My Favorite True Crime Documentaries.

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1.
The Thin Blue Line (1988 Documentary)
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A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas. (103 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992 Documentary)
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1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer. (87 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
 
3.
Brother's Keeper (1992 Documentary)
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This documentary by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert's... (104 mins.)
 
4.
America Undercover (1983 TV Series)
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Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, loving father--and ruthless killer of over 100 people. You'll...
 
5.
Serial Killers (1994 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Nick Bougas
 
6.
Murder Remembered: Norfolk County 1950 (1997 Documentary)
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The recounting of a deadly Canadian bank robbery in the 1950's and the resulting massive man hunt for the killer. (47 mins.)
Director: Robert Fortier
 
7.
Party Monster (1998 Documentary)
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Documentary film exploring the rise of Club Kid legend Michael Alig and his fall in 1996 when he murdered his drug dealer/roommate Angel Melendez. (57 mins.)
 
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First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: The Killer Inside Me (2000)
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Nonfiction author Sondra London tells of how she met and had a relationship with serial killers Gerard John Schaefer and Danny Rolling. (491 mins.)
 
9.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: The Little Grey Man (2000)
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An interview with Antonio Mendez, who was a CIA operative and master of disguise. Dubbed "the little grey man" for his ability to blend in. (491 mins.)
 
10.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: The Parrot (2000)
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Can a parrot be an eye witness to a murder? (491 mins.)
 
11.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: The Stalker (2000)
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An interview with Bill Kinsley, who was the employer of the disgruntled postal worker, Thomas Mcvane (491 mins.)
 
12.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: You're Soaking in It (2000)
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Crime scene cleaner Joan Dougherty explains that, after the death of her stepson, she discovered that... (491 mins.)
 
13.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: Mr. Personality (2001)
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An interview with Dr. Michael stone, a forensic psychologist. (491 mins.)
 
14.
Summer of Terror: The Real Son of Sam Story (2001 Documentary)
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(49 mins.)
 
15.
First Person (2000 TV Series)
Episode: The Only Truth (2001)
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An interview with Murray Richman, who was an attorney for a New York Italian crime family. (491 mins.)
 
16.
The Iceman Confesses: Secrets of a Mafia Hitman (2001 Documentary)
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Richard Kuklinski was a devoted husband, a loving father...and a ruthless killer. A decade after HBO last visited him in prison... (43 mins.)
Director: Arthur Ginsberg
 
17.
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003 Documentary)
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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. (93 mins.)
 
18.
Capturing the Friedmans (2003 Documentary)
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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. (107 mins.)
Director: Andrew Jarecki
 
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The Iceman and the Psychiatrist (2003 Documentary)
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For the third time, HBO cameras go inside Trenton State Maximum Security Prison--and inside the mind of one of the most prolific killers in U.S... (48 mins.)
Director: Arthur Ginsberg
 
20.
Mob Stories (2002 Mini-Series)
Episode: The Big Guy (2003)
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21.
Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004 Documentary)
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February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, granddaughter of William Randolph Heart, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA)... (89 mins.)
Director: Robert Stone
 
22.
Cocaine Cowboys (2006 Documentary)
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In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago... (118 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
23.
The Real Goodfella (2006 Documentary)
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This is a program that aired on Channel 4 in 2006. (50 mins.)
Director: Simon George
 
24.
The Cannibal that Walked Free (2007 Documentary)
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The Cannibal that Walked Free (also known as Cannibal Superstar ) is a British documentary produced by Visual Voodoo for Channel Five which explores...
Director: Toby Dye
 
25.
Cease to Exist (2007 Documentary)
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"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry Melcher. (84 mins.)
Director: Ryan Oksenberg
 
26.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008 Documentary)
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A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son. (95 mins.)
Director: Kurt Kuenne
 
27.
His Name Was Arthur Leigh Allen (2008 Documentary)
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Retrospective documentary on Arthur Leigh Allen, a prime suspect in the Zodiac investigation.
Director: David Prior
 
28.
The Hunt for the Texas 7 (2008 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Stuart Clarke
 
29.
This Is the Zodiac Speaking (2008 Documentary)
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Retrospective documentary covering aspects of the Zodiac investigation, including interviews with the original investigators and surviving victims. (102 mins.)
Director: David Prior
 
30.
Witch Hunt (2008 Documentary)
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The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation. (91 mins.)
 
