Documentary 17 Intriguing Crime Documentaries On Netflix  

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Ever wonder why people do the horrible, depraved things they do? Are the people involved in criminal activities insane, or just plain evil? This list of the best crime documentaries on Netflix will help you decide for yourself. Included among these Netflix crime documentaries are The Imposter; the story of a French con artist, The House I Live In; a harrowing, inside look at the the so-called "war on drugs," and Kids for Cash; the true tale of a judicial kickback scam, which sentenced hundreds of of juveniles to for-profit youth centers.

Of special note is The Thin Blue Line, Errol Morris’s groundbreaking documentary about Randall Dale Adams, a man sentenced to life in prison despite his innocence. Not only was Adams freed as a result of the of the documentary's skilled detective work, but Morris also set the standard for using re-enactments in documentary films.

Sometimes, the truth can be even stranger than fiction, and these crime documentaries streaming on Netflix prove it! Vote up the best documentaries about crime below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father Kurt Kuenne Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father is a 2008 American documentary film conceived and created by Kurt Kuenne. Kuenne's close friend Andrew Bagby was allegedly murdered by Shirley ...more

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The Central Park Five The Central Park Five is a 2012 documentary film about the Central Park jogger case, directed by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon. It was ...more

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The Imposter Adam O'Brian, Ken Appledorn, Amparo Fontanet The Imposter is a 2012 biographical documentary film directed by Bart Layton.

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Cropsey Cropsey is a 2009 American documentary film written and directed by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio. The film initially begins as an examination of "Cropsey," a boogeyman-like ...more

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The Thin Blue Line The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of Randall Dale Adams, a man convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. ...more

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Brother's Keeper Brother's Keeper is a 1992 documentary directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. The film is about an alleged 1990 murder in the village of Munnsville, New York. The film is in the ...more

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Kids for Cash Kids for Cash is a 2013 documentary film about the "kids for cash" scandal which unfolded in 2008 over judicial kickbacks in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. In the documentary, former ...more

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The Act of Killing The Act of Killing is a 2012 documentary film directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous and Christine Cynn.

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The House I Live In The House I Live In is a 2012 documentary film written and directed by Eugene Jarecki.

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Pervert Park Pervert Park is a 2014 documentary film directed by Frida and Lasse Barkfors. The documentary follows the everyday lives of the residents in Florida Justice Transitions trailer park, which ...more

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Into the Abyss Into the Abyss, subtitled A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, is a documentary film written and directed by Werner Herzog about two men convicted of a triple homicide which occurred in Conroe, ...more

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Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded is a 2013 documentary crime fiction film directed by Billy Corben.

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Whitey: United States of America v. James J Bulger

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Tabloid Tabloid is a 2010 American documentary film by Errol Morris. It tells the story of Joyce McKinney who in the 70s was accused of kidnapping and raping Kirk Anderson, an American Mormon ...more

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Cocaine Cowboys 2 Cocaine Cowboys 2 – formally titled Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With the Godmother – is a 2008 documentary film sequel to Cocaine Cowboys. Directed by Billy Corben and Lisa M. Perry and ...more

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Russia's Toughest Prisons

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Crime After Crime Tennille Williams, J.G. Franklin, Celisa Franco Crime After Crime is a 2011 documentary film directed by Yoav Potash. "In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her ...more

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Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story