Top Crime Documentaries movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room on DVD Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Synopsis
Based on the book of the same name by Peter Elkin, director Alex Gibney's documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful energy company whose downfall forever changed the landscape of the business world.
Cast
Cast
Peter Coyote, John Beard, Jim Chanos, Dick Cheney, Carol Coale, Gray Davis, Reggie Dees II, Joseph Dunn, Max Eberts, Peter Elkind, David Freeman, Philip Hilder, Al Kaseweter, Bethany McLean, Amanda Martin-Brock
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Capturing the Friedmans on DVD Capturing the Friedmans
Synopsis
A family in crisis is "captured" through home video in this searing documentary about the Friedmans, an upper-middle-class family who found their world turned upside down when father and son were charged with child molestation in 1987. The media inundated the airwaves with coverage of the alleged crime, but some of the best footage -- seen here publicly for the first time -- was shot by the Friedman family members themselves.
Cast
Cast
Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman
Director
Director
Andrew Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries
Rent Cocaine Cowboys on DVD Cocaine Cowboys
Synopsis
This penetrating documentary from director Billy Corben pulls out all the stops to explore the many dimensions of Miami's cocaine-trafficking boom of the 1980s, as told by the smugglers, cops and average citizens who were there. The film is an unflinching study of Miami's most notorious and lethal vice -- from how the drug was moved and its financial impact on the city to the havoc and violence that followed in its wake.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Billy Corben
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Deliver Us from Evil on DVD Deliver Us from Evil
Synopsis
This Oscar-nominated documentary investigates the life pedophile priest Oliver O'Grady and exposes corruption that allowed him to abuse countless children. Victims' stories and a disturbing interview with O'Grady offer a view into his troubled mind.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood on DVD Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood
Synopsis
Shedding light on the legal system -- and on the media machine that often demonizes the accused -- this gripping documentary follows the notorious West Memphis Three, a trio of boys arrested for the murders of three children found in a creek bed. Appearing on many critics' year-end Top 10 lists for 1996, this film from directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky also won the National Board of Review's prestigious prize for Best Documentary.
Cast
Cast
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky, Jessie Miskelly, Jason Baldwin, Damien Wayne Echols, Christopher Byers, Steven Branch, Jessie Miskelly Sr., Pam Echols
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Brother's Keeper on DVD Brother's Keeper
Synopsis
This documentary explores the odd world of the four elderly Ward brothers, illiterate farmers who have lived their entire lives in a dilapidated shack. When William dies in the bed he shared with his brother Delbert, the police arrest him for murder.
Cast
Cast
Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Imposter on DVD The Imposter
Synopsis
A 13-year-old boy who vanished in Texas and shows up three years later in Spain now has the same tattoos, but looks different and speaks with an accent. An investigator sets out to unravel the mystery in this riveting documentary.
Cast
Cast
Frederic Bourdin, Adam O' Brian, Carey Gibson, Anna Ruben, Beverly Dollarhide, Cathy Dresbach, Charlie Parker, Alan Teichman, Nancy Fisher, Ivan Villanueva
Director
Director
Bart Layton
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent The Weather Underground on DVD The Weather Underground
Synopsis
Lili Taylor narrates this documentary that tells the story of the rise and fall of the controversial group of idealistic young people who tried to violently overthrow the U.S. government in the 1960s and '70s.
Cast
Cast
Billy Ayers, Kathleen Cleaver, Bernadine Dohrn, Brian Flanagan, David Gilbert, Todd Gitlin, Naomi Jaffe, Mark Rudd, Laura Whitehorn, Lili Taylor, Pamela Z
Director
Director
Sam Green, Bill Siegel
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Paradise Lost 2: Revelations on DVD Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
Synopsis
This engrossing documentary revisits the chilling mystery at the heart of HBO's award-winning special, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, profiling a trio of Arkansas teenagers convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys. In this disturbing yet absolutely fascinating examination of the horrific crime and of the judicial system, directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky bring new insight to the highly controversial case.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO, HBO Documentaries
Rent One Day in September on DVD One Day in September
Synopsis
In 1972, eight Palestinian terrorists interrupted the Munich Olympics by taking 11 Israeli athletes hostage. Michael Douglas narrates this Oscar-winning documentary about the siege and subsequent failed rescue attempt. The film features historical footage as well as new interviews with surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey and various officials detailing how the German police botched the rescue operation, leading to the death of all 11 hostages.
Cast
Cast
Michael Douglas
Director
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Sports Stories, Sports Documentaries, Olympics & Other Games, Crime Documentaries
Rent Dear Zachary on DVD Dear Zachary
Synopsis
Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne's poignant tribute to his murdered childhood friend, Andrew Bagby, tells the story of a child custody battle between the baby's grieving grandparents and Shirley Turner, Bagby's pregnant ex-girlfriend and suspected killer. Initially, Kuenne made this documentary as a memorial for Andrew's loved ones, but it morphs into an emotional legal odyssey when Turner goes free on bail and is allowed to raise her son.
Cast
Cast
Kurt Kuenne, Dr. Andrew Bagby, Kathleen Bagby, David Bagby, Dr. Shirley Turner, Zachary Andrew Turner
Director
Director
Kurt Kuenne
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Stevie on DVD Stevie
Synopsis
When director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) attended Southern Illinois University, he became Stevie Fielding's Advocate Big Brother. Stevie was a demanding, hyperactive child living a heartbreaking life. When James relocated to Chicago to begin a film career in 1985, he ended his formal duties to Stevie. Ten years later, James again visits Stevie (now in his mid-twenties) and finds out what happened to him in the interim. Not a pretty story.
