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10 Movie Love Stories That Are Based On Real Life

10 Movie Love Stories That Are Based On Real Life

Who says true love does not exist?

Finding true love these days seem so rare that we sometimes think it only exists in movies. The countless heartbreaks and disappointments could truly make us bitter. However, the following films might bring our faith in love back. These movies are proof that love exists and should be cherished, through good and the bad. 

Here are 10 movie love stories that are based on real life. 

'Walk the Line'

1. 'Walk the Line'

Reese Witherspoon's Academy award-winning film is inspired by the true-to-life romance between June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash. The couple met in 1955 while Johnny was still married to his first wife, Vivian. They got divorced, and two years later, Johnny married June. They lived together until June died in 2003. Johnny died 4 months after her passing. 

Queen of the Desert

2. 'Queen of the Desert'

'Queen of the Desert' is based on the biography of the British writer and traveler Gertrude Bell, a girl from an affluent family who decides to travel to the East after getting sick of the social life in London. There she met and fell in love with Henry Cadogan, an Embassy employee.

'Bonnie and Clyde'

3. 'Bonnie and Clyde'

'Bonnie and Clyde' is based on the true story of an infamous pair of high-profile bandits who robbed banks in the '30s. Their faces were all over the newspapers. The couple's exciting and dangerous life has fascinated people for decades.

'Reaching For the Moon'

4. 'Reaching For the Moon'

This biopic takes an intimate look at American poet Elizabeth Bishop's relationship with Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares, as well as her career. The relationship did not have a happy ending. It concluded when Soares committed suicide in 1967.

Dangerous Beauty

5. 'Dangerous Beauty'

This film is based on the biography of Veronica Franco, one of the most famous and beautiful courtesans in Venice during the 16th era. Veronica fell in love with a man who is of a higher status when she was still young. Unable to marry him, Veronica's mother advised her to become a courtesan. She followed her mother's advice and ended up winning the hearts of a lot of men. 

The Vow

6. 'The Vow'

'The Vow' is both a truly beautiful and heartbreaking film at the same time. What makes it more emotional is the fact that it happened in real life. The film is inspired by Krickitt and Kim Carpenter, a couple who got into a horrific car accident just two months after their wedding. The accident caused Krickett to have retrograde amnesia. She was unable to recall her memories from the past 2 years. Despite the challenge, the couple managed to keep their promise to stay by each other's side, in sickness and in health. 

Boys Don't Cry

7. 'Boys Don't Cry'

Hilary Swank played Brandon Teena, a transgender boy who falls for a girl in this film. Teena is a real person who met a tragic and violent fate in real life. He was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska.

'The Notebook'

8. 'The Notebook'

Nicholas Sparks revealed that the film is based on a true love story of his wife's grandparents. The famous author recounted how they had to do an impromptu second wedding ceremony for her wife's parents, who weren't able to attend the event the previous day because they were too ill. 

"It was then they told us the story of how they met and fell in love, parts of which eventually made their way into The Notebook," he writes on his website. "I remember watching them together and thinking to myself that, after 60 years of marriage, these two people were treating each other exactly the same as my wife and I were treating each other after 12 hours. What a wonderful gift they’d given us, I thought, to show us on our first day of marriage that true love can last forever."

'The Theory of Everything'

9. 'The Theory of Everything'

'The Theory of Everything' is based on Stephen Hawking's love story with Jane Wilde. The film depicts their happy, romantic beginnings and shows their struggle when Stephen started losing control over his body.

'A Beautiful Mind'

10. 'A Beautiful Mind'

'A Beautiful Mind' follows the story of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash, who suffered from schizophrenia. The movie shows his struggles, as well as the enormous love of his devoted wife, Alicia Lardé. 

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