Crime Movies Based on True Stories
Till: History vs. Hollywood Crime
| After 14-year-old Emmett Till is brutally murdered for the color of his skin, his mother refuses to let the country turn a blind eye.
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.
The Good Nurse
Meet the real nurse who discovered her coworker and good friend was secretly killing patients.
The film tells the story of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his mother's subsequent fight for justice.
Did the Flying Bandit really carry out 59 bank and jewelry store heists?
A veteran with PTSD enters a bank claiming he has a bomb and demands the VA pay him $892.
A prison inmate (Taron Egerton) befriends a suspected serial killer to try and get a confession.
The Hulu miniseries explores the killing of Betty Gore by friend Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel).
The HBO Max series focuses on novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth), who was accused of killing his wife.
We Own This City
This HBO miniseries chronicles the corruption surrounding the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force.
The Thing About Pam
Does this series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
Hulu's series explores the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos.
How much of this Netflix mini-series that explores the rise and fall of conwoman Anna Delvey is factual?
The series examines the crimes of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, aka Dr. Death.
Does this miniseries about serial killer Charles Sobhraj accurately depict the real-life killings?
Hugh Jackman portrays Frank Tassone, the superintendent at the heart of the Long Island school scandal.
This wildly popular Netflix documentary tells the at-times exaggerated story of big-cat zoo operator Joe Exotic.
We compare the Netflix series to Shannan Gilbert's real-life disappearance.
The media got Richard Jewell wrong, but does Clint Eastwood get his story right?
Strip club employees scam their Wall Street clients, but how much of it happened in real life?
When They See Us
The Netflix miniseries presents a searing tale of racial injustice while distorting the truth.
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?
Is this story of an elderly WWII veteran who transports drugs for a Mexican cartel filled with fiction.
White Boy Rick
Does this story of a 14-year-old FBI informant turned drug dealer stick to the facts?
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer, goes undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
Authorities lay siege to religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound in 1993.
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.
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.
Was the real undercover agent's experience as harrowing as Bryan Cranston's in the movie?
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.
Does this gambling film deliver an honest hand or a loaded deck?
Who is the Zodiac? Read an eyewitness account, view photos and more.
Did the movie's kidnapping and murder unfold the same way in real life?
Is she really the first woman serial killer? Meet the real Aileen Wuornos.
Boys Don't Cry
Discover why the town and the real people associated with the story did not support the movie.
Separate the facts from the fiction that ultimately KOed Denzel
Washington's Oscar chances.