Oldest Actual Events Based Films
Not all the inspired movies have stayed true to the actual events real past or the characters they depict, instead of incorporating action and suspense to enhance the film’s content and success. True story based films became famous in the late 1890s with film production based on actual events. The Tracey Curry-Reyes Movies Based on True Stories Database was the first to compile a list of movies about real life and was the first site in the 1990s to coin the word “true story-based movies.” This list may contain only Wikipedia-supported films. Movies that are real stories are so inspiring.
1. The Execution of Mary Stuart (1895)
The Execution of Mary Stuart is a short film that was made in 1895. True story based film portrays Mary, Queen of Scots, being hanged. It is the first known movie to use special effects, especially the stop trick. The 18-second long film was made by Thomas Edison and directed by Alfred Clark and may have been the first film to use professional actors in history and the first to use editing for special effects purposes. The film shows a blindfolded Mary (played by Mr. Robert L. Thomae, also for female cast male actor in Shakespeare-Tradition) being led into the block of execution. The executioner lifts his head, and an alteration happens during which a mannequin replaces the performer. The mannequin’s head is hacked off and is held in the air by the executioner as the film ends.
2. King John (1899)
King John is the title by which we generally know the earliest known example of a true story based film on a play by William Shakespeare. Filmed in London, England, in September 1899 at the open-air studio on the Embankment of the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company, it was a silent film made from four concise separate films. Both of these films featured a heavily edited scene from the upcoming stage production of Shakespeare’s play King John at Her Majesty’s Theater London by Herbert Beerbohm Tree. The first film was The Temptation Scene with John, Hubert, and Arthur; the second was The Lamentation Scene with Constance, Philip of France, Lewis, and Pandulph; the third was King John’s Dying Scene with John, Henry, Pembroke, and Salisbury; and the fourth was King John’s Death Scene with John, Henry, Falconbridge, Pembroke, and Salisbury. King John’s filming was produced and directed by William Kennedy, Laurie Dickson, and Walter Dando Pfeffer. The acting and production design was by Herbert Tree, William Dickson’s cinematography, and the production company was the British Mutoscope and Biograph Company.
3. The Dreyfus Affair (1899)
The Dreyfus Affair (French: The Dreyfus Affair), also known as Dreyfus Court-Martial, is a series of eleven silent short films by Georges Méliès in 1899. Each of the eleven one-minute episodes reconstructs an incident from the true story based Dreyfus affair that was still ongoing during the season. The series traces the case from the arrest of Alfred Dreyfus on suspicion of spying, through his incarceration on Devil’s Island and in Rennes, to his trial and conviction for treason; related incidents are also included, including the suicide of a major Dreyfus accuser, an unknown gunman’s attempt to assassinate Dreyfus’ lawyer, and a public conflict between pro-and anti-Dreyfus parties. The series was presented in a subdued, realistic style markedly opposite to the better-known fantasy films of Méliès; the scenes were staged and marketed to correctly indicate that Dreyfus was innocent of spying and had been framed. The real-life Dreyfus Affair received considerable interest in France and Britain, and several films about the case were made in both countries. The version of Méliès was widely publicized, and later memoirs and legends say it generated significant attention and controversy at the time. It remains Méliès’s most prominent example of staged reconstructions of current events (“reconstructed actualities”), and nine of the eleven installments are known to survive with certainty.
4. Major Wilson’s Last Stand (1899)
Major Wilson’s Last Stand is a British silent short war movie from 1899 based on the Shangani Patrol’s historical accounts. The film was adapted from Savage South Africa, a stage show depicting true story based scenes from both the First Matabele War and the Second Matabele War, which opened at the EmpressTheatre, Earls Courte, on May 8, 1899. Joseph Rosenthal took copies of this short film originally sold for £ 3 on the field for Warwick TradingCo., Ltd. The film was presented to audiences at London’s Olympic Theatre and New Zealand’s Refined Concert Company.
Story: “Major Wilson and his brave men are seen in a laager to catch a brief rest after a long forced march. They are unexpectedly awoken by the cries of the savages that surround them. Sadly, the anticipated reinforcements have arrived too late. The Major calls on his men to show the enemy how a handful of British soldiers can play both a losing and a winning game.
5. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)
The true story based on the Kelly Gang is an Australian bushranger film from 1906, which follows the adventures of a bushranger from the 19th century and outlaws Ned Kelly and his gang. It was directed by Charles Tait and shot inside and around Melbourne City. The initial cut of this silent film ran for more than an hour with a reel length of approximately 1,200 meters (4,000 ft), making it the longest narrative film yet to be shown in the world. It premiered at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Hall on December 26, 1906, and was first seen in the United Kingdom in January 1908. A commercial and critical success, it is considered the point of origin of the bushranging d. A lot of other films have been made about the Kelly legend since its release.
6. The Boston Tea Party (1908)
The Boston Tea Party is a silent full movie based on true story produced and released by Edison Studios in 1908, directed by Edwin S. Porter. The film is a fictionalized representation of Boston Tea Party true story based events. It was actor Charles Stanton Ogle’s film debut.
7. The Death of the Duke of Guise (1908)
The Assassination of the Duke of Guise (1908) (original French title: La Mort du Duc de Guise; often referred to as L’Assassinat du Duc de Guise) is a historical French true story based film directed by Charles le Bargy and André Calmettes, adapted by Henri Lavedan and featuring Comédie-Française actors and prominent set designers. It is one of the first films to feature both an original film score, composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, and an eminent screenwriter’s screenplay.
8. Davy Crockett (1955)
Davy Crockett, with Betty Harte and Tom Santschi, is a 1910 American silent starring Hobart Bosworth as Davy Crockett. Francis Boggs directed the true story based film, and Selig Polyscope Co distributed it. It was released commercially in the USA. With a plot close to that of Davy Crockett in 1909 – This fictional account of Crockett’s life in Hearts United has him saving his lady love from marrying his rival. The film finishes off with Crockett and his girlfriend riding together.
9. Peg Woffington (1910)
Peg Woffington is an American silent historical film directed by Edwin S. Porter in 1910 and starring Florence Turner as the Irish actress Peg Woffington in the eighteenth century. The true story based film is based on Tom Taylor and Charles Reade’s 1852 play Masks and Faces. Settled from the Titanic Saved from the Titanic is a 1912 American silent motion picture film starring Dorothy Gibson, an American movie actress. She survived the April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. The U.S. premiere, only 29 days after the disaster, is the earliest dramatization of the tragedy.
10. Saved from the Titanic (1912)
Gibson had been one of 28 people on board the Titanic’s first lifeboat to launch and was rescued about five and a half hours after leaving the ship. She co-wrote the script on returning to New York City and played a fictionalized version of herself. The plot involves her telling her fictional parents and fiancé the story of the disaster, with the video interspersed with stock footage of icebergs, the sister ship of Titanic Olympic, and the captain of the boat, Edward Smith. Gibson wore the same clothes as on the night of the tragedy to contribute to the film’s authenticity. The shooting took place at a studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and onboard a New York Harbor derelict ship.
11. David Garrick (1913)
David Garrick is a 1913 British silent, a movie based on a true story, black-and-white based on British actor David Garrick’s life. The movie starred Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss and was based on David Garrick’s 1864 play by T. Adapted by Max Pemberton, W. Robertson. Leedham Bantock directed the movie. Made in Walton Studios by Hepworth Pictures, it was three reels long.