True crime movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant true crime movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspense, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, tense and realistic films and TV shows about / with true crime, murder, crimes, murder investigation, serial killer, police, investigation, police detective, death and rape plots mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as true crime: A Confession (2019), Cleveland Abduction (2015), Citizen Gangster (2011), Hold Up (2010), Des (2020), The Black Dahlia Haunting (2012), An American Crime (2007), American Made (2017), The Hunt for a Killer (2020), City of Lies (2018).

List of true crime movies

 7.6
 7K
A Confession (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher intends on catching a killer of a missing woman, even if that may cost him his career and reputation.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, suspense, tense
Plot: true crime, police, murder, murder investigation, police investigation, police detective, missing person, hopes, danger, deadly, life philosophy, dialogue ...
Time: year 2014, year 2016, year 2012, year 2011
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Cleveland Abduction (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A single mother becomes Ariel Castro's first kidnapping victim, and finds herself trapped in his home with two other women for 11 years.
Style: psychological, tense, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, violence, woman in danger, sexual abuse, isolation, confined, true crime, rape, life is a bitch, crimes, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013, year 2002, 2000s ...
Place: ohio, usa
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The Murders at White House Farm (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 277 min.
TV show
Story: Factual drama based on the notorious Whitehouse Farm murders, and the ensuing police investigation and court case.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: true crime, schizophrenic, murder trial, murder, police investigation, murder case, crime scene, adopted son, police detective, countryside, farmhouse, murder investigation ...
Time: 80s, year 1985
Place: united kingdom
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Citizen Gangster (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on a real WWII vet and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post war circumstances, Eddie Boyd is torn between the need to provide for his young family and an unfulfilled dream to head to Hollywood to become a star. He discovers ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Plot: true crime, police brutality, heist, crime, gang, crimes, family relations, criminal heroes, bank robber, prison escape, war veteran, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
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 6.5
 4K
Hold Up (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Norway
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the morning of April 5, 2004, the greatest bank robbery in Norwegian history was carried out in Stavanger. The robbery itself is the main character of the story, and it is illuminated from several angles in the course of the film, from the ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, true crime, police officer killed, police, gang, confined, incompetent police, master criminal, thief, hostage, money, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
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Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The disturbing true-story of Lisa McVey, who was abducted in 1984 but later released by her abuser, only to have people question her story.
Style: suspense, rough, suspenseful, touching, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, true crime, psychopath, kidnapped, rape, kidnapped girl, police detective, parents and children, autobiography, abduction, kidnapping, homicide detective ...
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 7.7
 14K
Des (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The story of one of the most infamous cases in UK criminal history, that of serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Told through the prism of three men, the series explores the personal and professional consequences of coming into contact with a man like ...
Style: tense, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: true crime, serial killer, detective inspector, murder, police, murderer, danger, murder mystery, investigation, who done it, deadly, serial murder ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: united kingdom, london
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Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: True story based on Jodi Arias, a seductive 28-year-old aspiring photographer found guilty of killing her former lover, Travis Alexander, who was found nude in his home shower with a slit throat, 27 additional stab wounds and a bullet to the head. ...
Style: serious, suspense, tense, disturbing
Plot: true crime, murder, male friendship, male bonding, obsession, party, stalker, court, sex, trial, romantic obsession, relationship problems ...
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The Black Dahlia Haunting (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: While investigating the murder of her father by her blind younger brother, a young woman disturbs the vengeful spirit of Elizabeth Short, known in legend as "The Black Dahlia".
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: true crime, ghost, murder, mystery, supernatural, redemption, life is a bitch, deadly, crimes, gory, paranormal phenomena, bipolar disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, los angeles
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An American Crime (2007)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
Style: serious, bleak, harsh, rough, brutal ...
Plot: child abuse, torture, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, confined, crimes, mentally unstable, captivity, murder, family problems, threat, true crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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 7.2
 169K
American Made (2017)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Japan, Colombia
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The true story of pilot Barry Seal, who transported contraband for the CIA and the Medellin cartel in the 1980s.
Style: factual, humorous, exciting, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: money laundering, drug cartel, drug trafficking, pilot, cia, bare ass, true crime, cocaine, cia agent, illegal drugs, arms smuggling, united states of america ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1978, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, colombia, latin america, panama, louisiana ...
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The Hunt for a Killer (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Based on true stories about real homicide investigations in the south of Sweden between 1989-2004. The six-part series explores the murder of 10-year-old Helen Nilsson in Hörby, southern Sweden, a seemingly impossible case that remained unsolved ...
Style: tense, unusual plot structure, contemplative, suspenseful, psychological ...
Plot: child rape, sex crime, murder investigation, true crime, child murder, murder, homicide detective, crime investigation, rape, interrogation, rapist, police procedural ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: eastern europe, scandinavia, sweden
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 6.5
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City of Lies (2018)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Los Angeles Police Department detective Russell Poole has spent years trying to solve his biggest case -- the murders of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur -- but after two decades, the investigation remains open. Jack Jackson, a reporter ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful
Plot: true crime, murder investigation, police officer killed, undercover agent, interview, police corruption, rap, uncover truth, who done it, law enforcement, mystery, partners ...
