The 25 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix [October 2020]

Though it may feel like the true crime genre has only become popular over the last half-decade or so, the truth is far more reaching. True crime, as a genre, has been around as a literary genre for the past century, reaching an apex in the 1960s and 1970s with books like Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter. Thanks to a perfect storm of circumstances—namely, an increase in high-profile cases, the advent of the internet and the age of connectivity, and a flourishing market for new media—true crime as a genre has seen a new height in popularity over the last ten years. Films like 2012’s The Imposter and the award-winning OJ: Made in America have helped create a demand for more true crime content. Likewise, no one can deny Serial‘s impact on the genre, with the first season of 2014’s biggest podcast introducing listeners to the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee.

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No service, however, has catered to the interests of true crime fans as much as Netflix. The world’s biggest streaming platform has become a go-to destination for true crime documentaries, including one of their most popular docuseries, 2015’s Making a Murderer. There’s no better place to look for true crime documentaries than Netflix, which has quietly and quickly grown a large library of options and offerings, from films to miniseries, even inspiring a full parody of the genre in 2017 titled American Vandal. Crime documentaries can be chilling, gripping, and can make you question both your own humanity and your faith in the legal system. If you’re looking for some new options to binge on, here are the 25 best crime documentaries on Netflix for October 2020.

5 thoughts on “The 25 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix [October 2020]”

Avatar Beth says:
I’ve recently finished watching ‘Obsession: Deadly Desire’ which is a true story from the victims point of view of having a stalker. It’s really good but man it’s messed up.
Avatar Lynn says:
Part 2 if Making a Murderer has already been released.
Avatar Rachael Allen says:
The Night of came from Criminal Justice a UK series from 2008/09. The above comment wasn’t returned til I remembered. hope this really helps. Let me know as I’m from UK
Avatar Rachael A says:
So sorry, it Criminal Justice. The Night of is based on this. Criminal Justice is UK and from 2008. Hope this one definitely helps!
Avatar DAVID PARR says:
I STARTED WATCHING A FIVE PART SERIES MADE I BELIEVE IN 2009. BRITISH. A YOUNG MAN GOES HOME WITH A YOUNG WOMAN, A STRANGER, THEY DRINK, HE BECOMES UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND GOES DOWNSTAIRS TO SLEEP IT OFF. WAKES UP AND GOES UPSTAIRS TO FIND HHER STABBED TO DEATH. POLICE FID HIM, CHARGE HIM, HE GOES TO TRIAL AFTER INCARCERATION. A FURTHER 5 PART SERIES FOLLOWS 2010. I HAVE LOST THE TITLE AND CANNOT RECONNECT THANK YOU.
Avatar Rachael says:
The Night Of is the series you are looking for. Hope this helps
Avatar Tina - Cincy says:
The one about the man that wakes up and finds the girl dead is on Netflix and is called DREAM/KILLER. I agree….crazy and interesting.

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