31.
MysteryQuest (2009 TV Series)
Episode: San Francisco Slaughter (2009)
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MysteryQuest examines the San Francisco's Zodiac Killer who murdered at least five people and then disappeared... (60 mins.)
 
32.
The Real Story (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Untouchables (2009)
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The real story of how Eliot Ness and his Untouchables were actually a smokescreen for the forensic accounting tax investigation of crime boss, Al Capone. invincible Mafia boss.
 
33.
The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter (2009 Documentary)
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"The Six Degrees of Helter Skelter" walks in the footsteps of the Manson Family, visiting over 40 locations... (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Dorsey
 
34.
Tabloid (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary. (87 mins.)
Director: Errol Morris
 
35.
Into the Abyss (2011 Documentary)
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Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
36.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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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. (119 mins.)
 
37.
Genius on Hold (2012 Documentary)
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The story of Walter L. Shaw, a telecommunications genius, and his son Walter T. Shaw, a ruthless jewel thief, is a metaphor and a symbol for its time - for the twentieth century and for today. (91 mins.)
 
38.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
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On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
40.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
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On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
42.
West of Memphis (2012 Documentary)
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An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three. (147 mins.)
Director: Amy Berg
 
43.
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (2013 Documentary)
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'Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream.' - Justice Learned Hand... (90 mins.)
 
44.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Portrait: Blaine Milam (2013)
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For a time, the youngest man on Death Row, Herzog interviews Blaine Milam and others about the brutal 2008 killing of his girlfriend's 13 month old daughter. (49 mins.)
 
45.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Portrait: Darlie Routier (2013)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
46.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
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An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (49 mins.)
 
47.
On Death Row (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Portrait: Robert Fratta (2013)
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Interview with Robert Fratta, who was convicted for hiring two men to murder his wife Farrah and was sentenced to death. (49 mins.)
 
48.
The Seven Five (2014 Documentary)
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Meet the dirtiest cop in NYC history. Michael Dowd stole money and dealt drugs while patrolling the streets of 80s Brooklyn. (104 mins.)
Director: Tiller Russell
 
49.
India's Daughter (2015 Documentary)
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The life and death of Jyoti Singh, an Indian medical student whose violation and murder by gang rapists exposed the violent misogyny of Indian society. (63 mins.)
Director: Leslee Udwin
 
50.
Making a Murderer (2015 TV Series)
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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... (60 mins.)
 
51.
Amanda Knox (2016 Documentary)
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American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy. (92 mins.)
 
52.
O.J.: Made in America (2016 Documentary)
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It is the defining cultural tale of modern America - a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and develop new chapters. (467 mins.)
Director: Ezra Edelman
 
53.
The Witness (2015 Documentary)
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The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene. (89 mins.)
 
54.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: The Perfect Crime (2016)
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The trial of wealthy college students Leopold and Loeb, who murder a 14-year-old boy in 1924, sets off a national firestorm about morality and capital punishment. (60 mins.)
 
55.
Who Took Johnny (2014 Documentary)
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WHO TOOK JOHNNY is an examination into an infamous thirty-year-old cold case: the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch... (81 mins.)
 
56.
The Making of the Mob (2015 Mini-Series)
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Making of the Mob, is an eight-part docudrama that begins in 1905 and spans more than 50 years, tracing... (343 mins.)
Director: John Ealer
 
57.
Cocaine Cowboys 2 (2008 Documentary)
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Set in 1991 on the inner-city streets of Oakland, California, cocaine dealer Charles Cosby has his life... (97 mins.)
Director: Billy Corben
 
58.
Tower (2016 Documentary)
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Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people. (96 mins.)
Director: Keith Maitland
 
59.
Oklahoma City (2017 Documentary)
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The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 is the worst act... (102 mins.)
Director: Barak Goodman
 
60.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
Episode: Ruby Ridge (2017)
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Shortly before dawn on August 21, 1992, six heavily armed U.S. marshals made their way up to the isolated... (60 mins.)