5 Movies You Would Never Believe Were Based on True StoriesBy Toby Tunwase
Movies stretch our imaginations. However, for some people, true-life stories do not exactly cut it. Some real stories tend to come off as documentaries rather than as movies. Other times, they get unnecessarily long or have too many details cut out.
However, this doesn’t change the fact that true stories can be very enjoyable. In fact, some real-life stories seem so unreal and absurd that you’d think they were imagined. Here are five famous movies that really happened.
The Hunt for Red October
You must have heard that this movie is based on a Tom Clancy novel. Well, the full detail is that the plot of both the novel and movie is from the true-life story of Valery Sablin, who led a mutiny on a Soviet ship.
The interesting but lengthy crime movie is based on Frank Sheeran’s confession about the murder of Jimmy Hoffa, recorded in Charles Brandt’s novel, “I Heard You Paint Houses.”
The Sound of Music
The hills were truly alive with the sound of music. The movie tells the true tale of Maria, who was shipped off to become the governess of the Von Trapps. The rest, as they don’t say, is melodious history.
A Few Good Men
This legal drama is an adaptation of several factual accounts from the true story of a US Marine who died after his disappearance. The Tom Cruise lawyer finesse is exaggerated, though.
You probably didn’t think Susanna was a real person, did you? Well, she was, and the movie is entirely based on memoirs detailing her experiences.