Best True Crime Films on Netflix

The best films on Netflix about mystery, crime and murderer.

The Thin Blue Line (1998) Director: Errol Morris

One of the pioneering films in the True Crime genre, The Thin Blue Line a 1988 film by acclaimed director Errol Morris exposed the police corruption that caused an innocent man to be wrongfully convicted of the murder of a Texas police officer in 1976.

Making of a Murderer (2015) Producer: Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi

Already a modern classic, Making of a Murderer follows the strange case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served two decades in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but upon release was convicted once more for a vicious murder. But is there more to the story? Has he been wrongfully convicted again?

Evil Genius (2018) Directors: Duplass Brothers

Evil Genius tries to unpick the bizarre case of a 2003 bank heist in Pennsylvania that went horribly wrong, after the robber was blown up by a bomb padlocked around his neck. Who placed it there?

The Confession Tapes (2017) Creator: Kelly Loudenber

Can someone confess to a murder and still be innocent? Confession Tapes looks at chilling cases where people have been coerced into making false confessions.

Staircase (2018) Director: Jean-Xavier Lestrade

In a similar vein to Making of a Murderer, Staircase critically examines the case of Michael Peterson, a Virginia author and ex-Vietnam veteran who was convicted of the 2001 murder of his wife Kathleen, which he had always strenuously denied. Things take a dark turn when it emerges that a lead witness for the prosecution had deliberately lied during the trial.

Amanda Knox (2016) Directors: Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn

Amanda Knox is someone who made a confession under duress, which she later retracted. The Seattle student was convicted of the heinous murder of her British housemate in 2007 when they were both in Italy on a study year abroad. She was later exonerated and released. This Netflix original looks at how she was unfairly treated by the media and the prosecution in Italy.

The Keepers (2017) Director: Ryan White

Who killed Cathy Cesnick? She was a Catholic nun and school teacher who was found dead in Baltimore in 1969. To this day, her death remains unsolved. This film probes whether it could have been related to her accusing a priest at her school of sexual abusing pupils.

Tabloid (2011) Director: Errol Morris

Another excellent true crime documentary from Errol Morris, Tabloid covers the peculiar case of Joyce McKinney, an oddball former beauty queen who was accused of kidnapping and raping her Mormon missionary boyfriend in 1977. The incident took place in England and generated unprecedented tabloid interest at the time.

The Galapagos Affair (2013) Directors: Dan Geller and Dana Goldfine

In the 1930s, a young German couple fled to the isolated and largely uninhabited Galapagos islands to escape what they believed were the “evils of civilisation”. Their solitary idyll was disrupted, however, by the arrival to the island of a colourful trio in the midst of a love triangle, which may have triggered a brutal murder that has never been solved.

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