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1. Lost Sparrow (2009)

78 min | Documentary

On June 27, 1978, a 44-car freight train struck and killed two Crow Indian brothers near the quaint town of Little Falls, NY. The day before, Bobby, 13, and Tyler, 11, had disappeared. They... See full summary »

Director: Chris Billing

Votes: 35

2. My Neighbor, My Killer (2009)

80 min | Documentary

The people of Rwanda attempt to reconcile after the genocide through an open process of admission and forgiveness.

Director: Anne Aghion

Votes: 78

3. An Open Secret (I) (2014)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

66 Metascore

An investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Evan Henzi, Michael Egan III, Mark Ryan, Joey Coleman

Votes: 2,041

4. Who Took Johnny (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

An examination into the cold case of the Iowa boy, Johnny Gosch, who disappeared on his paper route 30 years earlier.

Directors: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley | Stars: Noreen Gosch, Nancy Allen, Paul Bonacci, Troy Boner

Votes: 2,521

5. Myra: The Making of a Monster (2003 TV Movie)

72 min | Documentary

The documentary examines Myra Hindley's psyche, the nature of her relationship with Ian Brady, her background, and time in prison.

Director: Michael Atwell | Stars: Ian Brady, Clive Entwistle, Haydn Gwynne, Myra Hindley

Votes: 5

6. The Moors Murders (1999– )

30 min | Documentary, Crime

The gruesome story behind the Moors Murders.

Stars: Nick Finnis, Ian Fairley, Sheila Kilbride, Peter Topping

Votes: 103

7. Ian Brady: 50 Years Behind Bars (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

2015 marked a half a century behind bars for Moors Murderer Ian Brady. Arrested and charged in 1965, he's never been considered for parole, nor has he asked to be freed.

Director: Helen Hill | Stars: Holly Aird, Eric Allison, Joe Chapman, Jeremy Coid

Votes: 8

9. Santoalla (2016)

83 min | Documentary, Mystery

68 Metascore

A Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, move to a remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. There is conflict with the Spanish residents, resulting in the disappearance of Martin.

Directors: Andrew Becker, Daniel Mehrer | Stars: Margo Verfondern, Martin Verfondern, Manolo Rodríguez, Jovita Rodríguez

Votes: 265 | Gross: $0.00M

10. 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: 37,585

11. Where Is Robert Fisher? (2011)

84 min | Documentary

Explore the disturbing story of one of America's most wanted fugitives, Robert Fisher. Following the brutal murder of his family, Fisher went missing in 2001 - years later, his whereabouts remain unknown.

Director: Charlie Minn | Stars: Robert Caldwell, John Hook, T.J. Jiran, Adam Klawonn

Votes: 351

12. 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: 32,172

13. A Gray State (2017)

TV-MA | 93 min | Documentary

74 Metascore

A documentary about the mysterious death of fringe political filmmaker David Crowley, who was found dead alongside members of his family in their suburban Minnesota home in January of 2015.

Director: Erik Nelson | Stars: David Crowley, Danny August Mason, Alex Jones, Sean Wright

Votes: 1,270

14. Death on the Staircase: The Aftermath (2005 TV Movie)

40 min | Documentary

Reactions to the verdict of the Michael Peterson murder trial from the District Attorney, the defense team, and the filmmaker who documented the proceedings.

Director: Nick Copus | Stars: Caitlin Atwater, Freda Black, Bettye Blackwell, Lori Campell

Votes: 113

15. No Stone Unturned (2017)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

An in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

Director: Alex Gibney

Votes: 537

16. The Disappearance of Maura Murray (2018– )

Documentary, Crime, Mystery

At 7:35pm, on February 9th, 2004, New Hampshire State Police are called to scene of a single car accident on Rt. 112. It was the intersection of Wild Ammonoosuc Road and Bradley Hill Road ... See full summary »

Stars: Lori Bruno, Joshua F. Leonard, Tim Pilleri, Lance Reenstierna

Votes: 10

17. The Moors Murders Code (2004 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

An investigation into a collection of photographs owned by murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley that police claimed may have led to the identification of the sites of their victims' graves.

Director: Duncan Staff | Stars: Duncan Staff, Alan Bennett, Ian Brady, Myra Hindley

Votes: 16

19. Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? (2016 Video)

TV-PG | 33 min | Documentary, Short

Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey? A Michael Piehl Film. A newly released documentary detailing the facts in the JonBenet Ramsey murder. Never before seen or heard testimony and hand writing ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Piehl | Stars: Katie Couric, John Ramsey, Patsy Ramsey, Steve Thomas

Votes: 13

20. Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000)

96 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

Director: James Ronald Whitney | Stars: James Ronald Whitney, Melvin Just

Votes: 1,535

21. Vanished: The Tara Calico Story

120 min | Documentary | Announced

On September 20, 1988 at the age of 19, Tara Calico, the promising University of New Mexico student disappeared about 150 yards from the Rio Communities golf course near her home in Belen, ... See full summary »

Director: Melinda Esquibel | Stars: Ray Flores, Tara Calico, Patty Doel, Donald Donges

22. Fred & Rose: The West Murders (2008)

129 min | Documentary, Crime

This documentary reveals the inner workings of the couple accused of Britain's most shocking murderous sex crimes. Step into Fred and Rose West's disturbing and macabre world.

Stars: Rosemary West, Scott Canavan, David Canter, Sharon Compton

Votes: 13

23. The Serial Killers (1995– )
Episode: Kenneth Bianchi: The Hillside Strangler (1995)

26 min | Documentary, Crime

A post clinical style of commentary and re-cap by the judges, lawyers, psychologists, forensic scientists and serial killers themselves, who were engaged in the criminal prosecution of Kenneth Bianchi, one the most infamous serial killers.

