Lifetime/Odyssey True Moviesby Gymnopedies | created - 15 Apr 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
Everyone loves movies that are based on a true story, because it means you can say things like: "What a great movie... and it's based on a true story!" For some reason, we human beings like it when we know that things have happened in real life at some point - if said "true story" ended in a happy way, it helps us to inject a little hope into our lives; if it ended in a bad way, well... we've all got a morbid fascination with the sick and perverse, too, right?" Ranked from best to worst.
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1. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)
R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller
Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. ... See full summary »
2. The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004 TV Movie)
172 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
Uses accounts from family, friends, and acquaintances to tell the story of Natalie Wood and how she started young, acting in the spotlight, making the transition from a childhood actress to... See full summary »
4. Murder in the First (1995)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement.
Votes: 24,974 | Gross: $17.38M
5. Saved by the Light (1995 TV Movie)
96 min | Drama
Eric Roberts stars as a violent bully whose life is changed forever after he is struck by lightning and undergoes a bizarre near-death experience, which transforms his personality. Based on a true story.
6. Megan Leavey (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, War
Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Votes: 19,354 | Gross: $13.41M
7. The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008)
Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A pair of girls seeking adventure beyond the their Western Washington trailer park encounter the area's most ruthless serial killer. Based on Sheriff David Reichert's book, "Chasing the ... See full summary »
9. Murder of Innocence (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller
Newlywed Laurie Wade finds her marriage, and eventually the rest of her life, shattered by her deep-rooted psychotic behavior. She goes from brief "short-circuits" to overtly murderous ... See full summary »
10. Living with the Dead (2002 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Crime
A man begins to have disturbing visions of dead people, among whom are his mother and victims of a local serial killer. The detective investigating the murders looks to him for help in solving the case.
11. The Karen Carpenter Story (1989 TV Movie)
120 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Story of the meteoric rise and sudden fall of Karen Carpenter, who became a famous singer before battling anorexia and bulimia.
12. In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group, they can't hunt them down. The experienced officer ... See full summary »
13. Stalking Laura (1993 TV Movie)
92 min | Crime, Drama, History
A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession.
14. The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (2003 TV Movie)
R | Thriller
A wealthy young Canadian department store heiress tries her best to help out a deeply troubled and jealous childhood friend, with disastrous results that shock the whole country.
15. Let Him Have It (1991)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History
In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster movies. Chris and Derek's ... See full summary »
18. The Upside (2017)
PG-13 | 126 min | Comedy, Drama
A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who's hired to help him.
Votes: 30,398 | Gross: $108.25M
20. Death Scream (1975 TV Movie)
Unrated | 96 min | Crime, Drama
On March 13, 1964, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was attacked and viciously stabbed to death several times by a psychopath while nearby residents watched but did nothing to help.
21. Something for Joey (1977 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sport
This is based on the true story about the relationship between Penn State football player John Cappelletti, Jr. and his younger brother Joey, who has leukemia. John and Joey's bond is a ... See full summary »
22. The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996 TV Movie)
192 min | Drama, History
A mini-series dramatization of the controversial 1992 attack by federal agents on the Idaho home of Randy Weaver, a white seperatist. The ten-day siege, begun over a minor gun charge, ... See full summary »
23. Unforgivable (1996 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama
A man who batters women, after nearly killing his girlfriend in a violent rage, finds himself facing his own demons when he is forced to join an innovative group therapy program for abusive men.
24. In Broad Daylight (1991 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama, Thriller
The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. One day the comment of a saleswoman about Len's son not being able to ... See full summary »
25. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000 TV Movie)
178 min | Crime, Drama
About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.
28. A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »
29. La Bamba (1987)
PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biographical story of the rise from nowhere of early rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens who died at age 17 in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper.
Votes: 25,544 | Gross: $54.22M
30. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)
G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
32. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »
33. Child of Rage (1992 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
A priest and his wife adopt a brother and a sister, but the girl has terrible outbursts of rage. They get her in treatment and try to find out the reason for this.
35. Out of the Darkness (1985 TV Movie)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
"Out of the Darkness" is a gripping thriller telling the true story of the hunt and capture of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam" - the infamous serial killer who stalked New York City in... See full summary »
37. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.
38. The Perfect Mother (1997 TV Movie)
92 min | Drama
Since self-made immigrant Nico Podaras's death, widow Elenie runs his lucrative garage, with an illegal side business, generously using the profits to keep control of their three sons' ... See full summary »
39. A Place to Be Loved (1993 TV Movie)
95 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Gregory Kingsley, a boy passed off onto social services by his natural mother and abused by his natural father, finds the foster family he is put into to be the type of family he needs and ... See full summary »
40. Murder in Coweta County (1983 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Crime, Drama
In 1948, in rural Georgia, Coweta County is watched over by its legendary, indomitable Sheriff Lamar Potts (Johnny Cash). No felony had ever gone unsolved while Sheriff Potts was in charge.... See full summary »
42. A Killer in the Family (1983 TV Movie)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons ... See full summary »
43. A Family Torn Apart (1993 TV Movie)
98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A teenage boy finds his mother and father murdered in their home but as the story goes on he reveals he knows more than he is letting on.
44. 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003 TV Movie)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.
46. Love and Hate (1989 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama
Narcissistic Saskatchewan Tory politician Colin Thatcher is engaged in a bitter divorce from wife Joanne. When the court rules in Joanne's favour, Thatcher hires a hit man to kill his wife, and almost gets away with it.
120 min | Crime, Drama
This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant ... See full summary »
48. Harold Shipman: Doctor Death (2002 TV Movie)
98 min | Drama