Critics often lament the lack of “original” ideas in Hollywood, complaining that—week after week—each Friday’s slate of new releases is simply a mash-up of sequels and remakes. And while movies based on real-life events could technically be considered yet another category of “recycled” content, when placed in the hands of the right director and actors, the truth can be far more compelling than fiction. Which would explain why some of this summer’s most anticipated films—including Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring—are based on real events. With that, here are the 15 Best Movies Inspired By True Events.

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