Movies Based on True Storiesby Rebecca1024 | created - 24 Apr 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
These movies based on true stories are either fascinating stories or just so well done they are worth including. Some are rather campy; some searingly disturbing.
It was pretty overwhelming trying to compile a list because so many come to mind, so I have tried to focus on the lesser-known movies or stories.
They are roughly sorted by murder, deceit, imprisonment, survival, addictions, mental illness, scandal, abduction, family dysfunction, and biography.
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1. TalhotBlond (2012 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 87 min | Drama
Thomas Montgomery, a married father of two young daughters, gets seduced by the world of online gambling and chat rooms where a virtual romance and sexual obsession ultimately leads to the murder of an innocent man.
2. Fatal Desire (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A forty-something ex-policeman named Joe initiates an online relationship with twenty-something Tonya Sullivan. Conflicts arise after Tonya flies to Atlantic City to seduce Joe, and she reveals to him that she is married.
3. A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story (1992 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Thriller
Betty torments her husband with childish vandalism and verbal threats after he leaves her for another woman, but nobody anticipates what ends up happening as the games escalate.
5. Suburban Madness (2004 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Drama
Based on the real story of Clara Harris, the Houston, Texas dentist who made headlines in July 2002 when she killed her adulterous husband by repeatedly running over him with her car.
6. Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (2013 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 89 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
Based on the disturbing murder trial that gripped the nation, this Lifetime Original Movie tells the story of a seductive, aspiring photographer found guilty of killing her former lover.
7. Between Love and Hate (1993 TV Movie)
89 min | Crime, Drama
An older woman seduces a younger man and then breaks up with him. He becomes obsessive and refuses to accept the break up and subsequently turns violent.
9. The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As the police search for a missing pregnant woman, new evidence emerges that throws suspicion on her seemingly devoted husband.
11. Widow on the Hill (2005 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Romance
A sexy young hospice nurse (Natasha Henstridge), is hired by a wealthy man (James Brolin) to care for his sick wife who eventually dies. When the nurse becomes the widower's new bride and ... See full summary »
12. The Two Mr. Kissels (2008 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 86 min | Drama
Drama based on a true story. Rich, high-flying brothers Robert and Andrew Kissel seemingly have everything: beautiful wives who love them, great jobs and huge houses. But beneath the ... See full summary »
13. The Craigslist Killer (2011 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 87 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
"The Craigslist Killer" follows the dark, mysterious life Philip Markoff (Jake McDorman) conducted online while preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his... See full summary »
15. Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story (2013 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 84 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A charming but devious college student is accused of killing his wealthy father and attempting to murder his mother in their home while they slept.
17. In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness (1994 TV Movie)
200 min | Crime, Drama
After a very messy divorce, a man starts suspecting his ex-wife and her new boyfriend of various crimes.
19. Million Dollar Murder (2005 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Mystery
When multi-millionaire Ted Ammon is found bludgeoned to death at his East Hampton estate, suspicion falls on his estranged wife, Generosa Rand, and her lover, Danny Pelosi.
20. Sex and Lies in Sin City (2008 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Decide the truth for yourself in this thrilling true story of the biggest scandal in Las Vegas. Ted Binion (Matthew Modine, TV's "Weeds") is Vegas royalty, the prince of the world famous ... See full summary »
23. Natalee Holloway (2009 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
An 18 year old girl, Natalee Holloway, goes on a senior class trip to Aruba, only to mysteriously disappear after meeting a man at bar.
25. Bond of Silence (2010 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 98 min | Drama
A widow's forgiveness. A killer's remorse. Bond of Silence is the true life story of a shocking murder and the amazing bond that came from it. Katy and Bob live a perfect life in a small ... See full summary »
27. The Witness (I) (2015)
89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.
28. Conspiracy of Silence (1991– )
240 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After a young Canadian Aboriginal girl is murdered in 1971, it takes 20 years of inaction and prejudice before the police finally find the real killers. Meanwhile the killers have to live with their own guilt and fear of being caught.
29. Stalking Laura (1993 TV Movie)
92 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
30. Murder of Innocence (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller
Newlywed Laurie Wade finds her marriage, and eventually the rest of her life, shattered by her deep-rooted psychotic behavior. She goes from brief "short-circuits" to overtly murderous ... See full summary »
31. Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 192 min | Biography, Drama
The real-life story of the Peoples Temple cult led by Reverend Jim Jones and the events involving its move to Guyana and its eventual mass suicide.
33. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »
34. Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
This film is based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos a prostitute-turned-serial killer who preyed mostly on truck drivers.
35. Lies My Mother Told Me (2005 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Inspired by actual events, about a young girl and her mother, Laren Sims, a con-artist and master of disguises who steals the identities of other women and then turns to murder to protect her secrets.
36. A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster (2003 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 86 min | Drama
Andrew Luster, the heir to the Max factor fortune, is convicted of rape on 86 counts. This Lifetime original movie recounts the rapes committed by the infamous Andrew Luster and the women who brought him to justice.
37. Who Is Clark Rockefeller? (2010 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Called "the longest running con in FBI history," Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, the man that people knew as "Clark Rockefeller" (McCormack) had brilliantly impersonated numerous people, ... See full summary »
39. She Woke Up Pregnant (1996 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 91 min | Drama
A sleazy dentist sexually assaults his patients while they are under heavy sedatives after he performs dental surgery on them. One woman gets impregnated from such an incident and decides ... See full summary »
41. Circle of Power (1981)
R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller
A group of husbands with their wives participate in a reunion where everybody will find his hidden secret. The methods used are terrible, but usually work. Just usually.
43. Without Consent (1994 TV Movie)
120 min | Drama
Michelle and Robert Mills are in continuous conflict with their young daughter Laura. One night, she has a car crash while driving drunk. Her parents ask a psychologist to refer them to a ... See full summary »
45. Conviction (II) (2010)
R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Votes: 40,764 | Gross: $6.78M
46. Open Water (2003)
R | 79 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror