Be prepared: These stories will tug at your heartstrings. All of these movies are either based on true stories or are fictionalized accounts of real events. Some are comedies; some are dramas. A few are both. These are stories about historic tennis matches and Supreme Court decisions, high-stakes poker games and missions to the moon. Some are steeped in history, and some happened just yesterday. What each of these stories has in common is a kernel of truth. Real lives, real stories, and real events inspired each of these films, which makes their stakes even higher.
Check out these new and new-ish films inspired by true life, and let us know your favorites. (Our list only reaches back to 1992, so be sure to share with us your go-to movie-night picks from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s too.) For more great films to include on your to-watch list, check out 30 Films from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once, 50 Classic Movies Everyone Should Watch in Their Lifetime, and The Most Romantic Love Stories of Cinema.