Cast
Cast
Stephen Fielding, Steve James
Director
Director
Steve James
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Party Monster: The Shockumentary on DVD Party Monster: The Shockumentary
Synopsis
This sometimes-gruesome -- but engrossing -- documentary, a 1998 Sundance Film Festival entry, traces the path that club-kid-gone-bad Michael Alig followed as he went from being one of New York's most famous party promoters to a drug-addled murderer. Features include a prison interview with Alig and a short film about videographer Nelson Sullivan, who covered the scene that spawned such creative personalities as Madonna and artist Jeffrey Koons.
Cast
Cast
Michael Alig, Gitsie, James St. James, Keoki, Eric Bernat, Michael Musto, Al D. Rodriguez, Walt Paper
Director
Director
Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Gay, Indie Documentaries, Indie LGBT, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Murder on a Sunday Morning on DVD Murder on a Sunday Morning
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning documentary chronicles the case of Brenton Butler, an African American teen accused of murdering a woman outside her hotel. When Butler's lawyer reopens the case, she sets out to prove that the investigation was shockingly corrupt.
Cast
Cast
Brenton Butler, Patrick McGuiness, Mary Ann Stephens
Director
Director
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent 4 Little Girls on DVD 4 Little Girls
Synopsis
Director Spike Lee uses this feature-length documentary to tell the story of the 1963 bombing of an Alabama African-American church -- an event that took the lives of four young girls and became a pivotal moment in the civil rights struggle. Lee's film examines the crime and its perpetrators as well as the four young victims (as described by friends and families). It also includes interviews with noted civil rights activists and journalists.
Cast
Cast
Maxine McNair, Wamo Reed Robertson, Dianne Braddock, Chris McNair, Helen Pegues, Queen Nunn, Arthur Hanes Jr., Howell Raines, Harold McNair, Carole C., Smitherman
Director
Director
Spike Lee
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
Rent The Thin Blue Line on DVD The Thin Blue Line
Synopsis
Among the most important documentaries ever made, The Thin Blue Line, by Errol Morris, erases the border between art and activism. A work of meticulous journalism and gripping drama, it recounts the disturbing tale of Randall Adams, a drifter who was charged with the murder of a Dallas police officer and sent to death row, despite overwhelming evidence that he did not commit the crime.
Cast
Cast
Randall Adams, Gus Rose, David Harris
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, The Criterion Collection
Rent West of Memphis on DVD West of Memphis
Synopsis
After the 1994 conviction of three troubled teens for the murders of three younger boys, questions began to arise about the prosecution of the case, with numerous legal experts and celebrities demanding that previously ignored evidence be examined.
Cast
Cast
Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Miskelly, Jason Baldwin
Director
Director
Amy Berg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Tabloid on DVD Tabloid
Synopsis
Director Errol Morris profiles another intriguingly dysfunctional personality in this complex documentary about Joyce McKinney, a former beauty queen whose lovely exterior hides a genius IQ -- and a criminal disposition.
Cast
Cast
Joyce McKinney
Director
Director
Errol Morris
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Incident at Oglala on DVD Incident at Oglala
Synopsis
Narrated by Robert Redford, this provocative documentary chronicles the controversial events surrounding the shooting of two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975, resulting in the conviction of Sioux activist Leonard Peltier. Featuring reenactments and interviews with key players in the incident, the film offers evidence that the government's prosecution of Peltier was unjust and politically motivated.
Cast
Cast
Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle 'Dino' Butler, Bob Robideau, Norman Browning, Leonard Peltier, Duane Brewer, Calvin Jumping Bull, William Muldrow
Director
Director
Michael Apted
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Scottsboro: An American Tragedy on DVD Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Synopsis
When two white women accused nine black teenagers of raping them on an Alabama bus in 1931, their claims set off a chain reaction that eventually reached the Supreme Court -- and launched the modern-day Civil Rights movement.
Cast
Cast
Andre Braugher, Frances McDormand, Stanley Tucci, Harris Yulin, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lee Wilkof, Nesbitt Blaisdell, Sam Catlin, Daver Morrison
Director
Director
Daniel Anker, Barak Goodman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, PBS, TV Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, TV War & Politics, African-American Documentaries
Rent The Staircase on DVD The Staircase
Synopsis
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade comes this real-life, gripping courtroom drama that chronicles the case of author Michael Peterson, who stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. With unprecedented access to Peterson's lawyers, his family and others involved in the proceedings, de Lestrade offers viewers an intimate look at the judiciary process and the mystery surrounding this high-profile case.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired on DVD Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Synopsis
This penetrating documentary explores the tumultuous events of director Roman Polanski's personal life, including the murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and the controversial sex scandal that prompted him to flee the United States for France.
Cast
Cast
Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, Robert Towne, Mia Farrow
Director
Director
Marina Zenovich
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent After Innocence on DVD After Innocence
Synopsis
With the emergence of DNA evidence, the justice system is seeing a wave of reversed criminal convictions. But what happens to those who are set free, sometimes decades after being imprisoned for a crime they didn't commit? Jessica Sanders takes a close look at some of these people in this gripping documentary that's both a harsh criticism of the current judicial system and a touching look at those profoundly affected by it.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Jessica Sanders
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Cocaine Cowboys 2 on DVD Cocaine Cowboys 2
Synopsis
Sending a letter of admiration to the imprisoned "Cocaine Godmother" Griselda Blanco sets off a chain reaction of life-changing events for drug dealer Charles Cosby, who becomes her lover -- and a multimillionaire -- in one fell swoop.
