Crime Movies Based on True Stories

White Boy Rick movie
 Matthew McConaughey's Son Becomes an FBI Informant in "White Boy Rick" Trailer
Crime  |  McConaughey plays a dad whose criminal ways rub off on his son, Richard Wershe Jr.
Molly's Game movieMolly's Game: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does the movie load the deck with too much fiction?
American Made movieAmerican Made: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this Tom Cruise movie about drug runner Barry Seal smuggle in too much fiction?
Gold movieGold: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  We sift out the facts from the fiction in this story of the biggest gold mining scandal in history.
Imperium movie
 Daniel Radcliffe Goes Undercover as a Skinhead in "Imperium" Trailer
Crime  |  Radcliffe is an FBI agent who infiltrates a homegrown terrorist group.
The People v. O.J. Simpson TV ShowThe People v. O.J. Simpson: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  The verdict on what's fact and what's fiction in the TV show.
Spotlight movieSpotlight: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Get to know the real reporters who inspired the movie's characters.
Narcos TV series
 Netflix Takes on Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel
Crime  |  New series focuses on the drug kingpin and the DEA agent assigned to take him down.
Papillon movie
 Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek Plot Their Escape in "Papillon" Remake
Crime  |  Two convicts plan their escape from a notorious island penal colony.
Marshall movieMarshall: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is this Thurgood Marshall movie guilty of too much fiction?
Detroit movieDetroit: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this civil rights movie take too much poetic license?
The Infiltrator movieThe Infiltrator: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Bryan Cranston is an undercover agent who infiltrates a money-laundering operation connected to Pablo Escobar.
Alpha Dog movieAlpha Dog: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  A look back at the real-life troubled teens and their victim.
The Adderall Diaries movie
 An Author Confronts his Troubled Past in "The Adderall Diaries" Trailer
Crime  |  James Franco portrays author Stephen Elliot, who while exploring a murder case confronts his own past.
Captive movieCaptive: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does the movie about courthouse killer Brian Nichols and his hostage stay in line with the real story?
True Story movie
 James Franco is Held for Murder and Wants Jonah Hill to Learn the True Story
Crime  |  Franco portrays Christian Longo, a fugitive who steals the identity of journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill).

Whether it's a young con-artist on the run from the FBI, or a group of college kids who develop a strategy to win at blackjack and nearly bring down the house, true story crime movies don't always have to be about murder and violence. However, the are often even more engaging when a little blood gets on the hands of the criminals, so long as we're on the outside looking in. Whether we feel inclined to cheer for the bad guy(s) or root for their capture, crime movies based on true stories offer us a glimpse into seedy worlds that are usually far more dangerous than our own. Fortunately, for us, we get to escape these environments after two hours. The same can't be said for the real criminals behind the movies.
Molly's Game
Ex-professional skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) runs an exclusive high-stakes poker game.
A young Thurgood Marshall defends a black chauffeur accused of attempted murder by his white employer.
American Made
Tom Cruise portrays drug smuggler Barry Seal in a largely fictional film.
Director Kathryn Bigelow explores the Algiers Motel deaths during the 1967 Detroit Riot.
We mine the Gold movie for the facts amongst the fiction.
The Infiltrator
Was the real undercover agent's experience as harrowing as Bryan Cranston's in the movie?
The People v. O.J. Simpson
Meet 27 characters and their real-life O.J. Simpson trial counterparts.
We shine a light on the real story, including the reporters who broke the Catholic Church abuse story.
Do the filmmakers hold the truth captive in this story of a single mother who is taken hostage by a murderer?
Steve Carell portrays multimillionaire and convicted murderer John du Pont.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Does the film cry wolf with regard to the truth?
American Hustle
Does the truth get hustled by the fiction?
The Bling Ring
Meet the teen burglars behind the story.
Does this gambling film deliver an honest hand or a loaded deck?
Alpha Dog
Did the movie's kidnapping and murder unfold the same way in real life?
Who is the Zodiac? Read an eyewitness account, view photos and more.
Based on the death of Superman, George Reeves.
Is she really the first woman serial killer? Meet the real Aileen Wuornos.
Catch Me If You Can
Catch up with the real con artist and the FBI agent who pursued him.
Boys Don't Cry
Discover why the town and the real people associated with the story did not support the movie.
The Hurricane
Separate the facts from the fiction that ultimately KOed Denzel Washington's Oscar chances.

The Nun (2018)
First Man (2018)
Tag (2018)
Adrift (2018)
I Can Only Imagine (2018)