Evil Genius (2018)
CharactersCouriers
PlotOn real events, Robbery, Death, Money, Investigation
PlaceUSA

This baffling true crime story starts with the grisly death of a pizza man who robs a bank with a bomb around his neck - and gets weirder from there.

Shirkers (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredocumentary
Duration02:39
CharactersDirectors
PlotOn real events

In 1992, teenager Sandi Tan shot Singapore's first indie road movie with her enigmatic American mentor Georges – who then vanished with all the footage. Twenty years later, the 16mm film is recovered, sending Tan, now a novelist in Los Angeles, on a personal odyssey in search of Georges' vanishing footprints.

Darkest Hour (2017)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.4)
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:30
PlotOn real events, Political

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrecomedy, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:37
CharactersBusinessmen
PlotOn real events, Funeral
StyleNetflix, Smart

The National Lampoon name became globally recognized after the monumental success of Animal House—but before the glory days, it was a scrappy yet divinely subversive magazine and radio show that introduced the world to comedic geniuses like Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, and Gilda Radner. The driving force behind National Lampoon was Doug Kenney (Will Forte), and his truly wild and crazy story unfolds in A Futile and Stupid Gesture from Harvard to Hollywood to Caddyshack and beyond.

Leaving Neverland (2019)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 7)
Genredocumentary, biography
Duration03:52
CharactersCelebrities
PlotOn real events

Explores the experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were both befriended and sexually abused by singer Michael Jackson, and the complicated feelings that led them both to confront their experiences.

Tour de Pharmacy (2017)
Mark7.8 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, sport
CountryUSA
Duration00:52
CharactersCyclists
PlotOn real events, Sports

A mockumentary that chronicles the prevalence of doping in the world of professional cycling.

Fyre (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredocumentary, music
Duration02:18
PlotOn real events
PlaceParty

He promised supermodels and yachts, but delivered tents and cheese sandwiches. How one man engineered a music festival disaster.

Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.3)
Genredocumentary
CountrySweden, Norway
Duration01:44
CharactersDirectors
PlotOn real events

A focuses on 1957, one of the most prolific years for the Swedish director. During the year he shot two films, opened two of his most celebrated films (The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries), and produced four plays and a TV movie while juggling with a complicated private life.

The Dirt (2019)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7)
Genrecomedy, drama, music, biography
Duration02:44
CharactersMusicians, Rockers, Businessmen
PlotOn real events

The story of Mötley Crüe and their rise from the Sunset Strip club scene of the early 1980s to superstardom.

Kusama : Infinity (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredocumentary
Duration01:16
CharactersCelebrities, Artists
PlotOn real events

Now one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Yayoi Kusama broke free of the rigid society in which she was raised, and overcame sexism, racism, and mental illness to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. At 88 she lives in a mental hospital and continues to create art.

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