Some stories are so beautiful, exciting and emotional, that they can be written only by life itself. In our gallery, you can not only learn what blockbusters are based on a true story but also who the people are that really experienced it. Stay curious!
In 1997, the movie Seven Years in Tibet with Brad Pitt in the leading role of mountaineer "Heinrich Harrer" was released. The movie is based on the subject of a book of the same title, written by Heinrich Harrer himself. For his great performance, Brad Pitt received a Rembrandt Award, the Dutch Academy Award...
In Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer describes how he goes on an expedition in the Himalayas. Due to the political dangers of the Second World War, he ends up in Tibet, where he met the young Dalai Lama. Even after his adventure in Tibet, Harrer ascended some of the highest peaks of the world!
The moving film from 2002 is based on the autobiographical book The Pianist, a World War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, played in the movie by the great Adrien Brody. The young musician managed to barely survive in the ruins of Warsaw after it was bombed....Brody received the Academy Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal in The Pianist.
In Erin Brockovich, the single mom and paralegal "Erin Brockovich", played by Julia Roberts, managed to make a company liable for its environmental pollution - thanks to her perseverance and grit. For her brilliant performance, Roberts received an Academy Award as Best Actress in a Leading Role. The next photo shows what Erin Brockovich looks in real life...
The film adaptation of her life was an absolute godsend for Erin Brockovich! After the movie was released and highly successful even, Erin wrote several bestsellers and received her own TV formats, including Challenge America and Final Justice.
In the 2002 drama 8 Mile, Eminem played the up coming rapper "Jimmy 'B-rabbit' Smith Jr.". The hard life of "Jimmy" and his dream of the big breakthrough as a musician were based in part on Eminem's own experiences. Eminem really wanted to play the lead himself, and he really did a good job!
The stockbroker Jordan Belfort earned millions in the stock market during the late 1980s. Then, in 1998 Belfort was sentenced to several years in prison for value security fraud and money laundering. His autobiography from 2007 was turned into a movie in 2013 with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio starring as Belfort and he was directed by Martin Scorsese. You'll definitely know the movie: it's The Wolf of Wall Street!
In 1998, Robin Williams played a doctor in Patch Adams who wants to heal his patients not only with medicine but also with a whole lot of humor and laughter. Patch Adams is probably one of the most touching films ever made by Williams.
The film is based on the book "Good Health Is a Laughing Matter", published by Patch Adams. The doctor founded many charitable organizations, supports several projects for poor people and his main goal in life is to make those who are less fortunate laugh!
In 2014, Reese Witherspoon was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild. In Cheryl's book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" the American novelist describes her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and how this amazing experience helped her to get her life back on the right track.
In The King's Speech Colin Firth plays King George VI of England. After the abdication of his brother, George ends up in the public focus and therefore has to fight his stuttering. Due to his great performance, Firth won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2011.
In 1936, Edward VIII abdicated in a surprise move, to marry his one true love, the commoner Wallis Simpson, who was already twice divorced. His brother George therefore became King quite suddenly, and struggled to find his way into the new, life-changing role as the English sovereign. This also included overcoming his fear to speak in public!
The drama A Beautiful Mind was released in 2002. In the movie, the great Russell Crowe plays the brilliant but mentally unstable mathematician "John Forbes". The film is based on a biography written by Sylvia Nasar in 1998.
John Forbes has received much recognition for his work in the field of game theory. In 1994, Forbes even received a Nobel Prize for his exceeding work. Unfortunately, the mathematician passed away on May 23rd in 2015, at the age of 86.
Actor Eddie Redmayne portrayed the world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything in 2014. Not only Hawking's career but also the loving relationship with his wife Jane was documented in the movie. The movie was based on Jane Hawking's book "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen".