13TH
2016, Documentary
8.3

Crime, Documentary, History: Slavery. Jim Crow. Criminalization. Links in a chain of racial inequality, forged by political and economic motives.

The Act of Killing (Shorter Theatrical Version)
2012, Documentary
8.2

Biography, Crime, Documentary: Anwar Congo and his friends have been dancing their way through musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodelling cowboys. Their foray into filmmaking is being celebrated in the media and debated on television, even though Anwar Congo and his friends are mass murderers. Medan, Indonesia. When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, Anwar and his friends were promoted from small-time gangsters who sold movie theatre tickets on the black market to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists, ethnic Chinese, and intellectuals in less than a year. As the executioner for the most notorious death squad in his city, Anwar himself killed hundreds of people with his own hands. The Act Of Killing is a journey into the memories and imaginations of the perpetrators, offering insight into the minds of mass killers. The film is a nightmarish vision of a frighteningly banal culture of impunity in which killers can joke about crimes against humanity on television chat shows, and celebrate moral disaster with the ease and grace of a soft shoe dance number.

Inside Job
2010, Documentary
8.2

Crime, Documentary: Greed, corruption and ridiculously cheap mortgages helped tank the world economy in 2008. Have we learned anything?

Exit Through The Gift Shop
2010, Documentary
8.0

Comedy, Crime, Documentary: The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.  The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader, and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz
2014, Documentary
8.0

Biography, Crime, Documentary: The Internet’s Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organising combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life, at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities, in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Bowling for Columbine
2002, Documentary
7.9

Crime, Documentary, Drama: With his trademark charm and biting wit, Michael Moore's outspoken documentary examines what causes America's alarming gun-related annual death toll. Shifting from humour to pathos, he leaves no stone unturned and addresses issues such as foreign policy, race, welfare and post 9/11 fear.

West of Memphis
2012, Documentary
7.9

Crime, Documentary: From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil) in collaboration with the multiple Academy Award® winning team of Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, West Of Memphis tells the untold story behind an extraordinary and desperate fight to stop the State of Arkansas from killing an innocent man. Told and produced by those who lived it, Damien Echols and Lorris Davis, the film uncovers new evidence surrounding the 1993 murders of three eight-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, and exposes the wrongful conviction of three teenagers who lost 18 years of their lives imprisoned for crimes they did not commit.

Cocaine Cowboys
2006, Documentary
7.8

Action, Adventure, Crime: In the 1980s, ruthless Colombian cocaine barons invaded Miami with a brand of violence unseen in this country since Prohibition-era Chicago - and it put the city on the map. "Cocaine ...

Athlete A
2020, Documentary
7.7

Crime, Sports: Shattered trust. Dashed dreams. Unimaginable trauma. That's just the toxic tip of a culture of abuse, corruption and cover-ups.

The Fear of 13
2015, Documentary
7.6

Crime, Documentary, Mystery: Death Row convict Nick is a puzzle. Who is this man? What did he do? What didn't he do? How do the pieces fit together?

How to Make Money Selling Drugs
2012, Documentary
7.6

Crime, Documentary: Want to make millions in a $400 billion global industry? Find out why no one is winning the war on drugs in this provocative investigation, featuring Eminem, Woody Harrelson, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon, David Simon (creator of "The Wire"), and 50 Cent.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness
2020, Documentary
7.6

Crime, Documentary: Lions. Tigers. Murder? Oh my. A jaw-dropping true tale of con artists, polygamy, rivalry and revenge.

Dirty Wars
2013, Documentary
7.5

Crime, Documentary, Drama: Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill stumbles upon a U.S. night raid gone badly wrong in a remote corner of Afghanistan. An Afghani witness swears he saw American soldiers digging bullets out of the dead women and Scahill's investigation leads him to the secret maneuvers of the shadowy and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Our reporter is pulled into a world of covert operations unknown to the public and carried out across the globe by men who do not exist on paper and will never appear before Congress. In military jargon, JSOC teams "find, fix, and finish" their targets, who are selected through a secret process. No target is off limits for Obama's "kill list," including U.S. citizens. From Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, as well as back home in New York where he tries to piece the puzzle together, Scahill meets with CIA agents, Special Forces operators, military generals and U.S.-backed warlords who go on camera and on the record-some for the first time. He tracks down the survivors of night raids and drone strikes, including the family of the first American citizen marked for death and being hunted by his own government. With a strong cinematic style and thriller structure, Dirty Wars takes viewers to remote corners of the globe to see first-hand wars fought in their name and offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-stakes investigation. Dirty Wars is also a book by Jeremy Scahill on the same topic, exhaustively researched and footnoted and available on request.

The Interrupters
2011, Documentary
7.5

Crime, Documentary: Shot over the course of one year, The Interrupters are Ameena, Cobe and Eddie, all who have stories and histories of violence and gang activity. These violence interrupters their job title use their own personal experiences and street credibility to work in the communities, interjecting where violence is prone to erupting and working with families to stop the infection and spread. Their work and their insights are informed by their own journeys, which, as each of them point out, defy characterisation. Founded by Gary Slutkin, an epidemiologist who has worked throughout America and the world battling diseases such as cholera and Aids, CeaseFire works on the principle that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. Their work is fraught with moral dilemmas. They have to step between adversaries, often people they know. They need to acknowledge people's grievances while simultaneously pulling them back from acting on them. As they venture into their communities, they confront the importance of family, the noxious nature of poverty, and the place of race. And they do it with incredible candour and directness.

Capitalism: A Love Story
2009, Documentary
7.4

Crime, Documentary: Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world).

Standard Operating Procedure
2008, Documentary
7.4

Crime, Documentary, War: Witness one of the worst debacles in American military history. Enter Abu Ghraib. This award-winning documentary uncovers the dramatic series of events that led to torture, international outrage, and forced a president to apologize to the world.

Long Shot
2017, Documentary
7.4

Crime, Documentary: A murder case, a baseball game and a TV show converge in a stunning coincidence that exonerates an innocent man.

Team Foxcatcher
2016, Documentary
7.3

Crime, Documentary, History: An Olympic hero. A delusional benefactor. At the intersection of ambition and paranoia lies tragedy.

American Murder: The Family Next Door
2020, Documentary
7.2

Crime, Documentary: Using raw, firsthand footage, this documentary examines the disappearance of Shanann Watts and her children, and the terrible events that followed.

Sister
2012, Documentary
7.1

Crime, Drama: A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. A by Ursula Meier.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper
2014, Documentary
7.0

Crime, Documentary: Tales of the Grim Sleeper is a 2014 documentary film by Nick Broomfield about the serial killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., nicknamed the Grim Sleeper.

American Animals
2018, Documentary
7.0

Biography, Crime, Documentary: The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.

How to Fix a Drug Scandal
2020, Documentary
7.0

Crime, Documentary: Addiction. Deception. Chaos. Two chemists tasked with testing drug evidence proved something else: The system is broken.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America
2008, Documentary
6.9

Crime, Documentary: With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.