Did You Know That These Films Were Based On Real Events?

Titanic Honors Heroic Passengers

leonardo dicaprio and kate winslet on the front of the titanic ship
Twentieth Century Fox
Twentieth Century Fox

Over a century ago passengers set sail in the RMS Titanic headed for New York City. Unfortunately, their voyage was cut short when the ship hit an iceberg. The ill-fated ship’s story served as the plot for the 1997 film Titanic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Their characters were fictionalized, but many of the other passengers in the film were based on real people. For example, Kathy Bates played Margaret Brown who helped the lower-class passengers escape in lifeboats. Also, Jonathan Evans-Jones played Wallace Hartley, a violinist in the band who kept playing while the ship sank.