Crime Documentaries

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1. The Work (2017)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, three men from the outside participate in a four-day group-therapy retreat with a group of incarcerated men for a real look at the challenges of rehabilitation.

Directors: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous | Stars: Chris Renton, James McLeary, Rob Allbee, Neseli 'Kiki' Tagoai

Votes: 1,531 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Amanda Knox (2016)

TV-MA | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy.

Directors: Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn | Stars: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini

Votes: 17,112

3. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Catherine Pelonero

Votes: 3,578

4. Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop (2015)

TV-MA | 81 min | Documentary

Dubbed "The Cannibal Cop," Gilberto Valle was convicted in March 2013 of conspiring to kidnap and eat young women. Valle argued it was all a fantasy; the prosecution's narrative convinced ... See full summary »

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Gary Allen, Violet Blue, James A. Cohen, Joseph DeMarco

Votes: 1,003

5. A Murder in the Park (2014)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime, History

70 Metascore

Documentary filmmakers assert that Anthony Porter - a former death-row inmate who was spared the death penalty thanks to the efforts of a college journalism program - was actually guilty, and an innocent man was sent to prison.

Directors: Shawn Rech, Brandon Kimber | Stars: Dexter Hammett, Joseph Alex, Jason Patrick, Denny Castiglione

Votes: 1,003

6. 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015)

TV-MA | 98 min | Documentary, Crime

76 Metascore

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving November 2012, four boys in a red SUV pull into a gas station after spending time at the mall buying sneakers and talking to girls. With music ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Silver | Stars: Lucia McBath, Ron Davis, Michael David Dunn, Russell Healey

Votes: 1,585 | Gross: $0.02M

7. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Helen Hunt, Matt Dillon

Votes: 839

8. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 1,646

9. The House of Suh (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A chilling exploration of the tragic history of the Suh family and the murder that shocked America - when the picture perfect son, Andrew, shot and killed his sister's fiancé at her bidding.

Director: Iris K. Shim | Stars: Bob J. Berlin, Myung Han, Carol Hogan, Kevin Koron

Votes: 405

10. Valentine Road (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days... See full summary »

Director: Marta Cunningham | Stars: James Bing, Jeremy Bing, Rosalie Black, Dawn Boldrin

Votes: 1,317

11. Southern Rites (2015)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary

One year after the town merges its segregated proms, photographer Gillian Laub documents a divisive murder case in a small Georgia town.

Director: Gillian Laub

Votes: 386

12. The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Evelyn Jefferson, Fred Flagler, John Reeves, Mary Anne Sheboy

Votes: 949 | Gross: $0.00M

13. The Staircase II: The Last Chance (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Explosive developments - implicating both the forensics laboratory of the police department of North Carolina, and Duane Deaver, its chief - recently saw the convicted subject of 'The ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Caitlin Atwater, Bradley Bannon, Freda Black, Lori Campell

Votes: 1,792

14. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 12,860

15. The Psychopath Next Door (2014)

48 min | Documentary

Most of us think of the psychopath as a serial killer - a monster like Colonel Russell Williams, Paul Bernardo, or Clifford Olsen. But most psychopaths are not physically violent criminals - they live among us undetected.

Director: Jeremy Torrie | Stars: Geoff Banjavich, Nadine Pinette

Votes: 22

16. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 6,527 | Gross: $0.09M

17. Oklahoma City (2017)

Not Rated | 102 min | Documentary, Crime, History

74 Metascore

Documents the beliefs and experiences of Timothy McVeigh in the lead-up to his bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which claimed 168 lives.

Director: Barak Goodman | Stars: Janet Beck, Alan Berg, Jim Botting, Bill Buford

Votes: 2,119

18. The Seven Five (2014)

R | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

69 Metascore

Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn.

Director: Tiller Russell | Stars: Mike Dowd, Ken Eurell, Walter Yurkiw, Chickie

Votes: 4,655 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 29,282

20. The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (2015)

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki examines the complicated life of reclusive real estate icon Robert Durst, the key suspect in a series of unsolved crimes.

Stars: Robert Durst, Andrew Jarecki, Gary Napoli, Debra Kay Anderson

Votes: 33,098

21. O.J.: Made in America (2016)

TV-MA | 467 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.

Director: Ezra Edelman | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

Votes: 14,884

23. The House I Live In (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

From the dealer to the narcotics officer, the inmate to the federal judge, a penetrating look inside America's criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Eugene Jarecki, Michelle Alexander, Mark W. Bennett, Joe Biden

Votes: 5,020 | Gross: $0.21M

24. Russia's Toughest Prisons (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary

With the first time international camera crews have been allowed inside, we get a look at three of Russia's toughest, strictest and harshest prisons, aswell as the rigid and disciplined regime the prisoners endure.

