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1. Exposed: The Case of Keli Lane (2018)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

Caro Meldrum-Hanna investigates one of Australia's most notorious crimes: the disappearance of baby Tegan Lane and the conviction of her mother Keli Lane of her murder.

Votes: 70

2. The Confession Killer (2019)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Crime

Henry Lee Lucas was known as America's most prolific serial killer, admitting to hundreds of murders, but, as DNA results contradict his confessions, will they expose the biggest criminal justice hoax in U.S. history?

Stars: Nan Cuba, Bob Prince, Hugh Aynesworth, Phil Ryan

Votes: 7,345

3. 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: 1,113

4. The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park (2019)

TV-14 | 216 min | Documentary, Crime

A definitive look at the notorious 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in Central Park, featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen archival material.

Stars: Mike Sheehan, Linda Fairstein, Magee Hickey, Rosanna Scotto

Votes: 416

5. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 7,113 | Gross: $0.27M

6. 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, Martha Ratliff

Votes: 19,804

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

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 15,654

8. 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: 18,190

9. The Innocent Man (2018)

TV-MA | 284 min | Documentary, Crime

The story of Ron Williamson, a man who sat on Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a crime he didn't commit. Based on John Grisham's "The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town."

Stars: Heather McPhaul, Maura Antas, J.J. Arends, Serena Burns

Votes: 5,251

10. 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: 9,947 | Gross: $0.31M

11. 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: 5,526 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000 TV Movie)

Unrated | 130 min | Documentary, Crime

The case of the West Memphis Three, its questionable circumstances and the parties involved are followed up years later.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Damien Wayne Echols, Melissa Byers, Norris Deajon, Tim Sullivan

Votes: 8,410

13. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)

Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 9,491

14. The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers (2018– )

Documentary, Crime

Series examining the disappearance of Crystal Rogers from her small Kentucky town and the mysterious death of her father a year later. As investigators look closer, other unsolved cases emerge.

Votes: 249

15. American Monster (2016– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A non-fiction crime drama uniquely telling stories with a combination of Dramatisation, home video and documentary style material.

Stars: Tom Streithorst, Grant Ross, Mark Behan, Adam Neill

Votes: 398

16. Obsession: Dark Desires (2013– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Obsessions form in all different kinds of ways. It could be a date, an interview, or even just a passing on the street. In this bone-chilling series they will show real life stories of obsession told by the victims.

Stars: Stephanie Jones, Richard Banks, Stephanie Moore, Ian Porter

Votes: 395

17. 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: 16,027 | Gross: $0.22M

18. Crimes That Shook Australia (2013–2018)

Documentary, Biography, Crime

Hosted by Matt Doran (Season 3) and Stan Grant (Seasons 1&2), this series investigates Australian crimes that upset and stunned the nation. Using gripping interviews with people at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Stan Grant, Matt Doran, Nig Richards, Claryn Scott

Votes: 65

19. The Tower (I) (2018)

PG | 74 min | Animation, Drama

A young girl living in a Palestinian refugee camp learns about her family's history through stories told by three previous generations of refugees.

Director: Mats Grorud | Stars: Aïssa Maïga, Mohammad Bakri, Mouna Hawa, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 393

20. 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: 456

21. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime

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: 2,274

22. The Wonderland Murders (2018– )

Documentary, Crime

Hidden amongst the rolling mountains and deep forests of the pacific northwest sits a breeding ground for one of the deadliest terrains in the world. Known as a serial killer's playground, ... See full summary »

Stars: Rob Kimmelman, Christopher Crutchfield Walker, Lisa Sorenson, Mike Butters

Votes: 145

23. Killer Kids (2011– )

TV-14 | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Dramatized reconstruction documentaries on juveniles, teens, who become killers for differend needs or psychopathic urges. Alone, duos or groups; single to serial killings.

Stars: Misty Lee, Gilles Ouimet, Christian Page, Mario Pagé

Votes: 541

24. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna, Steve

Votes: 2,807

25. Unseen (II) (2016)

75 min | Documentary, Crime

In 2009, police discovered the bodies of eleven women decomposing in and around the home of a known sex offender. With access to the surviving victims, Unseen looks into how the murders of those women went unnoticed for so long.

