There’s nothing like going to the cinema, seeing an incredible film and knowing it’s based on a true story. Whether it’s romance, drama or hard-hitting crime the story always hits you harder if you know it’s true. And with the release of many an incredible true story hitting our big screens this year, the first of which was the release of The Theory of Everything, the emotional, hard-hitting biopic about Steven Hawking. So with that in mind here are 6 brilliant biopics you just HAVE to make sure you see…

6 of the best ever true story films

Walk the Line

Joaquin Phoenix depicts the legendary ‘Man in Black’, Johnny Cash. A film that addresses the childhood death of his brother, his rise to fame and his later crippling drug addiction. A pretty bleak story you may think but thanks to a focus on Cash’s relationship with June Carter, and a brilliantly feisty performance by Reece Witherspoon, it’s uplifting and intriguing. The soundtrack is entirely performed by Joaquin and Reese.

Catch me if you can

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, Jr. who, after a distressing childhood concerning family debt and his parents divorce, ran away from home and worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline, all before he was 21 years old. A master of deception, he was also a highly skilled forger, writing $2.5 million worth of fake cheques. At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty, played by Tom Hanks, makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him.

Remember the Titans

An American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on the true story of African American coach Herman Boone played by the great Denzel Washington, and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria in 1971. The gritty story of moral, teamwork, determination and triumph over tribulation is incredible.

The Social Network

A film about Facebook. The powerhouse website that has shaped a generation. This gripping story of unwavering belief, young brilliance, power and betrayal is lead brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg who plays Mark Zuckerberg. His transformation from Harvard computer nerd, to ruthless billionaire and unlikely celebrity, is definitely a story worth telling.

Gorillas in the mist

This 1988 film is an adaptation of wildlife expert Dian Fossey’s autobiography. She was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who studied gorilla groups for over 18 years. Depicted by by Sigourney Weaver, Fossey left the US to study the gorillas of Rwands and Uganda and in turn organizes a defense league to protect the animals. Putting herself in an extremely dangerous situation. A gritty, hard-hitting story.

Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts’ standout performance as Erin Brockovich is what make this film great, and it is a fascinating story about An unemployed, struggling single mother who becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply. This heart-warming, true life drama about one woman’s fight for an incredible cause, and fight to provide for children is a must see.

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