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1. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 40,983

2. Narcos (2015–2017)

TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 302,903

3. American Crime Story (2016– )

TV-MA | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.5
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An anthology series centered around America's most notorious crimes and criminals.

Stars: Sarah Paulson, Annaleigh Ashford, Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi

Votes: 69,295

4. Goodfellas (1990)

R | 146 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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89 Metascore

The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco

Votes: 917,989 | Gross: $46.84M

5. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 398,539 | Gross: $33.08M

6. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 146,442 | Gross: $30.01M

7. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

7.1
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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 135,464 | Gross: $51.34M

8. Drunk History (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, History

7.8
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Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers.

Stars: Bennie Arthur, Derek Waters, Craig Cackowski, Maria Blasucci

Votes: 7,792

9. Escape at Dannemora (2018)

TV-MA | 440 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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An employee at a prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape.

Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Bonnie Hunt

Votes: 13,155

10. Manhunt: The Unabomber (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

8.1
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An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber, Chris Noth

Votes: 37,983

11. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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87 Metascore

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone

Votes: 32,871 | Gross: $8.80M

12. American Gangster (2007)

R | 157 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin

Votes: 369,799 | Gross: $130.16M

13. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 103,484 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.0
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86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation, which turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 220,133 | Gross: $50.00M

15. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 125,739 | Gross: $34.47M

16. Black Mass (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 157,154 | Gross: $62.58M

17. City of Lies (2018)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Russell Poole and Jack Jackson investigate the murders of rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker, Toby Huss, Dayton Callie

Votes: 2,621

18. Foxcatcher (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.0
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81 Metascore

U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 126,800 | Gross: $12.10M

19. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

7.8
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86 Metascore

Bonnie Parker, a bored waitress falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 95,150

20. Waco (2018)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, History

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The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas in the spring of 1993.

Stars: Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Sparks

Votes: 8,230

21. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 263,270 | Gross: $97.10M

22. Badlands (1973)

PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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93 Metascore

An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 59,187

23. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

5.2
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45 Metascore

Americans discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone, Ray Corasani

Votes: 22,923 | Gross: $36.25M

24. Aquarius (2015–2016)

TV-14 | 42 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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A gritty 1960s cop drama about LAPD detective Sam Hodiak and his trainee, who must deal with gangs, brutal crimes, changing times, family crises and unhinged manipulative small-time crook Charles Manson, who's slowly building his cult.

Stars: David Duchovny, Grey Damon, Gethin Anthony, Emma Dumont

Votes: 10,126

25. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

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

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 257,057 | Gross: $41.91M

26. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 52,470

27. American Animals (2018)

R | 116 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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68 Metascore

Four young men mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious heists in U.S. history.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk, Chas Allen

Votes: 30,651 | Gross: $2.86M

28. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Not Rated | 161 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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95 Metascore

In a murder trial, the defendant says he suffered temporary insanity after the victim raped his wife. What is the truth, and will he win his case?

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Arthur O'Connell

Votes: 54,651 | Gross: $11.90M

29. The Widower (2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A three-part drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Kate Fleetwood, James Laurenson, Federay Holmes

Votes: 1,611

30. The Iceman (2012)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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60 Metascore

The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

Director: Ariel Vromen | Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder

Votes: 66,082 | Gross: $1.94M

31. The Infiltrator (2016)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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66 Metascore

A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Brad Furman | Stars: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan

Votes: 62,259 | Gross: $15.43M

32. Alpha Dog (2006)

R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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53 Metascore

Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach's minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.

Director: Nick Cassavetes | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Willis

Votes: 95,612 | Gross: $15.23M

33. Al Capone (1959)

Approved | 104 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.8
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A chronicle of the rise and fall of Chicago crime boss Al Capone during the Prohibition era.

Director: Richard Wilson | Stars: Rod Steiger, Martin Balsam, Fay Spain, James Gregory

Votes: 1,328

34. The Black Dahlia (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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49 Metascore

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank

Votes: 68,743 | Gross: $22.52M

35. Stronger (I) (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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76 Metascore

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Richard Lane Jr.

Votes: 34,466 | Gross: $4.21M

36. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 87,751 | Gross: $11.53M

37. Roll Red Roll (2018)

80 min | Documentary

7.1
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83 Metascore

When social media, "boys will be boys", and vigilante justice collide, Steubenville, Ohio will never be the same.

Director: Nancy Schwartzman | Stars: Mark Cole, Anthony Craig, Rachel Dissell, Alexandria Goddard

Votes: 455

38. Kill the Irishman (2011)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.1
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50 Metascore

The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer

Votes: 41,906 | Gross: $1.19M

39. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

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When the world's most controversial guru builds an utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 17,192

40. Bully (2001)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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45 Metascore

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark | Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips, Rachel Miner

Votes: 32,902 | Gross: $1.54M

41. The Bling Ring (2013)

R | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.6
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66 Metascore

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

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien

Votes: 78,198 | Gross: $5.84M

42. A Very English Scandal (2018)

TV-14 | 180 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

7.8
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British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is accused of conspiracy to murder his gay ex-lover and forced to stand trial in 1979.

Stars: Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Alex Jennings, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 7,078

43. All Good Things (2010)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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57 Metascore

Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Lily Rabe

Votes: 50,020 | Gross: $0.58M

44. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 56,283 | Gross: $3.05M

45. An American Crime (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy, Romy Rosemont

Votes: 30,182

46. Beirut (2018)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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69 Metascore

Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Jon Hamm, Jay Potter, Khalid Benchagra, Ania Josse

Votes: 15,543 | Gross: $5.02M

47. Helter Skelter (1976)

Not Rated | 194 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

Stars: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 3,119

48. Auto Focus (2002)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

The life of TV star Bob Crane and his strange friendship with electronics expert John Henry Carpenter.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Willem Dafoe, Maria Bello, Rita Wilson

Votes: 12,491 | Gross: $2.06M

49. Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

TV-14 | 91 min | Documentary, Crime

6.8
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The twisting, turning, stranger-than-fiction true story of the Brobergs, a naive, church-going Idaho family that fell under the spell of a sociopathic neighbor with designs on their twelve-year-old daughter.

Director: Skye Borgman | Stars: Jan Broberg, Bob Broberg, Mary Ann Broberg, Susan Broberg

Votes: 10,326

50. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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57 Metascore

A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P. Hall

Votes: 35,175 | Gross: $25.08M



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