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There are very few people on the fence about Lifetime movies. Either you love to sit down to a night of grisly murders and teens in terrible danger of being kidnapped or trying pot, or you don't. And for true Lifetime movie fans, nothing is more exciting than a film that promises it was "based on a true story."
Because lets face it, if Lifetime was interested in your true story, it wasn't just violent or salacious. It was weird. Super weird, with some twists that make you shudder, and some that make you call your friend just to describe how unbelievable the situation is.
Here are some of the craziest films from the network that brought you The Unauthorized Full House Story and The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story. It's unclear whether these films were "authorized" or not. But what's really surprising is how little Lifetime had to mess with the facts.
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Coco Chanel (2008)
Shirley MacLaine was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the famous fashion designer.
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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)
Steroid abuse is a series subject. Spousal abuse is a serious subject. But it's hard to take anything seriously with peak Lifetime drama mood music and early '90s hair.
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Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (2014)
The story of Lizzie Borden, starring everyone's favorite spooky leading lady Christina Ricci was so popular it spawned a miniseries.
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The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story (2014)
The experience of watching a bunch of teen actors who kind of, sort of look like the stars you grew up watching after school is way crazier than any of the backstage antics the movie explored.
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The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (2015)
The tragic but infinitely compelling story of Marilyn Monroe's life got the Lifetime treatment in 2015.