Shocker: 8 movies inspired by real-life stories

NEED TO KNOW
  • Taken from the headlines and put on screen
  • Find out which movies were actually true tales
  • 'Zodiac,' 'Pain and Gain' and more

All of these real-life stories made it to Hollywood. Can you believe these movies were based on true accounts? 

'Badlands': Based on the murder sprees of real-life criminals Charles Starkweather and his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, who together killed 11 people across the South Dakota badlands.

'The Bling Ring': This film tracks the actual events of a clique of teenage burglars who successfully robbed some of Hollywood’s most lavish celebrity homes.

'Boys Don’t Cry': A dramatization of transgender man Brandon Teena’s life of secrets and his brutal murder.

'The French Connection': The true story of an NYPD narcotics squad and their efforts to trace the illegal imports of heroin into the United States.

'Monster': Based on the real-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a female serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990.

'Pain & Gain': Loosely based off the real-life story of the “Sun Gym Gang” in South Florida. Marc Schiller was kidnapped by a group of men on November 15, 1994. He was taken to a warehouse and held captive for almost a month.

'Party Monster': Adapts the story of Club Kid promoter Michael Alig, who bragged on television about the murder of his drug dealer and roommate Angel Melendez.

'Zodiac': Chronicles the 1970's police investigation of a serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area who claimed to have committed 37 individual murders and to this day has never been identified.

Join the conversation...

HLNtv.com welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.
Beyoncé debuts '50 Shades of Grey' teaser
Box Office | See all 547 items Beyoncé debuts '50 Shades of Grey' teaser

Advertisement