Films based upon real life events can often have more emotional resonance than their fictional counterparts. It's often harder to feel detached knowing the story that we see actually happened.
However, sometimes the truth just isn't dramatic enough. Facts can fall through the cracks, and producers can add a few untruths for extra impact.
So, without further ado, let's have a look at 6 movies that twisted (or strategically omitted) the truth:
1. 'The Revenant' (2015)
Alejandro González Iñárritu's beautifully shot yet brutally graphic depiction real life frontiersman Hugh Glass has some significant differences to the real life account.
(Warning: spoilers ahead, dear reader)
In the movie: Glass carries out revenge by trekking through the wilderness and finding the man who left him for dead, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). He then fights him in a bloody final scene.
Actual events: Fitzgerald had joined the Army, and Glass didn't take his life due to the consequences of killing a soldier. As for the boy, Jim Bridger, Glass spared his life due to his youth.
2. 'The Theory Of Everything' (2014)
The biopic of Stephen Hawking won Eddie Redmayne the Oscar for Best Actor. However, some of the events in the physicist's life were glossed over.
In the movie: Hawking and his wife Jane Hawking split amicably.
Actual events: The pair actually had a difficult and messy divorce, which played out for a number of years before they became friends again.
3. 'Titanic' (1997)
James Cameron's classic has grossed over $2 billion worldwide, and became a favorite movie for many following its release. We know the story of Jack and Rose was fictional, but many of the aspects of the movie were true to life.
In the movie: We get a glimpse of the brave band who play out while the ship is sinking.
Actual events: The band did indeed keep strumming while the ship was sinking. Harshly, their families were billed by the company who owned the Titanic. One member was even charged for the brass buttons on his uniform, as well as the shipping costs to recover his body.
4. 'Erin Brockovich' (2000)
Julia Roberts stars as the lead character, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the movie: Brockovich, while working as a legal assistant, wins a huge case against energy company PG&E who had poisoned a local water supply. The town is awarded $333 million in total, and Brockovich discovers she personally had $2 million.
Actual events: The plaintiffs involved claim the law firm held on to their funds for six months after they were awarded, and the final amounts were drastically reduced due to legal fees.
5. 'Ray' (2004)
The biopic features Jamie Foxx as blues musician Ray Charles, for which Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor.
In the movie: The ending of the movie suggests Ray had overcome his heroin addiction, and returns to his wife Della.
Actual events: Unfortunately, in real life Ray replaced heroin with cannabis and alcohol. He also cheated on his wife, and she eventually left him.
6. 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' (2013)
Oh look, it's another DiCaprio film! This time the actor was portraying Jordan Belfort, a morally corrupt and drug fuelled investment stockbroker.
In the movie: At the end, an epilogue claims that he was sentenced to 36 months in prison, but only served 22, and now makes a living providing seminars.
Actual events: Belfort has only paid back $12 million of the $100 million he was ordered to pay back. He is also trying to avoid paying back another penny. Film producers also caused mild outrage by paying him $1 million for rights to the movie.
Source: Geek Tyrant