I’m thinking of films that present an intentionally distorted view of real life personalities or events. The obvious one would seem to be The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - the violent character of the central character is established early on but emphasis is placed on ‘mitigating factors’ (he killed a guard because he wasn’t told his aged mother had tried to visit him) and we’re asked to buy into a fantasy about a soul ‘redeemed by nature.’ The presence of an incredibly charismatic actor playing him adds gilding to the lily. But by all accounts, Stroud remained a violent psychopath throughout his life, and was disliked and distrusted by other cons and by prison staff. There were very good reasons why he was never considered for parole: Robert Stroud - Wikipedia Obviously, filmmakers find it too tempting to let such inconvenient little things as facts spoil matters when they’re bent on telling a ‘commercial’ story. Any other examples?