These Are The Heartbreaking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Movies

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13. Monster (2003)

Another Oscar magnet based on difficult subject matter, Monster tells the story of one of the more tragic and disturbing lives in recent history. Having already suffered sexual abuse as a child, Aileen Wuornos was repeatedly raped while working as a prostitute in Florida. She ended up killing seven men across the state, saying that each one had attempted to rape her – or succeeded in doing so. Then, after being turned in by her girlfriend, she spent over a decade on death row before finally being executed in 2002.

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12. The Perfect Storm (2000)

Despite its now overused name, a “perfect storm” does in fact describe a real phenomenon – specifically, what happened when one cyclone absorbed another in 1991. The film The Perfect Storm is based on the story of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail, which was caught in the aforementioned weather event in the Atlantic. Neither the boat nor the six-man crew have ever been found.

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