We’ve all seen the “Based on a True Story” disclaimer so many times that we might not notice it anymore. Maybe because we knew going in that it was inspired by events that happened, or because we know that with all the dramatized embellishments it probably isn’t very accurate anyway.
In 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen’s FARGO opened with this:
FARGO star William H. Macy told Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff, “I said to Ethan [Coen], ‘You can’t say it’s a true story if it wasn’t.” He said, ‘Why not? It’s just a crawl on the screen.’ I said, ‘Uh...”
FX’s Fargo, the series adaptation, continues using this motif in each episode.
Many other movies and shows have used these style caveats, so maybe I’ll add to this in time. Maybe you can think up some too.