Contemporary cinema has transformed itself from being just an art form to a full-fledged academic discipline. This has primarily happened subject to cinema’s unique ability to recreate reality better than any competing art form. The sixties and the seventies of the past century saw the evolution of Film Theory in the form of multiple concepts and constructs. The discipline made an honest attempt at understanding not only the psychoanalytical elements governing cinematic expressions but there was also a conscious effort to unravel the backgrounds that have inspired movies through the ages. One of the theories that came up during the mentioned churning period was the Auteur Theory. The said theory harps on a film being the result of a filmmaker’s personal creative vision. No wonder then that the filmmakers try and impose their view of the world through their movies. Consequently, some of the films turned out to be autobiographical in nature. At different points in cinematic history, auteurs have tried their hands at telling their own stories through their movies.
We at The Cinemaholic tried digging into the history of such movies and came up with a list of the 10 best movies That Are Based on Directors’ Own Lives. It is needless to mention here that the list has been prepared in conjunction with a host of parameters, the primary being critics’ views and audience perceptions. Please understand that any qualitative evaluation of movies is quintessentially subjective and doesn’t necessarily have to be unanimous for unanimity often leads to standardization of art forms, something that could be globally fatal to the creative visions of artists. Let us look at the list then!
10. Short Term 12 (2013)
A movie that won multiple hearts, Destin Daniel Cretton’s avant-garde venture ‘Short Term 12’ is based on the auteur’s personal experiences of working with a group home housing troubled teenagers. Having drawn the requisite inspiration from his own short film of the same name, Cretton was richly applauded by critics worldwide for the film’s depicted realism. The movie also managed to bag a lot of awards across multiple platforms. The performance of Brie Larson, who plays the role of the home’s young supervisor, was immensely praised.