Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yahoo Names the Ten Most Biographically Inaccurate Movies

In honor of Oliver Stone’s W. releasing this weekend, Yahoo Movies has put together a list of what they consider to be the ten most biographically inaccurate movies of all time. You can check out the list (with pictures!) right here.

For those who don’t want to click through the entire article, here’s the list, along with the real-life person being portrayed in each movie:

10. A Beautiful Mind (John Nash)
9. Ray (Ray Charles)
8. Houdini (Harry Houdini)
7. The Hurricane (Rubin “Hurricane” Carter)
6. Amadeus (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
5. Mongol (Genghis Khan)
4. Young Mr. Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln)
3. The Doors (The Doors – specifically, Jim Morrison)
2. Night and Day (Cole Porter)
1. Young Einstein (Albert Einstein)

I’m actually surprised that more of Oliver Stone’s films didn’t make the list. JFK misrepresented the life of Jim Garrison pretty badly (although it was still a good movie), and Nixon was chock-full of Stone’s signature revisionist history as well. I have yet to see W., but I’m curious to see how it stacks up to his other movies when it comes to historical accuracy. Some other movies I’d place on the list are Catch Me If You Can and American Gangster, although again, I did think they were good movies. Also, I really have to see Young Einstein now – that movie sounds like a riot.

So what movies do you think should have made the list? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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