Cast
Cast
Charles Cosby, Griselda Blanco, Jorge Ayala, Raul Diaz, Sam Burstyn, Bob Palumbo, Al Singleton, Nelson Andreu, Will Collins, Donovan Kennedy, Luis Casuso
Director
Director
Billy Corben
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Interrupters on DVD The Interrupters
Synopsis
This powerful documentary follows CeaseFire, a Chicago-based group -- staffed by former gang members -- that's dedicated to wiping out urban violence. The organization treats violence like an infection and seeks to eradicate the root cause.
Cast
Cast
Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, Cobe Williams
Director
Director
Steve James
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent American Drug War: The Last White Hope on DVD American Drug War: The Last White Hope
Synopsis
With commentary from soldiers on both sides of the conflict, filmmaker Kevin Booth's incisive documentary wades into the murky waters of the American war on drugs, the longest and costliest war in U.S. history. Taking viewers from prisons and inner-city streets to the halls of Congress and his own kitchen, Booth attempts to sort out the intricacies of the national drug policy -- and the reasons for its unmitigated failure.
Cast
Cast
Jello Biafra, Joe Arpaio, Jeff Blackburn, Curt Booth, Kevin Booth, Celerino Castillo III, Eddie Bravo, Chico Brown, John Deutch, Judge James Gray, Tommy Chong, Paris Chong, Lou Daigle, Gary Fisher, Gary Gardner
Director
Director
Kevin Booth
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Iceman Interviews on DVD The Iceman Interviews
Synopsis
Forensic psychologist Dr. Park Dietz gets into the mind of the notorious killer known simply as the Iceman. Featuring Dietz's previous and recent conversations with the Mafia hit man himself (aka Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski), who confessed on camera to numerous killings. His horrific deeds landed him a sentence of 60 years; another 30 years were added concurrently for the murder of police officer Peter Calabro.
Cast
Cast
Richard Kuklinski, Park Dietz
Director
Director
Arthur Ginsberg
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, HBO, TV Documentaries
Rent Into the Abyss on DVD Into the Abyss
Synopsis
Director Werner Herzog's compelling documentary examines the emotional aftermath of a triple murder in Texas, interviewing the two convicted killers, their relatives, the victims' families and law-enforcement officials involved in the case.
Cast
Cast
Jason Burkett, Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jeremy Richardson, Kristen Willis
Director
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst on DVD Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst
Synopsis
Documenting a controversial chapter in American history, this film investigates the American domestic terrorist group that gained fame for the 1974 kidnapping of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst, and her subsequent assimilation into the group. Robert Stone directs this riveting account of the rise and fall of an organization with utopian ideals that went tragically wrong, which includes interviews with SLA founder Russ Little.
Cast
Cast
Ronald Reagan, Patricia Hearst, Randolph Hearst, Timothy Findley, Catherine Hearst, Michael Bortin, Russ Little, Evelle Younger, Marcus Foster
Director
Director
Robert Stone
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Farmingville: POV on DVD Farmingville: POV
Synopsis
This Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning documentary examines the hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican workers, a crime that catapulted a Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived in Farmingville, N.Y., recording the stories of residents, day laborers and activists battling one another over the American Dream.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Carlos Sandoval, Catherine Tambini
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent The Central Park Five on DVD The Central Park Five
Synopsis
This piercing documentary examines the case of five teenagers, all African-American or Latino, who were convicted of the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park in 1989. Years later, the confession of the real rapist set the jailed men free.
Cast
Cast
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kharey Wise
Director
Director
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, African-American Documentaries
Rent Very Young Girls on DVD Very Young Girls
Synopsis
David Schisgall's startling documentary captures the heartbreaking stories of underage girls -- many as young as 13 -- who've been forced into prostitution in New York, exposing how pimps use isolation, violence and drugs to keep girls dependent. Many of the girls interviewed take part in GEMS, a shelter and mentoring program founded by activist Rachel Lloyd -- once a prostitute herself -- that helps them transition out of "the life."
Cast
Cast
Rachel Lloyd
Director
Director
David Schisgall, Nina Alvarez, Priya Swaminathan
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Crips and Bloods: Made in America on DVD Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Synopsis
Through archival footage and first-person accounts from members of both factions, filmmaker Stacy Peralta's riveting documentary examines the culture of the infamous Los Angeles street gangs known as the Crips and the Bloods. Probing the deadly rivalry's genesis, Peralta explores the late 1960s conditions that have given rise to decades of bloodshed and heartache for generations of black Angelenos.
Cast
Cast
Forest Whitaker
Director
Director
Stacy Peralta
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Scared Straight! on DVD Scared Straight!
Synopsis
Peter Falk hosts this groundbreaking documentary that won an Oscar and eight Emmys in 1978. The film follows 17 juvenile delinquents who are taken inside a maximum-security prison and brought face to face with the "Lifers," a group of hardened convicts who describe their nightmarish prison life in gruesome detail in an attempt to scare the teen lawbreakers into going straight. Also includes the follow-up program Scared Straight! 20 Years Later.
Cast
Cast
Peter Falk, Danny Glover
Director
Director
Arnold Shapiro
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory on DVD Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Synopsis
This third installment in a series of films investigating the wrongful murder convictions of three teenagers known as the West Memphis 3 examines their 1993 arrests, the movement to free them, and new DNA evidence resulting in their 2011 release.
