Crime Movies Based on True Stories

  
The Good Nurse movieThe Good Nurse: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Is the truth injected into this film about a real-life nurse who secretly kills hundreds of patients?
Bandit movieBandit: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Did notorious bank robber Gilbert Galvan (Josh Duhamel) really pull off 59 heists?
Black Bird miniseriesBlack Bird: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this story of a prison inmate who goes undercover to befriend a serial killer stick to the facts?
Candy miniseriesCandy: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real axe-wielding mother and find out if the real-life account ends like the miniseries.
The Girl from Plainville seriesThe Girl from Plainville: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  How accurate is this Hulu series about the circumstances around the death of Conrad Roy, namely Michelle Carter's involvement?
The Dropout miniseriesThe Dropout: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Amanda Seyfried portrays the founder of blood-testing startup Theranos. Does this Hulu miniseries stick to the facts?
Dr. Death seriesDr. Death: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Did the series surgically remove the facts in retelling the story of neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch, who maimed 33 of his 38 patients?
Waco miniseriesWaco: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is this miniseries about the Waco siege factual or fictional?
Till movieTill: 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.
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Breaking movieBreaking: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Is this story of a desperate veteran who takes hostages in a bank based on the facts?
The Staircase miniseriesThe Staircase: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Does this story of the Michael Peterson murder trial stick to the facts?
We Own This City seriesWe Own This City: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Meet the real members of the Baltimore PD's Gun Trace Task Force and find out if the HBO Max miniseries accurately depicts their corruption.
The Thing About Pam miniseriesThe Thing About Pam: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this limited series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and her role in the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
Inventing Anna mini-seriesInventing Anna: History vs. Hollywood
Crime  |  Anna Sorokin (Julia Garner) changes her identity and attempts to con friends, hotels and banks, but where does the Netflix series depart from reality?
The Serpent miniseriesThe Serpent: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Do the facts survive in this story of serial killer Charles Sobhraj?
Zodiac movieZodiac: History vs. Hollywood
Serial Killer  |  Does this serial killer movie stick to the facts? We examine the film and feature an interview with a survivor.



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.
Till
The film tells the story of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his mother's subsequent fight for justice.
Bandit
Did the Flying Bandit really carry out 59 bank and jewelry store heists?
Breaking
A veteran with PTSD enters a bank claiming he has a bomb and demands the VA pay him $892.
Black Bird
A prison inmate (Taron Egerton) befriends a suspected serial killer to try and get a confession.
Candy
The Hulu miniseries explores the killing of Betty Gore by friend Candy Montgomery (Jessica Biel).
The Staircase
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 Girl from Plainville
The Hulu series explores Michelle Carter's involvement in Conrad Roy's suicide.
The Thing About Pam
Does this series about Pam Hupp (Renée Zellweger) and the murder of Betsy Faria get the details right?
The Dropout
Hulu's series explores the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos.
Inventing Anna
How much of this Netflix mini-series that explores the rise and fall of conwoman Anna Delvey is factual?
Dr. Death
The series examines the crimes of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, aka Dr. Death.
The Serpent
Does this miniseries about serial killer Charles Sobhraj accurately depict the real-life killings?
Bad Education
Hugh Jackman portrays Frank Tassone, the superintendent at the heart of the Long Island school scandal.
Tiger King
This wildly popular Netflix documentary tells the at-times exaggerated story of big-cat zoo operator Joe Exotic.
Lost Girls
We compare the Netflix series to Shannan Gilbert's real-life disappearance.
Richard Jewell
The media got Richard Jewell wrong, but does Clint Eastwood get his story right?
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.
Waco
Authorities lay siege to religious leader David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound in 1993.
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?
Zodiac
Who is the Zodiac? Read an eyewitness account, view photos and more.
Alpha Dog
Did the movie's kidnapping and murder unfold the same way in real life?
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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