"Based on a True Story": Crime and Legal

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Garrow's Law (2009 TV Series)
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Garrow's Law is the true tale of William Garrow, who acted as counsel for the accused, introducing the concept of 'innocent until proved guilty' at London's Old Bailey.
 
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The Flesh and the Fiends (1960)
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In 1828 Scotland, Edinburgh surgeon Dr. Knox does medical research on cadavers he buys from murderers Burke and Hare, without questioning the unethical procurement methods. (97 mins.)
Director: John Gilling
 
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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House (2011 TV Movie)
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Based on true events. Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Jack Whicher is sent to rural Wiltshire to investigate the horrific murder of a three-year-old boy. (95 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
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Dillinger (1973)
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John Dillinger and his gang go on a bank robbing spree across the midwest, but one G-Man is determined to bring him down. (107 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
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In Plain Sight (2016 Mini-Series)
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A three part TV miniseries about Lanarkshire's Detective William Muncie and his quest to bring to justice notorious killer Peter Manuel. (150 mins.)
Director: John Strickland
 
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Goodfellas (1990)
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Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy. (146 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
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White Mischief (1987)
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A millionaire past his prime and his young wife arrive in Kenya circa 1940 to find that the other affluent... (107 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
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The Poisoner (2006 TV Movie)
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Loudun, October 1947. Leon Besnard and Marie celebrate their eighteenth wedding anniversary with friends and Ady... (187 mins.)
Director: Christian Faure
 
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10 Rillington Place (1971)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans. (111 mins.)
 
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Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman (2005)
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The life and times of Albert Pierrepoint - Britain's most prolific hangman. (90 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
 
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Dance with a Stranger (1985)
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A stormy relationship, complicated by the strictures of 1950s social class and gender roles, ends in death. Based on the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman hanged in Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
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Buster (1988)
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This movie is based on the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963. (91 mins.)
Director: David Green
 
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Mrs Biggs (2012 TV Series)
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The true story of Charmian Brent (née Powell), the rebellious product of a strict 1950s upbringing, and her whirlwind romance with Ronald Biggs leading to a descent into crime, most infamously 1963's Great Train Robbery. (90 mins.)
 
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See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006 Mini-Series)
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A vivid drama that documents the notorious "Moors murderers", Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. (180 mins.)
 
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Longford (2006 TV Movie)
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A portrait of Lord Longford, a tireless British campaigner whose controversial beliefs often resulted in furious political debate and personal conflict. (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
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The Krays (1990)
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This fact-based movie follows the life of the twin crime-lords in London's '60s underworld. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Medak
 
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Catch Me If You Can (2002)
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The true story of Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars' worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. (141 mins.)
 
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Savage Grace (2007)
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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... (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
 
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Blow (2001)
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The story of George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)
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Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream. (95 mins.)
Director: Niels Mueller
 
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Serpico (1973)
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The true story about an honest New York cop who blew the whistle on rampant corruption in the force only to have his comrades turn against him. (130 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
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Patty Hearst (1988)
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The true story of a rich girl who was abducted by American revolutionaries in the 1970's. Her time spent... (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
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Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (1993 TV Movie)
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The take-down of an infamous leader of a small polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group, who ordered assassinations of his opponents. (100 mins.)
Director: Jud Taylor
 
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Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
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The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1. (113 mins.)
 
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Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008)
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The story of notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. (133 mins.)
 
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Echoes in the Darkness (1987 TV Movie)
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Based on the true life story that took place in the 1970s, this movie follows the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years. (250 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
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Cass (2008)
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An orphaned Jamaican baby is adopted by an elderly white couple and brought up in an all white area of London and becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Britain. Based on a true story. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon S. Baird
 
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Erin Brockovich (2000)
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An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply. (131 mins.)
 
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
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An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
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American Crime Story (2016 TV Series)
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An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminals, including O.J Simpson. (42 mins.)
 
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Appropriate Adult (2011 Mini-Series)
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Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice. (69 mins.)
 
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The Thieving Headmistress (2006 TV Movie)
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A Headmistress steals from her own school. (60 mins.)
Director: Norman Hull
 
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Canoe Man (2010 TV Movie)
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The story of the "Canoe Man" John Darwin who faked his own death and tried to start a new life with a false identity. (60 mins.)
Director: Norman Hull
 
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The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014 Mini-Series)
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This drama tells the real-life story of retired schoolteacher Christopher Jefferies who was initially...