TV ShowsTV
Popular
Trending TV ShowsNew TV ShowsTV Show RouletteOn Your ServicesOn NetflixOn Prime VideoOn HuluOn HBO
FoodFamilyFantasyIMDB Top RatedLGBTQMysteryRealityScience Fiction
Explore All Categories and Services
Account IconLogin|Sign Up
netflix
hulu_plus
amazon_prime
showtime
hbo
& more all in one place. Totally free to use!
Based On True Story
arrow
AllAction & AdventureAnimationBiographyComedyCrimeCultDocumentaryDramaFamilyFantasyHistoryHorrorIndependentLGBTQMusicalMysteryRomanceScience-FictionSportThrillerTravelAbout AfricaAdaptationAlienAnimalApocalypseBaseballBased on BooksBased On True StoryBoxingCarCartoonChristmasCollegeComic BookComing of AgeDanceDark ComedyDatingDisasterDisneyDoctorDogDrugDystopiaEgyptEscapeFashionFeel-goodFemale DirectorFightingFriendshipFuturisticGangGangsterGeniusGhostGolfGreeceHigh SchoolHolidayHuntingImaginationJungleKidnappingMagicMartial ArtsMatureMedicalMedievalMilitaryMonsterMusicNew YorkParisParodyPetPolicePoliticalPrincessPrisonPsychologyRacingReligionRevengeRiverRobotRoyaltyScienceSerial KillerShortSingingSpaceSportsSpySuperheroSupernaturalSurvivalSuspenseTankTeacherTechnologyTeenTime TravelToyTwinsVampireVideo GamesWarWorld War IIWrestlingZombie
arrowarrow
Movies & TV Shows
arrow
Movies & TV ShowsMoviesTV Shows
Get recommendations and notifications when movies & shows come to your streaming services.
On
Cinemax
arrow
Every Service
Every Service
Free Services
Free Services
Your Services
Your Services
Netflix
Netflix
Hulu
Hulu
Prime Video
Prime Video
HBO
HBO
Showtime
Showtime
Starz
Starz
Disney+
Disney+
Cinemax
Cinemax
CBS All Access
CBS All Access
Fandor
Fandor
AcornTV
AcornTV
Hallmark Movies Now
Hallmark Movies Now
Shudder
Shudder
Epix
Epix
BritBox
BritBox
Kanopy
Kanopy
The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel
A&E
A&E
AMC
AMC
FX
FX
FOX
FOX
BET
BET
History
History
Lifetime
Lifetime
NatGeo
NatGeo
Sundance
Sundance
TBS
TBS
TNT
TNT
Travel Channel
Travel Channel
IFC
IFC
TCM
TCM
Viceland
Viceland
TLC
TLC
arrowarrow
Want to Select more than one service? Add your services to your free Reelgood account to see everything you can watch!

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

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 Cinemax.

VIEW: best
backdrop
cinemax

1. BlacKkKlansman

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo96%
Reelgood Logo
86/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Colorado Springs, late 1970s. Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer, and Flip Zimmerman, his Jewish colleague, run an undercover operation to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $13.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

2. The Greatest Showman

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo56%
Reelgood Logo
84/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The story of American showman P.T. Barnum, founder of the circus that became the famous traveling Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

3. The Last Emperor

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo91%
Reelgood Logo
82/100
Released: 1987Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

backdrop
cinemax

4. The Post

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo88%
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government. Inspired by true events.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

backdrop
cinemax

5. My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo97%
Reelgood Logo
81/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to have a intellectual disability for the first ten years of his life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to HBO on February 29th, 2020 (PST).

backdrop
cinemax

6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo77%
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Outlaw Jesse James is rumored to be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.

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

backdrop
hbo
cinemax

7. American Animals

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo89%
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Lexington, Kentucky, 2004. Four young men attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in the history of the United States.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $12.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

8. Unstoppable

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo86%
Reelgood Logo
80/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: A runaway train, transporting deadly, toxic chemicals, is barreling down on Stanton, Pennsylvania, and proves to be unstoppable until a veteran engineer and young conductor risk their lives to try and stop it with a switch engine.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax
disney_plus

9. Cool Runnings

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo74%
Reelgood Logo
79/100
Released: 1993Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Disney+), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

10. Enemy at the Gates

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo54%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad in WWII.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 3 others). Coming soon to HBO on February 29th, 2020 (PST).

backdrop
cinemax
epix

11. Rescue Dawn

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo90%
Reelgood Logo
78/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

backdrop
cinemax

12. Friday Night Lights

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo81%
Reelgood Logo
77/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines to instill in the other team members -- and, by proxy, the town itself -- a sense of self-respect and honor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

backdrop
cinemax

13. The Old Man & the Gun

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo93%
Reelgood Logo
75/100
Released: 2018Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: The true story of Forrest Tucker, from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $14.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

backdrop
cinemax

14. Out of Africa

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo58%
Reelgood Logo
74/100
Released: 1985Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

backdrop
cinemax

15. Tag

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo56%
Reelgood Logo
72/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Comedy, Travel

What it's about: For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade. This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming...and he’s ready.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

16. Calendar Girls

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo74%
Reelgood Logo
70/100
Released: 2003Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Members of a Yorkshire branch of the Women's Institute cause controversy when they pose nude for a charity calendar.

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

backdrop
cinemax

17. The Sugarland Express

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo89%
Reelgood Logo
69/100
Released: 1974Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Comedy

What it's about: Married small-time crooks Lou-Jean and Clovis Poplin lose their baby to the state of Texas and resolve to do whatever it takes to get him back. Lou-Jean gets Clovis out of jail, and the two steal their son from his foster home, in addition to taking a highway patrolman hostage. As a massive dragnet starts to pursue them across Texas, the couple become unlikely folk heroes and even start to bond with the captive policeman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

18. Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo64%
Reelgood Logo
69/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the mare and save it from being sacrificed by the owner.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

backdrop
cinemax

19. Angela's Ashes

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo52%
Reelgood Logo
68/100
Released: 1999Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film opens with the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

Have You Seen?
TV
backdrop
cinemax

20. Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo100%
Reelgood Logo
64/100
Year: 2017-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Documentary, Animation

What it's about: The raucous adventures of some of music’s most legendary artists, as told by those who knew them best. Featuring animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who share uncensored anecdotes about these artists, brought to life with animated reenactments and woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.

Where to Watch: 15 episodes (94%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax). 16 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax). 16 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

backdrop
cinemax
epix

21. Gimme Shelter

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Logo29%
Reelgood Logo
58/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: After running away from her abusive mother, a streetwise teen seeks refuge with her father, but he rejects her when he learns that she's pregnant.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax & Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

backdrop
amazon_prime
cinemax
shoutfactorytv

22. Bruce Lee: The Man, The Myth

IMDB LogoIMDB Star
5.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes LogoN/A
Reelgood Logo
38/100
Released: 1976Rated: R
Biography, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A highly fictionalized biography of the famous Bruce Lee, this movie traces his college life, his marriage to Linda Lee, his relationship with his master, and his untimely death.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Cinemax & Shout Factory TV), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).