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The Best Based On True Story Movies and TV Shows on AcornTV

Finding a good Based On True Story movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Based On True Story movies and TV shows of all time streaming on AcornTV.

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1. The Way Back

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7.3/10
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79/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & AcornTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. I, Claudius

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8.8/10
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68/100
Year: 1976-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: Acclaimed blackly comic historical drama series. Set amidst a web of power, corruption and lies, it chronicles the reigns of the Roman emperors - Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and finally Claudius.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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3. Code of a Killer

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51/100
Year: 2015-2019Seasons: 1
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Based on the extraordinary true story of Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by Detective Chief Superintendent David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV). 3 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Barrymore

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7.2/10
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49/100
Released: 2012
Drama

What it's about: Christopher Plummer treads the boards as a past-his-prime John Barrymore.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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5. The Diary of Anne Frank

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48/100
Year: 2009-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, Biography

What it's about: The Diary of Anne Frank is a BBC adaptation, in association with France 2, of The Diary of a Young Girl, written by Deborah Moggach.It was shown from 5–9 January 2009 in five half-hour episodes. Representatives of the BBC have said that they "hope [that] this drama will bring Anne [Frank] alive to viewers of all generations." A DVD of the series was released on 12 January 2009. It also aired on the Public Broadcasting Service Public television in the United States on 11 April 2010, as part of its Masterpiece series. The American broadcast was cut from 150 minutes to 100 and broadcast in one evening instead of over 5 evenings.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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6. Cilla

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45/100
Year: 2014-2019Seasons: 1
Drama, History

What it's about: Three-part biopic of the Liverpudlian songbird who would later find fame and fortune. It tells of her rocky road to fame and captures the essence of 1960s Liverpool.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV).

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7. Britain's Bloodiest Dynasty

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Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: Acclaimed historian Dan Jones tells the story of the dynasty who ruled England and much of France during the Middle Ages. More shocking, brutal and exhilarating than Game of Thrones, these events actually happened.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (57%) are available to stream on a subscription service (AcornTV). 4 episodes (57%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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8. The Trench

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42/100
Released: 1999
Drama, History

What it's about: The Trench tells the story of a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916, the worst defeat in British military history. Against this ill-fated backdrop, the movie depicts the soldiers' experience as a mixture of boredom, fear, panic, and restlessness, confined to a trench on the front lines.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi TV), stream on a subscription service (AcornTV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).