From inspiring tales of underdogs to tense and suspenseful dramas, Hollywood has given us a long list of Oscar-worthy films with gripping plots. These stories can hit even harder when they’re based on real-life events because, sometimes, truth is really stranger than fiction. Cinema has been finding inspiration in real life for decades, giving us some of the most praise-worthy films. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable movies based on true events that were nominated for Oscars.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

This crime drama follows the journey of master conman and forger Frank Abagnale Jr. as he managed to cash cheques worth millions of dollars in different avatars all before the age of 19. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks in the lead roles, the film went on to win a BAFTA along with two Oscar nominations.

The Social Network (2010)

This film follows the journey of computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg as it chronicles the inception of the multi-billion dollar business of Facebook. Directed by David Fincher and starring Jesse Eisenberg as the billionaire founder, this biopic won three Oscars and was nominated for five more.

The King’s Speech (2010)

Telling the true story of King George VI’s remarkable ascension to the throne during the 1936 British Empire, this film follows his journey of overcoming his stammer with the help of an unconventional speech therapist. Lead actor Colin Firth won the Oscar for the Best Actor in this role while the film also took home three other Oscars including the Best Picture award.

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Solomon Northup was a free black man from Upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. This biographical drama documents his struggle while highlighting the cruelty of American slavery in the years before the Civil War. With brilliant direction by Steve McQueen and exceptional performances from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, this film won the Best Motion Picture award along with two more Oscars and six other nominations.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort who was a fraudulent stockbroker, this Martin Scorcese film gave us an exhilarating look into his indulgent lifestyle of sex, drugs, and white-collar crime. The film was highly acclaimed for the performances from the lead cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie and went on to be nominated for five Oscars.

American Sniper (2014)

This biographical drama follows the legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who saved countless lives during the Iraq war. The film tells Kyle’s poignant story as he deals with the haunting shadow of war and death after he returns home from his duty. Starring Bradley Cooper in the lead role, it won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Sound Editing along with five other nominations.

Spotlight (2015)

This gripping thriller recounted the uncovering of the Catholic church’s decades-long efforts to cover up an astonishing number of sexual abuse cases against priests. It followed the true story of the team of Boston Globe investigative reporters who, against all odds, pursued the truth in this scandal. Featuring a talented ensemble cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, the film won two Oscars among other nominations.

Green Book (2018)

This film follows the journey of Italian-American bouncer Tony Lip who becomes the driver of African-American classical pianist Donald Shirley as he tours through the 1960s American South. Throughout their journey, we get to witness the formation of a unique relationship as we are reminded that race relations are never just black and white. With exceptional performance from Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, it won three Oscars including Best Motion Picture of the Year.

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

“Based on a crazy, outrageous, incredible true story!” The film tells the story of an African American police officer named Ron Stallworth from Colorado Springs who successfully infiltrates the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes an important part of the cult. This Spike Lee film is hard-hitting and packed with dark humor, winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay along with five other nominations.

Once you’ve checked out all of the must-watch movies based on true events, you can fasten your seatbelts for another entertaining ride with Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

The film follows the titular rivalry as we witness how the Ford company created a new vehicle that could finally beat Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Get ready for heavy-hitting action and drama in Ford v Ferrari, which releases in cinemas this November. Click on ‘Interested’ to know more about the film.