55+ Bollywood Movies Based on True Stories List

Today we are going to discuss Bollywood movies based on true stories ever made. These are some of the stories that created a buzz in the mind audience to know what life people lived. True stories are different from regular movies and audience connect with this movie more than any other movie. Indian film industry is working more on Bollywood movies based on true stories.

Bollywood movies based on true stories are made every year and in many numbers nowadays. Some stories are taken from history but some belong to 21 century as well. Movies like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has just revolutionized the Indian cinema. These movies are taken from true events by some creative writers. One day or the other people change their taste of watching different genre but true stories are always on the top of the list. Bollywood movies based on true stories and events is such a sensational topic that every director want to make such stories. These stories have never let down the audience.

Bollywood Movies Based on True Stories

More streets on Bollywood movies based on true stories was put after 2013 when Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was made. After super hit performance by the film more and more directors and writers started working on this topic. We provide you list of all the Bollywood movies based on true stories.

Bollywood Movies Based on True Stories List

Sanju (2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama
Starring – Ranbir Kapoor
The story of this film is based on Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt who was accused of a bomb blast in Mumbai city.

Padmavat (2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Bio, epic period, drama
Starring – Deepika Padukone
It is based on epic poem Padmavat by Malik Mohammad Jayasi. The story is taken down from the period of 13th century Afghanistan.

The Ghazi Attack (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Thriller, History
Starring – Rana Daggubati
Pakistani Submarine wants to attack Indian port but they need to cross Indian Submarine S21 to attract on the port.

Sarbjit (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Starring – Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
It’s a biopic of Sarabjit Singh, a farmer who crosses the border after having drinks. He was mistakenly taken to Pakistan jail as an Indian spy and sentenced with capital punishment.

Airlift (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Starring – Akshay Kumar
The story of one Indian business man who stands along 1,70,000 Indians to get them out of Kuwait in August 1990.

Dangal (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Sport, Drama
Starring – Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana
The story of a former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two wrestler daughters. This was a struggle for glory at the commonwealth games.

Neerja (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Thriller, Drama
Starring – Sonam Kapoor
Neerja is a story of Indian air hostess who courageous saves the life of 359 passengers on Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The plan was hijacked by a terrorist organisation.

Azhar (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Spot, Drama, Biography
Starring – Emraan Hashmi, Nargis Fakhri
Biopic of Indian former cricket team captain Azharuddin.

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M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Sport, Biography, Drama
Starring – Sushant Singh Rajput
This is a story of former India cricket team captain who fights as defending champions in World Cup. It is basically a biography of Mahinder Singh Dhoni.

Bajirao Mastani (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, Action
Starring – Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra
The story of a romance between Maratha general, Baji Rao and Mastani.

Hawaizaada (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Fantasy, Drama
Starring – Naman Jain, Mithun Chakraborty
It is a life story of young Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade. He made an unknown plane and film shows some sets of pre-independence era of Bombay as well.

Talvar (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Crime, Biography
Starring – Irrfan Khan
An investigator who confronts many theories about the violent double homicide.

Bombay Velvet (2015)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Crime, Drama, Action
Starring – Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma
The story of a man who go for all odds and forget his own destiny.

Rahasya (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Mystery, Thriller
Starring – Kay Kay Menon, Tisca Chopra
The only child of doctor couple is murdered in her sleep.

Main Aur Charles (2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Biography, Crime
Starring – Adil Hussain
This is the story of a notorious serial killer who targets who becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama
Starring – Mischa Barton
Inspired by a true event it is a story of 10,000 humans who lost their lives in few hours.

Punjabi 1984 (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Family, Drama
Starring – Diljit Dosanjh, Kiron Kher
This is a story of a mother whose son was arrested but lost.

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Mary Kom (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama, sport
Starring – Priyanka Chopra
A life story of Indian boxer Mary Kom, who has gone through the hardest time in her life and finally active what she wanted.

Gulaab Gand (2014)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Action
Starring – Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Divya Jagdale
A real-life story of women who fight against social injustice which is so common in India.

Madras Cafe (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Drama, History
Starring – John Abraham
It is a journey of an intelligence agent to a war torn coastal island.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama, sport
Starring – Farhan Akhtar
It is a story of living legend Milkha Singh who represented India in 1960 Olympic where he came on 4th place. The movie showcases India – Pakistan partition in this movie.

Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Musical, Romance, Drama
Starring – Story is taken from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”. It includes some twist and turns which were appreciated by the audience.

Special 26 (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Crime, Thriller
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee
Best movie based on con-men robbery by posing themselves as C.B.I and income tax officers.

