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

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 Epix.

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1. Rudy

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76/100
Released: 1993Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

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

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2. Rocketman

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79/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: The story of Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.

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

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3. Flight

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Released: 2012Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Paramount+, Epix & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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4. Escape From Alcatraz

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77/100
Released: 1979Rated: PG
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: San Francisco Bay, January 18, 1960. Frank Lee Morris is transferred to Alcatraz, a maximum security prison located on a rocky island. Although no one has ever managed to escape from there, Frank and other inmates begin to carefully prepare an escape plan.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PopcornFlix), stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Paramount+ & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Enemy at the Gates

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Released: 2001Rated: R
Drama

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 popular subscription service (Hulu, Paramount+ & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Judy

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Released: 2019Rated: PG-13
Drama, LGBTQ

What it's about: Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown. As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of love seem undimmed as she embarks on a whirlwind romance with Mickey Deans, her soon-to-be fifth husband.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Paramount+ & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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7. We Were Soldiers

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Released: 2002Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

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

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8. Ali

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72/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Sport, Drama

What it's about: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. Yet at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test.

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

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9. The Soloist

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Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Musical, Drama

What it's about: A Los Angeles journalist befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Bloody Sunday

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Released: 2002Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.

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

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11. The Kid

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Released: 2019Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: New Mexico Territory, 1880. Rio Cutler and his older sister Sara must abandon their home after an unfortunate event happens. In their desperate flee to Santa Fe, they cross paths with the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid and his gang, who are ruthlessly pursued by a posse led by Sheriff Pat Garret.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Epix), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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12. Bombshell

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Released: 2019Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Bombshell is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it.

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

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13. Chaplin

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72/100
Released: 1992Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.

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

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14. Spare Parts

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Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: With the help of their high school's newest teacher, four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics contest. With $800 and parts scavenged from old cars, they build a robot and compete against reigning champion MIT. Along the way, the students learn not only how to build a robot but something far more important: how to forge bonds that will last a lifetime.

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

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15. Henry V

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Released: 1989Rated: PG-13
Romance, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (Microsoft & Vudu).

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16. Soldier's Girl

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Released: 2003Rated: R
LGBTQ, Drama

What it's about: This true story, which takes place in Fort Campbell, KY, tells the heart-wrenching story of the life and tragic death of soldier Barry Winchell. His love for Calpernia Addams, a beautiful transgendered nightclub performer, was misunderstood by his fellow soldiers and eventually led to his brutal death.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Hoopla) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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17. The Town That Dreaded Sundown

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60/100
Released: 1976
Drama, Horror

What it's about: A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, fuboTV, Epix & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. Walking Tall

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Released: 1973Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: Buford Pusser's a wrestler, whose wife wants him to settle down, so they go to his home town in Tennessee, where he plans to get into business with his father. But he is shocked to discover all sorts of graft and corruption going on. And when he is a victim of it and decides to strike back by running against the corrupt sheriff. And he wins and wages his own little war against them

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

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19. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

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64/100
Released: 1957
Drama

What it's about: Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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

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20. Trial by Fire

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63/100
Released: 2019Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: The tragic and controversial story of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas for killing his three children after scientific evidence and expert testimony that bolstered his claims of innocence were suppressed.

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

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21. Cyrano, My Love

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Released: 2019Rated: R
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Paris, France, December 1897. The young playwright Edmond Rostand feels like a failure. Inspiration has abandoned him. Married and father of two children, desperate and penniless, he persuades the great actor Constant Coquelin to perform the main role in his new play. But there is a problem: Coquelin wants to premiere it at Christmas and Edmond has not written a single word.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu, Paramount+, Epix & 1 other), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $5.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Vudu).

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22. The Private Life of Henry VIII

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57/100
Released: 1933
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: Renowned for his excess, King Henry VIII goes through a series of wives during his rule. With Anne Boleyn, his second wife, executed on charges of treason, King Henry weds maid Jane Seymour, but that marriage also ends in tragedy. Not one to be single for long, the king picks German-born Anne of Cleves as his bride, but their union lasts only months before an annulment is granted, and King Henry continues his string of spouses.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & The Roku Channel), stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Paramount+, Epix & 4 others), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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23. The Case of the Hillside Stranglers

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38/100
Released: 1989
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: The chilling true story of the "two of a kind" killing cousins, Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Epix).

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24. The Death of Richie

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47/100
Released: 1977
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

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

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25. Three Came Home

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7.3/10
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53/100
Released: 1950
Drama

What it's about: Borneo, 1941, during World War II. When the Japanese occupy the island, American writer Agnes Newton Keith is separated from her husband and imprisoned with her son in a prison camp run by the enigmatic Colonel Suga.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Plex), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Hoopla), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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26. The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby

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45/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG
Family, Drama

What it's about: This is the true story of a little dog that refused to leave his master's graveside in Edinburgh. The dog visited the grave for years.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Paramount+, Epix & Hoopla), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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27. Deacons for Defense

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Released: 2003Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: Inspired by a true story, this drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. Despite the Act, the African-American citizens of Bogalusa are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local branch of the KKK. The story follows the formation of local black men, particularly ex-war veterans who after the struggles become too overbearing organizes the group, "Deacons for defense", an all-black defense group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting its residents from the more violent aspects of "white backlash."

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi), stream on a subscription service (Paramount+ & Epix) & stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Epix).

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28. The Winds of Kitty Hawk

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6.5/10
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36/100
Released: 1978
Biography, Drama

What it's about: A beautifully photographed story that gives insight into the lives and accomplishments of the Wright brothers and the period in which they lived.

Where to Watch: Available to rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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