Cast
Cast
Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Johnny Depp, Eddie Vedder
Director
Director
Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, HBO Documentaries
Rent Biggie & Tupac on DVD Biggie & Tupac
Synopsis
British documentarian Nick Broomfield, famous for appearing in his own investigations, heads to Los Angeles to investigate the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalries and Death Row Records boss Suge Knight.
Cast
Cast
Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield
Director
Director
Nick Broomfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Rockumentaries, Crime Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance, United Kingdom
Rent Mr. Untouchable on DVD Mr. Untouchable
Synopsis
This fascinating documentary recounts the rise and fall of "black Godfather" Nicky Barnes, one of New York's most powerful drug lords and kingpins, with Barnes himself breaking a 23-year-long silence to share his perspective on his legendary story.
Cast
Cast
Leroy Nicky Barnes
Director
Director
Marc Levin
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Invisible War on DVD The Invisible War
Synopsis
As ranks of women in the American military swell, so do incidents of rape. The Invisible War exposes a rape epidemic in the armed forces, investigating the institutions that perpetuate it as well as its profound personal and social consequences.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Kirby Dick
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Military Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Chasing Madoff on DVD Chasing Madoff
Synopsis
This eye-opening documentary chronicles the long and often frustrating campaign of financial analyst Harry Markopolos to bring federal regulators' attention to the brazen investment scams engineered by now-convicted felon Bernie Madoff.
Cast
Cast
Bernard Madoff, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, Neil Chelo, Gaytri Kachroo, Michael Ocrant
Director
Director
Jeff Prosserman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Act of Killing on DVD The Act of Killing
Synopsis
A 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows two former death squad leaders as they reenact atrocities they committed during a bloody era in Indonesia when more than a million people were slaughtered.
Cast
Cast
Haji Anif, Syamsul Arifin, Sakhyan Asmara, Anwar Congo, Jusuf Kalla, Herman Koto, Haji Marzuki, Safit Pardede, Ibrahim Sinik, Soaduon Siregar
Director
Director
Joshua Oppenheimer
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Foreign Languages, Scandinavia
Rent Sacco and Vanzetti on DVD Sacco and Vanzetti
Synopsis
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian American anarchists accused of murder in 1920 and put to death in 1927 after a famously biased trial. Their struggle is retold in this probing documentary.
Cast
Cast
Tony Shalhoub, John Turturro, Arlo Guthrie, Studs Terkel
Director
Director
Peter Miller
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Girl 27 on DVD Girl 27
Synopsis
Author-screenwriter David Stenn investigates a notorious Hollywood scandal more than 65 years after it occurred, a rape case involving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio execs and an underage dancer who refused to stay silent. Hired along with 120 other young girls to entertain MGM salesmen at a stag party in 1937, Patricia Douglas was violently raped and brought a landmark lawsuit against her attackers -- then mysteriously disappeared.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
David Stenn
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Miscellaneous Documentaries
Rent Stolen on DVD Stolen
Synopsis
In 1990, thieves absconded with 13 masterpieces -- including works by Rembrandt and Vermeer -- from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, pulling off the greatest art heist in U.S. history. Rebecca Dreyfus's investigative documentary delves into this modern mystery, piecing together clues gleaned from archival documents, art critics, historians, collectors and informants (both credible and dubious) to shed light on the as-yet unsolved case.
Cast
Cast
Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, Harold J. Smith
Director
Director
Rebecca Dreyfus
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Hitman on DVD The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Hitman
Synopsis
After years of silence, "The Iceman" speaks. In two interviews a decade apart, Richard Kuklinski, a notorious top enforcer for the Gambino crime family, tells his unusual and gruesome story. Raised on -- and immune to -- violence, he kept his unorthodox job and tactics a secret from his adoring family. In 1986, after a long investigation, Kuklinski was betrayed by "the only man I didn't kill" and is serving multiple life sentences.
Cast
Cast
Richard Kuklinski
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Mobster
Rent The House I Live In on DVD The House I Live In
Synopsis
This documentary shines a harsh light on America's "war on drugs" and its long-term impact on society. Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki captures the stories of dealers, police officers, prison inmates and others affected by the crusade.
Cast
Cast
Nannie Jeter, David Simon
Director
Director
Eugene Jarecki
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent What I Want My Words to Do to You on DVD What I Want My Words to Do to You
Synopsis
Inmates at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women try to determine if redemption is really possible after committing a crime. Proctored by playwright Eve Ensler, the convicts (including two former members of the Weather Underground) perform a series of writing exercises and discussions that could lead to healing. The film culminates in a prison performance of the women's writings by Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez.
Cast
Cast
Kathy Boudin, Eve Ensler, Judy Clark, Mary Alice, Glenn Close, Hazelle Goodman, Rosie Pérez, Marisa Tomei
Director
Director
Madeleine Gavin, Judith Katz, Gary Sunshine
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS, PBS Documentaries
Rent Aileen Wuornos: Selling of a Serial Killer on DVD Aileen Wuornos: Selling of a Serial Killer
Synopsis
Filmmaker Nick Broomfield explores the troubled life and deadly end of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Filmed after Wuornos was imprisoned but before she was put to death, the documentary highlights the media blitz surrounding her case.
