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 suspenseful, disturbing, tense, serious, realistic and psychological films and TV shows about / with true crime, murder, suspense, serial killer, investigation, police investigation, police detective, criminal, murderer and police officer plots mostly in Drama, Crime and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as true crime: Des (2020), Cleveland Abduction (2015), The Act (2019), Little Boy Blue (2017), The Boston Strangler (1968), A Confession (2019), The Innocent (2021), An American Crime (2007), The Hunt for a Killer (2020), Zodiac (2007).

List of true crime movies

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: suspenseful, touching, rough, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, kidnapped, true crime, child abduction, psychopath, suspense, kidnapped girl, rape, abduction, autobiography, homicide detective ...
Place: canada
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The Murders at White House Farm (2020)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Mystery
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: true crime, murder, murder trial, police investigation, schizophrenic, adopted son, murder mystery, murder case, farmhouse, countryside, investigation, murder investigation ...
Time: 80s, year 1985
Place: united kingdom
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Des (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 143 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, suspenseful, disturbing, thrilling, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, true crime, detective inspector, police, murder, murderer, murder mystery, uncover truth, death, police investigation, murder investigation, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: united kingdom, london
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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, disturbing ...
Plot: kidnapping, captivity, life is a bitch, violence, true crime, isolation, sexual abuse, woman in danger, confined, rape, abduction, survival ...
Time: 2010s, 2000s, year 2013, year 2002, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa, cleveland ohio
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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: disturbing, tense, serious, sexy, psychological
Plot: true crime, murder, stalker, obsession, party, court, romantic obsession, relationship problems, friendship between men, female assassin, lawyer, unrequited love ...
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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: rough, disturbing, thought provoking, psychological, anime ...
Plot: overprotective parent, suspense, treatment, pretense, fake illness, true crime, murder of mother, manipulation, mother daughter relationship, mental illness, deception, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: year 2015, 2010s
Place: usa
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Little Boy Blue (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, captivating
Plot: true crime, murder, police detective, murder investigation, justice, police investigation, suspense, dishonesty, missing child, investigation, police officer, murder mystery ...
Time: year 2007
Place: liverpool
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The Boston Strangler (1968)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Boston is being terrorized by a series of seemingly random murders of women. Based on the true story, the film follows the investigators path through several leads before introducing the Strangler as a character. It is seen almost exclusively from ...
Style: tense, psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, split personality, true crime, double life, strangulation, police investigation, murder, serial rapist, psychopath, mind game, obsession, police detective ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new england
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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: tense, suspenseful
Plot: true crime, murder, police, murder investigation, police investigation, police detective, investigation, hopes, suspense, life philosophy, police officer, women ...
Time: future, year 2012, year 2011, year 2014, year 2016
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The Innocent (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 467 min.
TV show
Story: An accidental killing leads a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder. Just as he finds love and freedom, one phone call brings back the nightmare.
Style: dark, tense, captivating, philosophical
Plot: murder, true crime, fight, suspense, murderer, rape, male nudity, intrigue, dark past, life is a bitch, killings, bandit ...
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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: disturbing, bleak, rough, serious, harsh ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: child abuse, torture, court, confined, dysfunctional family, mentally unstable, murder, captivity, true crime, family problems, domestic violence, threat ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa
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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, psychological, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: murder investigation, child murder, homicide detective, true crime, sex crime, child rape, police officer, serial killer, murder, interrogation, police procedural, crime investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century
Place: scandinavia, sweden, eastern europe
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Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, stylized, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, investigation, murder, murder mystery, journalism, suspense, maniac, paranoia, killings, police, uncover truth, mind game ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, sacramento california, oakland california
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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: thought provoking, psychological, rough, suspenseful, feminist film
Plot: kidnapping, child abuse, true crime, religious cult, missing child, false identity, teenage girl, survival, escape, suspense, child rape, captivity ...
Place: utah, salt lake city utah
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In Plain Sight (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, slasher, contemplative
Plot: serial killer, true crime, rapist, investigation, murder, police detective, murder investigation, violent, revenge, who done it, violence, brutality ...
Time: 50s
Place: scotland
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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, disturbing, rough, captivating
Plot: police detective, serial killer, who done it, murder, true crime, police, victim, brutality, suspense, criminal, law enforcement, police officer ...
Time: future
Place: london
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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, enigmatic, suspenseful, slasher, neo noir
Audience: teens
Plot: true crime, murder, family relations, drowning, grief, killer, investigation, lie, false friend, rivalry, conflict, rivals ...
