A huge percentage of horror fans also have an affinity for true crime documentaries, and I’m no exception. When it feels like you’ve seen every scary fictional movie ever made, documentaries and docuseries are great recourses for riveting entertainment, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that Netflix is a treasure trove for true crime fans.
One of the latest installments for Top Tenz is the perfect roadmap for finding the best true crime documentaries on Netflix. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section! Did your favorite documentary or docuseries make the list? What are some other true crime flicks worth checking out? Let’s discuss!
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If you can’t stream, the 10 incredible true crime documentaries on Netflix are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: True crime is more popular than ever, and Netflix has an excellent selection of true crime documentaries and docuseries that produced themselves or they’ve acquired from other sources. The 10 documentaries and docuseries listed here are equally riveting and chilling, and in some cases, they’ll shock you and will probably make you angry.
Making a Murderer
Official Synopsis: Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wis., and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. She was last seen on Avery’s property, where she was to photograph a vehicle. Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey were tried and (spoiler alert) convicted of the crime. But that’s not the end of the story. When Columbia graduate students Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos read about Avery, they felt his story would make an interesting documentary. Neither PBS nor HBO were interested, but Netflix took on their concept to produce the 10-episode docuseries, which generated plenty of publicity and prompted petitions to have Avery’s case reviewed, though officials in Wisconsin insist all the evidence is not presented in the program.
Official Synopsis: Inspired by HBO’s acclaimed drama “True Detective,” Investigation Discovery brings to life actual homicide cases through the words of the law enforcement officers who are still haunted by them. “Real Detective” blends documentary and scripted elements — and narratives driven exclusively by the detectives themselves — to create cinematic true crime TV, with featured guest stars including Michael Madsen, Devon Sawa, Curtis Caravaggio and Zoie Palmer. Each hourlong episode ventures deep into the mind of a homicide detective as he or she describes in vivid detail the one case forever ingrained in the memory.
Official Synopsis: Local farming is fading as profit margins decide what food makes it to our plates. The new Netflix documentary series Rotten exposes the fraud, corruption, and the consequences on our health of today’s global food industry. Nobody’s hands are clean. Now Streaming on Netflix.
The Hunting Ground
Official Synopsis: From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice — despite harsh retaliation, harassment and pushback at every level.
Official Synopsis: Amanda Knox. The boyfriend. The reporter. The prosecutor. It’s all a matter of perspective. Now Streaming on Netflix.
The Seven Five
Official Synopsis: Former NYPD officer Michael Dowd tells how he and his partner committed a long list of crimes, including running their own cocaine ring, while on the job in the 1980s and early ’90s.
Official Synopsis: Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris examines the 1953 death of scientist and CIA employee Frank Olson in this docudrama. Olson fell from the window of his New York City hotel room and the death was originally ruled a suicide, but a 1975 report tied his death to a top-secret experiment. The series follows Olson’s son, Eric, on his decades-long quest to identify the mysterious circumstances surrounding his father’s death and figure out exactly what happened. As part of the search for information, Eric checks into the hotel room in which his father was staying on that fateful day and a forensics expert exhumes Frank’s body to find new clues.
Official Synopsis: After two decades of media speculation and public fascination, filmmakers explore the macabre legacy of the world’s most famous child-murder case.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
Official Synopsis: In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew’s child. Andrew’s enraged parents campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son’s killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend’s son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.
Official Synopsis: Juan Catalan was arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. To save his life, all he had to do was prove he was one of 56,000 people at a Dodgers Game that night. That’s where Larry David comes in….
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