Top 50 Crime, Documentary Movies and TV Shows



1. The Pharmacist (2020)

TV-MA | 215 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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In 1999, after losing his son in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, a small town pharmacist - Dan Schneider - beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged... See full summary »

Votes: 1,965

2. McMillions (2020– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.6
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A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents involved.

Stars: Nelson Hayne, Michael C. Pizzuto, Pelé Kizy, Cristal Bubblin

Votes: 562

3. Don't F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

TV-MA | 187 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

8.1
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A group of online justice seekers track down a guy who posted a video of himself killing kittens.

Stars: Deanna Thompson, John Green, Claudette Hamlin, Antonio Paradiso

Votes: 20,469

4. I Am a Killer (2018–2020)

TV-MA | 52 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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Follows Death Row inmates, who tell the story of how they ended up there.

Stars: Reece Putinas, David Galea, Deandra Buchanan, Justin Dickens

Votes: 2,150

5. Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez (2020)

TV-MA | 202 min | Documentary, Crime, Sport

7.5
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What led to the murderous fall and shocking death of former NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez?

Stars: Kevin Armstrong, Dan Wetzel, Patrick Haggan, Stephen Ziogas

Votes: 6,649

6. The Witnesses (2020)

Documentary, Crime

8.5
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Add a Plot

Stars: Paige Adlhoch, Robert Artz, Sarah Brooks, Don Broydes

Votes: 174

7. Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer (2020)

TV-MA | 231 min | Documentary, Crime

8.0
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After nearly 40 years of silence, Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly share their experiences with unsettling new details about Ted Bundy.

Stars: Elizabeth Kendall, Molly Kendall, Steven Winn, Rich Bundy

Votes: 582

8. Making a Murderer (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.6
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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: 81,084

9. Forensic Files (1996–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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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: 3,935

10. The Staircase (2004–2018)

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

7.9
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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: 15,082

11. The Devil Next Door (2019)

TV-MA | 229 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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A Cleveland grandfather is brought to trial in Israel, accused of being the infamous German death camp guard known as Ivan the Terrible.

Stars: Eli Gabay, Eli Rosenbaum, Michael Shaked, Yoram Sheftel

Votes: 6,294

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

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.6
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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: 30,807

13. The Confession Killer (2019)

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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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: 3,452

14. Wild Wild Country (2018)

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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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: 19,327

15. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

TV-MA | 236 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.8
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A look inside the mind of serial killer Ted Bundy, featuring interviews with him on death row.

Stars: Stephen Michaud, Bob Keppel, Kathleen McChesney, Ward Lucas

Votes: 18,649

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

TV-14 | 279 min | Documentary, Crime

8.7
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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: 35,643

17. Wrong Man (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

6.9
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A six-part docu-series investigates the criminal convictions of three people who claim their innocence.

Votes: 157

18. Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist (2018)

TV-MA | 192 min | Documentary, Crime

7.6
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The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.

Stars: Kevin G. Calkins, Ann Smith

Votes: 17,934

19. Air Emergency (2003– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.8
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Dramatized reconstruction of real-life air disasters, along with interviews with aviation experts and eyewitnesses.

Stars: Stephen Bogaert, Jonathan Aris, Gregory Feith, John Cox

Votes: 3,537

20. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 4,004

21. Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda (2011– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

8.8
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Lt. Joe Kenda solves cases.

Stars: Josh Casaubon, Carl Marino, Joe Kenda, Sandra Mann

Votes: 2,422

22. Real Detective (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Each episode is a crime solution reenactment of a real murder. The actual detectives offer commentary throughout the show.

Stars: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga

Votes: 2,104

23. 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: 12,139

24. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.2
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90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 32,738 | Gross: $0.49M

25. Mommy Dead and Dearest (2017)

TV-MA | 82 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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In this documentary, the murder of Deedee Blanchard by her daughter Gypsey Rose is explored, as well as the circumstances leading up to the event.

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jim Arnott, David Blanchard, Dee Dee Blanchard, Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Votes: 6,660

26. The Keepers (II) (2017)

TV-MA | 436 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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A seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a nun and the horrific secrets and pain that linger nearly five decades after her death.

Stars: Gemma Hoskins, Abbie Schaub, Virginia Anzengruber, Jean Hargadon Wehner

Votes: 15,220

27. Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator (2019)

TV-MA | 86 min | Documentary, Crime

6.7
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68 Metascore

Tracing from his rise in the 1970s to his disgrace in accusations of rape and sexual harassment in more recent years.

Director: Eva Orner | Stars: Larissa Anderson, Francesca Asumah, Sarah Baughn, Bikram Choudhury

Votes: 3,690

28. Inside Job (2010)

PG-13 | 109 min | Documentary, Crime

8.2
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88 Metascore

Takes a closer look at what brought about the 2008 financial meltdown.

