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1. A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

A victim of domestic violence winds up in an ongoing struggle to get the police to take her seriously, until the abuse escalates to the worst extreme.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Nancy McKeon, Dale Midkiff, Graham Jarvis, Yvette Heyden

Votes: 994

2. Adam (1983 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama

After their child is abducted, John and Reve Walsh are trying to find him. But, shortly after that, Adam is found dead.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, JoBeth Williams, Martha Scott, Richard Masur

Votes: 516

3. The Burning Bed (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Paul Le Mat, Richard Masur, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 2,414

4. Nightmare in Columbia County (1991 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

The recounting of a terrible crime that wracked a family and galvanized police in South Carolina in the 1980's.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: William Devane, Jeri Ryan, Michele Abrams, Nick Searcy

Votes: 245

5. Unspeakable Acts (1990 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

This is the story of child psychologists Dr. Laurie and Joseph Braga and their involvement in one of the worst child sex abuse scandals in the U.S.

Director: Linda Otto | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Brad Davis, Sam Behrens, Gary Frank

Votes: 312

6. The Matthew Shepard Story (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

Openly gay college student Matthew Shepard murdered in an act of a hate crime with a senseless violence and such cruelty that attracted global attention. His death has changed the whole world forever.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Stockard Channing, Shane Meier, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson

Votes: 1,264

7. No One Would Tell (1996 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A shy high school student's seemingly perfect relationship with a popular jock quickly turns abusive and dangerous.

Director: Noel Nosseck | Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, Fred Savage, Gregory Alan Williams, Heather McComb

Votes: 2,028

8. If Someone Had Known (1995 TV Movie)

80 min | Biography, Drama

A young wife and mother is abused by her husband and keeps the secret from her friends and family.

Director: Eric Laneuville | Stars: Kellie Martin, Kevin Dobson, Linda Kelsey, Ivan Sergei

Votes: 411

9. Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Fact-based made-for-TV movie about Laurie Kellog, who was accused of the murdering her husband Bruce iMay 1992,. Told in flashbacks while she's waiting for her judgment. Laurie, age 16, met... See full summary »

Director: Michael Toshiyuki Uno | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Jennie Garth, Steven Keats, Francis Guinan

Votes: 393

10. Amy Fisher: My Story (1992 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

This sensational true story of a near fatal attraction left Mary Jo Buttafuoco paralyzed for life and made Amy Fisher America's most infamous teenager. Imprisoned 5-15 years for a crime she... See full summary »

Director: Bradford May | Stars: Ed Marinaro, Noelle Parker, Boyd Kestner, Pierrette Grace

Votes: 191

11. Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991 TV Movie)

M | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Pamela Smart knows exactly what she wants and is willing to do anything to get it. She is fed up with teaching, and her marriage offers little excitement. Looking for a way out she applies ... See full summary »

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Helen Hunt, Chad Allen, Larry Drake, Riff Regan

Votes: 430

12. A Deadly Silence (1989 TV Movie)

91 min | Thriller

The father of three children was killed when he left his house. This provokes a lot of sentimental emotions in the neighbourhood because the people know nothing about his dark past.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: Mike Farrell, Bruce Weitz, Charles Haid, Richard Portnow

Votes: 135

13. Death of A Cheerleader (1994 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 91 min | Crime, Drama

When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery, Eugene Roche

Votes: 1,682

14. A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 88 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young trans woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, JD Pardo, Lupe Ontiveros, Henry Darrow

Votes: 1,693

15. A Killer Among Friends (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

The film tells why a girl was killed by two of her best friends.

Director: Charles Robert Carner | Stars: Patty Duke, Tiffani Thiessen, Margaret Welsh, Angie Rae McKinney

Votes: 807

16. A Killing in a Small Town (1990 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Drama

The gory ax-murder of one mousy, suburban Texas housewife by another is nearly as shocking as the excuse offered by the bespectacled defendant's attorney: self-defense. Could it be so?

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Brian Dennehy, John Terry, Richard Gilliland

Votes: 532

17. A Matter of Justice (1993 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 240 min | Drama, Thriller

True story about the mother of a murder victim seeking to bring her son's widow to justice and gain custody of her granddaughter.

Director: Michael Switzer | Stars: Patty Duke, Martin Sheen, Alexandra Powers, Jason London

Votes: 382

18. A Mother's Fight for Justice (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Based on a true story of one mother's quest for justice when her son is critically injured by a young, drunk driver, and how she and her family emerge from the ordeal even stronger than before.

