Some of the most successful movies of all time have actually followed the true life tales of real people.

From the heartbreaking story in the Theory of Everything to truly shocking recounts in The Wolf Of Wall Street – here are 39 blockbusters that are based on real life.

Moneyball

Both the film and the book are based on the story of the Oakland Athletics baseball team and tells the story of the team overcoming their lack of money situation. It follows the evidence based tactics that were used to ensure the team was successful. The team’s manager Billy Beane was portrayed by Brad Pitt.

The Terminal

It’s hard to believe that this movie is based on a real life story. Mehran Karimi Nasseri was the man who spent 18 years living in the Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. He lived there between the years of 1988 and 2006 as he was a refugee from Iran that was expelled from his home country with nowhere to go. As he legally entered the airport he could not be evicted, but he was not legally able enter France. So he was forced to live in the airport for nearly two decades.

Catch Me If You Can

Leonardo Dicaprio had the task of impersonating Frank Abagnale, a real life imposter. By the age of 22 Frank had managed to escape police custody twice and successfully impersonated a physician, pilot, lawyer, and a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent. When he was caught he served jail time, but when he was released he was able to become a lecturer and work for the FBI. He now runs a financial fraud consultancy firm.