Is 'Lila & Eve' A True Story? This Movie Adds 2 More Female Vigilantes To A Badass Genre

The made-for-TV movies that air on Lifetime seem to have become synonymous with ripped-from-the-headlines true stories, and while that is a correct assumption in some instances, it isn't always the case. The movies that Lifetime showcases are just as likely to feature completely original tales of family and relationships — even if they seem like they could be based on true stories — as those that were adapted from real events. So, which category does Lifetime's newest premiere fall into? Is Lila & Eve based on a true story?

Lila & Eve premiered at Sundance in 2014, so this indie movie isn't actually one of Lifetime's made-for-TV flicks. In that case, it shouldn't be surprising that this vigilante justice story with a psychological thriller bent doesn't appear to be based on any real events, though it does play into some very familiar themes. Here's the official synopsis according to Lifetime's website:

A bold and provocative take on justice and the morals of American society, "Lila & Eve" tells the story of Lila (Viola Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), who has lost her daughter. When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers. The two women soon embark on a killing spree of their own, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.

A dramatic story of grief and the failings of the American justice system, plus two women taking the law into their own hands? Lila & Eve sounds like an action drama fit for Lifetime. Still not sold? Check out the trailer:

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Of course, Lila & Eve isn't the first movie to be made about women seeking their own kind of justice. So, if you're intrigued by its story, here are some other similar films to check out.

Foxy Brown

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Seeking revenge on the drug syndicate that killed her boyfriend, titular action hero Foxy Brown infiltrates the group and takes down her enemies. A part of the blaxploitation genre of the 1970s, Foxy Brown is still one of the more well-known female revenge films; it's available to watch on Amazon Video and Hulu.

Thelma and Louise


It may not be a revenge film, but Thelma and Louise's story of two women on the run from the authorities has become one of the most famous movies about women taking the law into their own hands (and there is some revenge in the film). This female-driven adventure flick is available on Amazon Video and iTunes.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and 2


Quentin Tarantino's beloved martial arts film tells the story of a woman who seeks revenge on those who wronged her in the past. Between the action and Uma Thurman's performance — while donning that iconic yellow costume — Kill Bill has become a must-watch revenge flick. If you haven't seen the films already, both are available to watch on Netflix.

Between these three films and the premiere of Lila & Eve on Lifetime this Saturday, you could have a pretty epic movie marathon this weekend.

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