Director: Charles Ferguson | Stars: Matt Damon, Gylfi Zoega, Andri Snær Magnason, Sigridur Benediktsdottir

Votes: 66,793 | Gross: $4.31M

29. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

8.2
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88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,334

30. Dirty Money (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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A Netflix Original Series documenting various stories about exposing the greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

Stars: Walter Archer, Victor Avila, Alberto Ayala, Elise J. Bean

Votes: 5,645

31. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.9
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 136,830 | Gross: $21.24M

32. Who Killed Little Gregory? (2019)

Documentary, Crime

7.4
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When their 4-year-old son is murdered, a young couple fights a twisting and arduous battle trying to identify a frustratingly elusive killer.

Stars: Page Leong, William Salyers, James Simenc, Peter James Smith

Votes: 1,402

33. The Innocent Man (2018)

TV-MA | 284 min | Documentary, Crime

7.4
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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: 4,060

34. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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85 Metascore

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy | Stars: Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Space Invader, Debora Guetta

Votes: 60,163 | Gross: $3.29M

35. Evil Lives Here (2016– )

43 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.0
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A TV series where individuals share their perspectives of loved ones who performed horrific acts of crime

Stars: T.J. Craig, Robert Levey II, Brian Vadim, David Wenzel

Votes: 554

36. Dream/Killer (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

7.5
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In 2005, 20-year-old Ryan Ferguson was convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, causing his father, Bill, to embark on a 10-year campaign to prove Ryan's innocence.

Director: Andrew Jenks | Stars: Kevin Crane, Chuck Erickson, Bill Ferguson, Leslie Ferguson

Votes: 959

37. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann (2019– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Crime

6.7
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The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann takes a detailed look at the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who vanished from the seaside resort of Praia de Luz in Portugal, while on holiday with her family.

Stars: Anthony Summers, Gonçalo Amaral, Robbyn Swan, Jim Gamble

Votes: 5,990

38. Content Cop (2015– )

TV-MA | 20 min | Documentary, Comedy, Crime

9.1
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In an effort to bring justice to the YouTube community, former police officer Ian Carter takes on the title of "Content Cop". Using his old police uniform and raw wit, Ian sets out to stop the creators that bring nothing but discord to his online city.

Stars: Ian Carter, Calvin Vail, Bryan Le, Roman Atwood

Votes: 11,113

39. Dead of Winter (2019– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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True tales of murder featuring first-person interviews with family and investigators. Each episode shows the detectives work to track down a killer, all while battling the unforgiving elements.

Stars: Cham Giobbi, Mary Kay Fawcett, Kenneth Gray, Jeanne Quinn

Votes: 75

40. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter (2019)

TV-MA | 143 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Teen Michelle Carter's actions shocked a nation - but what really happened behind closed doors? This HBO special showcases the prosecution's point of view and alternately the defense's. Which side do you fall on?

Director: Erin Lee Carr | Stars: Jesse Barron, Emily Bazelon, Sam Boardman, Peter Breggin

Votes: 2,668

41. No One Saw a Thing (2019)

TV-14 | 258 min | Documentary, Crime

6.2
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Examines an unsolved and mysterious death in Skidmore, Missouri, 1981, after a resident is shot dead vigilante style in front of almost 60 townspeople, who deny having seen anything.

Votes: 170

42. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

7.5
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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: 43,189 | Gross: $0.89M

43. Surviving R. Kelly (2019)

TV-MA | 306 min | Documentary, Crime, Music

7.6
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A six-part series about the controversial R&B star R. Kelly which features several women making allegations of abuse by him.

Stars: Tarana Burke, Kathy Chaney, Andrea Kelly, Candice Norcott

Votes: 3,015

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

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

8.9
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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: 15,883

45. The Defiant Ones (2017)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

8.6
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"The Defiant Ones" examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre - one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.

Stars: Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor, Verna Griffin

Votes: 9,966

46. The Cove (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Crime

8.4
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84 Metascore

Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

Director: Louie Psihoyos | Stars: Richard O'Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones, Michael Illiff

Votes: 46,106 | Gross: $0.87M

47. See No Evil (2014– )

43 min | Documentary, Crime

8.1
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Every second of every day, millions of Americans are caught on CCTV. Most of them are honest citizens going about their everyday lives. But a few are guilty of unspeakable crimes. See no ... See full summary »

Stars: Ross Huguet, Raven Cinello, Bryan Edwards, James J. Wilson

Votes: 423

48. Barrymore: The Body in the Pool (2020 TV Special)

110 min | Documentary, Crime

6.9
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Michael was acquitted of any crimes and was on verge of a comeback, when Essex police reopen the murder case and man who was found dead fathers talks about his fight for justice.

Director: Tom Barrow | Stars: Michael Barrymore, Ian Calder, Harry Cichy, David Corker

Votes: 52

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

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

8.3
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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: 14,362

50. The Dissident (2020)

119 min | Documentary, Crime, Thriller

8.9
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85 Metascore

When Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Istanbul, his fiancée and dissidents around the world piece together the clues to a murder and expose a global cover up.

Director: Bryan Fogel | Star: Jamal Khashoggi

Votes: 2,178


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