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Films that are based on a true story carry with them some extra expectation. In the long history of Hollywood there are lots of films aping the true stories happening all around us, here are some of the best. ‘A Beautiful Mind’ was surprisingly based on a real story. It’s true that the movie omits some of the more troubling aspects of mathematician John Nash’s personal life (like his secret family), but Ron Howard’s film is still a powerful portrait about the triumph of personal will and enduring love. Here are nine other movies based on real events.

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