They say that reel life is quite different from real life. However, time and again there have been several movies that are inspired by real-life incidents, occurrences and characters. Some of the greatest tales, plays and movies revolve around love.
Whether its light comedy or tear-jerking drama, romantic stories always fascinate us. Like it or not, secretly we are all romantics at heart. So, check out 25 movies based on real-life love stories of distinguished personalities.
A mesmerising 1963 movie about the Egyptian queen, this epic movie shows the passionate bond between Cleopatra and Marc Anthony played on-screen by real life couples Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton who both fell in love with each other while making this movie.
2) Anna and the King
This 1999 movie is based on a novel by Anna Leonowens (Jodie Foster), which highlights her love life with King Maha Mongkut of Siam (Chow Yun-fat). This movie is a remake of The King and I and was shot extensively in Malaysia.
3) Bright Star
This tragic movie from 2009 showcases the last three years of the legendary poet John Keats’ (Ben Whishaw) life that covers his relationship with Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) before he passed away due to TB at the tender age of 25.
4) Becoming Jane
This biographical movie about Jane Austen (Anne Hathaway), released in 2007, is about her love affair with an Irishman named Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), which inspired her to write Pride and Prejudice.
5) Shadow Lands
A world-renowned writer of The Chronicles of Narnia fame, CS Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) falls in love with a spirited poet, Joy Gresham (Debra Winger), from the US in this 1993 movie directed by Richard Attenborough.
6) Mrs. Soffel
This movie is a story about a messy relationship between a housewife Kate Soffel (Diane Keaton) and a killer named Ed Biddle (Mel Gibson). The killer escapes from prison with the help of the jailor’s wife Kate and this leads to a bonding between the two.
7) Gable and Lombard
Based on the love story of actors Clark Gable (James Brolin) and Carole Lombard (Jill Clayburgh), this 1976 movie by Sidney J Furie documents their complicated affair and how they met on the sets of one of the movies they were shooting.
8) Walk the line
This 2005 American musical drama biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon highlights the story of Johnny Cash, a popular country music artist and his attempts at wooing June Carter.
This musical drama is an ode to the great composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce), exploring themes of rivalry, jealousy and tragedy. The storyline is based on Mozart’s love for Aloysia Weber when he was in Mannheim. However, he ends up marrying her sister Constanze Weber (Elizabeth Berridge).
10) The Sound of Music
A classic musical drama from 1965, this movie stars a nun, Maria (Julie Andrews), who is the governess for Captain von Trapp’s (Christopher Plummer) seven children. With her kind nature, she easily wins the heart of the children much to the initial displeasure of the captain. However, he soon falls in love with her.
11) The Other Side of the Mountain
Spinning a tale of two love tragedies of one person, this movie is about the life of the 1956 Olympic medal winning skier Jill Kinmont (Marilyn Hassett) who is first paralyzed by a fall, which causes her first husband to leave her. She, however, manages to find second love with Dick Buek (Beau Bridges), but a cruel twist of fate causes his death by a plane crash. Kilmont overcomes all these tragedies to become the tragic hero of the film.
12) A Beautiful Mind
A movie that narrates the story of John Nash (Russell Crowe), a brilliant mathematician-economist, it depicts how his wife Alicia Larde (Jennifer Connelly) helps him fight schizophrenia, which eventually enables him to overcome all his fears and win the Nobel Prize.
13) The Invisible Woman
This 2013 movie is based on the secretive and scandalous extra-marital affair that Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) share unto death.
14) The Railway Man
In the background of World War II, a British officer, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), is captured by the Japanese and sent to a prison camp. With the help of his wife, Patti Lomax (Nicole Kidman), he manages to overcome the psychological trauma and begin his life afresh.
15) What’s Love Got to Do with It
This 1993 story chronicles Tina Turner’s (Angela Bassett) rise to stardom alongside musical partner and hubby Ike Turner (Laurence Fishburne). Throughout the movie, her struggles with domestic violence are highlighted.
This 2000 movie is set in the period after the French Revolution. Locked up in a mental asylum, the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush) is busy penning down erotic works with the help of a priest, Abbe De Coulmier (Joaquin Phoenix). This inspires the wife of Dr. Royer-Collard (Michael Caine) to elope with another man.
17) A Royal Affair
This Danish drama revolves around the affair between Queen Caroline Mathilda (Alicia Vikander) and Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), a German doctor, despite being married to King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard).
18) The Other Boleyn girl
This 2008 movie is about two sisters, Mary (Scarlett Johansson) and Anne (Natalie Portman), who are set up against each other by their father to woo King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).
19) Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 hit movie about the infamous bank robbers, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They have been portrayed by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. This movie treats these robbers with a Robin Hood-like approach.
20) Mrs. Brown
This 1997 drama movie revolves around Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) love for a man who doesn’t have a royal lineage several years after her husband, Prince Albert’s, death.
21) Reversal of Fortune
This movie is an adaptation of a 1985 book by Alan Dershowitz. It is the tale of Claus von Bulow (Jeremy Irons) who is charged with murdering his wife, Sunny Crawford (Glenn Close). Narrated by Close, the movie documents their strained marriage and suspicious circumstances of her death.
When French writer, Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin (Judy Davis), falls madly in love with the noted music composer, Chopin (Hugh Grant), things start to get heated up. This movie was released in 1991 and it highlights the gender issues of that era.
23) The Edge of Love
This 2008 movie is a love triangle story featuring the poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys), his wife Caitlin Macnamara (Sienna Miller) and Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley), a childhood friend of Thomas who is now a singer at a nightclub.
24) Henry and June
Another love triangle movie, this sensuous drama details the lives of writers Henry Miller (Fred Ward), Anais Nin (Maria de Medeiros) and June Miller (Uma Thurman). Nin has a bisexual affair with June, which causes all sorts of complications.
25) The Cat’s Meow
Released in 2001, this movie tells the story of William Randolph Hearst (Edward Herrmann), a newspaper tycoon, and his obsession with Clara Bow (Kirsten Dunst), a movie actress. This movie is a murder-mystery thriller.
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