10 Best Netflix Originals Based On True Stories, According To IMDb


In 2021, Netflix Originals accounted for around 40% of all content available in their US library. In series, movies, comedy specials, and documentaries, Netflix Originals is renowned for its high quality and frenzy. As pioneers of the streaming revolution that changed the way people consume digital content, their storytelling prowess shows no signs of slowing down.

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And if Netflix knows one thing for sure, it’s that sometimes stories write themselves. In some cases the truth is stranger than fiction, in others the truth is so shocking it could not have been imagined. If you’re looking for juicy stories, Netflix brings you crooks, spies, serial killers, and everything in between. And they all actually happened.

“Inventing Anna”

Julia Garner as Anna Delvey sipping champagne with a smirk

Invent Anna stars Julia Garnier as Anna Delvey, a mysterious newcomer to the New York social scene who has made a name for herself with ambitious plans and a lavish lifestyle. Journalist Viviane Kent, played by Anna Chlumsky, is tasked with investigating the trail of deceit and debt behind Anna, and who she is or claims to be.

Anna Delvey/Sorokin defrauded banks and socialites out of an estimated $275,000, at one point making her friend pay a vacation of $62,000 in Morocco that it was supposed to cover! TV legend Shonda Rhimes created Inventing Anna which began airing on the one year anniversary of Anna Delvey’s (or Sorokin’s) release from prison. On IMDb, the series has a rating of 6.9/10 on IMDb.


‘The spy’

Eli cohen on the street.  courtesy netflix

Eli Cohen (Sacha Baron Cohenlisten)) is a Jewish-Egyptian immigrant who is recruited by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and sent undercover to post-war Syria as a businessman in the 1960s. He becomes known for throwing parties designed for the Syrian elite and to gain the trust of senior political and military personnel, enabling it to gather intelligence at source.

The six-part limited series The spy is based on real life Eli CohenIsrael’s most famous spy of the 1960s. Sacha Baron Cohen gives an outstanding performance in a rare dramatic role, showcasing the balance Cohen (the spy, not the actor) had to strike between a loving husband and a patriotic spy.


Holden Ford holds up a crime scene photo as Bill Tench watches.  courtesy netflix

In the 1970s, two FBI agents and a psychologist interview and profile some of America’s most dangerous and frightening criminals, including David Berkowitz and Charles Manson. Criminal psychology is not yet mainstream, and the three theorize that the crimes committed by these people are not impulsive but methodically planned and predictable.

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Acclaimed director David Fincher based spirit hunter on the book of the same name, written by former FBI agent Jonathon E. Douglas. Douglas and his team pioneered criminal psychology and even coined the term “serial killer”. spirit hunter has an impressive 8.6/10 rating on IMDb.


Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar.  courtesy netflix

In the 1970s, a young Pablo Escobar begins to build his drug empire at a time when cocaine was taking the United States and Latin America by storm. Two DEA agents are sent to Colombia to arrest and kill him, but the elusive Escobar and his organization become extremely well-connected and violent. As he achieves infamy, he leaves a bloody trail of sacrifice, deception, and murder in his wake.

Narcos was not only inspired by the violent yet fascinating life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, but most of the characters existed and the storylines unfolded as viewers saw them in the series. The show’s DEA agents even admitted to binge-watching Season 2. The series has an 8.8/10 on IMDb.

‘Orange is the new black’

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Newly hired public relations director Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) The perfect life is turned upside down when her past relationship with a drug dealer catches up with her. After smuggling money across international borders, she is named as a member of a drug ring and sentenced to 15 months in prison. The culture shock of life on the inside hits hard, but not quite as hard as finding out that her drug dealer ex is also serving time in the same prison.

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Orange is the new black comes from Piper Kerman’s similarly titled book about her year in a women’s prison. Kerman says that while the TV show exercises a lot of creative freedom, much of the content is her life, as she was, on screen. The female avant-garde, diverse cast, and excellent writing have earned the show cult status. The series landed an 8.1/10 on IMDb.

‘Alias ​​Grace’

Grace Marks is arrested and taken away by two policemen.  Courtesy of Netflix

Marks of Grace (Sarah Gadon), an Irish immigrant to Canada, worked as a domestic when her employer, Thomas Kinnear (Paul Big) and her governess are brutally murdered. Sixteen-year-old Grace is found guilty of being an accessory to murder and is then transferred to an insane asylum. There, she tells her life story to a psychiatrist who hopes to prove her innocence.

The true story of this horrific double murder was originally adapted into a novel by Margaret Atwood before being picked up as a series in 2017. Level of involvement and culpability of Grace Marks in the crime remain uncertain to this day, making the performances of Sarah Gadon and Edward Holcroft all the more profound and mysterious. On IMDb, Alias ​​Grace has a 7.7/10.


Detectives Karen Duvall and Grace Rasmussen leaning against a wall.  Courtesy of Netflix

An eighteen-year-old woman who grew up in foster care is violently assaulted and assaulted in her apartment by two men. When she reports a violent sex crime, the police accuse her of making up the story. But two detectives find evidence that proves her story to be true and work to arrest a serial rapist and give the woman the justice she deserves.

The series is adapted from an article that won a Pulitzer Prize and remains responsible close to the truth. The show received 40 nominations and won six awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette for her portrayal of Detective Grace Rasmussen. The miniseries has an 8.4/10 on IMDb.

“When They See Us”

Yusef Salaam is taken to court as anti-racism protesters support him.  courtesy netflix

In 1989, five black American teenagers, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salam, korey wiseand Raymond Santana, are wrongly convicted of attempted murder and sexual assault. The boys are pressured into confessing and are nationally reviled by the media. The boys are imprisoned for a crime they didn’t commit and struggle to adjust to the world upon their release.

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When they see us is based on a high-profile crime in New York where the boys were called The Central Park Five. Director Ava DuVernay brutally and honestly dives into the effects of systematic oppression and racism that led to a heartbreaking true story. On IMDb, the series has an 8.6/10.


Ryan Hayes holding a drink.  Courtesy of Netflix

Ryan Hayes (Ryan O’Connell) is a gay man with cerebral palsy who feels embarrassed by his labels and smothered by his overprotective mother. He decides to cut ties and fight for his independence, leaving his mother’s house and getting a job as an online blogger. Ryan makes a fresh start away from what he thought was defined and tries to build the life he’s always dreamed of.

by Netflix Special is based on Lifetime writer, star and producer Ryan O’Connell and his memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Each Other. While Special is his acting debut, O’Connell is no stranger to these themes having written for will and grace and those of Netflix AwkwardHis experience brilliant at every narrative stage of a witty and charming journey. Special has a rating of 7.6/10 on IMDb.

‘The crown’

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The crown follows the reign of Elizabeth II from her marriage to Prince Philip at age 21, to her coronation as Queen at age 25, into the 21st century. The young woman accepts royal responsibility as historic events, scandals and difficult political decisions intertwine with her life and reign as the longest-serving monarch in British history.

Unsurprisingly, this period drama is based on the current British monarchy and dramatizes completely factual events. The show has a 90% Rotten Tomato rating from critics and audiences, receiving praise for its realistic and accurate account of events. The crown has an 8.7/10 rating on IMDb.

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