True Crime Movies You Have to Watch
Crime is one of the topics that intrigue the minds of people throughout the world. Crime has been romanticized throughout the ages with books, movies, documentaries, and now podcasts as well. Whatever the reason mankind is interested in crime, either because of the psychology behind the crime or the taboo of it, there are many options of true crime movies and documentaries that you can watch. Here are our top ten recommendations of true crime movies that will give you the chills.
Killer Inside: The mind of Aaron Hernandez
This newly-released mini-series on Netflix follows the case of NFL player Aaron Hernandez through three episodes. The documentary which was released in January 2020, explores the murder of Odin Lloyd, the man Hernandez was convicted of murder as well as a number of other murder cases he was suspected to be involved in. The series also goes into the life of Hernandez seeking to explain why he committed these crimes.
This heartbreaking series about the case of the 2013 murder of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in 6 episodes. The show was released on Netflix in February 2020 and covers the trials after the murder showing the abuse and neglect both by Gabriel’s parents and the Child Protective Services involved in the case. During the years to produce the series, the producers of the show had to keep a therapist on call due to the disturbing nature of the case.
Munich is the story of Israeli revenge against terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes competing in the 1972 Olympic games. Directed by Steven Spielberg, Munich was the 16th "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" by The New York Times. The film captures the humanity and pain of the individuals involved in the affair as well as being a masterpiece of suspense and visuals.
Bully is a movie released in 2001 based on a 1993 murder in which a group of Florida high schoolers murdered a sadistic friend of theirs who had emotionally, physically, and sexually abused them for years. The movie is noted for its realistic rendition of murder as opposed to the entertaining renditions we see in Hollywood movies.
Tenderness of the Wolves
The Tenderness of the Wolves is a 1973 German horror film based on the crimes of serial killer Fritz Haarmann who was a police informant after serving in the German Military. Also known as the Butcher of Hanover, the Vampire of Hanover and the Wolf-Man, Haarmann killed at least 24 young boys after sexually assaulting them. He then mutilated their bodies and dumped them in a river. It is a matter of some debate as to whether Haarman actually ate his victims because he did deal with contraband meat, the film conveys that he did, but no physical evidence of this has been found.
Mesrine is a French crime film based on the life of French Gangster Jacques Mesrine. The film released in 2008 is split into two parts, the first part begins with Mesrine’s life as a French soldier during the Algerian War and his beginnings within the criminal world. The second part covers his return to France from Canada and his return to being a gangster in France. The film has been compared to scarface and covers Mesrine’s life similarly to how a film would cover a serial killer.
Dark Waters is a crime thriller focusing on the legal case of the DuPont corporations poisoning of water sources in West Virginia and despite the deaths, mutations and other issues caused by the chemicals they were dumping, the company covered it up and fought the case for years. The film features actress Anne Hathaway and actor Mark Ruffalo.
Abducted in Plain Sight
Abducted in Plain Sight is a true-crime documentary film released in 2017 that covers the story of Jan Broberg Felt, a teenager from Idaho who was kidnapped twice by her neighbor. The story is incredibly bizarre and disheartening. Jan’s parents were members of the Church of The Latter-Day Saints along with their neighbor Robert Berchtold. Berchtold kidnapped Jan and played a recording alluding to the fact that she was abducted by aliens and needed to procreate with Berchtold. Berchtold convinced Jan’s parents not to press charges and was even romantically involved with her parents, which may have helped him convince them not to press charges and what allowed him to kidnap her again. The movie is available on Netflix.
Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
Don’t F**k With Cats is the story of the capture of a serial killer, but with an interesting twist. The mini-series produced by Netflix follows the case through the eyes of a Facebook group committed to finding the man who killed a cat for fun and released the video online. The show shows how the Facebook group, made of regular people, conducted an investigation and was able to get results faster than the police, even assisting them in specific instances.
The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey
The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey is a 2016 miniseries about the murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Boulder, Colorado in 1996. JonBenét was just 8 when she was murdered and was a child beauty queen. She was found by her father in the basement of their family home. A handwritten random not was also found in the house. Police suspected that a member of the family was responsible for the death, but to date, they have not arrested anyone in connection with the murder.
The Keepers is documentary series debuted in 2017 and is now on Netflix. The series explores the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, who disappeared in November 1969. Her body was later discovered in January of 1970. The documentary the case and explores whether Father Joseph Maskell was behind the murder of Cesnik because she was going to expose him for abusing teenage students.