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One of Hollywood's most iconic quotes comes at the end of Braveheart, when the embattled Scottish hero William Wallace rouses the troops and cries: 'They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!'
In truth, Mel Gibson could have been talking about the freedom to completely rewrite history, such is the film's reputation for sacrificing fact for fiction.
Epic - Film - Line - Blockbusters - Disclaimer
The 1995 epic is just one film in an incredibly long and infuriating line of blockbusters, however, that has stretched the disclaimer 'based on a true story' to within an inch of its life.
In some cases, romantic interests or blood feuds are totally fabricated in the lives of some of history's biggest figures, all in the name of artistic license.
Exaggerations - Step - Adviser - Set - Ridley
But sometimes the exaggerations can go a step too far, with an historical adviser famously quitting on the set of Ridley Scott's epic Gladiator due to repeated liberties taken with the facts of AD 180 Rome.
Despite their lack of authenticity, many of these films grossed hundreds of millions at the box office and received multiple Academy Award nods.
Offenders - Re-tellings - History
So here are ten of the worst offenders, containing some of the most outrageous re-tellings of history ever committed to celluloid.
Where else to start but with, perhaps, the most maligned film of all time when it comes to historical accuracy.
Movie - Exploits - William - Wallace - Warrior
The movie follows the heroic exploits of William Wallace, a late 13th-century warrior who led the Scots in their fight for independence against the English and King Edward I.
Describing the film after its release, Scottish and Celtic historian Sharon Krossa said: 'The events aren't accurate, the dates aren't accurate, the characters aren't accurate, the names aren't accurate, the clothes aren't accurate - in short, just about nothing is accurate.'
Wallace - Poverty - Farmer - Fact
Firstly, Wallace is shown growing up in poverty as a farmer, when in fact he was born...
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