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1. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 135,792 | Gross: $21.24M

2. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 123,143 | Gross: $119.19M

3. Tower (2016)

TV-14 | 82 min | Documentary, Animation, Crime

92 Metascore

Animation, testimony, and archival footage combine to relate the events of August 1, 1966 when a gunman opened fire from the University of Texas clock tower, killing 16 people.

Director: Keith Maitland | Stars: Violett Beane, Louie Arnette, Blair Jackson, Monty Muir

Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $0.09M

4. There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane (2011 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 101 min | Documentary

This documentary explores the depth behind the case of a woman whose vehicle collision killed numerous people, including herself. Was she really the reckless drunk, or the perfect suburban mother?

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler, Jay Schuler

Votes: 3,688

5. Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018)

R | 128 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore examines the current state of American politics, particularly the Donald Trump presidency and gun violence, while highlighting the power of grassroots democratic movements.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Jim Acosta, Roger Ailes, Brooke Baldwin, Ashleigh Banfield

Votes: 13,854 | Gross: $6.35M

6. Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)

Not Rated | 150 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood, Dick Clay

Votes: 14,024

7. The Witness (I) (2015)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

79 Metascore

The brother of Kitty Genovese investigates the circumstances of her murder and the truth of the story that dozens of locals witnessed the crime and did nothing to intervene.

Director: James D. Solomon | Stars: William Genovese, Shannon Beeby, Kitty Genovese, Catherine Pelonero

Votes: 3,685

8. Who Took Johnny (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography

An examination into the cold case of the Iowa boy, Johnny Gosch, who disappeared on his paper route 30 years earlier.

Directors: David Beilinson, Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley | Stars: Noreen Gosch, Nancy Allen, Paul Bonacci, Troy Boner

Votes: 2,382

9. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 22,680 | Gross: $3.12M

10. The Cheshire Murders (2013 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 118 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A documentary about a brutal home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut in 2007.

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Marilyn Bartoli, Deb Biggins, Michael Daluz, Jeremiah Donovan

Votes: 1,751

11. West of Memphis (2012)

R | 147 min | Documentary, Crime

80 Metascore

An examination of a failure of justice in the case against the West Memphis Three.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Michael Baden

Votes: 9,390 | Gross: $0.31M

12. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 6,386 | Gross: $0.27M

13. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

82 Metascore

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne | Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby, Kathleen Bagby

Votes: 30,019

14. Deliver Us from Evil (2006)

Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime

86 Metascore

Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Oliver O'Grady, Thomas Doyle, Adam, Jeff Anderson

Votes: 9,453 | Gross: $30.58M

15. The Staircase (2004–2018)

TV-MA | 629 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

The high-profile murder trial of American novelist Michael Peterson following the death of his wife in 2001.

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 13,941

16. An Open Secret (I) (2014)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Crime

66 Metascore

An investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry.

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Evan Henzi, Michael Egan III, Mark Ryan, Joey Coleman

Votes: 1,909

17. Prophet's Prey (2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

77 Metascore

When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Berg | Stars: Nick Cave, Elaine Anderson, Sam Brower, Andrew Chatwin

Votes: 1,307 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Sons of Perdition (2010)

R | 85 min | Documentary

An inside look at former FLDS teens who have become religious refugees in mainstream America.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten | Stars: Bruce Barlow, Deloy Bateman, Michelle Benward, Kevin Black

Votes: 613

19. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 14,343 | Gross: $0.61M

20. The Imposter (2012)

R | 99 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

77 Metascore

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton | Stars: Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson

Votes: 42,694 | Gross: $0.89M

21. The Act of Killing (2012)

Not Rated | 117 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

90 Metascore

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn | Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin, Ibrahim Sinik

Votes: 31,794 | Gross: $0.49M

22. The Staircase: An American Murder Mystery (2017–2018)

42 min | Crime

Michael Iver Peterson, an American novelist convicted in 2003 of murdering his second wife, Kathleen, sees his life go under the microscope in this award winning true crime series by ... See full summary »

Stars: Diane Dimond, Diane Fanning, Tom Gasparoli, Jim Hardin

Votes: 698

23. Wild Wild Country (2018– )

TV-MA | 403 min | Documentary, Crime

When the world's most controversial guru builds an utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.

