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16 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix

If you are looking to watch something besides The Flash and Stranger Things, check out our list of best true crime documentaries on Netflix. They will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

True crime is a subgenre of film and literature that focuses on real crime and actions of real people. Writers and filmmakers often do their own research about the crime cases they present while also taking into consideration the official version of the story. When it comes to true crime documentaries, the filmmakers can opt to stay faithful to the source material and tell the story that fits the evidence they have. In other cases, the documentary makers can give their own versions of the events and be highly speculative.

16 Best True Crime Documentaries on Netflix

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The people, of course, love mystery and thrillers, so the true crime genre has become highly successful. One of the main appeals of the genre lies in the fact that it is always more exciting to watch or read about something that actually happened rather than something that is the product of someone’s imagination. This especially goes for books and movies. When it comes to documentaries, there are lots of content with highly doubtful quality that tries to cash in on the true crime popularity. For example, all those poorly made reality true crime “documentaries” on Crime and Investigation Channel that try to make something out of thin air. On the other side, there are some documentaries that really bring quality and well-researched representation of a particular case. In case you don’t have a Netflix subscription but you want to watch such documentaries, why don’t you check out our list of 19 Best Crime Documentaries on Hulu.

In order to find out the best true crime documentaries on Netflix, we took recommendations from multiple sources about best true crime documentaries overall and on Netflix from Paste Magazine and Huffington Post. The documentaries were then checked for their availability (New on Netflix) and ranked according to IMDb rating. Let’s checked them all out.