Director: Anna Rodzinski | Star: Alexander Brandon

Votes: 421

25. Upstate Purgatory (2016)

19 min | Documentary, Short

A searing portrait of four prisoners trying to escape the devastation of their past.

Director: Lee Phillips | Star: Lee Phillips

Votes: 15

26. Reported Missing (2017– )

60 min | Documentary

British documentary following case of missing person from police footage and interviews. Minute by minute account from the 999 call through to its conclusion.

Stars: Indira Varma, Ruth Wilson

Votes: 44

27. Murder on the Internet (2017– )

44 min | Documentary, Crime

Interviews with the family and friends of victims, police, lawyers and psychologists tell the stories of some of the most shocking crimes committed by people using online dating.

Stars: Emma Kenny, Siobhan McFadyen, Sam Meadows

Votes: 24

28. 59 Middle Lane (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

A murderous love triangle leaves two adopted 10 year old twins without parents. 10 years after the incident, at the age of 20, the twins decides to reach out and reunite with their biological Ukranian family.

Director: Greg Ammon | Stars: Greg Ammon, Alexa Ammon, Greg Salmeri, Bob Williams

Votes: 33

29. Shadow of Doubt (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

Bob Chappell disappeared... his partner Sue was the only suspect in the eyes of the Tasmania police. She faltered on details, they were convinced she was a liar AND a murderer. Her family fight to overturn a 26 year conviction.

Director: Eve Ash

Votes: 7

31. At the Death House Door (2008)

98 min | Documentary

An investigation of the wrongful death of Carlos DeLuna, who was executed in Texas on December 7, 1989, after prosecutors ignored evidence inculpating a man, who bragged to friends about committing the crimes of which DeLuna was convicted.

Directors: Peter Gilbert, Steve James | Stars: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley, Anne Ellis

Votes: 357

32. Disgraced (2017)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, Crime, Sport

The background of the 2003 murder of Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy and the attempted, related cover-up of NCAA violations rampant in the Baylor basketball program by Coach Dave Bliss.

Director: Pat Kondelis | Stars: Dave Bliss, Rob Faubion, Roshaun Valentine, Larry S. White

Votes: 345

33. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the depth behind the case of a woman whose vehicle collision killed numerous people, including herself. Was she really the reckless drunk, or the perfect suburban mother?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 3,436

34. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 7,129 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Talhotblond: (2009)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Thriller

This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Schroeder | Stars: Steve Clement, Thomas Montgomery, Ken Case, Rex Beaber

Votes: 2,688

36. Crazy Love (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Romance

69 Metascore

The bizarre true story of Linda Riss and Burt Pugach.

Directors: Dan Klores, Fisher Stevens | Stars: Burt Pugach, Linda Pugach, Bob Janoff, Sylvia Hoffman

Votes: 2,309 | Gross: $0.30M

37. The Death of Bunny Munro

Announced

A look at the life of a sex-addict traveling salesman who uses his door-to-door beauty products to meet women.

38. Cease to Exist (2007)

84 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher.

Director: Ryan Oksenberg | Stars: Colin Moneymaker, Al Jardine, Dennis Wilson, Brian Wilson

Votes: 58

39. Colleen Stan: The Girl in the Box (2016 TV Movie)

Drama

In the first hour of the two-part back-to-back special, Colleen Stan: The Girl in the Box, kidnapping survivor Colleen Stan tells the story of her seven-year ordeal. Abducted by a sadistic ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Turrell | Stars: Stephanie Herrera, Greg Lefevre

Votes: 16

40. Deadly Secrets: The Lost Children of Dozier (2016 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Crime

The Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida was supposed to be a place where troubled kids could go to straighten out their lives. What these boys found there would instead leave ... See full summary »

Director: Heidi Burke | Star: Alison Chace

Votes: 14

41. Death Row: The Final 24 Hours (2012 TV Movie)

43 min | Documentary

What happens in the final 24 hours before an execution? Hear extraordinary insider stories told by the men who work on death row: the last minute appeals, what happens when things go wrong,... See full summary »

Director: John Blystone | Stars: Allen Ault, Robert Francis, Jerry Givens, Michael Graczyk

Votes: 33

46. First Kill/Last Kill (2014 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

A detailed and compelling look into the crimes of serial killer Kenneth Erskine aka. The Stockwell Strangler

Director: Nick Aarons | Stars: David Wilson, Marcus Roberts, Carole Anne, Sheila Breen

Votes: 9

47. Highway of Tears (2015)

79 min | Documentary

"Highway of Tears" is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. None of the 18 cold-cases had been solved since 1969, until ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Smiley | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Terry Teegee, Mavis Erickson, Mary Teegee

Votes: 104

48. His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen (2008 Video)

Documentary, Short, Crime

Retrospective documentary on Arthur Leigh Allen, a prime suspect in the Zodiac investigation.

Director: David Prior | Stars: Arthur Spinelli, Donald Cheney, Sandy Panzarella, Norman Boudreau

Votes: 47