Director: Thomas Rickman | Stars: Meredith Baxter, Alan Rosenberg, Robin Brûlé, Christopher Bondy

Votes: 186

19. A Promise to Carolyn (1996 TV Movie)

94 min | Crime, Drama

Two feuding adult sisters from a dysfunctional family decide to finally uncover the truth about a childhood trauma, the sudden death of their third sibling, from back in the 1950's.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Delta Burke, Swoosie Kurtz, Shirley Knight, Grace Zabriskie

Votes: 260

20. In Cold Blood (1996)

240 min | Crime, Drama, History

At the end of the 1950s, in a more innocent America, the brutal, meaningless slaying of a Midwestern family horrified the nation. This film is based on Truman Capote's hauntingly detailed, ... See full summary »

Stars: Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts, Sam Neill, Kevin Tighe

Votes: 817

21. Boomerang! (1947)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

The true story of a prosecutor's fight to prove the innocence of a man accused of a notorious murder.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Cara Williams

Votes: 3,822

22. Call Northside 777 (1948)

Approved | 112 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Chicago reporter P.J. McNeal re-opens a ten year old murder case.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Stewart, Richard Conte, Lee J. Cobb, Helen Walker

Votes: 7,482

23. I Want to Live! (1958)

Approved | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A prostitute, sentenced to death for murder, pleads her innocence.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Susan Hayward, Simon Oakland, Virginia Vincent, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 5,374

24. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 561,246 | Gross: $32.00M

25. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 205,881 | Gross: $50.28M

26. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 48,901 | Gross: $2.40M

27. The Boston Strangler (1968)

Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin

Votes: 7,680

28. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,897

29. The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 96 min | Drama, History, Mystery

In 1893 Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Flanders, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 1,287

30. 10 to Midnight (1983)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

12 Metascore

An LAPD detective and his rookie partner are on the trail of a psychopathic young man who is murdering young women.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Charles Bronson, Lisa Eilbacher, Andrew Stevens, Gene Davis

Votes: 6,105 | Gross: $7.10M

31. The Accused (1988)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After a young woman suffers a brutal gang rape in a bar one night, a prosecutor assists in bringing the perpetrators to justice, including the ones who encouraged and cheered on the attack.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson, Leo Rossi

Votes: 29,840 | Gross: $32.07M

32. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

Votes: 8,675 | Gross: $6.91M

33. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989)

180 min | Crime, Drama

The harrowing true account of Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped by a perverted pseudo-priest and his lackey during the 1970s. As he gets older, he realizes that he needs to try to make an escape and get back home.

Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

Votes: 2,223

34. Small Sacrifices (1989)

159 min | Crime, Drama, History

A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

Stars: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea

Votes: 1,002

35. Too Young to Die? (1990 TV Movie)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama

An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Michael Tucker, Juliette Lewis, Brad Pitt, Alan Fudge

Votes: 3,544

36. Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story (1992 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, Thriller

A housewife is driven by jealousy to conspire against the mother of her daughter's rival.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Tess Harper, Dennis Christopher, Olivia Burnette

Votes: 195

37. The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (1993 TV Movie)

R | 99 min | Biography, Comedy, Thriller

Wanda Holloway tries to hire a hitman (through her ex's brother) to kill either or both a cheerleader and her mother. With the intended victims out of the way, Wanda's daughter gets the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Holly Hunter, Beau Bridges, Swoosie Kurtz, Elizabeth Ruscio

Votes: 1,249

38. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 56,975 | Gross: $3.05M

39. Indictment: The McMartin Trial (1995 TV Movie)

R | 131 min | Drama, Thriller

Based on a real-life court case, the film finds members of the McMartin family on trial for alleged sexual molestation and abuse of children at their well-regarded preschool. ... See full summary »

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: James Woods, Mercedes Ruehl, Lolita Davidovich, Sada Thompson

Votes: 2,744

40. Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | 98 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director: Anjelica Huston | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 3,948

41. Selena (1997)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Music

67 Metascore

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava | Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Jackie Guerra

Votes: 23,105 | Gross: $35.42M

42. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 88,932 | Gross: $11.53M

43. Mary Kay Letourneau: All American Girl (2000 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Crime, Drama

A teacher is arrested and jailed for raping her 13-year-old student, and twice gives birth to his child.

Director: Lloyd Kramer | Stars: Penelope Ann Miller, Omar Anguiano, Mercedes Ruehl, Rena Owen

Votes: 588

44. The Laramie Project (2002 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 97 min | Crime, Drama, History

The true story of an American town in the wake of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

Director: Moisés Kaufman | Stars: Christina Ricci, Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Chalfant, Laura Linney

Votes: 6,028