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Fact or Fiction? Test Your Film IQ

by Amy Zerello

Do you know the difference between movies inspired by actual events and works of pure imagination?

1 of 10 questions
13-year-old Anna Fitzgerald seeks medical emancipation from her parents when they expect her to donate a kidney to her sick sister, Kate. Anna was conceived via in vitro fertilization so that she could be a genetic donor for Kate, who's battling leukemia.
My Sister's Keeper

True story

Purely fiction

2 of 10 questions
Christopher Gardner is living on the streets with his young son. After a chance meeting with a stockbroker, Gardner talks his way into an unpaid internship. He beats 19 other interns for a full-time job and goes on to launch a multimillion-dollar company.
Pursuit of Happyness

True story

Purely fiction

3 of 10 questions
The Cappadora family is changed forever when their young son Ben is abducted. Nine years later, they meet a young boy who may be Ben. An investigator confirms their suspicions, and this bittersweet miracle forces the family to rebuild their relationships.
The Deep End of the Ocean

True story

Purely fiction

4 of 10 questions
Ryan Bingham is a professional downsizer, hired by companies to fire their employees. He enjoys his job and his travels until his company pairs him with a newbie, who hopes to cut costs with a program that fires people remotely over video chat.
Up in the Air

True story

Purely fiction

5 of 10 questions
Michael Oher has been in and out of foster homes. His new foster mom, Leigh Anne Tuohy, arranges to have him tutored in order to win an NCAA Division I football scholarship. Her encouragement leads to his being a first-draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens.
The Blind Side

True story

Purely fiction

6 of 10 questions
Frankie Dunn reluctantly coaches Maggie Fitzgerald, an amateur boxer who is determined to go pro. Their bond grows stronger after a million-dollar match that leaves Fitzgerald a quadriplegic.
 Million Dollar Baby

True story

Purely fiction

7 of 10 questions
Veronica Guerin is a reporter in Ireland working to expose a ring of drug dealers. After a violent run-in with the head of the group, Guerin and her family become targets. Her eventual death leads to the creation of Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau.
Veronica Guerin

True story

Purely fiction

8 of 10 questions
Edward Cole and Carter Chambers become unlikely pals after learning they face terminal illness. The two take on their last days by compiling and carrying out a whirlwind list of must-dos before dying.
The Bucket List

True story

Purely fiction

9 of 10 questions
An MIT professor discovers that janitor Will Hunting is a mathematical prodigy. He then attempts to tutor Hunting and sends him to a college friend for therapy. Hunting ultimately triumphs by choosing to build a new life for himself in California.
Good Will Hunting

True story

Purely fiction

10 of 10 questions
After becoming a legal assistant, single mom Erin Brockovich heads a case against Pacific Gas and Electric. She blames them for contaminating the groundwater supply in Hinkley, California. With no legal background, she successfully settles the case.
Erin Brockovich

True story

Purely fiction