An online analysis on informationisbeautiful.net walks readers through the veracity of several films that say they are “based on a true story.”
The website breaks down recent historical films like “Selma,” “American Sniper” and “Spotlight” and shows off when producers took a little bit of editorial lee-way with the source material.
According to the website, “Selma” was the only film analyzed that was verified as 100 percent accurate. On the other end of the spectrum, “American Sniper” and “The Imitation Game” fell closer to “Hollywood” than they did the truth.
“American Sniper,” the Bradley Cooper-starring film about late Navy SEAl Chris Kyle, clocked in at 56.9 percent accurate. The analysis shows that a good portion of the beginning of the film and a large portion of the end of the film can be based in verifiable fact. The middle part of the film seems to lean a little more toward Hollywood storytelling.
Despite lots of talk about how close the film was to Kyle’s life story, the movie was critically acclaimed upon it’s release. It would go on to be nominated for multiple Academy Awards.