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1. 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: 5,018 | Gross: $0.01M

2. Manson (1973)

R | 83 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary on Charles Manson and his family. Has a number of insightful interviews with many family members most notably Squeaky and Sandy (Blue and Red). There is also a history of Manson... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hendrickson, Laurence Merrick | Stars: Mary Brunner, Vincent Bugliosi, Bruce Davis, Lynette Fromme

Votes: 879

3. Killer Legends (2014)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime, History

Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.

Director: Joshua Zeman | Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Stephen Winick, James Presley

Votes: 3,005

4. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson | Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 1,809

5. Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger (2014)

R | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

71 Metascore

A look at James 'Whitey' Bulger, one of the most infamous criminals in American history.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Stephen Rakes, James 'Whitey' Bulger, Tommy Donahue, David Boeri

Votes: 2,794 | Gross: $0.08M

6. The Kill Team (2013)

R | 79 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

A documentary that unveils the moral tensions that tear at soldiers' psyches through the lens of one highly personal story: Private Adam Winfield was a 21-year-old soldier in Afghanistan ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Krauss | Stars: Adam Winfield, Christopher Winfield, Emma Winfield, Alaina Winfield

Votes: 1,138

7. Serial Killers: The Real Life Hannibal Lecters (2001 Video)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

This documentary examines a selection of real life serial killers and compares them to the fictional Hannibal Lecter.

Director: Sean Buckley | Stars: Richard Morgan, Melanie Porter, Jennifer Franks, Deane Hughes

Votes: 390

8. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,549 | Gross: $0.31M

9. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 23,129 | Gross: $3.12M

10. Mr. Untouchable (2007)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

65 Metascore

The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, MR. UNTOUCHABLE takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Leroy 'Nicky' Barnes, David Breitbart, Walter Cronkite, Louie Diaz

Votes: 858 | Gross: $0.10M

11. The Staircase (2004–2018)

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: 15,493

12. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 4,023

13. 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: 36,071

14. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

Filmed over a 10-year period, Steven Avery, a DNA exoneree who, while in the midst of exposing corruption in local law enforcement, finds himself the prime suspect in a grisly new crime.

Stars: Dolores Avery, Steven Avery, Laura Nirider, Ken Kratz

Votes: 81,724

15. Narcos (2015–2017)

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

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: 323,124

16. Into the Abyss (2011)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry, Damon Hall

Votes: 15,280 | Gross: $0.22M

17. Mafia's Greatest Hits (2012– )

Documentary, Biography, History

This takes you through the life of mobster and shows you their rise and fall.

Stars: Fabio Vassallo, Andrew Jonas, Colin Tierney, Selwyn Raab

Votes: 116

18. Inside the American Mob (2013– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Documentary film about the Italian Mafia and their organized crime activities in USA, mainly New York, between the '60's to mid '90's. Well documented with plenty of interviews and original... See full summary »

Stars: Salvatore Polisi, Kenneth Carrella, Thomas Logan Crown, John Farnworth

Votes: 562

19. The Killer Speaks (2012– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

Real convicted killers face the camera and describe their crimes in full detail.

Stars: Pete Demeo, Rodd Houston, Sasha Bardey, Louis B. Schlesinger

Votes: 237

20. Cold Case Files (1999– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary, Crime

Unsolved crimes locked away in dusty file cabinets. Time is an ineffectual balm. Painful memories are left to a victim's loved ones. What happens when a killer gets away with murder? Thanks... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kurtis, Dave Reichert, Kathy Mills, Melvyn Foster

Votes: 1,287

21. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 43,403 | Gross: $0.89M

22. 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: 31,124

23. Secrets of Britain (2013– )
Episode: Secrets of the Tower of London (2013)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History

A tour of the Tower of London, which has served as a royal castle, prison, place of execution and torture, armory and mint during its almost 1000 years of existence.

Director: Vicky Matthews | Stars: Kevin McMannis, Samuel West

Votes: 272

24. Narco Cultura (2013)

R | 103 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, narco traffickers have become iconic outlaws and the new models of fame and success. They represent a pathway out of the ghetto ... See full summary »

Director: Shaul Schwarz

Votes: 2,339 | Gross: $0.14M

25. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Mind of a Rampage Killer (2013)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary

Can science help us understand these crimes?

Director: Miles O'Brien | Stars: Miles O'Brien, Jeff Williams, Andy Williams, Joshua W. Buckholtz

Votes: 209

26. Great Crimes and Trials (2011– )

Documentary, Crime

Great Crimes and Trials is an early 1990s BBC documentary television series. The program consists of archival material combined with never before seen interviews to reconstruct a renowned ... See full summary »

Stars: Vince Bevan, Eric Broadhurst, Natasha Coppola-Shalom, Erik Dellums

Votes: 38

27. Forensic Firsts (2012–2013)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

DNA Profiling. Toxicology. Ballistics. Today's criminal investigators employ powerful scientific tools to catch bad guys. But where did they come from and how do they really work?

Stars: Erik Thompson, Craig Layton, Denny Heide, Rebecca Lamarche

Votes: 113

28. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

A series featuring detailed accounts on how notable crimes and diseases were solved through forensic science.

Stars: Peter Thomas, Tom Bevel, Skip Palenik, Lowell Levine

Votes: 4,032

29. On Death Row (2012– )

49 min | Documentary

An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates.

Stars: Werner Herzog, James Barnes, Linda Carty, Joseph C. Garcia

Votes: 1,029

30. 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: 360

31. Love Lived on Death Row (2007)

83 min | Documentary

Four Syriani siblings whose father was sentenced to die for the murder of their mother in 1990 and Meg Eggleston, who became their father's friend and spiritual advisor through letters to ... See full summary »

Director: Linda Booker

32. 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: 36



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