We’ve all rolled our eyes at certain films that claim to be based on true events but are merely partially-influenced by reality. There’s nothing wrong with fictional stories that are well-captured on film, but there’s something rewarding about seeing an artistic and meaningful depiction of real events on the big screen. Whether it’s a serious or lighthearted event, the point is that it’s always fascinating to see a creative reenactment of something that really happened. And here are 3 stunning films from recent years that are based on true events.
The most recent film on this list is Blackkklansman. This Spike Lee release is one of the funniest yet poignant films on this subject in a long time. It tells the story of Colorado Springs’ first black Police Officer, Ron Stallworth, who tries to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. It’s a film of many laughs and powerful moments. If you want to delve into an in-depth (but still spoiler-free) opinion on the film then you should check out one of the film reviews discussing it over at No Majesty.
The 2017 war film based on the events of Dunkirk is one of the rawest and most captivating pieces from Christopher Nolan for a few years. And, considering that he’s a prolific director with a fantastic catalogue under his belt, that’s saying a lot. Whilst the film industry has been over-saturated with war films over the years, this is certainly one of the most intense and powerful pieces of cinematography in this genre to come out of Hollywood in many years. It’s the attention to detail that really makes an impact. Opting for practical effects over CGI, historic boats, and period aeroplanes, Dunkirk is certainly a film that respects and honours the event it depicts.
England Is Mine (2017).
Love him or hate him, Morrissey is an iconic figure. His days as the frontman of English rock band, The Smiths, might be long behind him, but their music hasn’t been forgotten. His often-controversial opinions and blunt attitude are what make Morrissey such an intriguing figure, and that’s why the 2017 biographical film based on his life was such a brilliant watch. The fact that it was (unsurprisingly) unauthorized by Morrissey makes it a little vague in terms of certain details, but the cast and the cinematography make up for this by giving a very strong sense of Manchester in the 1970s and Steven Morrissey’s humble beginnings. It’s definitely worth watching if you love The Smiths or you’re intrigued by the legend who fronted them.
The Finest Hours (2016).
It might have come out a couple of years ago, but it’s worth mentioning in a list of stunning films based on true events. Starring big names such as Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, The Finest Hours tells the tale of two crews stuck on oil tankers during a horrible storm in 1952. It follows the rescue crews who head in to save those workers. Obviously, it’s a tense action film with plenty of suspense, but it’s also a testament to the events that actually transpired over half a century ago. It’s a very powerful film.