Sunday, July 26, 2015

'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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Aaliyah: Princess of R&B

A Deadly Adoption

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

Beautiful and Twisted 

Best Friends

Betrayal Of Trust 

Betrayed at 17 

Between Love And Hate

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 Adoption (see A Deadly Adoption)

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 Killed My BFF: The Babysitter

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 Girl (1999 starring Barbara Mandrell)

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 


  1. Hi Traciy. I love your blog!!!! Unfortunately since the website changed I can't find all of the movies. I was wondering if you could tell me what case the movie The Killing Secret is based off of. It reminds me of a case from 92' or 93' in Mentor Ohio. The case is about a 17 year old girl named Angel Ormston murdered by Mark Sotka. She was missing for 4 months before they found her body wrapped up in a sheet in the woods. She was pregnant. Mark was questioned and cleared after passing a polygraph, but by the police still remained a viable suspect. The similarities of this case are uncanny. The murderers name in the movie and real life is Mark. The murder takes place in an abandoned property owned by Marks parents in the movie, and also in real life. Angel is murdered in a second home that Marks family is trying to sell. Angel's mother was a single mom, and Angel also came from a "blue collar family" as did Soliel Moon Frye's character did. Mark murdered Angel the day she revealed to him she was pregnant and planned on keeping the baby. The evening he murdered her he managed to meet up w/his friends at the local pizza joint. I was just curious if you knew for certain. Thanks, Angie

  2. Hello and thank you for your feedback. The Killing Secret was based on a case out in Texas. No one was ever convicted for it. In fact, it would have been hard to narrow down the case if it had not been for me getting a direct confirmation from someone who had a hand in telling the story. I believe this story was sold by someone who was close to the case, such as detective, or maybe even a family member.

    Anyway it's under "The Killing Secret aka The Secret"

  3. Where's the Hav Plenty story?

  4. Replies
    1. Or, Mockingbirds Don't Sing? A really sad story.

  5. Looking for information on Baby Snatcher

  6. The Angel Ormston case was portrayed in a tv show last year, it's called Unusual Suspects and the episode is called Death of an Angel on Investigation Discovery channel. I found this site when I was looking to watch it online as I grew up in Mentor, Ohio and remember her initial disappearance and the events that followed. It was specially terrifying considering that her murderer was on our approved neighborhood babysitters list... no wonder my parents wouldn't ever let me randomly pick someone from the list!

  7. what about a friend to die for or death of a cheerleader

  8. What happened to Her Deadly Rival?

    By the way, I love your site!

  9. I, too, enjoy reading about the true stories upon which movies that I watch are based. I am writing, first, to thank you for your hard work consolidating this information, and your many blogs I have found detailing these stories. Secondly, I am aware of one additional movie, based on a book by Ann Rule, which is not on your list. It is titled "Dead By Sunset" and I believe that it was originally shown as a mini-series.

    Third, I have tried to find the stories for "Dead at 17" and "Accused at 17" without success. Any information you could provide to me about those cases would be greatly appreciated. In closing, I want to offer you any help that I can provide to you researching information since I am presently at home with time on my hands due to a continuing illness. Thank you again for your tremendous effort!

  10. Hi can you help I am after a movie based on true events about a family, when the mother dies her children get taken from the father and put into a children's home all because they believe a single dad cannot.raise the children be needs to find a new wife? And whilst the children are in care the suffer brutal punishment for trying to run away eg a cricket bat with nails in it , I think it is based in the 1920s/40s and was broadcast late 80s early 90s

  11. Hi a was looking for a film. About a woman that told her husband she was pregnant so he wouldn't leave her she ended up meeting a pregnant woman and near her due date she took her to a building the woman woke up to see that the woman that took her got her baby cut out her. Do you know what this film was called?

  12. The name of the movie is "Empty Cradle."

  13. What happened to the movie called When Andrew Came Home .?I was on kere last week and could get to read it all.TY

  14. Hello, I am a fan of true crime movies and movies based on a true story.

    For the longest time, I've been trying to find the title of a movie that I believe was based on a true story. A woman was missing and her body was found in a landfill (a bulldozer at the garbage landfill helped to move around heaps of garbage) and she was eventually found. I believe her sister or family member was helping to locate her and then a hand fell out of a bag or something at the garbage site and someone found it.

    Does anyone know the name of the movie? It's driving me nuts trying to find the name of it.

  15. can you please help me find African American movies based on true story

  16. I would like to see" Into Thin Air" with Ellen Burstyn. It was made in the 1980's it is the Eric Wilson story.

  17. Hello I love this site, what happened to the movie for my daughter's honor

  18. I'm trying to find a move about a high school kid that was an athlete and he went to a party and after the party he was hit by a car and died his best friend ended up running the big race that the dead boy was getting ready to run.

  19. you left out two classics: Mask (the story of Rocky Dennis) and Gallipoli.

  20. You need to add A child's cry for help

  21. Our mothers Murder came out in 1997. That is a great movie to add to the list. I have been searching for years for the movie and still can not find it any where.

  22. You forgot "The Stalking Of Laurie Show". The movie is called "Rivals".

  23. Pregnancy Project is another movie you should list.