10 Movies “Based On True Stories” That Are Completely Inaccurate

Everyone loves a movie based on a true story. Somehow, knowing that the events on screen happened can provide a more poignant tone and relatable element. Yet often filmmakers have a vague definition of “based on a true story.”

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Of course, a movie can’t recreate an actual event with exact precision. Sometimes truth embellishment is just what a movie needs to make it cinematic. In some cases it works, but in others a film would have been better off sticking to the facts.

“Sanka” and “Yul” Cool races Did not exist

Cool races

Everyone knows the funny and charming Disney movie cool races, ostensibly about the first Jamaican bobsleigh team. It would be a true story about a group of Jamaican sprinters who overcame adversity to earn respect and become Winter Olympics champions.

The 1988 Winter Olympics saw the arrival of the first Jamaican bobsled team, but that’s about where the similarities between film and real life end. The film entirely made up the characters and their lives. Much of the “adversity” the team has faced is fabricated – for example, the film shows that the unit is unaccustomed to freezing conditions. The winter was very warm, with some daytime temperatures reaching 60 degrees Fahrenheit.


John Nash in a beautiful spirit Didn’t hallucinate her roommate

a beautiful spirit

a beautiful spirit was praised for its gripping storyline and sensitive handling and portrayal of mental illness. It’s also known for delivering one of the most dramatic twists in popular film and has won multiple Oscars.

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The film draws criticism for its lack of adherence to real events. Although John Nash suffered from debilitating schizophrenia, he never had visual hallucinationsnot to mention the imaginary fabrications of whole people for years.

Will Murdoch of Titanic was a hero


Titanic is perhaps one of the most famous films ever made. It is an exciting watch due to both a young blossoming romance and impending life-and-death catastrophe. Audiences generally know that the couple, Jack and Rose, weren’t real people on the ship, but the sinking story is meant to be the real story.

There are many definite aspects to the film, but some are over-dramatizations. One of the scariest scenes shows the lower class passengers being locked behind doors with no chance of escaping, which does not occur. Also, officer Will Murdoch is portrayed as a villain who shoots an innocent passenger and then kills himself. In reality, Murdoch was a hero who saved many lives during the incident.

Despite The theory of everythingStephen Hawking was not very nice

The theory of everything

The theory of All tells the story of a physicist stephen hawking. It is based on a memoir written by Hawking’s wife and chronicles Hawking’s life as he deals with chronic illnesses as a prominent physician.

Even though the film comes out of events depicted in an actual biography, it remains noticeably strays from real events. The main difference is in Hawking’s personality, which the film portrays as charming and kind. In fact, his wife and friends claim that he could be very judgmental and rude. His wife writes that he “had no qualms monopolizing the conversation at parties with his controversial views”.

Alan Turing’s homosexuality was more important than The imitation game made to be

The imitation game

Benedict Cumberbatch rooms Alan Turing in The imitation gamewhich tells the story of Turing designing a machine capable of cracking the secret code of the German army during World War II.

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While the main events of the film are more or less historically accurate, certain aspects are not. Unlike Stephen Hawking, Turing appears to have been more amiable and personable than depicted on screen. The movie too minimizes his homosexualitya huge obstacle in his real life.

Steve Jobs was actually nicer

Steve Jobs

Following the familiar vein of biopics about eccentric geniuses who changed the world Steve Jobs is based on a biography of the man himself. The film received praise for its acting and production.

Steve Jobs’ real business partner, Steve Wozniak, was publicly critical the freedoms of filmmakers in the face of real history. Most of Jobs’ altercations with co-workers in the film never happened. Like Alan Turing, Jobs was a much nicer person in real life.

Pocahontas was ten years old when she met John Smith

Pocahontas rowing with Meeko

A classic Disney animated film, Pocahontas depicts a romance between John Smith and the main character while telling the story of English settlement in modern Virginia where the Powhatan tribe lived.

Of course, this is a Disney animated film aimed at children, so it is related to take some historical liberties. Still, some deviations from the facts are bigger than the public might expect. Pocahontas was a person, but “Pocahontas” wasn’t even her real name (it was Matoaka). Also, although John Smith was a real person who knew Matoaka, there was no romantic relationship between the two – Matoaka would have been ten years old when they met.

The pursuit of happiness’ Chris Gardner’s struggles were more complex

Picture via Sony Pictures

In The pursuit of happiness, Chris Garner struggles with homelessness while caring for her infant son. He does this while working tirelessly to eventually land a well-paying job. The film is known to have starred Will Smith and his real son jadeenlending the two costars a uniquely authentic chemistry.

In fairness, the story the film is based on is equally miraculous. However, some creative liberties have been taken. Gardner’s real son was only two years old instead of five when they were homeless. There were also a few personal complications omitted from the film. For example, the child spent four months with his mother while Gardner worked, and there was a time when Gardner sold drugs to get by.

The blind side

The blind side is a source of inspiration rags-to-riches story about a possible NFL player Michael Oher. It was generally well received and was nominated for an Academy Award.

Michael Oher eventually wrote an autobiography in which he criticized the film’s narrative of its history. The film unfairly portrays Oher as unintelligent, but in reality, Oher writes, he was just a “child who had never received a consistent school education”, growing up with a dearth of resources. It also shows Oher’s adoptive family essentially as saviors of Oher, teaching him how to play football, when in reality he was a good player throughout his childhood.

The neighborhood of the five points of New York Gangs Was just as dangerous as anywhere else in New York

New York Gang DiCaprio

New York Gangs deals with (you guessed it) a group of gangs in New York in the mid-1800s. The Critical Conflict is a period of violence between gangs around a territorial dispute due to a Catholic-Protestant rivalry.

While the film is supposed to be a true-to-history period piece, in reality, many aspects have been exaggerated. The film shows New York’s Five Points neighborhood as an extremely violent place, but in reality it was no more dangerous than any other part of the city. Also, while some are true to life, many characters are entirely made up.

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