7 Movies You Never Knew Were Based on True Stories

‘MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES’

As far-fetched as it might seem, this wacky romp actually happened. But for the real Stangle brothers, hilarity didn’t ensue until after it all went down. The story goes: Mike (Adam DeVine in the film) and Dave Stangle (Zac Efron) scramble to find dates for their sister’s wedding—to prove to everyone that they’ve matured. After posting an ad on Craigslist, the boys invite two seemingly lovely girls (Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza) who turn out to be a lot wilder than they imagined. That poor, poor sister…

Movies Based on True Stories The Notebook

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‘THE NOTEBOOK’

In 2004, Nicholas Sparks brought us Romeo and Juliet 2.0 with the forbidden love story of Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling) in The Notebook. From their adorable meet-cute at the carnival to that serious make-out session in the rain, we can’t help but be reduced to a puddle every time we catch this classic. And the fact that Sparks based the story on his wife’s grandparents is just icing on the cake.

Movies Based on True Stories 50 First Dates1

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‘50 FIRST DATES’

No, it’s not just some silly Adam Sandler flick. 50 First Dates is a real-life love story of a veterinarian (Sandler) who falls for a woman with daily memory loss (Drew Barrymore). The film is based on the true story of Michelle Philpots, who suffered two head injuries, in 1985 and 1990. Like the movie, Philpots’s memory resets when she sleeps, so her husband has to remind her of their marriage, the accident and her progress every morning.

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