A word that has become very loaded, especially when it comes to television.

* Its basic definition is, essentially, "staging of a story." It isn't just creating a story but expressing it, presenting it to the audience in an art form. Even if the story is true, it has to be presented like a fictional account, such as depicting the exact words spoken in a conversation where no one possess a transcript of it.
* When a story is RippedFromTheHeadlines or InspiredBy a true story, this word means "we changed a bunch of stuff to make it less boring." Or else it's something whose publication in gory detail can be tolerated only if the creators can say it did happen in RealLife. Or both.
* As a [[AdvertisingTropes commercial disclaimer,]] it means, "We used special effects to make this commercial, so [[DontTryThisAtHome don't expect our product to actually do this stuff]]." Applied to a lot of truck ads. (See DoNotAttempt). Also applied to "endorsements" by "ordinary people", who are in fact actors reading scripts. (This latter meaning has been subverted by: a series of ads for satellite TV in which famous actors do readings of ordinary people's letters to the satellite TV company; a series of car-insurance commercials featuring an actual celebrity seated with an actual customer, attempting to make their stories more gripping, usually by poking fun of their own image.)
* Accompanies less-than-accurate reenactments on "true-crime" shows like ''Series/AmericasMostWanted.''
* In marketing copy for audiobooks, "dramatized" usually means that different people perform the voices of different characters when they're speaking.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/GundamSousei'' is what happens when you tell the story of how Gundam was conceived and turn it UpToEleven.
* ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' is the film adaptation of the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' TV series. It was later retconned to be an in-universe movie dramatization.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'' is built around three incidents based on real life incidents that the author either witnessed or heard about from the person who endured it.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'' is basically a {{Dramatization}} InspiredBy the conflict it represents, and makes no secret of this. As someone aptly summed-up, "This isn't the way it happened. This is much cooler."
* 1945 documentary film ''Film/TheBattleOfSanPietro'' used dramatizations for all the combat scenes of the eponymous battle. However, the extensive use of JitterCam and the very sophisticated production skills of director Creator/JohnHuston and his crew made the combat scenes look so realistic that for decades after, people thought that they were real.
* ''Film/MouthToMouth'' is based on the director's experiences upon running away from home and joining a cult.
* ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'' is the dramatization of director James Whale's final days. That is to say almost the whole thing is made up.
* ''{{Film/Zoo}}'' is built mostly around dramatizations of the events surrounding Kenneth Pinyan's death.
* ''Film/LorenzosOil'' is based on the story of Augusto Odone, a man with no medical background who through self-study helped discover a treatment for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare disease his son Lorenzo had contracted.
* ''Film/TheSessions'' largely hews to the facts of how Mark O'Brien, polio survivor, had his first sexual encounter courtesy of a ProfessionalSexEd therapist.
* ''Film/{{Everest|2015}}'' is based on the events of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996_Mount_Everest_disaster 1996 Everest disaster]].
* A title card at the beginning of 1931 documentary ''Film/TheForgottenFrontier'', a film about nurses in the mountains of Appalachia, admits that most of what follows is a series of dramatizations made by documentarian Mary Marvin Breckinridge with the cooperation of the locals. They were RealLife incidents, however--the twins shown being given to the nurses to take care of grew up and got married.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' is based very closely off the real events of the actual spaceflight. Most of the scenes are very accurate ([[ShownTheirWork the filmmakers really wanted to get it right]]), and a good deal of the dialogue in Mission Control and in the spacecraft is based directly off the original recordings and transcripts. There is some dramatic license taken (such as an argument aboard the lunar module that never actually happened on the real flight), but the important points of the film stay very true to the actual events in real life.
* ''Film/SoulSurfer'' is based on a novel of the same name by Bethany Hamilton (portrayed by ''Creator/AnnaSophiaRobb'') whose right arm got bitten off by a Tiger Shark while out surfing in a shark-infested water with her friends but her loss turns into a miracle, causing her to surf again.
* ''Film/{{Spotlight}}'': Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Boston Globe Spotlight team investigation of the systemic child sex abuse caused by a number of Roman Catholic Priests.
* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'' features an InUniverse example, as Robert Ford participates in a stage show that demonstrates how he killed UsefulNotes/JesseJames [[TruthInTelevision (the real Robert Ford did actually do this)]]. The film itself is more akin to VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, as only the broad strokes of the tale are certifiably true (like Jesse James's death and Robert Ford's moving to Creede, Colorado).
* ''Film/Utoya22Juli'', by Erik Poppe is a reenactment of the Breivik Massacre (which happened [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin on the island Utøya on 22. July 2011]]) from the perspective of the victims. Out of respect for the victims, the film features fictional characters instead of people actually being there. Multiple stories are merged into single character, and some of the survivor's stories are [[DeathByAdaptation attributed to those who die]] - understandable, since the dead couldn't tell their stories otherwise.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote is the dramatisation of a real life murder.
* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'' by Neil T Stacey and Christopher Dean is a dramatisation of their time at the University of the Witwatersrand.
* 2nd Maccabees from the apocryphal [[Literature/BooksOfMaccabees books of the Maccabees]] is a dramatic retelling of the events from the first several chapters of 1st Maccabees, which the writer [[CompressedAdaptation condensed from a five-volume work]], for the purpose of encouraging its readers to celebrate the Feast of Dedication. In the retelling of events, 2nd Maccabees shows where God performed supernatural deliverances for His people Israel.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Investigation Discovery channel lives on this trope. Sometimes it gets borderline pornographic, since they often recreate scenes of people having torrid affairs in extreme detail.
* ''Series/TheUntouchables'' is based on the autobiography of Eliot Ness (co-written by journalist Oscar Fraley) with some events per episode changed or invented.
* ''Series/SexSentMeToTheER'': since the events were not filmed, they are recreated, usually in a humorous fashion


[[folder: Pinball ]]

* [[WordOfGod According to the designer Steve Ritchie,]] ''Pinball/HighSpeed'' was based on a RealLife car chase, where he was caught driving at 146 mph in his 1979 Porsche 928.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[RecursiveCanon In-universe]], the first two ''Franchise/MassEffect'' novels are dramatizations of the actual events they portray.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Played with (of course) by xkcd [[http://xkcd.com/820/ here]].