“Based on true events”… are words that always have their effect. Discover the 7 best movies inspired by extraordinary trips available on the Netflix platform.
Please note: This rating is based on Internet user ratings of AlloCiné. In this top, only films with at least 500 votes were taken into account.
1- 12 years of slavery
In 1840s America, Solomon Northup is a young free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. 12 Years a Slave is the story of his twelve-year ordeal on a cotton plantation in Louisiana at the hands of a cruel owner. But it is above all the story, very real, of a man who fights for his life, his dignity and his freedom. Adapted from the latter’s autobiography, the film is a double scare, historical and emotional, that leaves a lump in the throat and in which the violence is nothing spectacular.
Achingly essential, it received no fewer than three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, who later made her screen debut. Signed by Steve McQueen, the feature film is built on raw emotion and a dedicated cast, including the excellent Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, marking its audience forever.
Jack is 5 years old and lives alone with his mother, Ma, who plays with him and teaches him the things of life. But Jack’s world is small and he is confined to the one room he and Ma are locked in. It was here that he was born, in captivity, from a forced relationship between her mother and the one who kidnapped her. But when the latter risks everything to escape, the little boy is not prepared for what awaits him beyond these walls.
Quality staging and script come together in the service of a painful and moving thriller, Lenny Abrahamson’s film is signed by Emma Donoghue, author of the book from which it is adapted. Room is a story inspired by true events, visceral and chilling, at the same time heartbreaking and of great beauty. But above all it is the story of a mother’s unconditional love for her son and an emotional encounter between Brie Larson and the very young Jacob Tremblay, both simply impressive. You won’t come out unscathed.
3- Midnight Express
Directed by Alan Parker, the 1978 film tells the story of William Hayes, known as Billy, an American student arrested at the Turkish border with two kilograms of drugs on him in 1970. The tourist is then sentenced to spend a few days behind bars. . before discovering that his sentence is now life in prison, the Turkish government wanting to make an example of him.
A journey from prison to prison for a distraught young man with multiple trials, Midnight Express is tough and unforgiving. The violence, accompanied by touches of humor, is here in the service of an award-winning script by Oliver Stone. If the plot of the film differs from that of the autobiography from which it is drawn and then arouses some controversy, the drama remains a success rewarded with two Oscars and six Golden Globes. A classic of the prison world, shocking and moving, led, in addition, by a powerful acting game.
4- The Revenant
Attacked by a bear, trapper Hugh Glass is left for dead by his hunting team in the deep, cold, and wild America of the 1820s. But the man has one reason to live: a wife and son he wants to unite with. All coast. Armed only with his will, he embarks on a journey of more than 300 km driven by love but also by the thirst for revenge against the one who betrayed him.
Partially adapted from a novel of the same name and inspired by a true story, The Revenant is the most nominated film at the 2016 Oscars. But the film is also based on a face-off at the top between two powerful actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The interpretation of the first earned him a well-deserved Oscar. A true odyssey, the western is a primary, extreme, brutal and visceral heroic struggle, to be lived absolutely.
5- Catch me if you can
Frank Abagnale Jr. vs. Carl Hanratty. The young prodigy of the con against the knowledgeable FBI agent. Leonardo DiCaprio opposite Tom Hanks. All is said. Catch me if you can recreate this historic and relentless hunt on the big screen. In fact, we discover there the greatest thief of the elusive 60s, being a master in the art of distortion. He changes his identity as his shirt, each one more daring than the other, which of course complicates things on the authorities’ side.
The strength of this dramatic comedy is, in fact, the relationship between the two protagonists who, although they belong to opposite camps, have a kind of mutual respect. Add to that a careful execution that mixes humor and sensitivity in the always expert hands of an inspired Steven Spielberg and voila!
6- The Chicago Seven
In August 1968, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago was not unanimous. The demonstration against him then turned into a confrontation between law enforcement and civilians who came to protest. Its organizers will pay for it: the so-called “Chicago Seven” (eight actually) are accused of conspiracy and incitement to revolt, and are in fact taking full advantage of the power of an omnipotent and corrupt judicial system.
Here, fast-paced mise-en-scène and dialogue, performed by carefully selected actors, set the pace and lead the viewer into the heart of a media storm characterized by a judge’s undisguised hatred of the accused. And we can count on Aaron Sorkin’s always passionate direction to beautifully accompany the story of this injustice and successfully recreate one of the most dramatic trials in American history.
7- The exchange
Los Angeles, 1928. Another true story. Walter, the nine-year-old son of Christine Collins, is missing. A few months later, the police bring him a boy of the same age, telling him it is him. However, it is not Walter. But what do you do to find your missing son when the authorities try to manipulate you by telling you that he is at home? This is the fierce and dangerous fight of a mother against the corrupt authorities, fighting for the truth to be recognized.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film blends thrills and suspense with finesse and precision, shedding light on a little-known case inspired by true events that send chills down the spine. A painstakingly harrowing thriller, it is also a faithful reconstruction of the time that makes us hold our breath. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Actress, The Swap is the angry cry of a desperate mother, played by Angelina Jolie, who gives one of her most powerful performances there. You will leave a mark.