Non-Fiction At Its Finest: 7 Powerful Cinematic Masterpieces Based On Real Events

Inspiration

June 10, 2019 14:41 By Fabiosa

No screenplay is harsher and more unpredictable than life. But when real events meet the finesse of directors and actors, a masterpiece is created that won’t leave anyone indifferent.

Films and series based on real events

We offer you a selection of such powerful films.

1. Schindler's List

© Schindler's List (1993) / Universal Pictures

The best human qualities – love, compassion, and mercy – show themselves even in the most incredible conditions. Or is it the other way around, and is it in such dire circumstances that they sprout? German industrialist Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, exemplified this by saving over a thousand Poles and Jews during the Holocaust. At the risk of being exposed, he gave them work and helped with the paperwork to get them out of the camps.

In gratitude for his rescue, one of the survivors regarded it his duty to tell this story to the world. This is how Thomas Keneally's novel Schindler's Ark, and later Steven Spielberg’s film came to be.

2. Finding Neverland

© Finding Neverland (2004) / Miramax Films

Famous Peter Pan was created after the author of the works James Barry met with a large family of a mother and 5 sons. Unfortunately, the woman died of a disease, and then the writer took care of the boys. It was their collective image that became the prototype of the hero who is the idol of many children and adults around the world.

3. The Pianist

© The Pianist (2002) / Focus Features

The film shows a difficult period in the life of pianist Władysław Szpilman, who was well known to culture lovers in 1930s Poland. With the onset of World War II and the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, he had to escape from the ghetto, hide, starve, and freeze.

Besides Poles, he is helped by a German officer, who was later taken in a Soviet concentration camp. Szpilman couldn’t return the favor because he didn’t know the name of his savior or where to find him.

4. Hachi: A Dog's Tale

© Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) / Stage 6 Films

Stories about animals are always touching because they reflect sincerity and unconditional love. An example of this is the tale of an Akita dog, who was picked up as a puppy by a university professor at the train station and named Hachiko. They became friends and the dog would always see off and meet his master at the station. But one day, the man didn’t return because he passed away at work. Hachiko continued to come to the station in the hope of reuniting with his friend. He kept doing it for 9 years...

5. Awakenings

© Awakenings (1990) / Columbia Pictures

In his memoirs, Oliver Sacks described the return to life of one of the patients who survived the epidemic of encephalitis lethargica. He talks about how he discovered the cause of this strange disease and found a drug that helped bring back people who were doomed to remain in a catatonic state for the rest of their lives.

6. Chernobyl

The man-made disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant happened in 1986, but it continues to worry people even now, 33 years later, because such tragedies should not be possible. The authors decided to make the series as realistic as possible.

7. Girl, Interrupted

© Girl, Interrupted (1999) / Columbia Pictures

The film is based on Susanna Kaysen’s memoir about her stay in a mental institution. The girl got there after she attempted suicide. Seeing the inhabitants of the clinic makes you look at the world differently and learn to treasure life.

If you haven’t seen these films, then make sure you do. You'll most likely realize your life is a piece of cake compared to the lot of other people. But first, stock up on tissues!