The 10 Best True Crime Movies Ever Made

Robert Blake and Scott Wilson in "In Cold Blood"

3. In Cold Blood

Truman Capote’s brilliant and influential “non-fiction novel” inspired two great true crime movies: the 2005 beyond-the-page Oscar winner Capote, and this 1967 adaptation from writer/producer/director Richard Brooks. Again, documentary realism was the aim, with Brooks shooting in many of the original locations (including the scene of the crimes). But he also used stylized editing and Conrad Hall’s breathtaking noir-infused cinematography to give the picture both a chilling immediacy and the texture of pages ripped from an aged, lurid tabloid.