VIOLENT TRUE CRIMEby o770 | created - 28 Dec 2010 | updated - 12 Jun 2013 | Public
presenting the most factually accurate movies as researched by this author
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1. In Cold Blood (1967)
R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.
2. The Honeymoon Killers (1970)
R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
An obese, embittered nurse doesn't mind if her toupee-wearing boyfriend romances and fleeces other women, as long as he takes her along on his con jobs.
3. 10 Rillington Place (1971)
GP | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.
4. 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 »
5. Badlands (1973)
PG | 94 min | Crime, Drama
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands.
6. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)
R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.
7. The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 148 min | Crime, Drama
Fact based story of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son and namesake of the famed pilot, and ensuing trial of accused and convicted killer, Bruno Hauptmann.
8. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
In 1946, a Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small Texas town.
9. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
NC-17 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.
10. The Onion Field (1979)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama
Gregory Ulas Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Lee "Youngblood" Smith, a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,869 | Gross: $9.89M
11. The Atlanta Child Murders (1985– )
245 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »
12. At Close Range (1986)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.
Votes: 11,831 | Gross: $2.35M
13. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »
14. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
Votes: 18,109 | Gross: $1.21M
15. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989– )
180 min | Crime, Drama
The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.
16. Manhunt: Search for the Night Stalker (1989 TV Movie)
95 min | Crime, Drama, History
Based on the true story of Richard "The Night Stalker" Ramirez who terrorized California in 1985 and the two Los Angeles police detectives who try to track him down.
17. The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The true chilling story of the "two of a kind", killin' cousins Angelo Buono and Kenneth Bianchi, better known as the Hillside Stranglers, is told in this TV drama. The movie concentrates ... See full summary »
18. Conspiracy of Silence (1991– )
240 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After a young Canadian Aboriginal girl is murdered in 1971, it takes 20 years of inaction and prejudice before the police finally find the real killers. Meanwhile the killers have to live with their own guilt and fear of being caught.
19. Let Him Have It (1991)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History
In 1950s England, slow-witted Derek Bentley falls in with a group of petty criminals led by Chris Craig, a teenager with a fondness for American gangster films. Chris and Derek's friendship... See full summary »
21. A Killer Among Friends (1992 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama
The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.
R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime
1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.
23. Swoon (1992)
Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,387 | Gross: $0.34M
24. To Catch a Killer (1992 TV Movie)
Unrated | 182 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »
25. Murder in the Heartland (1993– )
157 min | Drama, Thriller
A wanna-be tough guy and his 14-year-old girlfriend go on a murder spree.
Biography (1987– )
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within
50 min | Documentary, Biography
The Life of Cannibal and Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
27. The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)
99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.
28. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
Votes: 53,503 | Gross: $3.05M
29. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.
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.
Case Reopened (1999– )
32. Happy Face Murders (1999 TV Movie)
R | 98 min | Crime, Drama
An eccentric older woman (Ann-Margret) implicates her brutal & controlling lover in the murder of a young intellectually disabled girl. Absorbed with "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", she ... See full summary »
33. Ed Gein (2000)
Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.
Votes: 4,619 | Gross: $0.01M
34. Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder (2000 TV Movie)
178 min | Crime, Drama
About the infamous murder of six year old child beauty pageant contestant Jonbenet Ramsey and the hysterical media coverage that made the investigation even more difficult.
35. Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (2000)
84 min | Documentary, History
The history of the "Scottsboro Boys," a group of African American men who were victims of a racist miscarriage of justice that became a national controversy.
36. Who Killed Atlanta's Children? (2000 TV Movie)
105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
In the early 1980s, there was someone killing the children of Atlanta. Eventually a single man was caught and convicted in one of the largest manhunts in our nation's history. Ever since, ... See full summary »
37. 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.
38. The Cat's Meow (2001)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance
Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.
Votes: 7,126 | Gross: $3.21M
39. 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.
40. Murder in Greenwich (2002 TV Movie)
R | 89 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama
The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.
41. Ted Bundy (2002)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.
Votes: 6,302 | Gross: $0.01M
42. The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Thriller
The lives of Escondido, California residents Cheryl and Stephen Crowe change one morning when they find their twelve year old daughter Stephanie Crowe stabbed to death in her bedroom. As ... See full summary »
43. 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out (2003 TV Movie)
R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a failed bank robbery, two heavily armed men hold the Los Angeles Police Department at bay for 44 minutes.
44. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime
Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.
Votes: 5,291 | Gross: $0.10M
45. Monster (2003)
R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
Votes: 116,306 | Gross: $34.47M
46. Ed Gein: The Ghoul of Plainfield (2004 Video)
24 min | Documentary, Short
47. H.H. Holmes: America's First Serial Killer (2004)
Unrated | 64 min | Documentary, Crime, History
Torture chambers, acid vats, greased chutes and gassing rooms were just some of the devices of death designed by the Torture Doctor, H.H. Holmes in his castle of horrors. Follows Holmes' entire life as a criminal mastermind.
48. The Hillside Strangler (2004)
R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In the end of the 70's, the dysfunctional Kenneth Bianchi lives with his mother and is obsessed with joining the police force. When his application is refused, his mother sends him to Los ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,613 | Gross: $0.00M
49. The Riverman (2004 TV Movie)
R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.
50. The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005 TV Movie)
R | 82 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.
51. A Little Thing Called Murder (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama
Based on the true story of mother/son tag-team Sante Kimes and her offspring, Kenny, who crisscrossed the country and committed a string of crimes, among them robbery, fraud, arson, slavery, and murders that shocked the world.
52. Heavens Fall (2006)
PG-13 | 105 min | Crime, Drama
Two young woman accuse nine black youths of rape in the segregated South.
53. Karla (2006)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
54. Alpha Dog (2006)
R | 122 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 92,144 | Gross: $15.23M
55. An American Crime (2007)
R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.
56. Inside the Manson Gang (2007)
85 min | Documentary, Crime
'Inside the MANSON Gang' The incredible behind the scenes, exclusive footage and true story of the most notorious white gang in American history, and the Trial of the 20th Century. Robert ... See full summary »
57. Savage Grace (2007)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies...
Votes: 9,636 | Gross: $0.43M
58. The Gray Man (2007)
R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Thriller
Obsessive manhunt to identify and capture a despicable serial killer.
59. This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2008 Video)
102 min | Documentary, Crime
Retrospective documentary covering aspects of the Zodiac investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims.
60. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 353,295 | Gross: $33.08M
61. The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009)
105 min | Documentary, Crime
"The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" walks in the footsteps of the Manson Family, visiting over 40 locations related to the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders, and tying together the dozens of ... See full summary »
62. The Skyjacker That Got Away (2009 TV Movie)
63. Talhotblond: (2009)
R | 83 min | Documentary, Thriller
This is the true story of a love triangle that takes place entirely online. Lies lead to murder in real life, as a teenage vixen (screen name 'talhotblond') lures men into her web. ... See full summary »
64. All Good Things (2010)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Mr. David Marks was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.
Votes: 46,095 | Gross: $0.58M
65. The Gainesville Ripper (2010)
90 min | Horror
Danny Rolling's serial killings of five college students in 1990 forever changes the college-town of Gainseville, FL.
66. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Votes: 14,778 | Gross: $0.01M