Wait, What? Movies You Won’t Believe Are Based On Real-Life Events

With most movies made with the intention to attract audiences, it’s no wonder why many filmmakers choose the most gripping and entertaining stories to tell. One thing studios do to get the audience’s attention is to make a big deal about the fact that a film is based on actual events, which usually creates a lot of buzz. However, some other films that are also true don’t publicize that information. This makes it all the more shocking when you learn after a little research that a movie wasn’t entirely based in fiction. Take a look at some of these popular films and see if you knew they were inspired by true events.

Goodfellas – 1990

One of Martin Scorsese’s most iconic gangster flicks, Goodfellas follows Henry Hill’s life and his rise and fall as an Italian-American mobster from the 1950s to the 1970s. The film stars Ray Liotta, Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, and Lorraine Bracco and is widely considered one of the greatest movies of all time.

Actors in Goodfellas
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

It is an adaptation of the 1985 nonfiction book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family, written by crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi. It chronicles the real Henry Hill and his life in the mafia, then as an informant.