10 Famous Movies That Became Too Real

Stranger than fiction (and inspired by it, apparently).

Movies are great because they're movies; things happen in them that - generally speaking - just don't happen in real life. Even when movies are based on "true stories," everybody knows that by the time artistic license has been factored in they won't end up resembling the truths they were supposedly based on anyway. But movies of the actually fictional kind - they never happen for real. Right? Wrong! Because the world is downright bizarre and because the truth is very often even stranger than fiction, sometimes movies that seemed impossible or implausible end up with their own real life counterparts. That's to say, fictional movie premises, plots or narratives wind up working their ways into the fabric of reality. To the point where somebody might say: "Oh, God, this is just like The Hunger Games." If The Hunger Games happening for real feels like stretching things a tad too far, check out the following 10 movies and the ways in which each of them (quite insanely) became far too real. Seriously, what were the odds that any of these ficticious films would wind up actually happening? A deeper question, even: did they happen because they were movies first... or would they have happened regardless?

Sam Hill is an ardent cinephile and has been writing about film professionally since 2008. He harbours a particular fondness for western and sci-fi movies.