Real life can be so impressive and unpredictable that it gives us real screenplays. The famous saying “life imitates art” used to say, but there are times when the opposite is thought.
See here the 10 best films based on real facts and the stories behind them
1 – (2002)
In from Steven SpielbergLeonardo DiCaprio is Frank Abagnale Jr., a swindler who, before the age of 17, was already one of the most successful thieves in the United States. But in pursuit is FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks), who uses every means to stop the criminal.
In addition to writing bad checks, Frank also posed as a doctor, airline pilot, lawyer and several other professions. He was arrested in France in 1969, and was later extradited to Sweden, where he was detained for one year for the crime of falsehood. Later, a judge revoked Abagnale’s passport, and he was forced to return to the United States. There, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison.
However, Frank Abagnale Jr. was released in 1974, on condition that he worked for the FBI, identifying monetary fraud. Years later, he founded the company, in which he warns the business world about fraud.
Based on the book, written by Frank and co-written by Stan Redding, the film was nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Supporting Actor’, for Christopher Walken’s performance as Frank Abagnale (father of the protagonist), and ‘Best Original Soundtrack’, for John Williams.
2 – (2013)
The work of Steve McQueen is based on the memoir of Solomon Northup (in the film, Chiwetel Eljiofor), a free black man who is kidnapped and sold as a slave, passing by people who exploit his services.
Enslaved for twelve years, he was formally released in 1853, the year he wrote. Northup was a strong ally in the fight against slavery in the United States until his death in 1863.
was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won three, including Best Picture.
3 – (1980)
Starring Robert De Niro, it is a film directed by Martin Scorsese, which tells the story of Jake LaMotta, a middleweight boxer who, unable to show feelings, has his professional life destabilized. It is based on the autobiography, written in 1970.
With 83 victories, LaMotta was known for defeating the then undefeated Sugar Ray Robinson (played by Johnny Barnes), creating a rivalry that yielded six historic fights.
Jake was suspended on suspicion of fraud in a defeat for Billy Fox and later admitted to doing so to gain the Mafia’s prestige. In addition, he was known for his aggressiveness, injuring his wife Vikki (in the film, revived by Cathy Moriaty) several times.
After retiring, LaMotta bought bars, as well as becoming an actor and comedian. He was arrested for allowing a minor to enter his bar, as well as introducing her to an older man.
The classic was nominated for eight Oscar nominations in the 1981 edition, winning two: ‘Best Actor’, for De Niro, and ‘Best Edition’, for Thelma Schoonmaker. Jake LaMotta passed away in 2017, at the age of 95.
4 – (2013)
In this other Martin Scorsese film, Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Jordan Belfort, an ambitious New York stock exchange broker who is growing rapidly and illegally. Thus, his methods attract the attention of the police.
The work is based on two books by Jordan Belfort himself, which tell the story behind one of the biggest financial scandals in the United States.
Jordan founded the company in the late 1980s, where he obtained millions of dollars by selling shares with a low market value, and then went on to negotiate IPOs (process by which a company becomes a publicly traded company) illegally. .
In 1996, the illegal scheme was discovered by the authorities. As a result, the bank was closed and Belfort was arrested, accused of real estate fraud and money laundering. In 2003, I managed to negotiate a four-year sentence with the FBI. Jordan currently writes books and is a motivational speaker.
The cinematographic work garnered five Oscar nominations, but left the 2014 ceremony empty-handed.
5 – (2010)
Winner of 3 Oscar nominations in 2011, David Fincher’s film counts as the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), became the youngest billionaire in history. It was adapted from the book, written by Ben Mezrich.
A Harvard student, Zuckerberg has always maintained the title of programming prodigy, developing different programs (such as CourseMatch, which allowed users to play the classic “Atari”). The main one was, a controversial website that allowed users to rate Harvard girls.
In 2004, in partnership with the Brazilian Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), he launched Facebook, which became a fever among university students. Thus, Zuckerberg moved to Silicon Valley and, from there, a series of controversies due to Saverin’s ejection of the project began.
Four years later, Facebook was already one of the largest social networks in activity, and its owner joined the list.
Mark Zuckerberg currently has a net worth of $ 66.4 billion.
6 – (1993)
In 1993, director Steven Spielberg moved the world with a work that would become one of the great classic films. tells how a member of the Nazi Party endeavored to save the lives of 1200 Jews during the Holocaust.
