Monday, October 13, 2014

'List of Movies Based on True Stories', Film 'Based on a True Story' or Inspired by Actual Events Like those on and Lifetime Movie Network

Here is a list of movies based on true stories, movies inspired by actual events, movies based on a true story, movies inspired by a true story,  and movies "loosely based" on real-life or true events.

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Alpha Dog

All American Girl The Mary Kay Letourneau Story

All Good Things

Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story

Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted

Ann Rule's Too Late to Say Goodbye

A Friend Of The Family

A Kidnapping In The Family 

A Killer Among Us

A Killing in a Small Town

Abducted The Carlina White Story

 A Memory in My Heart

A Mother's Right 

A Mother's Nightmare

A Woman Scorned the Betty Broderick Story

An Inconvenient Woman 

An Officer and a Murderer 

And Never Let Her Go


Baby Shower

Baby Sellers 

Baby Snatcher 

Bad To The Bone 

Beauty's Revenge

Best Friends

Betrayal Of Trust 

Betrayed at 17 

Bitter Blood 

Black Widower

Blind Trust

Bling Ring 


Broken Silence 

Bond Of Silence


Camp (2013) 

Captive (1991)



Child Of Rage

Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story 

Cries Unheard The Donna Yaklich Story




Dangerous Child

Dallas Buyers Club

Dawn Anna 

Deadly Matrimony

Deadly Spa aka Deadly Spa Weekend 

Deadly Vows

Deadly Whispers 

Death Clique

Deceived By Trust: A Moment Of Truth

Deep Family Secrets

Desperate For Love

Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story 

Drew Peterson Untouchable 

Dying to belong 

Eight Days To Live

Escape From Polygamy

Empty Cradle 

End Of Watch

Every Mother's Worst Fear 

Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleading Scandal 

Facebook Detectives 

Fast and Furious aka (The Fast and The Furious)

Fatal Trust 

Fighting For My Daughter

For One Night 



Girl Soldier 

Good Night Sweet Wife: A Murder In Boston

Gospel of Deceit  

Hav Plenty

Hit and Run 1999 Lifetime movie 

Hit and Run 2009

Heaven Is For Real 

Held Hostage 

Her Desperate Choice

Her Final Fury

Honor Thy Father and Mother True Story of the Menendez Murder

House Of Versace

Hunt for the I-5 Killer

In God's Country 

I Me Wed 

In The Line Of Duty: Blaze Of Glory


Judgment Day The John List Story

Left To Die 

Lies Of The Heart: Story of Laurie Kellogg 

Lies He Told

Lies My Mother Told Me

Little Girl Lost the Delimar Vera Story

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe

Love Honor and Obey 

Love Thy Neighbor

Midwest Obsession

Mini's First Time 

Mistaken Identity

Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story

Murder Of Innocence 

Murder in a College Town

Murder in the Hamptons  

Murder In The First

Murder at My Door

Murder in Greenwich 

Murder or Memory  

Murder Ordained

My Husband's Double Life :see The Familiar Stranger 

My Neighbor's Keeper

My Son Is Innocent

My Son Johnny 

No One Could Protect Her 

Normal Life

One Angry Juror 

Our Guys: Outrage in Glenridge

Outrage In Glen Ridge

Open Water 

Paid in Full 

Pain and Gain 


Prayers For Bobby 

Preacher's Daughter 

Pregnancy Pact 

The Price Of A Broken Heart

Prison Of Secrets

Promised A Miracle

Prosecuting Casey Anthony 

Rabbit Proof Fence 

Race Against Fear A Moment of Truth: see Broken Silence

Rasputin and the Empress 

Restless Virg/


Romeo Killer The Chris Porco Story  


Shattered Hearts: A Moment Of Truth
She Made Them Do It
Scared Silent 
Secrets of Eden
Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story

Shadow of Fear 
Shattered Glass 
Shattered Promises
She Fought Alone (Tiffani Thiessen Lifetime Movie)
Sin and Redemption 
Sins Of The Preacher 
Sleeping With The Devil
Small Sacrifices
Snap Decision/Snap Judgment 
Someone Elses Child
Someone She Knows   
Soul Surfer

