Most people think of February 14 as Valentine's Day, but if you're not the romantic type, you'll be happy to know that this date has another cause for celebration: It was on this day 20 years ago that 'The Silence of the Lambs' opened in theaters. The blockbuster made hundreds of millions of dollars and won scores of major awards, becoming the only horror film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. It also dominated the four other major categories: Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay.

Even more impressive for the film's accomplishments, however, is the dark story at the heart of the film. Rarely has pop culture centered around a character as twisted as Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic prisoner who offers to help young FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) on a serial-killer case, albeit through strong psychological manipulation. Just as depraved was the criminal Starling was pursuing during the film, Jame Gumb, aka Buffalo Bill, whose horrific method of kidnapping and murdering women shocked and disturbed audiences when they saw the film in 1991. But not everyone realizes that the strange movie characters were based on real people.

As we look back on the film's 20th anniversary, Moviefone examines the true-crime history of 'The Silence of the Lambs.'
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Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott... Read More