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Murderous Maids (2000)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. Christine Papin (Sylvie Testud), and Léa Papin (Julie-Marie Parmentier) are sisters with an already troubled past. Madame ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: lesbian incest, lesbian, murder, true crime, master and servant, couple relations, sexual relations, couples, family relations, infidelity, forbidden love, lgbtq ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, europe
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Alpha Dog (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Johnny Truelove likes to see himself as tough. He's the son of an underworld figure and a drug dealer. Johnny also likes to get tough when things don't go his way. When Jake Mazursky fails to pay up for Johnny, things get worse for the ...
Style: disturbing, harsh, serious, rough, bleak ...
Audience: teens, kids, teen drama
Plot: kidnapping, gang, sex scene, gangsters, drug dealer, true crime, youth, nude, society, male nudity, crime gone awry, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1999, year 2005, year 2003
Place: los angeles, usa, california, palm springs california, albuquerque new mexico
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Snowtown (2011)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Style: psychological, disturbing, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, violence, psychopath, gang, gay rape, male rape victim, torture, suspicion, murder, manipulation, killer, mother's boyfriend ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1999, year 1998
Place: australia, south australia, adelaide south australia, oceania
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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, serious, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, true crime, protagonist as suspect, unlikely criminals, computers and web, suicide, double life, student, love, villain, hacking ...
Time: year 2009, 2000s, 21st century
Place: boston
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Three Girls (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
TV show
Story: The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities ...
Style: psychological, captivating, tense, disturbing
Plot: human trafficking, rape, teenage girl, sex slave, police investigation, court case, true crime, sexualized violence, sexual abuse, friendship, working class, violence against women ...
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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: realistic, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: true crime, murder investigation, gangsters, undercover agent, police officer killed, police corruption, uncover truth, gang, who done it, police detective, partners, law enforcement ...
Time: year 2015, year 1997
Place: los angeles, las vegas
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Roberto Succo (2001)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: 'Kurt' claims to be a sales rep. He also claims to be English in spite of his heavy Italian accent. Kurt is an habitual liar and a dangerous driver, at the very least. In the south of France he meets Léa, age 16. Between his increasingly ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, melancholic, captivating
Plot: true crime, serial killer, murder, prison, rape, freak, misfit, killer, female nudity, corpse, kidnapping, on the road ...
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Black Mass (2015)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
Style: factual, brutal, intense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, corruption, fbi, violence, murder, illness, brutality, irish mob, true crime, arms dealing ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, year 1981, year 1995 ...
Place: boston, new jersey, usa, massachusetts, miami ...
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I, Olga Hepnarova (2016)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Poland, France, Slovakia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Olga is a complex young woman desperate to break free from her unfeeling family and social conventions. With her Louise Brooks-like tomboyish looks she drags herself, chain-smoking, from one job to another until she appears to find her niche as a ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, realistic, serious, art house ...
Plot: socially awkward, true crime, court, lesbian, mental illness, murder, dysfunctional family, lgbt, paranoia, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, sociopath ...
Time: 70s, year 1975
Place: central europe
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The Girl Who Killed Her Parents (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Based on one of the most shocking and gruesome murder cases in Brazil, the film presents Daniel Cravinhos's point of view of the events that led to the death of Marísia and Manfred von Richthofen, his girlfriend’s parents.
Style: captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: true crime, suspense, murder of parents, murder, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, murderer, dysfunctional family, parents and children, parent child relationship, family problems ...
Time: 2000s
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
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The Investigation (2020)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 42 min.
TV show
Story: Copenhagen Police's Homicide unit, headed by Jens Møller, tries to solve the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.
Style: disturbing, tense, intellectual, suspenseful, contemplative
Plot: murder of a woman, true crime, law enforcement, murder mystery, police, journalist, female journalist, brutal murder, police investigation, murder investigation, uncover truth, investigation ...
Time: year 2017, 21st century
Place: copenhagen
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Rillington Place (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: In 1950, Timothy Evans was hanged for the murder of his baby daughter Geraldine. The police also believed that he had killed his wife Beryl. But to his final moments Evans protested his innocence. Three years later, a gruesome discovery at 10 ...
Style: realistic, bleak, dark, atmospheric, melancholic
Plot: serial killer, true crime, murder, mentally unstable, british, male female relationship, murderer, hidden identity, criminal, investigation, post war, killer ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: england, london
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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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough, semi documentary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, true crime, mafia, valentine's day, death, hitman, gunfight, historical figure, gang, rivalry, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, year 1929, 1930s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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