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.