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True Crime Films

Films based on true crimes that occurred in California and throughout the United States.

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Alpha Dog

Based on the real-life case of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer in San Gabriel Valley who became one of the youngest men to appear on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

2007

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The Black Dahlia

Two police officers investigate the death of Elizabeth Short - also known as The Black Dahlia, a young woman who is found brutally murdered.

2006

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Changeling

After a desperate search for her missing son, a boy claiming to be Christine’s son appears. When she denies knowing the boy, the local police begin to systematically harass her into accepting the boy as her son in an effort to declare the case solved.

2009

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Helter Skelter

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his 'family'.

1976

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Hollywoodland

When “Superman” actor George Reeve is found dead of a gunshot wound, rumors begin to run rampant. Based on Hollywood's most notorious unsolved mystery.

2007

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Wonderland

On July 1, 1981, L.A. police discovered a grisly quadruple homicide at 8762 Wonderland Avenue. The following investigation uncovered the events leading up to the murders, involving porn actor John Holmes.

2004

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Zodiac

Sgt. Matt Parish investigates the gruesome murders of the Zodiac Killer.

2007

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Anatomy of a Murder

A small-town lawyer takes on a difficult case: that of a young Army lieutenant accused of murdering the local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife.

1959

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Bonnie & Clyde

The story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who robbed banks across the country during the Depression era.

1967

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The Deliberate Stranger

A look at the life of serial killer Ted Bundy, who murdered several young women in four different states in the mid-70’s.

1986

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Dog Day Afternoon

The story of a botched bank robbery that turned into a bizarre hostage situation. The robber wished to obtain funding for a sex-change operation for his lover.

1975

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Monster

Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who was executed in 2002 for the brutal murders of at least 6 men in Florida.

2004

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Summer of Sam

In the summer of 1977 friends in a small Italian neighborhood become obsessed with the idea that the murderer ‘Son of Sam’ is someone nearby.

1999

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Capote

In 1959, Truman Capote was learns about the horrific murder of a family in Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote he travels to the town to do research for an article. His feelings of compassion for one of the killers conflicts with his need for closure for his book. That conflict would produce a literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.

2006