Stars: Ma Anand Sheela, Osho, Philip Toelkes, Jane Stork

Votes: 17,785

24. Kidnapped for 18 Years: The Jaycee Dugard Story (2009 TV Movie)

Documentary

Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when she was abducted. After being held captive for 18 years by a convicted child molester, Jaycee Dugard appeared to be alive and kicking, when police investigation closes in on her kidnapper.

Director: Boris Ivanov | Stars: Jaycee Dugard, Karen Gillis-Tinlin, Sue Bush, Amelia Edwards

Votes: 193

25. 3096 Days (2013)

111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A young Austrian girl is kidnapped and held in captivity for eight years. Based on the factual case of Natascha Kampusch.

Director: Sherry Hormann | Stars: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Thure Lindhardt, Amelia Pidgeon, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 9,248

26. Monster: The Josef Fritzl Story (2010)

48 min | Documentary, Crime

Interviews with family members, doctors and victims of 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter captive in a basement for 24 years and fathered seven children with her.

Director: David Notman-Watt | Stars: Daisy Beaumont, Josef Fritzl, Elisabeth Fritzl, Rosemarie Fritzl

Votes: 1,675

27. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,058 | Gross: $0.10M

28. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball, Steve Glazer

Votes: 2,539

29. Out of Thin Air (2017)

85 min | Documentary, Crime

Iceland, 1976. Six suspects confess to two violent crimes. This is the strangest criminal investigation you've never heard of.

Director: Dylan Howitt | Stars: Smari Gunn, Ottó Gunnarsson, Ingi Hrafn Hilmarsson, Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson

Votes: 1,331

30. Shadow of Truth (2016– )

40 min | Documentary, Crime

A four part documentary mini-series that examines the mysterious murder case of Tair Rada, an Israeli high-school girl who was found brutally murdered in her school's toilets during an ordinary day.

Star: Amnon Rubinstein

Votes: 1,047

31. I am Jane Doe (I) (2017)

98 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

This intense documentary follows real cases of American girls enslaved in the child sex trade through ads in a newspaper's online classified section.

Director: Mary Mazzio | Stars: Jessica Chastain, John McCain

Votes: 1,291

32. The House of Suh (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

A chilling exploration of the tragic history of the Suh family and the murder that shocked America - when the picture perfect son, Andrew, shot and killed his sister's fiancé at her bidding.

Director: Iris K. Shim | Stars: Bob J. Berlin, Myung Han, Carol Hogan, Kevin Koron

Votes: 416

33. Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014)

TV-MA | 110 min | Documentary, Crime

85 Metascore

Nick Broomfield digs into the case of the notorious serial killer known as the Grim Sleeper, who terrorized South Central Los Angeles over a span of twenty-five years.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Barney Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin | Stars: Nick Broomfield, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., Donna, Steve

Votes: 2,461

34. The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Crime

"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Evelyn Jefferson, Fred Flagler, John Reeves, Mary Anne Sheboy

Votes: 956 | Gross: $0.00M

35. Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (2014)

TV-14 | 98 min | Documentary

A small-town murder in New England became one of the highest-profile cases of the twentieth century. As the first fully televised court case, the Pamela Smart trial rattled the ... See full summary »

Director: Jeremiah Zagar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Joaquin Phoenix, Helen Hunt, Matt Dillon

Votes: 871

36. Valentine Road (2013)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary

On February 12, 2008, in Oxnard, California, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head during first period. When Larry died two days... See full summary »

Director: Marta Cunningham | Stars: James Bing, Jeremy Bing, Rosalie Black, Dawn Boldrin

Votes: 1,372

37. Just, Melvin: Just Evil (2000)

96 min | Documentary

An in-depth look at the director James Ronald Whitney's family history of incest spanning at least three generations and the devastating consequences that include drug abuse and alcoholism.

