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

These true crime documentaries are stranger than fiction

The Night Caller (Sundance Now, 2021)

30 of the best true crime documentaries to unleash your inner detective 1

A four-part true crime documentary series, The Night Caller centers on a mysterious attacker that terrorized Perth, Australia, committing random and extraordinarily violent crimes from 1959 to 1963. Determined to find the culprit, the Perth police arrested two different suspects, and in a climate of fear, both men were convicted, but the violence didn’t stop. Interestingly, even when the actual killer was caught and confessed to all the crimes, the first two men remained locked up in jail.

Stylishly directed, written, and edited by Thomas Meadmore, The Night Caller stands out from other true crime documentaries because it generously offers a multifaceted view of the physical, emotional, and mental scars left by the killer to his loved ones and victims, whose lives are altered forever.