Crime Movies Based on True Stories

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.
Foxcatcher movieFoxcatcher: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does Foxcatcher wrestle with the truth, or are the two a tag team?
Devil's Knot movie
 Reese Witherspoon Stars in Story of West Memphis Three
Crime  |  Witherspoon plays the grieving mother of one of the murdered children and Colin Firth stars as a P.I.
American Hustle MovieAmerican Hustle: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Bradley Cooper as an FBI agent recruits con man Bale in this comedic retelling of the FBI's Abscam operation.
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).
Zodiac killerIs this Man the Zodiac Killer?
Serial Killer  |  Son is convinced that his deceased father was the Zodiac killer.
The Wolf of Wall Street movieThe Wolf of Wall Street: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  For their fifth collaboration, Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio in a film based on the true story of corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort.
The Bling Ring MovieThe Bling Ring: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the teen burglars, the celebrities they robbed, and view the real surveillance footage.

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.
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.