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    These "Based On Real Events" Films Were Given The "Historical Accuracy" Test, And My Eyes Have Been Well And Truly Opened

    IRL, Jonah Hill's character in The Wolf of Wall Street really did swallow a goldfish and marry his cousin...

    We all love a film that's based on real events, but sometimes it's hard to tell what's factual, and what's there for dramatic purposes.

    So, here are 17 movies, ranked from least accurate to most, allowing for a little bit of artistic license.

    17. The Imitation Game

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    Scene that didn't happen:

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    Scene that did happen (the floorboard bit):

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    16. Hacksaw Ridge

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    This heroic night is what Doss is most famous for.

    15. American Sniper

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    14. Lion

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    Scene that did happen (with a little bit of license):

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    13. Dallas Buyers Club

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    12. Philomena

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    In reality, while Martin did go to America, Philomena didn't accompany him. 

    11. Hidden Figures

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    Her constant insistence on being in the briefings eventually made the engineers permit her. 

    10. The King's Speech

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    9. Spotlight

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    8. The Social Network

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    They really did make this zipline and damage the chimney. 

    7. Bohemian Rhapsody

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    Freddie told the band about being HIV-positive in a very similar way, saying he'd keep going till he died. 

    6. The Wolf of Wall Street

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    5. Captain Phillips

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    4. Rush

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    The scoreboard really did malfunction.

    3. Bridge of Spies

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    2. The Big Short

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    This conversation, and the decision to buy more swaps really happened.

    1. Selma

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    Coretta really did meet with Malcolm X in secret. 

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    What's your favourite film that's based on real events? Let us know in the comments below!