The Most Historically Accurate Hollywood Films

Many of Hollywood's greatest successes are historical biopic films. From war dramas like The Pianist to profiles on historical figures like Jackie Kennedy and Harvey Milk, some of the Academy's best directors have won more awards for their authentic works rather than their fictitious ones. Here are critics' and historians' favorite films...

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is considered one of the best movies ever made, let alone the most historically accurate war biopic. Steven Spielberg opens the film with a 27-minute reenactment of the Omaha Beach Landing, which has been called one of the best battle scenes of all time. Spielberg and his team's attention to detail regarding set design and scripting made for an incredibly immersive viewing experience.


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The More You Know

  • Toto was paid more than the Munchkins in "The Wizard of Oz".
  • During the filming of The Grinch, Jim Carrey sought counseling from a Navy SEAL to learn torture-resistance techniques in order to handle the extensive makeup.
  • Keanu Reeves used his profit from The Matrix to buy a motorcycle for all of the movie's stuntmen.
  • Bacon was used to make explosives during World War II.
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