The Attacks of 26/11 (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Biography, Crime
Starring – Nana Patekar
It is a real story of ten terrorists who sail to Mumbai and wage war on the populace for the next 72 hours.

Jolly LLB (2013)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Comedy, Crime
Starring – Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani
A small lawyer who files PIL to get money and fame.

Paan Singh Tomar (2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Biography, Crime
Starring – Irrfan Khan
A Story of Paan Singh Tomar an Indian athlete and seven times national steeplechase champion. He becomes the most feared dacoits on Chambal valley after his retirement.

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Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Drama, Crime
Starring – Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
The movie showcase clash between Sultan and Shahid Khan. This war took bloody spanning for around three generations.

Shahid (2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama
Starring – Rajkumar Rao
It is a story of Human Rights lawyer who is an ordinary citizen with an extraordinary commitment to justice.

The Dirty Picture (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Comedy, Drama
Starring – Vidya Balan
The story is based on the life of south Indian actress Silk Smitha. Basically, it tells the love story of actress and actor.

No One Killed Jessica (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Crime, Drama
Starring – Rani Mukherji, Vidya Balan
A journalist, who got teamed up with the sister of the murdered model to get justice to her case.

Not a Love Story (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Thriller, Crime
Starring – Deepak Dobriyal, Mahie Gill
An actress and her boyfriend are arrested and charged with Homicide.

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, Action
Starring – Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone
Kids who were not allowed to play football decided to join a group of freedom fighters.

Once Upon a Time In Mumbai (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Crime, Drama
Starring – Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi
It is a story of 1970’s smuggler who rises on such a level that a police officer is caught in the middle.

Firaaq (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, History
Starring – Inaamulhaq, Nassar
It showed the devastating effect on Muslims after Gujarat riots.

Sarkar Raj (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Crime
Starring – Amitabh Bachchan
It is a story of a most powerful family who is trying to bring power plant in the village.

Mumbai Meri Jaan (2008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama
Starring – Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon
It is a story of five individual whose lives are affected by Mumbai train bombings.

Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Action, Crime, Biography
Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty
This is a story of a gangster and Mumbai police during the year 1991.

Guru (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama, Musical
Starring – Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai
Guru movie is based on biggest tycoon in Indian history. It was the time of 1958 when a villager, Gurukant Desai arrives in Bombay and become Guru.

Chak de! India (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Sport, Drama, Family
Starring – Shah Rukh Khan
The Story of an Indian coach of Women’s National Hockey team to get girls into the world cup.

Shoot on Sight (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Thriller, Drama, Crime
Starring – Naseeruddin Shah
A story of a police commander in London deals with personal issues and investigate the death of a fellow Muslim.

Sarkar (2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Crime
Starring – Amitabh Bachchan
One man who runs parallel government is challenged by the ruling party.

Black Friday (2004)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Crime, Drama, Action
Starring – Kay Kay Menon
This is a story of 1993 serial bomb blast in Bombay.

LOC: Kargil (2003)

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, War
Starring – Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan
It is a real story of Kargil when Pakistan invaded India in 1999.

Dhoop (2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama
Starring – Om Puri, Gul Panag
The story shows the link between Peon and Principal, lower staff to the office of PM, everyone is corrupt.

The Legend of Bhagat Singh (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Starring – Ajay Devgn
The real story of a young revolutionary who tased armed again British India for freedom of India.

Sandstorm (2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama
Starring – Nandita Das
It is a story of central Government employee who needs to create awareness against child- marriage.

Zubeidaa (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, Biography
Starring – Karishma Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee
Zubeidaa was a Muslim actress who married a Hindu prince to become his second wife.

Border (1997)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, Action
Starring – Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Sunil Shetty
Another real story of Indo-Pak war in Longewala border region. The story became so popular as people got to know how small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against Pakistani.

Bandit Queen (1994)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama, Crime, Biography
Starring – Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey
The movie tells the story of the bandit queen Phoolan Devi who was sent to prison in 1983 and got free in 1994.

Sardar (1993)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – History, Drama, Biography
Starring – Paresh Rawal
It is a story of Ballibhbhai Patel’s political life when India was taking a step forward for Independence.

Ek Doctor Ki Maut (1990)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Drama
Starring – Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapur
The story of a Dr who research at the cost of his domestic pleasure but discovers a vaccine for corruption.

The Land Where the Ganges Flows (1960)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre – Romance, Musical, Drama
Starring – Raj Kapoor, Padmini
It is a story of a small singer who joins a group of bandits and he became the main cause of their moral transformation.

These were some of the new and old Bollywood movies based on true stories. We are going to update more and more Bollywood movies based on true stories as they will release.

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