Director: James Ronald Whitney | Stars: James Ronald Whitney, Melvin Just

Votes: 1,477

38. The Bridge (I) (2006)

R | 94 min | Documentary, Drama

58 Metascore

People suffer largely unnoticed while the rest of the world goes about its business. This is a documentary exploration of the mythic beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most popular ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Steel | Stars: Eric Geleynse, Chris Brown, Susan Ginwalla, Caroline Pressley

Votes: 10,512 | Gross: $0.18M

39. Boy Interrupted (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

Boy Interrupted looks at the life of Evan Perry a 15-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide in 2005. The film made by his parents Dana and Hart examines how Evan's bipolar ... See full summary »

Director: Dana Heinz Perry | Stars: Evan Scott Perry, Dana Heinz Perry, Hart Perry, Nicholas Kopple-Perry

Votes: 1,760

40. The Woman Who Wasn't There (2012)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

The Woman Who Wasn't There is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history's most infamous 9/11 survivor.

Director: Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr. | Stars: Tania Head, Elia Zedeno, Gerry Bogacz, Brendan Chellis

Votes: 1,614

41. Where Is Robert Fisher? (2011)

84 min | Documentary

Explore the disturbing story of one of America's most wanted fugitives, Robert Fisher. Following the brutal murder of his family, Fisher went missing in 2001 - years later, his whereabouts remain unknown.

Director: Charlie Minn | Stars: Robert Caldwell, John Hook, T.J. Jiran, Adam Klawonn

Votes: 279

42. 77 Minutes (2016)

98 min | Documentary

77 Minutes is a documentary by Charlie Minn about the McDonalds Massacre from 1984, when a man walked into a McDonald's restaurant in San Diego armed with guns and shot 40 men, women, and ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Minn | Stars: Carlos Amezcua, Maria Aquino, Max Branscomb, Richard Carlson

Votes: 243

43. 3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy (2015)

TV-MA | 57 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy tells the riveting story of a doctor who made millions preying on the poor and vulnerable of Philadelphia. Told through the eyes of police officers, ... See full summary »

Director: David Altrogge

Votes: 194

44. The Family I Had (2017)

77 min | Documentary, Crime

In The Family I Had, a mother recalls how her brilliant teenage son came to shatter their idyllic family through one horribly violent and shocking act.

Directors: Katie Green, Carlye Rubin | Stars: Ella Bennett, Kyla Bennett, Paris Lee Bennett, Charity Lee

Votes: 465

45. Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar (2016 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Drama

Docudrama telling the story of the 14-year-old schoolboy from surrey who was groomed online by 18-year-old Lewis Daynes via online video games and lured to his death.

Director: Katharine English | Stars: David Oakes, Laurie Kynaston, Sam Clemmett, Fiona Bruce

Votes: 131

46. Unseen (II) (2016)

75 min | Documentary, Crime

In 2009, police discovered the bodies of eleven women decomposing in and around the home of known sex offender. With unprecedented access to the surviving victims, Unseen looks into how this killing spree went unnoticed for so long.

Director: Laura Paglin | Stars: Vanessa Gay, Latundra Billups, Shawn Morris, Melvette Sockwell

Votes: 408

47. Alison (II) (2016)

80 min | Documentary

Raped. Disemboweled. Nearly decapitated. Dumped on the outskirts of a nature reserve, dead - or so they thought. She needed a hero that night, so that's what she became. This is Alison's tale. A tale of monsters, miracles and hope.

Director: Uga Carlini | Stars: Christia Visser, De Klerk Oelofse, Alison Botha, Zak Hendrikz

Votes: 614

48. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four (2016)

91 min | Documentary

67 Metascore

A documentary that follows the struggl