The Best Comedies Based on True Stories

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15. Fighting with My Family (2019)
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (82,697 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (5,034 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (241 reviews)
> Directed by: Stephen Merchant
> Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn

“Fighting with My Family” is about a family of wrestlers in Great Britain whose younger members want to join World Wrestling Entertainment. Dwayne Johnson produced and stars in the film. Though some license was taken with some of the characters’ storylines, the movie is mostly true-to-life.

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14. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 7.1/10 (53,185 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (3,178 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (319 reviews)
> Directed by: Marielle Heller
> Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

This is a film about Lee Israel, a freelance writer fallen on hard times who starts forging celebrity letters and steals actual celebrity letters, selling them to dealers to make money. In June 1993, Israel was caught and pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to transport stolen property, for which she served six months under house arrest and five years of federal probation. She also was barred by almost all libraries and archives. Melissa McCarthy was nominated for an Oscar for her role as Israel.

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13. Green Book (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (496,895 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (10,494 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 77% (360 reviews)
> Directed by: Peter Farrelly
> Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini

The “Green Book” is an unlikely buddy movie about an Italian-American bouncer named Tony “Lip” Vallelonga hired by Black classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley as a driver to take him on a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s. The movie won three Oscars, including Best Picture and a Best Supporting Actor (for Mahershala Ali). Vallelonga’s son, Nick, who remembered meeting Shirley, co-wrote the movie. The title refers to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” a guide to businesses around the country where Blacks could safely eat, get gas, and lodge.

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12. I, Tonya (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (219,878 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (12,586 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (384 reviews)
> Directed by: Craig Gillespie
> Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

In “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie plays Tonya Harding, a hyper-competitive figure skater from a challenging background. The movie breaks down the wall between actor and audience, with Robbie’s Tonya explaining what role she played in the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan. Allison Janney won a best supporting actress Oscar as Harding’s chain-smoking, abusive mother.

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11. Adaptation. (2002)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (194,759 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85% (188,786 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (211 reviews)
> Directed by: Spike Jonze
> Starring: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper

Oscar winners Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Tilda Swinton star in this meta-film about a lovelorn screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, who becomes desperate after failing to successfully adapt the Susan Orlean book “The Orchid Thief” for the big screen. Kaufman actually had great trouble adapting the book. Cage, who plays Charlie Kaufman, also plays his fictional brother.

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