Movies Based on Beautiful True Stories

Who said the truth can’t be beautiful?
Penguin Bloom

Penguin Bloom is the incredible, heartbreaking and uplifting story of Sam Bloom, a young mum who is left unable to walk and housebound after a shocking accident. Sam’s entire world is the outdoors, and travel, so she sinks into a deep, deep depression. But then, she’s given a job: take care of a wounded magpie chick named Penguin. As the two begin to heal together, the whole family somehow begins to mend. Based on the bestselling book, and starring Naomi Watts, Andrew Lincoln and Jackie Weaver, Penguin Bloom is proof that beauty can grow in the darkest of places.

The King’s Speech

Is there anything more beautiful than an unlikely friendship? Clearly not. The King’s Speech follows the stuttering, stammering, shy King George VI (Colin Firth) as he realizes he’s going to need to deliver a massive speech. He hires Lionel (Geoffrey Rush), a blunt, unflappable Australian speech therapist, and the two somehow bond. The movie is, without exaggerating, a real pick-me-up, especially if you’re having a bad week.

The Big Sick

The best true stories are the ones that give us faith in humanity, and The Big Sick does that using heart (quite literally). Comedian Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani, playing himself) and student Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) fall for each other pretty hard. But before things can evolve, Emily ends up in a coma, and Kumail has to meet Emily’s folks as they all wait it out at the hospital. It’s a hilarious and touching look at love blooming in the strangest of places, and how even the prickliest families can sometimes really surprise you.

Erin Brockovich

Winning Julia Roberts a completely justified slew of awards and critical acclaim, Erin Brockovich tells the true story of a woman who took on the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over their role in the shocking Hinkley groundwater contamination incident. Julia Roberts received universal critical acclaim for her turn as Brockovich, largely because this story is a true account of how one person can make an incredible difference in the lives on those around them, if they persevere and never stop.

Hidden Figures

A truly beautiful true story of perseverance and fighting back against discrimination, Hidden Figures follows three brilliant black women who worked at NASA during the launch of astronaut John Glenn. These three real women - Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) – were the brains behind one of NASA’s greatest operations, and managed to turn around the space race in the process.


Lion is going to make you cry. You might as well just accept it up front, and go in armed with a full box of tissues. Saroo (Dev Patel) was separated from his family in India at the age of 5. He ends up getting adopted and living in Australia, but finally decides to track his biological family down and heading over to the slums of India to trace his heritage 25 long years after his tragic, somewhat frightening departure. Lion will, and we cannot stress this enough, truly renew your faith in humanity.

Ali’s Wedding

A fantastic and true Aussie love story, Ali’s Wedding follows the son of an Iraqi-born cleric who tells a white lie which soon sends his life spinning out of control. He either has to follow through with his arranged marriage… or somehow, if he’s brave enough, pursue the actual love of his life. Full of amazing performances and a uniquely Australian spin on the romantic comedy, Ali’s Wedding is essential viewing.

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