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The Best Based On True Story Movies on Cinemax

Finding a good Based On True Story movie 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 of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Hacksaw Ridge

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8.1/10
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85/100
Released: 2016Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. 8 Mile

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7.1/10
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78/100
Released: 2002Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip hop. With his pal Future and the three one third in place, all he has to do is not choke.

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

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3. Mississippi Burning

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7.8/10
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76/100
Released: 1988Rated: R
Crime, Thriller

What it's about: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his partner, a former sheriff.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Vudu).

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4. Munich

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 2005Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Thriller

What it's about: During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

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

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5. All the President's Men

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8.0/10
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76/100
Released: 1976Rated: PG
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Richard Nixon to resign from his post.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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6. The Blind Side

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7.6/10
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78/100
Released: 2009Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

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

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7. Walk the Line

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77/100
Released: 2005Rated: PG-13
Romance, Musical

What it's about: A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. In the Heart of the Sea

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73/100
Released: 2015Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex is assaulted by something no one could believe—a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Microsoft & 2 others).

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9. Patch Adams

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6.8/10
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72/100
Released: 1998Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: The true story of Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams, who in the 1970s found that humor is the best medicine, and was willing to do just anything to make his patients laugh—even if it meant risking his own career.

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

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10. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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76/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Drama

What it's about: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Microsoft & 2 others).

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11. Hitchcock

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6.8/10
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69/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Drama

What it's about: HITCHCOCK follows the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville during the making of his most famous film, PSYCHO, and the trials and tribulations the director faced from Hollywood censors.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.80 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to HBO on July 31st, 2021 (PDT).

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12. Won't Back Down

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61/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jamie Fitzpatrick and Nona Alberts are two women from opposites sides of the social and economic track, but they have one thing in common: a mission to fix their community's broken school and ensure a bright future for their children. The two women refuse to let any obstacles stand in their way as they battle a bureaucracy that's hopelessly mired in traditional thinking, and they seek to re-energize a faculty that has lost its passion for teaching.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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72/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.

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

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14. Lovelace

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64/100
Released: 2013Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (Google Play, Microsoft & 2 others).

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15. Becoming Jane

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68/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG
Romance, Drama

What it's about: A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.

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

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16. Chasing Mavericks

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66/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG
Sport, Drama

What it's about: Surfer Jay Moriarity sets out to ride the Northern California break known as Mavericks.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others). Coming soon to HBO on July 31st, 2021 (PDT).

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17. Victoria & Abdul

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66/100
Released: 2017Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

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

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18. Reds

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69/100
Released: 1981Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant (1885-1936).

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

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19. 12 Strong

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71/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Microsoft & 2 others).

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20. Just Mercy

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74/100
Released: 2019Rated: PG-13
Biography, Drama

What it's about: The powerful true story of Harvard-educated lawyer Bryan Stevenson, who goes to Alabama to defend the disenfranchised and wrongly condemned — including Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to death despite evidence proving his innocence. Bryan fights tirelessly for Walter with the system stacked against them.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 3 others).

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21. Two for the Money

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Released: 2005Rated: R
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: A former college athlete joins forces with a sports consultant to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Prime Video & 2 others).

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22. The Sessions

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7.2/10
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70/100
Released: 2012Rated: R
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Though a childhood bout with polio left him dependent on an iron lung, Mark O'Brien maintains a career as a journalist and poet. A writing assignment dealing with sex and the disabled piques Mark's curiosity, and he decides to investigate the possibility of experiencing sex himself. When his overtures toward a caregiver scare her away, he books an appointment with sex surrogate Cheryl Green to lose his virginity.

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

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23. Stand and Deliver

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Released: 1988Rated: PG
Biography, Drama

What it's about: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft & 2 others). Coming soon to HBO on July 31st, 2021 (PDT).

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24. Bully

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65/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Marty becomes fed up with his constant abuse from his best friend Bobby. Along with his girlfriend, also a victim of Bobby's cruel ways, Marty devises a plot for murder.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.60 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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