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6 Netflix Movies Based On Real Life That You'll Wish Were Made Up

Real life, real stories! Although there are a ton of films to choose from, movies based on true stories on Netflix hit differently. Whether it's about a serial killer or climbing the highest point on earth, these stories will make you wish they weren't true.

If you're looking for movies to watch on the streaming platform, give one of these thrillers a try. You can sit back, kind of relax, and try to understand how these movies aren't fake.


Rating: 89% on Rotten Tomatoes

A cartoonist becomes obsessed with the Zodiac killer and uses his puzzle skills to try to identify the killer who has made everyone in Northern California uneasy.

This 2007 film stars Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile 

Rating: 54% on Rotten Tomatoes

This movie about serial killer Ted Bundy is from the perspective of his girlfriend, Liz. It shows their love story and the behind-the-scenes of what Bundy was doing when he wasn't with her.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile stars Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and Haley Joel Osment.

Patriots Day

Rating: 81% on Rotten Tomatoes

Patriots Day shows what happened on April 15, 2013 – also known as the Boston Marathon bombing day.

Mark Wahlberg plays Sergeant Tommy Saunders and the movie takes you through the journey of how they caught the terrorists.

Lost Girls 

Rating: 72% on Rotten Tomatoes

The Office star Amy Ryan plays Mari Gilbert, a mother whose daughter disappears suddenly. When Mari can't seem to get help from the police, she decides to start her own investigation.


Rating: 73% on Rotten Tomatoes

In 1996, a group tried to ascend Mount Everest. Little did they know, one of the worst storms was about to hit the highest point in the world. Everest takes you through the journey of the fight for survival.

Zero Dark Thirty

Rating: 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and how it took a decade for the Navy SEALs to locate him.

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