Published Nov 28, 2016A lot of films claim to be based on true stories, but how can we be certain? Did anything from David Byrne's 1986 film True Stories actually take place? Why are there people dumb enough to wonder if The Curious Case of Benjamin Button actually happened?
We may not have answers to those questions just yet, we do have some data on other films thanks to the folks at Information Is Beautiful.
The online hub has launched a mini site called "Based on a True True Story?" where they scrutinize scenes from recent Hollywood films that were advertised as truthful. Readers can click through the movies and discover scenes that are True, True-ish, False-ish or False.
Of the films on display, Selma has been determined to be 100 percent true. Similarly, The Big Short is considered 91.4 percent true.
On the other side of the scale, American Sniper barely passes the truth test, sitting at 56.9 percent true. The Imitation Game, meanwhile, is an imitation of reality — it's only 41.4 percent true.
To check out the (spoiler-filled) breakdowns, head over to Information Is Beautiful here. Thanks to the Guardian for the tip.