Cast
Cast
Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield
Director
Director
Nick Broomfield
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Cold Case Files: The Most Infamous Cases on DVD Cold Case Files: The Most Infamous Cases
Synopsis
Armed with a mix of tried-and-true police skills and the latest advances in forensic technology, modern criminologists sift through a backlog of unsolved crimes, dissecting cases that have stumped experts for years. Television journalist Bill Kurtis hosts this groundbreaking A&E series that takes viewers behind the scenes on a thrilling hunt for uncaught killers who figured they'd never be found.
Cast
Cast
Bill Kurtis
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
TV Shows, TV Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, A&E
Rent A Very British Gangster on DVD A Very British Gangster
Synopsis
In this 2007 Sundance entry, director Donal MacIntyre paints an intimate portrait of Dominic Noonan, the murderous head of one of Britain's largest organized crime families who led a brutal, two-decade reign of terror.
Cast
Cast
Dominic Noonan
Director
Director
Donal MacIntyre
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, United Kingdom
Rent The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of... on DVD The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of...
Synopsis
Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape we all use today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, The Internet's Own Boy is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice, no matter what the cost.
Cast
Cast
Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn
Director
Director
Brian Knappenberger
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Brandon Teena Story on DVD The Brandon Teena Story
Synopsis
Brandon Teena -- a Nebraska woman who was born Teena Brandon but identified and dressed as a man -- is the focus of this absorbing documentary that uses interviews, reenactments and news footage to tell the story. Although Brandon found happiness with a girlfriend and made a number of friends, he was brutally attacked -- and later murdered -- when his secret was discovered. Brandon's life served as the basis for the 1999 film Boys Don't Cry.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent If a Tree Falls:... Earth Liberation Front on DVD If a Tree Falls:... Earth Liberation Front
Synopsis
Filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman examine the case of Daniel McGowan, a member of the radical environmental group Earth Liberation Front who was arrested for committing arson against two Oregon timber companies.
Cast
Cast
Director
Director
Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent The Seven Five on DVD The Seven Five
Synopsis
In the 1980s and '90s, cop Michael Dowd terrorized New York City's drug dealers, shaking them down at gunpoint for cash and cocaine. This riveting documentary looks at his fall from grace and the biggest police corruption scandal in the city's history.
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Director
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Tiller Russell
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Showtime
Rent The Dhamma Brothers on DVD The Dhamma Brothers
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Donaldson Correctional Facility -- an overcrowded, violent maximum-security prison, the end of the line in Alabama's prison system -- is dramatically changed by the introduction and influence of an ancient meditation program.
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Director
Director
Andrew Kukura, Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein
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Documentary, Faith & Spirituality Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Diamonds of War: Africa's Blood Diamonds on DVD Diamonds of War: Africa's Blood Diamonds
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This illuminating National Geographic documentary tracks the bloody trail of diamonds mined in West Africa and sold in First World nations. In Sierra Leone, the sale of the precious stones financed a decade-long insurrection that left thousands dead. Long considered a symbol of prestige, affluence and love, diamonds are becoming increasingly recognized as a source of great heartache and bloodshed.
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Director
Director
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Ghosts of Cité Soleil on DVD Ghosts of Cité Soleil
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Cité Soleil, a dangerous slum outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, harbors the city's deadliest gangsters, as evidenced in this documentary that focuses on the end of Jean-Bertrand Aristide's regime and tells the tale of sibling gangsters Bily and 2Pac.
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Cast
Winson "2Pac" Jean, Wyclef Jean, James "Bily" Petit, Éleonore "Lele" Senlis
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Asger Leth, Milos Loncarevic
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Scandinavia
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Acclaimed documentarian Joe Berlinger lays bare the real story of South Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, including his sensational 2013 trial. Key players on every side of the case reveal Bulger's influence on crime and law enforcement.
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Director
Director
Joe Berlinger
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Historical Documentaries
Rent Witch Hunt on DVD Witch Hunt
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Sean Penn narrates this documentary that chronicles the story of John Stoll and other residents of Bakersfield, Calif., who were wrongly convicted in the 1980s of child molestation and other crimes. Recounting how an overzealous district attorney coerced children into testifying against their parents -- including accusations of devil worship -- the film examines how these families have struggled to cope with the emotional fallout.
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Cast
Jackie Cummings, Brenda Kniffen, Scott Kniffen, John Stoll, Sean Penn
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Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Art and Craft on DVD Art and Craft
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Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. Posing as a philanthropic donor, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions.
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Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent Slippin': Ten Years with the Bloods on DVD Slippin': Ten Years with the Bloods
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After the 1992 Los Angeles riots, filmmakers Tommy Sowards and Joachim Schroeder spent the next decade documenting the lives of five Blood gangstas, capturing the raw realities, deadly rivalries and tragedies of South Central's gang scene. As K.K., Jumbo, Dig Dug, C.K. and Low Down try to survive and conquer the mean streets, they find themselves locked in a violent, eye-for-an-eye turf war against their sworn enemies, the Crips.
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Director
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Tommy Sowards, Joachim Schroeder
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Documentary, African-American Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Frontline: The Meth Epidemic on DVD Frontline: The Meth Epidemic
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"Frontline" and <i>The Oregonian</i> team up for this in-depth investigation of the big business behind crystal meth and the destructive wake the drug has left on individuals, families and communities across America. The report traces the epidemic's roots as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs, its national growth, lawmakers' responses and the struggles to regulate meth's primary ingredient, which is sold legally in over-the-counter cold remedies.
