People tend to like movies that are based on real events because it helps us to understand something that has happened in real life. However, many of these movies are not as faithful as we think and transforms the characters more to public empathy so that the movies are better received.
Today we show the case of criminals in real life than how they appear in films to us to be good or even heroes for their acts.
When the bad guys were portrayed as good for a moment:
1 – Frank Lucas – American Gangster
This Ridley Scott movie has become one of the best of this genre since its premiere. The protagonist is the gangster Frank Lucas, played by Denzel Washington, and although Luke in real life was was happy with the result, the police not so much.
Apparently, the detectives involved in the case believed that the movie made it seem like all the terrible acts of Luke were ‘almost noble’ by him just trying to live the American dream.
2 – Frank Abagnale – Catch me if you can
We all fell in love with this character of Leonardo DiCaprio, but what is certain is that he was one of the greatest criminals in the history of the United States. For years, he evaded the head of the forces of law and nobody managed to catch him, but in the movie, instead of wanting him to get caught, we all wanted him to evade and avoid capture.
3 – John Dillinger – Public Enemies
Despite the fact that he was widely viewed as a charismatic criminal, the film manages to lift him up even more and he became a bank robbing idol. His image was further glorified when his character was played by Johnny Depp who praised this character in all of his interviews.
4 – Jordan Belfort – The Wolf of Wall Street
Again, DiCaprio made us fall in love with a criminal. The Wolf of Wall Street tells the life of Jordan Belfort and how he illegally obtained millions of dollars for his own benefit. The drugs, the parties, and the money became the protagonists of luxuries to hide their crimes.
5 – Robert Stroud – The man of Alcatraz
The movie takes place before the events fired by Bonnie and Clyde and tells the story of Robert Stroud. He was a psychopathic killer and merciless manhandle to those around him. However, in the movie, he is depicted as a man who has made mistakes and spends the rest of his life quietly trying to reflect on them.
6 – Mark Chopper Read – Chopper
The film is based on the biography that he himself wrote, but his facts are totally far away from the reality. For example, Chopper went from 20 to 38 years in prison, except for 13 months of this time. However, in the movie, he is just seen behind bars.
7 – Charles Bronson – Bronson
He is one of the more violent criminals in history, however, the movie portrays him as not so bad and just as a tortured artist in many ways. The film is a narration of Bronson’s own facts, so we know where all the differences lie.
8 – The thieves of the rich – The Bling Ring
During a year, a group of eight teenagers managed to sneak in a half-dozen mansions of celebrities to steal from them. Among those targeted were Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Megan Fox.
The movie starring Emma Watson glorified these thefts and made us believe that it was much more glamorous than it should have been.
9 – Henry Hill Goodfellasas
This Martin Scorsese film is one of those classics that we should see at least once in our lifetime. It focuses a large part of the story showing the bad side of being a gangster, but it also makes us emphasize with the protagonist and not feel so bad about what he did.
10 – Bonnie and Clyde – Bonnie and Clyde
The film has made us idealize their love story on the run, against wind and tide, of the forces of law and order, but what is certain is that they were wanted criminals for a long time and that they did not cause as many laughs as the movie shows.