DVDs that are true stories

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  1. Jim Williams

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    My wife prefers to watch movies that are true stories. She does not like any science fiction, fantasy, or any movie whose story line is too far fetched. As an example she really enjoyed "Gangs of New York" and "The Pianist".

    With that in mind, can you please recommend some good movies that you think that she would enjoy. As long as I give her a good mix of movies she likes, I get to watch stuff like "Terminator 3", "Star Trek Nemesis", "Aliens", etc.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. Richard EO

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    The Straight Story is a great movie. Just watched it again last night.
     
  3. Joe Schwartz

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    You could let her believe that Fargo is based on a true story, as it claims to be. [​IMG]
     
  4. Dave Corder

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    Glancing quickly through my collection, these are the movies that I see that are based on true stories:

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    A Beautiful Mind
    Apollo 13
    October Sky
    We Were Soldiers

    Dave
     
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    My picks:

    1) Ed Wood
    2) Black Hawk Down
     
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    Jurasic Park [​IMG]
     
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    Band of Brothers
    Cath Me if You Can
    JFK (very loosely based!)
    Tombstone (ditto)
     
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    My guess is your wife isn't too big of a sports fan if she's like most, but these "true story" sports movies come to mind...

    Hoosiers
    Remember the Titans
    Seabiscuit
    Radio
     
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    Rudy. Sean Astin's performance was great.
     
  10. Kenneth_C

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    A few more based (sometimes very loosely) on true stories:

    Amadeus
    Bonnie & Clyde
    Braveheart
    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
    Coal Miner's Daughter
    A Cry in the Dark
    Elizabeth
    Erin Brockovitch
    In Cold Blood
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Out of Africa
    Silkwood
    Soldier of Orange
    The Sound of Music
    Spartacus
     
  11. Jim Williams

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. To help narrow things down a bit, of the suggestions I have gotten we have seen and she liked:

    Erin Brokovitch
    A Beautiful Mind
    Coal Miner's Daughter
    Antwone Fisher (Not on the list, but she loved it)
    Braveheart (the violence turned her off, as it did in Gangs of NY, but she liked it anyway.)

    Neither of us like sports movies or musicals.

    I am going to try:
    A Cry in the Dark
    The Straight Story
     
  12. Zach Foster

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    I just saw "A Beautiful Mind" for the first time today, and it is really good. It's an absolutely intriguing movie, I highly recommend it, [​IMG]
     
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    Keep in mind that A Beautiful Mind is far from a "true" story. Some fairly major things were glossed over.
     
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    Alive (1993) with Ethan Hawke.
     
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    "Jeremiah Johnson"
    "A River Runs Through It" (I don't think it's actually based on a true story)
     
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    Hmm. Good point Martin. I guess then the question is how true of a true story do you want it to be? lol If you want near full-on authenticity, "Black Hawk Down" is good, although not for the less action inclined. [​IMG]
     
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    Places in the Heart (oscar winner)
    Matewan
    The Long Riders
    Glory
    The Killing Fields (oscar winner)
    Proof of Life
    The Commitments
    The Last Emperor
    Empire of the sun


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    Jim,

    If I understand what you're saying, those stories don't have to be "historically" true, but if they aren't they should at least "feel" true or be possible.

    If that's correct, then here are some more recommendations:

    About Schmidt
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Muriel's Wedding
    A Night to Remember (= Titanic, which was partly based on this film, without the ... you know)
    Nobody's Fool
    On Golden Pond
    One Hour Photo
    Rain Man


    Cees
     
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    One of my favorites (just watched it again today, in fact) is "The Falcon and the Snowman"
     

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