Director: Neal Ashford | Stars: Kenneth Bianchi, Roger W. Boren, Richard E. Crotsley, Robert D. Knudsen

24. Dance with a Serial Killer (2008 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary

Documentary recounting French homicide detective Jean-Francois Abgrall's attempt to find justice for the victim of a 1989 murder in Brittany and his pursuit of a suspicious drifter, Francis Heaulme.

Director: Nigel Williams

Votes: 31

25. Serial Killers (2006– )

Documentary, Crime

Some of the most notorious murderers in recent history are examined. Using dramatic reconstruction and expert testimony, this is a forensic account of the perpetrators and the detectives in the crimes that shook the world.

Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Gregg McCrary, Franc Violi, Aldo Innocenti

Votes: 132

26. 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: 1,331

27. Born to Kill? (2005– )
Episode: Myra Hindley (2005)

45 min | Documentary, Crime

First-hand accounts add details to a children-killing couple.

Director: Maria Knowles | Stars: Steve Furst, Christopher Berry-Dee, Tony Brooks, Marie Cheffings

Votes: 14

28. Lord Lucan: My Husband, the Truth (2017 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

Lord Lucan's wife agrees to finally break her silence after he was suspected of attempting to murder her in 1974 and disappeared.

Director: David O'Neill | Stars: Veronica Duncan, Laurence Fox, Michael Waldman, Martha Dancy

Votes: 79

29. The Sentence (2018)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Crime

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Rudy Valdez shows the aftermath of his sister Cindy's 15-year sentence for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend.

Director: Rudy Valdez | Star: Eric Sterling

Votes: 426

30. I Called Him Morgan (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Drama, History

90 Metascore

An exploration of the relationship between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who was implicated in his murder in 1972.

Director: Kasper Collin | Stars: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas

Votes: 1,417 | Gross: $0.10M

31. The Confessions of Thomas Quick (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

This chilling film tells the gripping story of the making of a modern Swedish serial killer - taking us to the very heart of events that terrified a nation. Horrific and intriguing in equal... See full summary »

Director: Brian Hill | Stars: Oskar Thunberg, Erik Lennblad, Leo Sigelius, Vanja Nilsson

Votes: 477

32. Children of God (1994 TV Movie)

63 min | Documentary

A family describes their time within a religious cult, one that perpetuated pedophilia, sexual abuse, and prostitution.

Director: John Smithson | Stars: Helen Mirren, Sylvia Padilla, Debbie Padilla, Miriam Padilla

Votes: 374

33. The Family I Had (2017)

77 min | Documentary, Crime

In The Family I Had, a mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act.

Directors: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin | Stars: Ella Bennett, Kyla Bennett, Paris Lee Bennett, Charity Lee

Votes: 636

34. The Murder of Laci Peterson (2017)

TV-14 | 303 min | Documentary, Crime

Nearing the 15th anniversary of Laci Peterson's disappearance, A&E Networks takes a fresh look at the case. A definitive factual account by those who lived and breathed it every day.

Stars: Gloria Gomez, Ted Rowlands, Nancy Grace, Chris Pixley

Votes: 579

35. Death Diploma (1987)

50 min | Documentary

Documentary on notorious US murderers. Includes Charles Manson and his family, Kenneth Bianchi "The Hillside Strangler", Henry Lee Lucas, and Otis Toole. Has some interview footage and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Vieira | Stars: Joseph Campanella, Kenneth Bianchi, Stephen R. Kay, Henry Lee Lucas

Votes: 33

36. Murder: No Apparent Motive (1984)

75 min | Documentary, Crime

Documentary about serial killers and FBI Behavioral Sciences Profilers. Interviews with Ed Kemper and Ted Bundy as well as crime victims and law enforcement officials. Includes some Dramatic Recreations.

Director: Imre Horvath | Stars: Robb Webb, Imre Horvath, Frank Salerno, Robert K. Ressler

Votes: 119

37. 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: 1,472

38. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2009)

Unrated | 102 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Phil Spector is a pioneer of American music, a legendary producer to John Lennon and Tina Turner, and, as of April 13th 2009, a convicted murderer. Yet the Spector who appears in Vikram ... See full summary »

Director: Vikram Jayanti | Stars: Lana Clarkson, Bobby Hatfield, Bill Medley, Ronma Perry

Votes: 199

39. Deadline (I) (2004)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

71 Metascore

A documentary on Illinois Governor George Ryan, who, with 60 days left in office, makes a decision on the fate of death row prisoners.

Directors: Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson | Stars: Anthony Amsterdam, Jeanne Bishop, Stephen Bright, George W. Bush

Votes: 215

40. Sex in a Cold Climate (1998 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, History

Interlocking interviews of 4 women interred in various Magdalene asylums and/or orphanages because of out-of-wedlock pregancies, being sexually assaulted, or just being "too pretty" (believe it or not).

Director: Steve Humphries | Stars: Dervla Kirwan, Martha Cooney, Christina Mulcahy, Phyllis Valentine

Votes: 348

41. Lost for Life (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Crime, News

A documentary about juveniles who are serving life in prison without parole and their victims' families.

Director: Joshua Rofé

Votes: 862

42. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 14,845

44. 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: 23,584 | Gross: $3.12M

45. Forensic Files (1996–2011)
Episode: A Novel Idea (2006)

TV-14 | 22 min | Documentary, Crime