Five on Friday: 5 movies based on real life events

Bloody, violent, and dripping with testosterone – the movie 300, which was released in 2006, is based on a comic series that tells the story of the last stand of the Spartan King Leonidas in an attempt to repel the Persian King Xerxes.

Although the Battle of Thermopylae is an actual historical event, the comic – and by extension the film – is extremely stylised.

The visceral flick is known for its slick, slow-motion fights, where the hyper-masculine, nearly naked Spartans carve not only their enemies, but their mark in the history books.

Directed by Zack Snyder, who is known for his distinctive, polarising style, nothing in 300 is left unexaggerated.

The actual event was a notable historical development in the Greco-Persian wars, which began in 499 BC for a period of up to 50 years.

King Leonidas and his 300 royal Spartan bodyguards actually fought in the battle, although it is not known whether all of them really had the chiseled physique of Gerard Butler in his prime.