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

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 Crackle.

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1. The Big Short

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7.8/10
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90/100
Released: 2015Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Almost Famous

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7.9/10
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89/100
Released: 2000Rated: R
Drama, Romance

What it's about: In 1973, 15-year-old William Miller's unabashed love of music and aspiration to become a rock journalist lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to interview and tour with the up-and-coming band Stillwater—fronted by lead guitar Russell Hammond, and lead singer Jeff Bebe.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, PopcornFlix & Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Zodiac

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7.7/10
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89/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trail of clues.

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

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4. Monster

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7.3/10
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83/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Biography, LGBTQ

What it's about: An emotionally scarred highway drifter shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her, and ultimately becomes the United States' first female serial killer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Sundance Now) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Black Book

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Drama, Thriller

What it's about: In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. Freedom Writers

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7.5/10
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80/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Biography, Crime

What it's about: A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex, PopcornFlix & Crackle), stream on a subscription service (CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. The Proposition

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7.3/10
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80/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Set in the Australian outback in the 1880s, the movie follows the series of events following the horrific rape and murder of the Hopkins family, allegedly committed by the infamous Burns brothers gang. Captain Morris Stanley captures Charlie Burns and gives him 9 days to kill his older dangerous psychopathic brother, or else they'll hang his younger mentally slow brother on Christmas Day.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 3 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Microsoft).

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8. The Infiltrator

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78/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: A U.S Customs official uncovers a massive money laundering scheme involving Pablo Escobar.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Bernie

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77/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: In small-town Texas, affable and popular mortician Bernie Tiede strikes up a friendship with Marjorie Nugent, a wealthy widow well known for her sour attitude. When she becomes controlling and abusive, Bernie goes to great lengths to remove himself from her grasp.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 5 others), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft).

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10. The Ghost and the Darkness

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73/100
Released: 1996Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Sir Robert Beaumont is behind schedule on a railroad in Africa. Enlisting noted engineer John Henry Patterson to right the ship, Beaumont expects results. Everything seems great until the crew discovers the mutilated corpse of the project's foreman, seemingly killed by a lion. After several more attacks, Patterson calls in famed hunter Charles Remington, who has finally met his match in the bloodthirsty lions.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Plex & Crackle), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & CBS All Access) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. An American Crime

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72/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. 10 Rillington Place

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71/100
Released: 1971Rated: PG
Biography, Cult

What it's about: The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. Flyboys

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Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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14. Auto Focus

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6.6/10
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66/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: A successful TV star during the 1960s, former "Hogan's Heroes" actor Bob Crane projects a wholesome family-man image, but this front masks his persona as a sex addict who records and photographs his many encounters with women, often with the help of his seedy friend, John Henry Carpenter. This biographical drama reveals how Crane's double life takes its toll on him and his family, and ultimately contributes to his death

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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15. The Sacrament

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65/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: A fashion photographer is traveling to meet his sister at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 2 others), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. Cromwell

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6.9/10
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Released: 1970Rated: G
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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17. Lonely Hearts

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61/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on a true story. . . . In the late 1940s, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America’s notorious “Lonely Hearts Killers.” Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin lover.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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18. The 5th Quarter

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56/100
Released: 2011Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: In the wake of a car crash that killed his brother, football player Jon Abbate leads his school's struggling team to its most successful season ever.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 1 other), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hallmark Movies Now & Up Faith Family) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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19. Manson

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42/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: Follows Charles Manson's 'Family' member Linda Kasabian, and her story to what when on at Spahn's Movie Ranch and the final days leading up to the grisly 1969 Tate/La Bianca murders.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Plex & Crackle).

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