Movies right from their birth have been the most common and convenient means of entertainment to man, rich or poor. Over the years they have proved to be the favorite way of relaxing one’s mind and body. The movies have also inspired a lot of people to a great extent. Some movies are made so real that leave us moved and sometime we feel convinced to try to imitate the scenarios in our real life as well. Take a look below for our list of 10 movies that were inspired by true incidents.
1. Pearl Harbor
Michael Bay’s action movies have always had a taste of heroics and stunts that happens only in imagination. Here in this movie the two young pilots wake up in the morning on December 6 and find Japanese air crafts bombing on the harbor. They get into their planes and take off quickly and shoot down the Japanese air crafts.
Now, this kind of heroics is unbelievable unless it is George Welch and Kenneth Taylor. In fact, the scene in the movie is the replica of the one that actually happened in Pearl Harbor. On the same day of December 6, these two pilots woke up to a bombing by the Japanese aircrafts and they hopped in their car and drove to the airfield and took off for the mission to take on the Japanese despite thinking that they are outnumbered by a whopping 175-1. The proceedings of the mission were just like it is in the movie.
2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Johnny Depp plays the lead in this film as Captain Jack Sparrow. In one scene he has to steal a ship as he lacks one, a warship rather. He, with the help of a blacksmith cunningly executed the plan by duping the dock authorities that they are pretending to steal the ship. However, it happens in movies as in this that the authorities were such naive.
But if it is for Max Hardberger, it is not a film rather he does make a fool of the people and steals the ships. He has stolen over a dozen and all with his cunningness. Shipping companies have problems with the foreign nations, trapping their ships in the ports illegally. Then they turn towards the only man who could save them at the time and that is Harberger. He has always proved himself as a one man team every time and has never failed to get a ship.
3. Independence Day
Will Smith, a classic in himself in the film shot a scene where he had to fly the aircraft down a canyon for the Alien fighter to crash in the rocks while chasing him. Though it leaves us thinking that whether it was Smith himself? But this stunt was actually performed by a pilot in real.
November 13, 1996, was the day when an Israeli Air Force pilot Ran Ronen shot down a Syrian in a canyon like it was in the movie. In the fight between the two groups the Syrian outnumbered the Israeli by 2-1. But they still matched well. However, the three other pilots dropped and Ronen was left and he had to do something deathly now. He raced down a canyon with Muwaffaq Salti, the Syrian pilot chasing him. Salti made a grave error while dodging and Ronen shot him down right then.
Vin Diesel is one of the well-known action heroes in Hollywood. The action packed and commercially successful movie “XXX” had an enthralling avalanche skiing stunt performed by Diesel. Now if you think these stunts are only performed in movies under expert surveillance, then this may be proved wrong by Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude. These two guys are expert skiers and looked forward for an avalanche to race. Finally when they found one, they could hold back and dived in to face the danger of death.
5. The Abyss
Ed Harris plays the role of Virgil Bud Brigman, foreman of the Benthic Petroleum oil rig. There is one scene in which Bud has to put on a scuba gear suit filled with high tech “breathable liquid” and dive deep in the water to deactivate a bomb. As the liquid starts filling up the lungs, Bud becomes genuinely nervous, seeing this, the other guy assures him that it’s a breathable liquid and would help him extract oxygen from for a long time.
This is not at all an imagination of James Cameron, director and writer of the film, rather it is real. It is actually an oxygenated fluorocarbon liquid that mammals can breathe. In 2010, a man called Arnold Lande wore this breathing suit just as it is in the movie.
The opening scene of the movie shows that Bond comes out wet from water, knocks down a guard and leaves a compound to explode. He removes the wet suit, takes out a perfectly dry Tuxedo and lights the cigarette in style. The scene was an icon in itself and needs no explanations.
Peter Tazelaar, a Dutch agent working for MI6 during the World War II, performed the same thing during his mission of retrieving two of his men from a Nazi occupied casino. Historians say that he was a womanizer and interested in missions involving casinos just like James Bond. There is a possibility that the screenwriters of Goldfinger, a former agent, who would have known Tazelaar, could have intentionally included this scene in the movie reciprocating him.
7. Sweeney Todd
This movie has a cold hearted weird scenario where a barber and a baker run business partnership. The barber kills people and the baker turns their flesh into meat pies and serves the customers without them knowing it. In the film the barber and the baker are played by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Now you must be waiting to know about the real incident that happened. Yes, it did happen.
In the later 30s of the 20th century, an Italian housewife, Leonarda Cianciulli, killed three women, sliced the dead bodies and turned them into tea cakes. How cold hearted she must have been! She waited for the blood in the basin to coagulate, dried it in oven, grounded and mixed it with flour, sugar, margarine and chocolate and made them into delicious tea cakes which she fed to her friends and family.
8. The Da Vinci Code
In the movie we have seen that the victim after suffering from severe gut stab writes out a complex code in his own blood that could eventually lead to the killer. Not only in The Da Vinci Code but we have seen this kind of scenarios in TV soaps and other movies as well. However this incident has also happened in reality in England. A student, after being stabbed 86 times had the least strength to write down a complex code: “DAV”, on his computer not with the keyboard but with his own blood scrawling on the screen that led to the killer, David Heiss.
This wasn’t the only incident of the kind. A man, also in England, was attacked by a man which left his mouth swollen that he was unable to speak. After interrogation by the police he wrote the name of the attacker in blood.
9. Mission Impossible
Tom Cruise plays one of the finest stunts in his Mission Impossible series but the scene from the first installment of the series left a mark in the minds of some smart men. The scene was when Ethan Hunt hangs from the ceiling of the extremely sensitive and secured room and copies the files in a floppy.
It could not be thought to imitate in reality until in 2010, a group of thieves robbed a “Best buy” store in New Jersey. They implemented the same method from the film to steal around 20 Mac Books priced at $26,000. They smartly hung from the ceiling when the act was on. The store employees came to know until the next day.
In this movie John Travolta plays an FBI agent and Nicholas Cage plays a terrorist. There is a scene where Cage tries to escape in a plane and John prevents him by forcing him to crash into a warehouse full of fireworks. Now we would think that how an FBI agent would try out a stunt like this? But it has happened really in Brazil in the year 2009 where a cop stops a group of men escaping in a plane full of smuggled goods.
The car he was in crashed the wing breaking its windshield. After knocking down the plane in the runway, the cop arrested the smugglers and retrieved about $200,000 worth of goods which they were planning to take off. Surprisingly, it included a bicycle as well.