Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars as a dedicated father who goes undercover for the DEA to save his son from a life-threatening prison sentence. Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper and Jon Benthal co-star; Ric Roman Waugh directs.

At the start of Snitch, the screen is overtaken with that jarring warning: based on a true story. Of course, movie makeovers tend to gussy up the "truth" of these stories, but all in the aim of creating a pulse-pounding narrative. So get a blend of fact and fiction with these crime dramas that are based on real—and really wild—stories.

The Snowtown Murders (2011) This thriller from Australia unfolds the sickening story of that nation's most notorious serial killer, John Bunting. He was the heinous man responsible for the Bodies-in-Barrels murders, in which the corpses of 8 victims were found in barrels of acid in 1999. Who were these people and how did they come to such a gruesome end? This challenging drama explores these questions by following the downward spiral of Bunting's young friend, 16-year-old Jamie Viassakis. Lucas Pittaway and Daniel Henshall co-star; Justin Kurzel directs.

The Devil's Double (2011) A twisted but true version of 'The Prince and the Pauper,' this biopic centers on Latif Ahmed, a young man who had the misfortune of closely resembling Saddam Hussein's Uday. Forced to serve as his double—or else his family will pay the price—he is sucked into a world of decadence, violence, unchecked power, and the ever-present threat of his own death. Dominic Cooper stars; Lee Tamahori directs.

This Is England (2006) 12-year-old John is fatherless, bullied, poor, and furious. So when he meets a gang who accepts him, he is more than eager to stay with them whatever the cost. The trouble is, these men are skinheads, angry and gearing up for a violent revolution. Inspired by the people writer-director Shane Meadows knew growing up, this BAFTA-winning drama is as harrowing as it is haunting. Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, and Jo Hartley co-star.

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