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Cast
Will Lyman
Director
Director
Carl Byker
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries, PBS
Rent The Hunting Ground on DVD The Hunting Ground
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Focusing on the epidemic of sexual assaults at U.S. colleges, this often-harrowing documentary combines the recollections of victims with disturbing statistics demonstrating the depth of the problem, while officials continue to downplay the issue.
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Cast
Director
Director
Kirby Dick
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Heir to an Execution on DVD Heir to an Execution
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A half-century after the controversial execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as Communist spies in the service of the Soviet Union, the couple's granddaughter, Ivy Meeropol, reflects on their lives, principles and ultimate sacrifice. This documentary includes extensive footage of the Rosenbergs at the time of the trial, as well as commentary from the Rosenbergs' friend Morton Sobell and their son Michael Meeropol.
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Cast
Ethel Rosenberg, Julius Rosenberg, Michael Meeropol, Morton Sobell
Director
Director
Ivy Meeropol
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Indie Documentaries, Political Documentaries, HBO
Rent Mind of a Serial Killer: Nova on DVD Mind of a Serial Killer: Nova
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The bodies of murdered prostitutes are beginning to pile up in Rochester, N.Y., and there seems to be a pattern emerging. Now, it's up to expert FBI profilers such as John Douglas to put the clues together and solve the heinous crime. This informative documentary -- narrated by Patrick Stewart -- chronicles the lives and techniques of the FBI's elite Investigative Support Unit as they search for a serial killer.
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Cast
Patrick Stewart
Director
Director
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, PBS Documentaries
Rent Until the Light Takes Us on DVD Until the Light Takes Us
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Taking viewers deep inside the notorious "Inner Circle" that promoted murder, suicide and church burning in the Norwegian black metal subculture of the 1990s, filmmakers Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell offer up a nuanced and fascinating documentary. Rare footage and interviews with musicians -- including Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell, Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes and Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg -- shed light on the controversial movement.
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Cast
Varg "Count Grishnackh" Vikernes, Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell, Harmony Korine, Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg, Kjetil "Frost" Haraldstad
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Aaron Aites, Audrey Ewell
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Hard Rock & Heavy Metal, Rock & Pop
Rent World's Most Dangerous Gang on DVD World's Most Dangerous Gang
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Learn about the El Salvador-originated gang MS-13, with its numbers exceeding 50,000 in the United States alone, infecting towns big and small with criminal activity ranging from drug smuggling to gunrunning, human trafficking and more.
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Cast
Lisa Ling
Director
Director
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, National Geographic
Rent Plunder: The Crime of Our Time on DVD Plunder: The Crime of Our Time
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Filmmaker and media critic Danny Schechter explores how the current financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity, uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed. To get the real story, Schechter -- aka "the News Dissector" -- interviews bankers, economists, journalists and even a convicted white-collar criminal who blew the whistle on dishonest business practices.
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Director
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Danny Schechter
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America on DVD JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America
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Using rarely seen primary source materials, this intense History Channel documentary examines the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that changed not only the course of American history, but that of the world. Television news footage, radio reports, home movies and eyewitness accounts offer in-depth details about the tragic events of that November day and the resulting inquiries that continue to generate controversy.
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Cast
Charles Collingwood, John Connally, Kevin Costner, Walter Cronkite, Jim Garrison, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Dan Rather, Oliver Stone, Mike Wallace
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Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick
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Documentary, Historical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden on DVD The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
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Reading from letters, journals and memoirs, Cate Blanchett, Diane Kruger and others help narrate this little-known tale of a handful of European dreamers whose relocation to the Galapagos Islands in the 1930s took a tragic turn.
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Cast
Cate Blanchett, Sebastian Koch, Thomas Kretschmann, Diane Kruger, Connie Nielsen, Josh Radnor, Gustaf Skarsgård
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Director
Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
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Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Talhotblond on DVD Talhotblond
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Director Barbara Schroeder's true-crime documentary follows a love triangle whose participants had never met beyond cyberspace -- yet their passions ended up sending one member to prison and another to the grave.
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Thomas Montgomery, Steve Clement
Director
Director
Barbara Schroeder
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent Shakespeare Behind Bars on DVD Shakespeare Behind Bars
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Following an unlikely troupe of Shakespearean actors -- comprising 20 inmates from Kentucky's maximum-security Luther Luckett Correctional Complex -- filmmaker Hank Rogerson reveals a world in which "the play is the thing." As the cast of child molesters, murderers and other felons prepares for a prison-based performance of "The Tempest," the show's themes of redemption, forgiveness and humanity suddenly seem more relevant than ever.
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Cast
Director
Director
Hank Rogerson
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Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Shakespeare
Rent Crime After Crime on DVD Crime After Crime
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A woman convicted of killing her brutally abusive boyfriend languished in prison for 20 years. But when California legislation allows incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases, two novice attorneys agree to take on her case.
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Cast
Deborah Peagler, Joshua Safran, Nadia Costa
Director
Director
Yoav Potash
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Biographical Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Jinx on DVD The Jinx
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Followed by dark rumors since his wife's disappearance in 1982, enigmatic billionaire Robert Durst would go on to become a suspect in the slayings of a close friend and a neighbor. This six-part series shines a spotlight on the man and the murders.
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Cast
Robert Durst
Director
Director
Andrew Jarecki
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TV Shows, TV Miniseries, TV Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, HBO Documentaries, HBO
Rent The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden on DVD The Strange Case of Lizzie Borden
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The enduring popularity of the children's rhyme about Lizzie Borden is undeniable. But whether she actually wielded the ax that killed her father and stepmother remains a mystery, as evidenced in this installment of A&E's "History's Mysteries." The series returns to the Borden home in Fall River, Mass. -- now a macabre bed-and-breakfast -- and retraces the clues in the grisly Victorian crime, relying on scholars to help set the record straight.
