5 Incredible true life stories turned into movies

From Freddie Mercury to Mozart, see our list of top biopics.

There are so many amazing life stories from both history, and modern times. And, with so many different stories of struggles, overcoming adversity, and people who have lived through terrible events, there are bound to be films made about them to help bring their extraordinary stories to the masses. See the top 5 biopics that made our list.

  1. The Imitation Game (2014)

Set at the beginning of WW2, The Imitation Game is a part-biopic of Alan Turing, a Cambridge mathematics graduate who was convicted of “gross indecency” under a homophobic law in the United Kingdom due to his sexual relationship with another man. regardless of his achievements and help in winning the war. In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged a petition to apologize for the British government’s treatment of Turing and released a statement apologizing. He described the treatment of Turing as “appalling”.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing as he helps to crack a Nazi code which MI6 once thought was unbreakable. He eventually creates a machine, which will automatically decipher these messages as soon as they arise.

It’s a film which shows how prejudice can affect lives, no matter your successes, and how people can come together to help save many innocent lives. Turing’s help eventually helped to end the war, and he was definitely a visionary of the time.

  1. Amadeus (1984)

Chronicling the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the world-renowned classical composer, Amadeus is a remarkable film that shows the composer’s journey from child prodigy to celebrated composer, and all the ups and downs he faces along the way.

Interestingly, the film is told from Antonio Salieri’s point of view, another composer of the time who was jealous of the talent Mozart possessed, and who claimed to have murdered him in cold blood.

It’s a fascinating film that shows just how far someone will go when furled with both jealousy and rage. The movie is considered one of the best of all time and won eight Academy Awards including Best Picture.

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

A more recent film, Bohemian Rhapsody is about the British supergroup Queen. It’s a celebration of their music and style, but it’s also a captivating look at how its members grew to become famous, and the untimely death of Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest musicians of the last century.

Rami Malek, an accomplished actor who is receiving great praise for this role, plays Freddie and won the Academy Award of Best Actor for the role.

If you love Queen’s music, or if you just want to know more about their journey, then this film is essential viewing.

  1. Champions (1984)

A fantastic film starring John Hurt in the lead role, Champions is a film all about adversity, and overcoming all of the challenges it brings. It’s all about the story of Bob Champion, a British jockey who was diagnosed with cancer at the height of his career.

Miraculously however, Champion managed to overcome his diagnosis and rode to victory in the 1981 Grand National on the now famous Aldaniti, who also starred in the movie.

His amazing story has managed to inspire and motivate many other horse riders that have come since then, and it’s definitely a film that you need to watch if you are fascinated with stories of success, or for horse lovers.

  1. Gandhi (1982)

Starring Ben Kingsley in what is possibly his most famous role, Gandhi details the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, an Indian native who suffers insurmountable prejudice for being an Indian in South Africa. Thanks to this experience, Gandhi decides to start a non-violent protest to bring light to the need to have rights for Indians living in South Africa.

Despite many arrests and other setbacks, his campaign manages to get Indian rights recognised in the country, and he is seen as a hero in his home country of India. Now, Indians want him to do the same for gaining India’s independence from the British Empire.

This film is indicative of the time it was set in, in the 1890s, and shows how Gandhi came to be a symbol for peace and change in the world.

These five films only scratch the surface of true-life movies and biopics, and there are so many more incredible stories and films to discover. However, these five movies are also a great place to start if you want to begin delving deeper into this genre of film.

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