Have you ever watched a movie “based on a true story” and wondered how much of the truth was stretched or eliminated altogether to appease Hollywood? The website informationisbeautiful.net has used data to review every scene in several popular biographical films to evaluate their veracity.
Deep blue means the scene is true and pretty much what happened
Light blue means the scene is mostly true but tweaks were made
Light red means the scene was pretty false; understandable dramatic license
Deep red means completely false – outrageous dramatic license taken
Grey means couldn’t be verified or sources may have been private (e.g. diaries)
See how true several other popular “based on a true story” moves are here.