11 Movie Recommendations from Inspiring Real Stories

There are many films that can teach life lessons, one of them is a film from true story. The topics presented are also diverse: war, drama, biography before thriller.

In addition to interesting stories, these films also contain messages and life lessons for viewers. Some of them have also received awards and are the best movies not to be missed.

Not only from foreign countries, but there are also movie titles from Indonesia, providing a wide variety of viewing options. Here are a number of films based on real events collected from various sources.

1. Forrest Gump (1994)

Stills from the movie Forrest Gump (1994)
Movie recommendations based on true stories, one of which is Forrest Gump (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

Released in 1994, Forrest Gump is one of those movies based on an inspiring true story that you can’t miss. This old movie tells the story of Forrest Gump who was running around the United States.

One of the memorable scenes in this film is when Gump runs away saying “Run, Forrest, run!”. The film also received numerous awards and received an 8.8 rating on IMDb.

2. Into the Wild (2007)

Into the Wild is a pretty popular movie. This film is based on the true story of the adventures of Christopher McCandless, who decided to leave his life in the city and choose a life in the wilderness.

Christopher faced many challenges while living in the wild. From food depletion to extreme weather changes.

3. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)

Hachi: A Dog's Tale
Film recommendations based on true events, one of which is Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (Photo: Stage 6 Films)


Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale or Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale is an American drama film that tells the story of a faithful dog named Hachiko. Hachiko always waited for Professor Parker at Shibuya Station, even before his master died.

Film Hachiko: The Story of a Dog remake from the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari.

4. Habibi and Ainun (2012)

What follows is a biopic about the love story of the third president BJ Habibi and his wife Hasri Ainun Besari. They loved each other and decided to get married.

However, bad news came to them. In 2010, Ainun was diagnosed with cancer.

5. Sinking Ship Van der Wijk (2013)

The Van der Wijk Sinking Ship is a film based on the true story of the Van der Wijk ship that sank in the waters of Brondong Lamongan, East Java, in 1936.

This film tells the story of Zainuddin who sails to his hometown in Batipuh, Padang Panjang. There he meets a girl of noble birth named Hayati and they fall in love with each other.

However, they could not unite because custom prevented them. Their love story faces its toughest test when Hayati travels on Van der Wijk’s ship.

6. Captain Phillips (2013)

“Captain Philips” is a film about the captain of a cargo ship Maersk Alabama who encounters pirates. While in the middle of the sea, the ship, led by Captain Phillips, was visited by Somali pirates led by Muza.

This movie is for those of you who like to watch thrilling ship and hostage takings.

7. For Conscience Reasons (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge is a film that tells the story of an American soldier named Desmond Doss. He represents the figure of a warrior who does not want to kill and injure someone, even if it is an enemy.

This film will tell about how Doss fights for survival in the midst of a war and how he helps people.

8 Hotel Mumbai (2018)

Movie Hotel Mumbai
Film recommendations based on true events, one of which is Hotel Mumbai (Photo: India Archives Take One Productions via IMDb)

“Hotel Mumbai” is a film that tells the sad story of the terrorist attack that occurred at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Drama film action it causes tension in the audience.

The film begins with a group of terrorists attacking a hotel. The hotel staff is trying to save guests from a terrorist attack.

9. 22 minutes (2018)

22 Minutes is a film based on a true story that took place in Tamryn. AKBP member Ardy is said to be trying to track down those responsible for the bombing.

Traffic police named Firman managed to detain violators in 22 minutes, which happened in Jakarta in January 2016.

10. Togo (2019)

Togo is a film about the fight between a dog named Togo and his owner. They fight a blizzard to bring a serum to treat a diphtheria epidemic in 1925.

Released in 2019, this movie is among the recommended survival movies that are intense and emotional.

11. The Kashmir Files (2022)

Most recently, the film “The Cashmere Files” was released. This film is about the survival of Kashmiri refugee pundits.

film genre thriller and this mystery is also an investigation into the human tragedy of the brutal genocide in Kashmir in 1990.

These are movie recommendations based on inspiring real stories. Happy viewing!

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