Real Stories

Real Stories is an ongoing series about the true stories behind movies and TV shows. It’s that simple.

Browse the full Real Stories archive below

Tham Luang Cave Rescue Thirteen Lives True Story

The Real Story Behind ‘Thirteen Lives’


The upcoming Ron Howard movie dramatizes the story of a boys soccer team trapped in a Thai cave for 18 days.

The Godfather Marlon Brando

The Real Stories Behind ‘The Godfather’


A number of real gangsters inspired the characters of Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece.

Inventing Anna Julia Garner

The Real Story Behind Netflix’s ‘Inventing Anna’


Shonda Rhimes’ latest series tells the story of a young woman pretending to be a German heiress.

Pam and Tommy

The Real Story Behind ‘Pam & Tommy’


The new miniseries tells the story behind the unauthorized release of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape.

Super Pumped Uber Joseph Gordon Levitt

The Real Story Behind ‘Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber’


Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the controversial ex-CEO of Uber in Showtime’s upcoming series.

Cyrano Movie

The Real Story Behind ‘Cyrano’


A look at the man known for his big nose and even bigger guts.

A Journal For Jordan true story

The Real Story Behind ‘A Journal for Jordan’


Michael B. Jordan stars in the movie as 1st Sergeant Charles Monroe King, a war hero who left behind a journal full of advice for his son.


The Real Story Behind ‘Casablanca’


While the plot of this iconic movie is not based on a true story, the premise is backgrounded in real events of the time.

Don't Look Up

The Unsettling Realities Behind Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’


And a look at that asteroid heading for Earth right now (seriously).