THE BEST TRUE CRIME MOVIES ABOUT OR BASED ON REAL EVENTS


What are the best True Crime Movies?” We looked at 298 of the top films about true crime events, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 43 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best True Crime” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 250+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top 43 True Crime Movies



43 .) 10 Rillington Place (1971) directed by Richard Fleischer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • IGN
  • Movie Pilot

The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.

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42 .) All Good Things (2010) directed by Andrew Jarecki

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Daily Dot
  • Popsugar

Newly-discovered facts, court records and speculation are used to elaborate the true love story and murder mystery of the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history.

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41 .) Badlands (1973) directed by Terrence Malick

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • Flavorwire
  • RD

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.

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40 .) Black Mass (2015) directed by Scott Cooper

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Pilot
  • Time
  • Wikipedia

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.

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39 .) Blue Caprice (2013) directed by Alexandre Moors

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Pilot
  • Time
  • Wikipedia

A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.

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38 .) Bronson (2008) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Movie Pilot
  • Time

A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson.

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37 .) Changeling (2008) directed by Clint Eastwood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Movie Pilot
  • Popsugar

Christine Collins is overjoyed when her kidnapped son is brought back home. But when Christine suspects that the boy returned to her isn’t her child, the police captain has her committed to an asylum.

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36 .) Devil’s Knot (2013) directed by Atom Egoyan

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Pilot
  • Popsugar
  • Wikipedia

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

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35 .) Donnie Brasco (1997) directed by Mike Newell

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Movie Pilot
  • Movies Drop

An FBI undercover agent infilitrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life at the expense of his regular one.

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34 .) Helter Skelter (1976) directed by Tom Gries

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Pilot
  • Serial Killer Shop
  • Wikipedia

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his “family”.

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33 .) Let Him Have It (1991) directed by Peter Medak

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Movie Pilot
  • Wikipedia

In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek’s friendship leads to their involvement in the true case which would forever shake England’s belief in capital punishment.

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32 .) M (1931) directed by Fritz Lang

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • Flavorwire
  • Movies Drop

In this classic German thriller, Hans Beckert, a serial killer who preys on children, becomes the focus of a massive Berlin police manhunt. Beckert’s heinous crimes are so repellant and disruptive to city life that he is even targeted by others in the seedy underworld network. With both cops and criminals in pursuit, the murderer soon realizes that people are on his trail, sending him into a tense, panicked attempt to escape justice.

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31 .) Reversal Of Fortune (1990) directed by Barbet Schroeder

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • Movie Pilot
  • RD

Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he’s innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.

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30 .) The Bling Ring (2013) directed by Sofia Coppola

Lists It Appears On:

  • Movie Pilot
  • Time
  • Wikipedia

Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities’ whereabouts in order to rob their homes.

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29 .) The Deliberate Stranger (1986) directed by Marvin J. Chomsky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cheat Sheet
  • Serial Killer Shop
  • Wikipedia

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the cooperation of a number of police forces to work efficiently on this case. Soon, but not soon enough, the police eliminate endless possibilities and close in on him. Bundy is tried in the media and his good-boy attitude brings him sympathy but also the hatred of many

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28 .) The Imposter (2012) directed by Bart Layton

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Good Movie To Watch
  • Daily Dot
  • Paste

It’s 1994: a 13-year-old boy disappears from his home in San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away, in Spain. Disoriented and quivering with fear, he divulges his shocking story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Sure, he has the same tattoos, but he looks decidedly different, and he now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astounding true story takes an even stranger turn.

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