Director: Laura Paglin | Stars: Vanessa Gay, Latundra Billups, Shawn Morris, Melvette Sockwell

Votes: 846

26. 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: 4,112

27. 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: 1,094

28. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,396 | Gross: $0.10M

29. 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: 2,120

30. Shadow of Truth (2016– )

40 min | Documentary, Crime

A four part documentary mini-series that examines the mysterious murder case of Tair Rada, an Israeli high-school girl who was found brutally murdered in her school's toilets during an ordinary day.

Stars: Shila Inbar, Ilana Rada, Rubi Hammerschlag, Elkana Leist

Votes: 1,384

31. 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, Charity Lee, Kyla Bennett, Becca Baggenstoss

Votes: 812

32. Born to Kill? (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime

Each episode is a look into the childhood and life of serial killers.

Stars: Christopher Slade, Louis B. Schlesinger, Katherine Ramsland, Helen Morrison

Votes: 202

33. 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: 789

34. Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Unrated | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

78 Metascore

Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.

Director: Marina Zenovich | Stars: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck

Votes: 4,873 | Gross: $0.06M

35. The Interrupters (2011)

Unrated | 125 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Toya Batey, Cobe Williams

Votes: 3,448 | Gross: $0.28M

36. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle, Steve Glazer

Votes: 2,747

37. Confessions of a Serial Killer (2012 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary, Crime

Stone Phillips presents never-before-seen footage from his "Dateline NBC" interview with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer recorded in 1994.

Stars: Jeffrey Dahmer, Lionel Dahmer, Shari Jordan, Stone Phillips

Votes: 120

38. Crime After Crime (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

72 Metascore

The story of the battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of brutal domestic violence. Over 20 years in prison cannot crush the spirit of this determined African-American ... See full summary »

Director: Yoav Potash | Stars: Deborah Peagler, Joshua Safran, Nadia Costa, Yoav Potash

Votes: 511 | Gross: $0.06M

39. Charles Manson Superstar (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

For forty years, Charles Manson has survived most of his life in what he calls 'the hallways of the all ways,' the reform schools, jails and prisons that have been his home and tomb. His ... See full summary »

Director: Nikolas Schreck | Stars: Charles Manson, Nikolas Schreck, Zeena Schreck, James N. Mason

Votes: 418

40. JonBenet's Tricycle (2018)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A unique individual who collects almost everything reveals some of the darker things he has acquired, including JonBenet Ramsey's Tricycle. An investigation of pop culture, media, tragedy and the items we possess.

Director: Andrew Novick | Stars: Matthew M. Baxter, Bryan Bonner, Theresa Mercado, Andrew Novick

Votes: 16

41. One Year in a Life of Crime (1989 TV Movie)

55 min | Documentary, Crime

Documentary maker Jon Alpert follows three petty criminals in Newark. Filmed by a hidden camera, the three are stealing, using drugs, getting caught and convicted.

Director: Jon Alpert | Stars: Freddy, Michael Jandreau, Robert

Votes: 139

42. Lock-Up: The Prisoners of Rikers Island (1994)

TV-MA | 75 min | Documentary, Crime

A look inside Rikers Island which is a rather unknown place in New York. Many of the inmates and various people working in the law enforcement field are interviewed. We see aftermath of ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Alpert, Nina Rosenblum | Stars: Jon Alpert, Jackie, Jimmy Mirabel, Miguel 'Chino' Santiago

Votes: 138

43. Too Pretty to Live (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Crime

On January 31, 2012, engaged couple Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth are found murdered in their Mountain City, Tennessee home. As police investigate, the story takes a shocking turn ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Watts | Stars: Talon Beeson, Kevin D. Benton, Danielle Fein

Votes: 26

44. 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: Patty Doel, Michele Doel, Debbie Freeman, John Doel

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

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

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: 40,693