Adapted from the book by Australian writer Thomas Keneally, the film demonstrates one of the greatest life-love stories ever seen. With his strong influence within the Nazi Party, Schindler (played by Liam Neeson) managed to open a factory, in which he employed Jewish labor and avoided sending many to concentration camps.
The film was recognized with seven gold statuettes, including ‘Best Picture’.
7 – (1990)
In yet another Martin Scorcese film on that list, actor Ray Liotta incorporates Henry Hill, a criminal who practically grew up in the mafia. He likes money and luxury, but greed and drugs take his life away.
Hill started his “gangster life” as a boy when he tried to steal tires from a gas station. Refusing to denounce colleagues, he gained respect in the Lucchese family, mainly from James Burke (inspiration for the character Jimmy Conoway, played by Robert De Niro).
In 1963, Henry began embezzling goods and stealing, including the great theft of Lufthansa, the largest in the United States at that time.
In the 70s, the mobster started to deal with drugs and, despite earning a lot of money, he started to suffer a lot physically and psychologically.
In April 1980, he was arrested by the police. Paranoid about the possibility of being murdered by Burke due to the Lufthansa robbery, Hill handed over all the mafia schemes he was aware of to the FBI. Then, he was sent to a witness protection program, given a new identity and moved to Nebraska.
Hill was arrested again for drug possession in 2001. Divorced and unemployed, he started earning money by giving interviews and assisting writers, as well as participating in films. Among the films, he was nominated for six Oscar categories and won one (‘Best Supporting Actor’, for Joe Pesci). Henry Hill passed away on June 12, 2012.
8 – (1997)
Director James Cameron’s film recounts, from a romantic perspective, the story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, supposedly “unsinkable”. In the work, Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) is a poor artist who wins a ticket to the Titanic.
There, he meets Rose (Kate Winslet), a young woman from a wealthy family, married to Cal (Billy Zane), the son of a metal worker. When the ship starts to sink, Jack and Rose defy the dangers to stay together.
This film classic received 13 Oscar nominations and won 11 statuettes, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Director’.
9 – (2002)
Adrien Brody became the youngest to win the Oscar for ‘Best Actor’, playing Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish musician from Poland, seeing his country change radically with the outbreak of World War II.
Forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto, he is separated from his family during Operation Reinhardt, initiated in 1942 by the Third Reich, with the aim of exterminating some groups of the Government of Poland, occupied by Nazi Germany. From that moment on, Szpilman hides in several places, avoiding being captured.
In 1945, shortly after the war, Szpilman wrote the memoir, strongly censored by the communist authorities. The memoirs were only reprinted in 1998, published under the title of.
Two years later, Wladyslaw Szpilman passed away, but his memories were revived for the cinema in this film by Roman Polanski, for which the filmmaker won the Oscar for ‘Best Director’. The film also won in the category of ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’.
10 – (2015)
Oscar winner for ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Original Screenplay’, by Tom McCarthy tells the story of a group of journalists investigating child abuse by Catholic priests, hidden by the Church. Through investigations, they gather evidence to prove the crimes committed and the involvement of religious leaders who concealed the cases.
The investigation was carried out by the Boston Globe newspaper’s Spotlight team, which took place in 2001. It started when the newspaper’s director, Marty Baron (played by Liev Schreiber in the film), decided to delve into the topic in a newspaper column, with the help of Spotlight.
The harassment cases began with that of Father John Geoghan, who was accused in 1996 of abusing a woman’s three children. From that, several reports began to emerge, and the number of cases reached 70.
The following year, Eileen McNamara (incorporated by Maureen Keiller) published texts on the subject, as the number of complaints increased. McNamara questioned how Cardinal Bernard Law (Len Cariou) handled Geoghan’s situation, just by transferring him to another church. Law even made an official announcement that denied the situation.
Phil Saviano (Neal Huff), abused by Father David Holley, helped with the investigation by gathering more evidence against Holley. He ignored financial arrangements made by the Church to break the silence, as he had AIDS and would soon die.
Subsequently, the estimated 20 cases became 250, found through interviews with victims and lawyers. The repercussion of the case was such that it received about calls reporting cases. In 2003, the Spotlight team won the Pulitzer Prize.