Legendary Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said, “All art is autobiographical.” It’s true that every artist views the world through their own unique lens, but some pieces of work are simply more “autobiographical” than others. One of the amazing aspects of storytelling is being able to explore lives that aren’t your own — but there’s always some relatable truth at the center of it. For this reason, some directors find that their most honest work comes directly from their own past experiences.

Of course, not every single movie based on a director’s own journey is a home run. These movies are still subject to criticism, regardless of how personal they are — and one person’s life story can quickly become overwrought and too sentimental. That being said, there are quite a few directors who are able to turn their memories into cinematic gold. From Steven Spielberg to Greta Gerwig, these filmmakers prove that one’s own history can make for compelling fiction.

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Now, these fantastic films aren’t pure documentaries. In fact, they’re far from it. They bend the truth, shaping characters and events into their most compelling form. They’re not so concerned with emulating straight facts as they are with capturing the essence of one’s own life, and the results are incredibly rewarding. After watching these movies, you’ll feel like you’ve gotten a taste of what the directors have lived through — and you may even see some of yourself in their stories, as well. Here are the 10 best movies that are based on their director’s own life.

The Best Movies That Are Based On The Director's Own Life

These movies took their directors’ own lives, and turned them into amazing works of art.
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