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10 Movies That Ruined Real Life People's Reputations

Titanic's fictional portrayal of First Officer Murdoch got James Cameron in hot water.

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Movies that depict the lives of real people have a certain responsibility to those figures, to portray them in a way that's mostly factual - at least in theory.

But "artistic license" is a funny thing, allowing screenwriters and filmmakers to play fast and loose with the facts, in turn leaving a real person - often someone no longer with us - with their reputation in tatters.

Though it's absolutely true that nobody should take all of their history lessons from movies, it's also fair to say that people are far more likely to remember the "true" stories told in films than in books, often brought to unforgettable life by recognisable actors as they are.

And if audiences don't apply any critical thought to what they're watching - as they usually don't - it's possible for a film to turn the tide on a person's entire legacy.

These 10 films, whether intentionally or not, ruined the public standing of famous figures both alive and dead, ensuring that either the subjects or their surviving family members spoke out in anger, perhaps even taking to the courts to set the record straight...

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