The Best Comedies Based on True Stories

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10. BlacKkKlansman (2018)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (267,485 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (11,678 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (447 reviews)
> Directed by: Spike Lee
> Starring: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier

“BlacKkKlansman” was based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer and detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who successfully infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan chapter with the help of a Jewish colleague in 1978 and ’79. He later turned his experiences into a memoir called “Black Klansman,” basis for this film. The movie won a best adapted screenplay Academy Award.

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9. The Big Short (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (436,070 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (69,316 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (330 reviews)
> Directed by: Adam McKay
> Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

“The Big Short” is an Oscar-winning film based on a book by Michael Lewis, depicting actual events leading up to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. The crisis began after a group of iconoclastic investors discovered that subprime mortgage-backed collateralized debt obligations were essentially worthless. The CDOs were little more than repackaged bundles of mortgages issued to less-than-creditworthy homeowners.

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8. Philomena (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (101,025 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (52,457 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (200 reviews)
> Directed by: Stephen Frears
> Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark

In this film, a cynical journalist writes a story about an elderly Irish woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago as an infant when she was forced into a convent, and adopted by American parents. The man turned out to become Michael Hess, a lawyer for the Republican National Committee during the Reagan and Bush administrations, who died from complications related to AIDS.

Nominated for four Oscars, the film soars on the chemistry between Steve Coogan, who played the journalist, and Judi Dench, in the title role.

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7. 50/50 (2011)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (332,708 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (86,894 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (200 reviews)
> Directed by: Jonathan Levine
> Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick

“50/50” was inspired by the true story of a 27-year-old man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s diagnosed with cancer with 50/50 odds of survival, and his efforts to deal with the disease.

The film was written by Will Reiser, somewhat based on his own experience with cancer. Critics hailed Reiser’s screenplay and Gordon-Levitt’s performance.

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6. Ed Wood (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (177,962 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (107,299 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (65 reviews)
> Directed by: Tim Burton
> Starring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker

Johnny Depp plays the cross-dressing filmmaker who was long on ambition and short on talent. Wood made some of the most cringeworthy movies of all time, such as “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and the gender-questioning “Glen or Glenda.” Martin Landau plays aging ghoul actor Bela Lugosi, who appeared in Wood’s movies, and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance.

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