Starting Over

Steel Magnolias
Still Mine  

Stolen Miracle 

Suburban Madness 
Taken Back Finding Haley
Taking Back Our Town 

Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story

The A.R.K Report
The Babysitter's Seduction
The Brooke Ellison Story 
The Butler 

The Conjuring
The Coverup aka The Cover-Up
The Disappearance of Vonnie 
The Fantasia Barrino Story

The Elizabeth Smart Story
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Familiar Stranger   
The Frozen Ground 

The Girl

The Help 

The Impossible 
The Legend Of Lucy Keyes 
The Man Next Door
The Morrison Murders
"The Obsession" 2006 
The Pastor's Wife 

The Perfect Husband: The "Laci Peterson" story 
The Perfect Roommate  
The Perfect Storm
"The Preacher's Mistress"

The Pregnancy Project
The Stepfather
The Stranger I Married
The Two Mr. Kissels 
The 33 of San Jose 

To Be Fat Like Me
To Love, Honor and Betray

Two Babies: Switched At Birth (1999) 

The Wrong Woman 

The Wrong Man (based on the same case as above)

Unanswered Prayers 
Ultimate Deception and Ultimate Betrayal 

What Color is Love
What Happened to Bobby Earl: see Murder in a College Town
What Makes a Family 

Why Do Fools Fall In Love 
We Have Your Husband  
Woman with a Past 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Joan Rivers movie: Tears And Laughter, Starting Over

Joan and Melissa's movie based on a true story

Joan Rivers' movie Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story, also known as Starting Again, debuted on NBC on Sunday, May 15, 1994. It was a movie based on the true story of Joan Rivers and her husband, Edgar Rosenberg. The movie chronicled how Joan and Melissa coped with the loss of Edgar Rosenberg, who was found dead in a Philadelphia hotel back in the late 1980's. The movie also detailed Melissa and Joan's troubled relationship.

Joan said that the movie was like therapy for them, allowing them to put the pieces of their relationship back together after the tragedy. Sadly, Joan passed away after a doctor in her entourage performed an unplanned biopsy in an endoscopy clinic in New York. Joan Rivers had apparently visited the clinic because she was worried about the hoarseness in her voice, according to the New York Daily News.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Frontera True Story

Frontera movie trailer 2014

Frontera the movie is a 2014 drama that was most likely inspired by the case of Robert Krentz aka Rob Krentz. The movie producers don't say that the movie is based on a true story, or that it was inspired by actual events--- but when I heard the plot for the movie, I knew immediately what had inspired the idea for it. The Frontera movie producers played with the plot a bit to distinguish it from the real version of events. Without getting too much into the true story, I will point you to where you can research the actual case.

In the movie, the local sheriff's wife was killed on their ranch by supposed illegal aliens crossing the Mexican border into Arizona. But when the sheriff takes a closer look at the facts surrounding his wife's death it is obvious that she may have died at the hands of someone else.

Frontera was most likely inspired by the murder of Arizona cattle rancher Robert Krentz, who was shot and killed on his ranch in Chochise County in Arizona in the late 2000's. Apparently, Krentz had stopped to help an ailing Mexican on his property.

The police found foot prints leading from the ranch headed to the Mexican border. The speculation was that an illegal immigrant had killed the Frontera rancher. Krentz was very outspoken about Mexican illegals invading local ranchers' properties.

He went to great lengths to keep the Mexicans off of his property by building a watchtower so that he could see when they were on or nearing his property.

Like in the movie, Robert Krentz' property was vast. The way that his ranch was situated made it a prime target for illegal aliens crossing the border looking for water or other activities.

For Frontera the movie, producers most likely took this story and revamped it to make the victim, the rancher's wife, rather than the rancher.

Right now the movie is currently available on demand, itunes, and at Amazon. It is also showing in select theaters around the U.S.

Frontera is written by Michael Berry and Louis Moulinet. It is directed by Michael Berry and stars Eva Longoria, Michael Pena and Ed Harris.

Arizona cattle rancher killed on his property most likely by illegal Mexican immigrants crossing the border. (Photo credit: Robert Krentz police file photo, interview