These Are The Heartbreaking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Movies

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15. Boys Don’t Cry

Hilary Swank remains one of the youngest ever winners of the Best Actress Academy Award, and it was her performance as real-life transgender man Brandon Teena that won it for her. Teena identified as male but never underwent reassignment surgery, and at the age of 21, he was raped and then murdered by two young men.

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14. Schindler’s List

While Steven Spielberg’s iconic World War II drama depicts one of the more heroic tales to come out of the Holocaust, even the brightest of endings is tragic when it’s set in the midst of such an enormous atrocity. The real Oskar Schindler was forced into hiding after the war, and ended up jumping from country to country, almost destitute. In later life, he suffered a heart attack, finally dying in 1974 at the age of 66.

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