10 Movie Biopics That Lied To Your Face

There's twisting the truth, there's bending the facts, and then there's making s*** up...


There are few feelings quite as unpleasant as walking out of a triumphant, life-affirming biopic… and then immediately discovering the entire supposedly true story was hokum.

Yes, a great many movies twist the truth in order to make the notoriously messy construct that is reality fit the neat pre-ordained plot beats of a tight one hundred page screenplay.

But outside of rare cases like Fargo and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, most films which claim to be based on a true story at least make some attempt to hew near reality.

As a result, viewers come to expect that biopics may avoid the harsher realities of their stories, but they wouldn’t just make things up wholesale—would they?

Come on, this is Hollywood. People don’t just make up lies in the movie industry. And yet this list is filled with proof that a great many biopics are as far from being true to life as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Some screwed with the truth to make their heroes more sympathetic, some needed to scrap inconvenient realities because they sapped narrative momentum, and some just let producers colour-correct their own flaws. In every case, though, here are ten biopics that flat out lied to you.


Cathal Gunning hasn't written a bio just yet, but if they had... it would appear here.