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

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 Peacock.

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1. Schindler's List

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8.9/10
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97/100
Released: 1993Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

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

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2. Dallas Buyers Club

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8.0/10
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92/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Biography, LGBTQ

What it's about: Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.

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

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3. Frost/Nixon

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7.7/10
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84/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost's team harboured doubts about their boss's ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Changeling

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7.7/10
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81/100
Released: 2008Rated: R
Drama, History

What it's about: Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn't her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

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

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5. The Motorcycle Diaries

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7.8/10
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81/100
Released: 2004Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he and best friend Alberto Granado had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.

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

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6. Fearless

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7.6/10
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79/100
Released: 2006Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Biography

What it's about: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his nation. The son of a great fighter who didn't wish for his child to follow in his footsteps, Huo resolves to teach himself how to fight - and win.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Born on the Fourth of July

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7.2/10
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79/100
Released: 1989Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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

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8. The Defiant Ones

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8.5/10
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77/100
Year: 2017-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Documentary, Biography

What it's about: A four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - -- and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Where to Watch: 4 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Peacock). 4 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (HBO). 4 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. 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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10. Project Blue Book

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73/100
Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Drama, Mystery

What it's about: A chronicle of the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.”

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Peacock). 20 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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11. Fair Game

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73/100
Released: 2010Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Wife and mother Valerie Plame has a double life as a CIA operative, hiding her vocation from family and friends. Her husband, Joseph Wilson, writes a controversial article in The New York Times, refuting stories about the sale of enriched uranium to Iraq, Then Valerie's secret work and identity is leaked to the press. With her cover blown and other people endangered, Valerie's career and personal life begin to unravel.

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

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12. The Express

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73/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock), stream on a subscription service (Showtime) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. My Friend Dahmer

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6.2/10
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73/100
Released: 2017Rated: R
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy. During his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he was to become.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & Peacock), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hoopla, Kanopy & 1 other) & rent or buy from $4.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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14. Green Zone

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6.8/10
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72/100
Released: 2010Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his team of Army inspectors are dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that threatens to invert the purpose of their mission.

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

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15. Balto

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7.1/10
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72/100
Released: 1995Rated: G
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. 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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17. To End All Wars

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7.0/10
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70/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are among the military officers kept imprisoned and routinely beaten and deprived of food. While Campbell wants to rebel and attempt an escape, Gordon tries to take a more stoic approach, an attitude that proves to be surprisingly resonant.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi & Peacock), stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Prime Video & Vudu).

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18. Wonderland

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6.6/10
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64/100
Released: 2003Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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19. The Haunting in Connecticut

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5.9/10
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60/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Drama, Horror

What it's about: When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Peacock) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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20. Perfect Sisters

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5.6/10
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51/100
Released: 2014Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Tired of their mother's alcoholism and a string of her abusive boyfriends, two sisters plot to kill her.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV, Peacock & 2 others), stream on a subscription service (Hoopla) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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21. Endgame

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40/100
Released: 2015
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose's abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use his skills and for once in his life, finds himself in the spotlight, as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. As their coach, Mr. Alvarado, teaches his students the meaning of perseverance and team effort in the face of adversity, Jose discovers his own strengths and uses them to bring his broken family together.

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

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