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Director
Director
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent History's Mysteries: Jack the Ripper on DVD History's Mysteries: Jack the Ripper
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To this day, the identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who terrorized back alleys of Victorian-era London, remains a mystery, despite an unparalleled investigation for the times and the ongoing work of criminologists, scholars and hobbyists. This program visits the scenes of Jack the Ripper's bloody crimes, presents shocking photos of his victims and examines experts' theories regarding the killer's identity.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent How to Make Money Selling Drugs on DVD How to Make Money Selling Drugs
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Masters of the trade reveal how they made beaucoup bucks in this provocative documentary about buying and selling drugs. Highlights include interviews with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent and "The Wire" creator David Simon.
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Cast
David Simon, 50 Cent, Woody Harrelson, Eminem, Susan Sarandon, Freeway Ricky Ross
Director
Director
Matthew Cooke
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Sins of My Father on DVD Sins of My Father
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Nicolas Entel's searing documentary tells the story of Pablo Escobar -- Colombian drug kingpin, murderer and family man -- through the eyes of his son, Sebastian, as well as the sons of two of Escobar's most prominent victims.
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Cast
Sebastian Marroquin, Pablo Escobar
Director
Director
Nicolas Entel
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Foreign Documentaries, Spanish Language, Argentina
Rent American Meth on DVD American Meth
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Actor Val Kilmer narrates this powerful film exploring the methamphetamine epidemic that's ravaged blue-collar America. Putting a human face on the problem, filmmaker Justin Hunt reveals the damage being done by this rural drug of choice, as well as the steps being taken by communities across the nation to wipe out the scourge. From Wyoming to New Mexico, Montana and Oregon, American Meth paints a picture of both devastation and hope.
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Cast
Val Kilmer
Director
Director
Justin Hunt
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Serial Killers on DVD The Serial Killers
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The spotlight falls on some of America's most horrific murderers in this shocking but riveting documentary as notorious serial killers Ted Bundy, Henry Lee Lucas and Kenneth Bianchi ("the Hillside Strangler") provide unnerving personal accounts of their vicious crimes. In addition, the program profiles lesser-known but equally brutal murderers Arthur Shawcross, Ronald DeFeo, Kenneth Allen McDuff, James A. Paul and William Heirens.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries
Rent Birth of the Federal Reserve on DVD Birth of the Federal Reserve
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This provocative documentary posits that the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 wasn't just a move to centralize banking in the United States; it was also a deliberate attempt to clean out the country's private bank vaults. A team of undercover journalists reveal the surprising origins of the Federal Reserve and trace the heavy influence of the world's richest families on its creation.
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Cast
Director
Director
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Genres
Documentary, Political Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Charles Manson Superstar on DVD Charles Manson Superstar
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Get an inside look at the mysterious and dangerous Charles Manson, who, in 1969, became one of history's infamous villains, presented by the media as "evil incarnate"; this documentary sets the record straight after years of media disinformation. It features an exclusive interview with Manson, which allows him to speak for the first time without being censored or sanitized, as well as rare archival footage, police documents and photos.
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Cast
Nikolas Schreck, Charles Manson, Zeena LaVey, James N. Mason
Director
Director
Nikolas Schreck
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent Mario's Story on DVD Mario's Story
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Shot over the course of seven years, this documentary from filmmakers Susan Koch and Jeff Werner relates the inspiring true story of Mario Rocha, an East L.A. teen who unlocked his talent for writing while serving out a murder sentence behind bars. As his family and a team of pro bono attorneys labor on the outside to clear his name for a crime he didn't commit, Mario keeps himself grounded on the inside by writing poems, short stories and plays.
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Cast
Mario Rocha, Sister Janet Harris, Ian Graham, Aldo Velasco
Director
Director
Susan Koch, Jeff Werner
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent The Killing of Gianni Versace on DVD The Killing of Gianni Versace
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This documentary, which originally premiered on Cinemax, gives new insight into the lives of fashion designer Gianni Versace and his murderer, Andrew Cunanan, a psychotic product of a decadent American dream who waited in the wings for his dramatic final act: a Mafia-style execution on the steps of Versace's Xanadu palace in Miami. Police officials from Chicago and Miami discuss the rumors that Versace's killing was mob-ordered.
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Cast
Director
Director
James Kent
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Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Gay, TV Documentaries
Rent Cropsey on DVD Cropsey
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Two filmmakers explore an urban legend from their own childhoods: a rash of abductions that struck Staten Island, N.Y., in the 1970s and 80s. Numerous kids vanished, setting off theories, frightening the residents and tripping up the legal system.
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Cast
Donna Cutugno, Karen Schweiger, David Navarro, Ralph Aquino, Trina Rose
Director
Director
Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent Blood Diamonds on DVD Blood Diamonds
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This sobering program illuminates the harsh realities behind a system where enslaved workers in the African nation of Sierra Leone are forced to mine diamonds that are used to finance wars, genocide and terror. Until 2000, the U.N. had not formally denounced this trade, but awareness is growing. Here, viewers learn from firsthand accounts the horrors and true cost of the system and its impact on individuals as well as the international community.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries, History Channel
Rent Breaking Vegas on DVD Breaking Vegas
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Inspired by Ben Mizrich's book detailing a scandal that shocked the "powers that be" at the biggest casinos in the nation, Breaking Vegas is a documentary that recounts how six college students attending prestigious MIT banded together for a massive cheat-fest. The intrepid troupe came up with the elaborate scheme themselves, using their collective genius to guzzle millions of dollars from Las Vegas gaming establishments.
