30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

best true crime documentaries

While the true crime genre has been a staple in the entertainment industry for several decades now, the rise of streaming services has led to a noticeable uptick in the number of true crime documentaries in recent years. And since unscripted films and TV series about real-life crimes have built-in narrative allure and ready-made audience, the true crime trend doesn’t seem to slow down anytime soon. So if you’re one of the new fans of the genre who doesn’t exactly know what to watch because of the many options out there, below are 30 of the best true crime documentaries that will surely bring out your inner sleuth.

Allen v. Farrow (HBO, 2021)

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From award-winning investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy, Allen v. Farrow reveals the private story of the accusation of sexual abuse against Woody Allen involving his 7-year-old daughter with Mia Farrow. The four-episode docuseries features home videos and interviews with family members, including Allen’s accuser, Dylan Farrow.

Though criticized as one-sided propaganda that shows Allen in a harsh light and omits facts, witnesses, and evidence supporting his claims of innocence, Allen v. Farrow is vivid enough to have audiences debate and argue, with some siding with Woody, others with Mia.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”