16 Best Movies About True Crime That You Should Watching Update 07/2024

Movies About True Crime

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1. The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

While eight persons were initially charged with conspiracy to incite riots, Bobby Seale, the Black Panther Party leader, was bound and gagged in court after protesting that he wasn’t getting the lawyer of his choice, and was subsequently removed from the case as a result.

2. The Afflicted (2011)

After torturing all of her children for years, Theresa Knorr was finally arrested and charged with the murders of two of her six children. Constant beatings, threatening to shoot them in the head and force-feeding her daughters are all depicted in The Afflicted.

3. 3096 Days (2013)

3096 Days (2013)

On the basis on the memoir 3096 Days by Natscha Kampusch. While walking to school in 1998, Natscha was kidnapped and held captive for eight years. In 2006, she was able to escape.

4. Scream (1996

Daniel Harold Rolling, better known as the Gainsville Ripper, was the inspiration for Scream. Over the course of a four-day period in 1990, he assassinated five Gainesville, Florida area college students. A severed woman’s head hung on her wall as a reminder of what he had done to her

5. The Girl Next Door (2007) and An American Crime (2007)

A mother of seven, Gertrude Baniszewski, took in Sylvia Likens and her younger sister in 1965 as a result of their carnival worker wages. In order to pay Gertrude $20 a week to look after Sylvia and her sister, the family paid Gertrude a late check, and Gertrude retaliated against Sylvia. Three months later, Sylvia was murdered by her own children and a gang of neighborhood kids who had abused her. An American Crime, based on the real-life events, and The Girl Next Door, based on the true story, were released in the same year.

6. Karla (2006)

Karla (2006)

At least three women were kidnapped, tortured, and raped by Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo before they were killed in their home. Paul sexually abused Karla’s younger sister, 15-year-old Karla, and Karla even helped in drugging and filming the crime. Both were indicted and found guilty. Karla, on the other hand, details Karla’s attempt to secure parole after she accepted a plea deal.

7. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Many police departments across the country were eager to put an end to a slew of open investigations, so they readily accepted Henry Lee Lucas’ confession in 1983. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is based on the killer’s own admissions of guilt. When DNA testing became readily option, many of Henry’s confessions were found to be untrue. In the end, he was responsible for the deaths of his mother, the woman he was seeing, and his landlord.

8. Spotlight (2015)

The Boston Globe reporting team that broke the Catholic child abuse crisis in 2002 was the inspiration for the film Spotlight. After identifying up to 12 priests who had been accused of sexual abuse or misbehavior, the journalists went after the Catholic Church as a whole before focusing on individual priests.

9. Changeling (2008)

Changeling (2008)

Angelina Jolie portrays a real-life woman in Changeling. Who found in 1928 that her son had vanished? Christine Collins. A few months later, in Illinois, a young man claimed to be her son. Reunion between Christine’s son and the LAPD, who had failed to locate him, was organized. After seeing the child, Christine recognized he wasn’t her own. However, the LAPD captain had Christine arrested and detained in a psychiatric facility, where she was subjected to torturous interrogation. In the end, Christine’s son was most likely kidnapped by a serial killer, and the phony son admitted his guilt, but DAMN.

10. Cleveland Abduction (2015)

In the early 2000s, Ariel Castro kidnapped and tortured Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus. Because he was the father of one of the women, they all got in the car with him. When Knight was imprisoned in Castro’s home for over a decade, she became pregnant. Fortunately, they were able to flee in 2013.

11. Monster (2003)

During the years 1989 to 1991, Aileen Wuornos murdered seven men. Her victims would be taken on a trip by her before she robbed them, shot and killed them, and stole their automobiles. Tyria Moore was Aileen’s accomplice and accomplice in crime. Monster examines their connection and Moore’s betrayal of Wuornos with an unforgiving eye.

12. Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac (2007)

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Zodiac Killer terrorized San Francisco. San Francisco journalists and police were taunted by the killer after each murder, who wrote letters and made phone calls mocking his failure to be found. The letters were often riddled with symbols and codes that appeared to have no discernible purpose. In Zodiac, Jake Gyllenhaal takes on the role of a newspaper employee who is tasked with cracking the codes.

13. Pain & Gain (2013)

To get money, the Sun Gym Gang kidnapped and tortured three Miami millionaires. The movie Pain & Gain is based on their true story. Sleep deprivation, taser jolts, and even waterboarding were used as forms of torture. Two of the three victims were slain, their bodies were hacked up, and their remnants were thrown into the Everglades by the killers.

14. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

The Stanford Prison Experiment was conducted in 1971 with 24 male college students. They were divided into “prisoners” and “guards” based on the outcome of a coin toss, and given two weeks to act out a prison scenario. Within a day, the guards were torturing the inmates physically and mentally. After just six days, the experiment was forced to be terminated due to safety concerns, and the story was adapted into a feature film in 2015.

15. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer (2017)

17 people were killed by the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer between 1978 and 1991. When they returned to his house, he would give them booze laced with narcotics, and then strangle them to death. Prior to disposing of the remains of his victims, he would often engage in sex activities on them. The graphic novel by John Backderf, a high school buddy of Dahmer’s, served as the inspiration for the film’s storyline.

16. And The Black Dahlia (2006)

The murder of the Black Dahlia, which is the subject of The Black Dahlia, is one of the most notorious and gory in Los Angeles history. In 1947, aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was found murdered and mutilated on a quiet street in Leimert Park. Blood had been drained, her intestines removed, and her mouth was sliced from the top of her head to the bottom. The case sparked a media frenzy, but it has yet to be solved.