There are many popular movies that were based on true stories, including "American Gangster" and "Catch Me If You Can." "Schindler's List" and "Raging Bull" are also some popular movies based on true stories.
In "Catch Me if You Can," Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks are two major characters that play in a story that was based on the life and activities of Frank Abagnale Jr., who was a major con artist. Frank was successful in stealing millions of dollars, acting as a doctor, legal prosecutor and Pan Am pilot, all before he turned 19. Many critics have praised the movie for being both dramatic and comical.
"Schindler’s List" is a true story based on Oskar Schindler, who saved many Jewish people from the horrors of the Holocaust in Holland during World War II. Liam Neeson plays the businessman, who is struck by his conscience and begins to worry about the fate of his Jewish employees during the events of the war. He turns his profitable factory from a business location to a refuge center for Jews, and he was able to save over 1,000 people from the Nazis. The Jews that Schindler saved exonerated him and planted a tree in Israel in his name.