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Cast
Edward F. Villaume, Michael Bou, Gary Lucy, Catherine Kresge, Stanislav Yudenko, Bud Watson, Hannes Phinney
Director
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Bruce David Klein
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries, Poker & Gambling
Rent Deadline on DVD Deadline
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On January 11, 2003, in a gesture rare in the annals of jurisprudence, outgoing Illinois governor George Ryan granted clemency to all 156 inmates on the state's death row. Death sentences previously imposed on almost all the inmates automatically became sentences to "life in prison without the possibility of parole." This documentary addresses the literal issue of "life and death" that Ryan faced and how he came to make his historic decision.
Cast
Cast
George Ryan
Director
Director
Katy Chevigny, Kirsten Johnson
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House... on DVD Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House...
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Filmmaker Alex Gibney explores the scourge of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, highlighting the landmark story of five deaf men who spoke out about a priest who molested more than 200 children between 1950 and 1974.
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Cast
Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke
Director
Director
Alex Gibney
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Execution of Wanda Jean on DVD The Execution of Wanda Jean
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This in-depth documentary examines the controversy surrounding the 2001 execution of black inmate Wanda Jean Allen, a convicted murderer whose low IQ bordered retardation, yet an Oklahoma court sentenced her to death by lethal injection. The film chronicles her final days and the state's execution process as Wanda's family, joined by legal and medical professionals, fights tirelessly for commutation of her sentence.
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Cast
Wanda Jean Allen
Director
Director
Liz Garbus
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Rent Plan Colombia on DVD Plan Colombia
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Ed Asner narrates this documentary about U.S. involvement in Colombia's drug trafficking and civil unrest. The film examines the impact of chemical spraying and military funding and reveals alternate U.S. interests. Features interviews with Noam Chomsky, the late Senator Paul Wellstone, Colombian Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, Congressmen John Conyers and Jim McGovern, U.S. State Department officials, guerilla leaders and others.
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Cast
Ed Asner
Director
Director
Gerard Ungerman, Audrey Brohy
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Political Documentaries
Rent The History of Organized Crime on DVD The History of Organized Crime
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From China's Triads to Russia's Redfellas, this series spans the globe to explore the past and expose the operations of the world's most infamous outlaw syndicates. Each of the five episodes in this comprehensive set -- Sicily, Russia, Columbia, China and India -- combines interviews with highly placed officials and tales from convicted gangsters for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the many faces of organized crime.
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Cast
Director
Director
Genres
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Documentary, Crime Documentaries, TV Documentaries
Rent Street Stars: Game Over on DVD Street Stars: Game Over
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This film documents the lives of teenagers Richard Porter, AZ and Alpo, who rose to become powerful New York drug kingpins in the 1980s. Filling a void left by the deaths and imprisonments of their predecessors in the 1970s, these street-savvy kids made millions through a combination of hard work and a talent for the business. But their ambition soon turned to greed, leading to rifts in their partnership and, ultimately, to murder.
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Director
Director
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Social & Cultural Documentaries, African-American Documentaries, Crime Documentaries
Rent 1971 on DVD 1971
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In 1971, eight antiwar activists broke into a Pennsylvania FBI office and made off with a treasure trove of documents revealing a massive illegal surveillance program. More than 40 years later, they're finally talking about the burglary.
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Cast
Director
Director
Johanna Hamilton
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Historical Documentaries, Political Documentaries, Indie Documentaries
Rent Tupac: Assassination on DVD Tupac: Assassination
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Revisiting the events of the night of Sept. 7, 1996 -- when hip-hop star Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas -- this comprehensive documentary examines the full range of conspiracy theories surrounding the rapper's murder. The film features new, bombshell testimony from Tupac's bodyguards, who finally go on record with their knowledge of the case and provide a window into the shortcomings of the initial investigation.
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Cast
Director
Director
Richard J. Bond
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Genres
Documentary, Crime Documentaries, Rap & Hip-Hop, Urban & Dance
Rent The Dog on DVD The Dog
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This up-close documentary surveys the life of John Wojtowicz, whose botched robbery of a Brooklyn bank in 1972 inspired the film Dog Day Afternoon. After serving his time, Wojtowicz became an active figure in New York's gay liberation movement.
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Cast
Director
Director
Allison Berg, François Keraudren
Genres
Genres
Documentary, Biographical Documentaries, Crime Documentaries, Social & Cultural Documentaries
Rent The Gits on DVD The Gits
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Filmmaker Kerri O'Kane's incisive documentary tracks the inception and ascent of Seattle-based post-punk band the Gits, whose rise to prominence was cut short by the shocking rape and murder of their fiery lead singer, Mia Zapata, in 1993. Featuring performance footage and reflective interviews with the remaining members of the Gits, O'Kane's labor of love celebrates Zapata's memory and the group's enduring legacy.
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Cast
Mia Zapata, Steve Moriarty, Andrew Kessler, Matt Dresdner, Valerie M. Agnew, Lisa Faye Beatty, Elizabeth F. Davis
Director
Director
Kerri O'Kane
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Documentary, Rockumentaries, Crime Documentaries, Rock & Pop, Punk Rock
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