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

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 IMDb TV.

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1. Captain Phillips

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7.8/10
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89/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

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

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2. Cinderella Man

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8.0/10
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84/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of boxer Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s following his retirement, makes a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Finding Neverland

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7.6/10
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83/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: During a writing slump, playwright J.M. Barrie meets a widow and her three children—who soon become an important part of Barrie’s life and the inspiration that lead him to create his masterpiece. Peter Pan'.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & IMDb TV), 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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4. Bernie

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6.8/10
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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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5. Big Eyes

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7.0/10
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76/100
Released: 2014Rated: PG-13
Biography, Crime

What it's about: The story of the awakening of painter, Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & PlutoTV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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6. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

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7.0/10
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74/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Shudder & Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Gridiron Gang

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6.9/10
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69/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

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

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8. Dillinger

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7.0/10
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68/100
Released: 1973Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Independent

What it's about: The life of American public enemy number one who was shot by the police in 1934. After a shoot-out kills five FBI agents in Kansas City the Bureau target John Dillinger as one of the men to hunt down. Waiting for him to break Federal law they sort out several other mobsters, while Dillinger's bank robbing exploits make him something of a folk hero. Escaping from jail he finds Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson have joined the gang and pretty soon he is Public Enemy Number One. Now the G-men really are after him.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV & IMDb TV) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Microsoft).

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9. Battle in Seattle

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6.7/10
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65/100
Released: 2007Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Thousands of activists arrive in Seattle, Washington in masses to protest the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 (World Trade Organization). Although it began as a peaceful protest with a goal of stopping the WTO talks, it escalated into a full-scale riot and eventually, a State of Emergency that pitted protesters against the Seattle Police Department and the National Guard.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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10. Jack Strong

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7.1/10
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57/100
Released: 2014
Thriller, Mystery

What it's about: Poland, 1970. Firmly determined to fight against Soviet tyranny and prevent the destruction of the world, the high-ranking officer of the Polish army Ryszard Kukliński makes a serious decision that will put his life, his family and the fate of an entire nation at risk.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Kanopy) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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11. The Haunting Of...

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6.9/10
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54/100
Year: 2012-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 7
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: "The Haunting Of..." is an original series featuring world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo as she gives an exclusive look at celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events. Each one-hour episode of "The Haunting Of..."

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (12%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV & Lifetime). 1 episodes (1%) are available to stream on a subscription service (fuboTV). 28 episodes (34%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Lifetime).

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12. The Red Baron

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6.4/10
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54/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Richthofen goes off to war like thousands of other men. As fighter pilots, they become cult heroes for the soldiers on the battlefields. Marked by sportsmanlike conduct, technical exactitude and knightly propriety, they have their own code of honour. Before long he begins to understand that his hero status is deceptive. His love for Kate, a nurse, opens his eyes to the brutality of war.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV), stream on a subscription service (Fandor & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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13. A Bear Named Winnie

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7.0/10
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48/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG
Drama, Family

What it's about: Based on the true story of a Canadian soldier, enroute to World War I from Winnipeg, who adopts an orphaned bear cub at White River Ontario. It is namned Winnie (for Winnipeg) and eventually ends up at the London Zoo where it became the inspiration for A.A.Milne's Winnie The Pooh stories.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (PlutoTV, Vudu, IMDb TV & 1 other), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Up Faith Family) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 2 services (Google Play & Microsoft).

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14. A Is for Acid

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47/100
Released: 2002
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Dramatisation of the true story of the notorious 'acid bath murderer' John Haigh, who murdered women and disposed of their bodies in vats of acid in the 1940's. He was only caught when the gallstones of one of his victims failed to dissolve in the acid and were detected by the pathologist who examined the residue from the acid bath.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (IMDb TV).

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15. Chasing 3000

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42/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG
Family, Independent

What it's about: As the 1972 baseball season draws to a close and star player Roberto Clemente prepares to knock hit number 3,000 out of the park, two brothers -- one of whom is afflicted with muscular dystrophy -- make the drive from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh in hopes of witnessing sports history in the making. Based on a true story, Chasing 3000 is directed by Gregory J. Lanesey and features Ray Liotta.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Plex & 3 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Dove Channel & Up Faith Family) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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16. I Can Make You Love Me

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39/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, Plex & IMDb TV) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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17. Death in Small Doses

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5.6/10
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33/100
Released: 1995
Crime, Drama

What it's about: One night Nancy Lyon awakes in pain and dies shortly after - poisoned with arsenic. Her family immediately suspects her husband Richard, who left her temporarily the year before because of an affair. Especially Nancy's brother is keen on getting the children away from the suspected murderer. All evidence points against Richard, but in court Richard surprisingly presents proof that his wife had depressions and maybe killed herself - or are these proofs just fake? -- Depicts an authentic case.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & IMDb TV) & rent or buy from $0.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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18. A Murderous Affair: The Carolyn Warmus Story

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5.3/10
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31/100
Released: 1992
Drama, Crime

What it's about: A married man meets a beautiful woman and they begin an affair.

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

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