But sometimes a movie’s inspiration is stranger your standard biopic. Take “Argo”: Yes, the CIA really did smuggle six US embassy workers out of Iran by disguising them as a Canadian film crew working on a “Star Wars” knock-off.
And “Argo” isn’t alone. Check out these other surprising films that were inspired by real-life events. Some of them stick closer to the facts than others, but they all have a kernel of truth at their core.