Best Crime Documentaries

  • Through archival footage, interviews and reenactments, filmmaker Errol Morris makes a case for the innocence of a man erroneously convicted of murder.

    The Thin Blue Line

      Biography, Crime
      Documentaries
    8
    100%
    79
    0 Mn
  • Documentarian Errol Morris profiles a former beauty queen whose good looks hide a genius IQ and a criminal disposition.

    Tabloid

      Biography, Crime
      Documentaries
    7.1
    92%
    74
    0 Mn
  • This documentary explores the odd world of the elderly Ward brothers, illiterate farmers who have lived their entire lives in a dilapidated shack.

    Brother's Keeper

      Biography, Crime
      Documentaries
    7.6
    100%
    92
    0 Mn
  • This documentary follows the police of Oakland, California, as they reform and face the challenges of corruption, commitment and cataclysmic change.

    The Force

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    6.8
    92%
    80
    0 Mn
  • This documentary chronicles simmering tension and broken trust between L.A.'s black community and police in the decade before the Rodney King riots.

    Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

      Crime, History, Social
      Documentaries
    7.7
    100%
    92
    0 Mn
  • In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community.

    One of Us

      Crime, Culture
      Documentaries
    7.1
    95%
    79
    0 Mn
  • As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.

    The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    7
    96%
    76
    0 Mn
  • The forces of family, grief and racial injustice converge in this powerful documentary exploring the murder of filmmaker Yance Ford's brother.

    Strong Island

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    6.5
    100%
    86
    0 Mn
  • An American filmmaker and cyclist unwittingly wades into a global scandal when a Russian scientist leaks shocking details of a vast doping conspiracy.

    Icarus

      Crime, Sports
      Documentaries
    8
    93%
    68
    0 Mn
  • This docuseries examines the decades-old murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik and its suspected link to a priest accused of abuse.

    The Keepers

      Crime, Faith
      Documentaries
    8.2
    96%
    0
    0 Mn
  • Police informants, journalists, supporters and detractors contribute to this documentary look at the history of the controversial Black Panther Party.

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    7.3
    93%
    79
    0 Mn
  • This intimate portrait sheds light on the trauma experienced and strength displayed by those affected by the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Newtown

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    6.8
    94%
    87
    0 Mn
  • Combining archival footage, animation and interviews, this innovative film explores the 1966 mass shooting from the University of Texas's clock tower.

    Tower

      Crime, History
      Documentaries
    8
    100%
    92
    0 Mn
  • Indomitable activist Ye Haiyan faces increasingly hostile government harassment as she exposes the case of six schoolgirls raped by their headmaster.

    Hooligan Sparrow

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    7.3
    96%
    78
    0 Mn
  • She was twice convicted and acquitted of murder. Amanda Knox and the people closest to her case speak out in this illuminating documentary.

    Amanda Knox

      Crime
      Documentaries
    7
    84%
    78
    0 Mn
  • This documentary takes a big-picture look at the death of a black man killed during a 2011 arrest in Tottenham that ignited riots throughout England.

    The Hard Stop

      Crime
      Documentaries
    6
    100%
    80
    0 Mn
  • In a society terrorized into silence, the brother of a 1960s Indonesian genocide victim learns the identity of his murderers and confronts them.

    The Look of Silence

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    8.3
    96%
    92
    0 Mn
  • This documentary offers an up-close look at two vigilante groups that have formed in Mexico in response to the increasing dominance of drug cartels.

    Cartel Land

      Crime
      Documentaries
    7.4
    89%
    76
    1 Mn
  • This expose tackles the disturbing epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses and school officials' efforts to cover up the crimes.

    The Hunting Ground

      Crime, Social
      Documentaries
    7.4
    93%
    77
    0 Mn
  • Filmed over 10 years, this real-life thriller follows a DNA exoneree who, while exposing police corruption, becomes a suspect in a grisly new crime.

    Making a Murderer

      Crime, Science
      Documentaries
    8.7
    98%
    0
    0 Mn
  • This disturbing documentary recounts the savage gang rape of medical student Jyoti Singh in 2012, and the wave of public outrage that followed.

    India's Daughter

      Biography, Crime
      Documentaries
    8.2
    100%
    72
    0 Mn
  • The Oscar-nominated true story of the rangers risking their lives to save Africa's most precious national park and its endangered gorillas.

    Virunga

      Crime, Nature
      Documentaries
    8.3
    100%
    95
    0 Mn
  • This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

    Blackfish

      Crime, Nature
      Documentaries
    8.1
    98%
    83
    0 Mn