Crime Movies Based on True Stories

  
Hustlers movieHustlers: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Former strippers develop a scheme to scam wealthy men from Wall Street, but how much of it actually happened?
When They See Us miniseriesWhen They See Us: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  The miniseries tells a one-sided story of the Central Park 5. We examine both sides.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile movieExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this story of serial killer Ted Bundy butcher the facts?
The Mule MovieThe Mule: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this story of an elderly drug courier deliver too much fiction?
A Prayer Before Dawn movieA Prayer Before Dawn: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is the truth on display in this tale of a boxer incarcerated in a brutal Thai prison?
BlacKkKlansman movieBlacKkKlansman: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  We investigate the real-life story that inspired the Spike Lee movie.
Papillon movie
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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?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movieOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Characters based on real-life people support this fictional tale of a bygone Hollywood.
The Act showThe Act: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How much of this story of a mother who lies and convinces the world her child is gravely ill is true?
I Am the Night miniseriesI Am the Night: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Are the shocking revelations in this noir miniseries rooted in fact?
The Old Man and the Gun MovieThe Old Man & the Gun: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real-life bank robber that Robert Redford portrays.
White Boy Rick movieWhite Boy Rick: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is this story of a teenage FBI informant consistent with the facts?
Once Upon a Time Hollywood movie"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Depicts Some Famous Real People
Crime  |  Margot Robbie portrays actress Sharon Tate.
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?


ALL TRUE STORY Crime Movies
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.
Hustlers
Strip club employees scam their Wall Street clients, but how much of it happened in real life?
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Meet the real people portrayed in Tarantino's film. Which parts are reality?
When They See Us
The Netflix miniseries presents a searing tale of racial injustice while distorting the truth.
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Does fiction suffocate the facts in this Ted Bundy film?
The Act
How accurate is this story of a mother who keeps her daughter captive by fake illnesses?
I Am the Night
A ruined reporter helps a young woman investigate the mystery of her birth, but how much really happened?
The Mule
Is this story of an elderly WWII veteran who transports drugs for a Mexican cartel filled with fiction.
The Old Man & the Gun
We compare the real-life bank robber to the Robert Redford movie.
White Boy Rick
Does this story of a 14-year-old FBI informant turned drug dealer stick to the facts?
A Prayer Before Dawn
An English boxer finds himself in a savage Thai prison, but how much is fact?
BlacKkKlansman
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer, goes undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
Molly's Game
Ex-professional skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) runs an exclusive high-stakes poker game.
Marshall
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.
Detroit
Director Kathryn Bigelow explores the Algiers Motel deaths during the 1967 Detroit Riot.
Gold
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.
Spotlight
We shine a light on the real story, including the reporters who broke the Catholic Church abuse story.
Captive
Do the filmmakers hold the truth captive in this story of a single mother who is taken hostage by a murderer?
Foxcatcher
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.
21
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?
Zodiac
Who is the Zodiac? Read an eyewitness account, view photos and more.
Hollywoodland
Based on the death of Superman, George Reeves.
Monster
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.

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