Time: year 1997, year 2015
Place: los angeles, las vegas
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Little Boy Blue (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on a true story that shocked a nation, this powerful four-part factual drama, from BAFTA winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope (Appropriate Adult, The Widower), centres on the devastating impact on a city of an innocent child’s ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, captivating
Plot: murder, police detective, true crime, murder investigation, justice, police investigation, danger, dishonesty, grieving mother, questioned by police, british police, murder weapon ...
Time: year 2007
Place: liverpool
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, death, valentine's day, true crime, gun violence, gunfight, historical figure, gang, crimes, crime, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 1930s, year 1929
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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The Craigslist Killer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Philip Markoff, a charismatic and popular med student at Boston University, leads a double life as a brutal and cruel sexual deviant who abuses prostitutes he finds via Craigslist.
Style: suspenseful, rough, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: murder, true crime, protagonist as suspect, computers and web, crimes, unlikely criminals, deadly, suicide, double life, violence, medical student, student ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2009
Place: boston
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 7.1
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Blind Faith (1990)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 190 min.
TV show
Story: Blind Faith is a 1990 television film directed by Paul Wendkos, based on the 1989 true crime book of the same name by Joe McGinniss. Originally broadcast in two parts with a total runtime of 190 minutes, the film is sometimes classified as a TV ...
Plot: true crime, murder, husband wife relationship, private detective, death of wife, mistress, college, murder trial, unfaithful husband, man in swimsuit, life insurance, criminal ...
Place: new jersey, louisiana
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Murder Death Koreatown (2020)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The bizarre found footage from an investigation into a true crime murder. An unemployed man's curiosity about his neighbor's murder warps into a conspiratorial obsession.
Style: weird, psychological, suspense, psychotronic, scary
Plot: true crime, found footage, parapsychology, driven mad, conspiracy theory, mental illness, murder, track down, investigation, death, vengeance, revenge ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Dead Woman's Hollow (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In Appalachia, blood always runs to the hollow.
Style: suspense, psychotronic, disturbing, scary, unusual plot structure
Plot: true crime, lgbt, serial killer, psychopath, hunted, sexist, lesbian, human prey, lesbianism, female student, nudity (full frontal - brief), sheriff ...
Place: pennsylvania
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 5.3
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Hole (2010)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Ed Kunkle is a convicted felon tormented by his own demons. Eve Adams is a single woman trying to cope with a tragic loss. Bodie Jameson is the detective looking for answers. All 3 lives intertwine with horrific consequences when their fears come ...
Style: spiritual, cult film, scary, psychotronic, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psycho, true crime, violence, crime spree, serial murder, characters in danger, crimes, maniac, killing spree, psychopath, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Joe Cinque's Consolation (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In late 1997, Anu Singh, an attractive law student in Canberra, made plans to kill her boyfriend Joe Cinque after throwing a series of macabre farewell dinner parties. The dinner guests, most of them university students, had heard various rumours ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: true crime, heroin, murder, female assassin, drug overdose, female student, plan, criminal, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, assassination plot, crimes, conspiracy ...
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 8.0
 23K
The Act (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Dee Dee Blanchard is overprotective of her daughter, Gypsy, who is trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her mother. Gypsy's quest for independence opens up a Pandora's box of secrets, which ultimately leads to murder. The ...
Style: suspense, disturbing, rough, based on true events, thought provoking ...
Plot: overprotective parent, treatment, pretense, teenage life, deception, mother daughter relationship, true crime, mockery, fake illness, court, murder of mother, manipulation ...
Place: usa
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The Elizabeth Smart Story (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the kidnapping of teenager Elizabeth Smart,in June 2002, by two people, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Style: suspense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: child abuse, true crime, child rape, kidnapping, teenage girl, cult, missing child, false identity, escape, religious cult, survival, captivity ...
Place: salt lake city utah, utah
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 3.6
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Game Over (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Finland, Spain, UK, Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: ...
Style: disturbing, suspense, psychological, bleak, rough
Plot: true crime, court, murder investigation, friendship, trial, murder trial, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father son relationship, prison, police, double murder ...
Place: finland
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 7.4
 5K
Manhunt (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of London Metropolitan police detective Colin Sutton's manhunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield.
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: police detective, murder, serial killer, investigation, true crime, who done it, police, crimes, brutality, victim, blood, deadly ...
Place: london
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Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A hardnosed cop goes after a gang of ruthless dacoits who have been terrorising residents along the highway for a decade.
Style: disturbing, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: true crime, bandit, fight, murder, chase, violence, police investigation, brutality, righteous rage, heroes, one man army, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
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The Lucifer Killings (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Story: The hunt for one of the most prolific serial killer begins.
Style: gothic, suspense, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, murder, death, fear, manhunt, true crime, bodies, thrill ride, gore, darkness, blood, hunting ...
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Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Cult leader Warren Jeffs rises to power in the polygamist Mormon sect once headed by his late father, but some of his wives fight back to bring him to justice. Based on a true story.
Style: thought provoking, factual, serious, rough
Plot: mormon, forced sex, prison, true crime, isolated community, sexualized violence, sex scandal, religious fanatic, scandal, rapist, sexual abuse, religions or cults ...
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A Killer Among Friends (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.
Style: unusual plot structure, suspense, twists and turns, enigmatic, suspenseful
Plot: murder, drowning, grief, family relations, true crime, lie, investigation, false friend, killer, rivalry, conflict, teenager ...
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This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield who led the enquiry.
Style: realistic, exciting, psychological, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, police, murder investigation, true crime, mass murder, murder, rape
Time: 70s
Place: yorkshire
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