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They've thrilled us, horrified us, and devastated us. They've raised questions about our past and given us hope for a brighter future. They are five of Hollywood's biggest hits, all works of fiction, but all inspired by real events more dramatic than anything a screenwriter could dream up. Join us as we go behind the scenes of "Live Free or Die Hard," "Scream," "Platoon," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Star Trek," and uncover the actual characters and true stories that inspired some of Hollywood's most famous blockbusters.

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  • The Da Vinci Code

    New discoveries and theories may validate some of the provocative claims from the Hollywood blockbuster.

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  • Live Free or Die Hard

    John McClane may be a work of fiction, but the cyber-attacks in "Die Hard" are scarily close to reality.

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  • Platoon

    Actor Willem Dafoe, director Oliver Stone, and Vietnam historians all explore the truth behind the film.

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  • Scream

    A killing spree in Florida was the real-life inspiration for this fictional horror film franchise.

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  • Star Trek

    Teleporters, androids, and warp speed: see how science fiction influenced science fact.

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  • True Grit

    In the film, the line between good and evil was blurred. But what about the line between fact and fiction?

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  • Apollo 13

    Discover the true story behind the failed space mission that became an astronomical box-office success.

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  • Braveheart

    The true story of William Wallace may be even more brutal and dramatic than the film.

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    The film is famous for its realism, but how much of this epic drama is truly accurate?

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Are close encounters with an extraterrestrial a real-life possibility or all Hollywood hyperbole?

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  • Master and Commander

    A real-life invincible warship and a swashbuckling nobleman were inspirations for this Hollywood film.

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  • Jurassic Park

    Extracting the science and the fiction from Hollywood's biggest monster movie.

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  • Titanic

    "Titanic" is on a collision course with the truth. Can the movie survive the impact?

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  • Gladiator

    Meet the real gladiators -- the live fast, die young rock stars of Rome.

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  • Pirates of the Caribbean

    The colorful truth about Blackbeard, blue seas, and the Golden Age of pirates.

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  • Jaws

    More than 60 years before sharks captivated movie audiences, they terrorized a Jersey town.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    Discover the shocking realities behind one of Hollywood's most disturbing thrillers.

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  • James Bond

    Take a look at author Ian Fleming and the real-life story behind James Bond.

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  • The Amityville Horror

    The haunting begins: The Lutz family purchases their dream home at a bargain price...but there is a catch.

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  • Indiana Jones

    Indiana Jones is a kaleidoscopic hero inspired by real-life explorer Roy Chapman Andrews.

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  • Casino

    Go inside the epic Vegas scam that spawned Martin Scorsese's classic mob movie.

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