Not only did Spotlight take home the Oscars’ top honor for Best Picture, but the film underscores the importance of high-quality, investigative journalism. Hungry for more? Here are seven movies that are based on reported articles from newspapers and magazines, and the real life stories that inspired them.
The Bling Ring
This quirky retelling of the circumstances around the 1996 murder of an 80-year-old Texas millionaire is based on Skip Hollandsworth’s feature for Texas Monthly. Hollandsworth also co-wrote the screenplay. The movie actually resulted in the alleged murderer, Bernie Tiede, being released from his life sentence on the condition that he live with Richard Linklater, the movie’s director.
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