Top 10 Best Crime Documentaries On Netflix in UK

For the past 10 years, one thing that always attracts a lot of people to watch is true crime documentaries. Netflix has been making these kinds of documentaries from the beginning, and they have made many of them. Some are about famous cases you might know, and others are about cases you’ve probably never heard of. Allow us to convince you why these 10 crime documentaries on Netflix UK are an absolute must-watch!

Because Netflix has made so many true crime documentaries, it can be tough to know which ones are the best. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We have a list of the Netflix documentaries that you should definitely watch. These are the ones that will keep you sitting on the couch all day, wanting to see the next episode or searching online to learn more about what’s true in the stories. In short, these are the Netflix true crime documentaries that are really worth getting obsessed with.

1) Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (2019)

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IMDb Rating 8.0

It’s about how much people love kittens and how they won’t let anyone hurt them. The story is about a man named Luka Magnotta who became famous for making a very disturbing video where he killed a baby cat. People like Deanna Thompson, John Green, and Claudette Hamlin worked hard to catch him and make sure he faced the consequences for what he did. It shows how much we care about protecting our little furry friends.

2) Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (2020)

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IMDb Rating7.1

It talks about a very important case involving a rich man named Jeffrey Epstein. He was in big trouble because he was involved in a big sex-trafficking ring. This means he did bad things to people. In 2019, he got arrested, and because of that, many important and powerful people also got in trouble. But then something strange happened: Epstein died suddenly. Some people think it was not an accident; they think someone might have killed him. The documentary tells the story of what happened with the help of people like Michael Reiter, Annie Farmer, and Shawna Rivera.

3) Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness (2020)

IMDb Rating7.6

Enter the eccentric world of Joe Exotic, a big-cat breeder who runs a zoo filled with wild cats open to people of all ages and sizes. All is good until he finds himself entangled in a murder accusation.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, who goes by “Joe Exotic,” is the main person in the show. He is a man who liked to take care of tigers. He also called himself a “gay cowboy who carries guns and has a certain hairstyle.” Joe Exotic had a zoo with big cats in Oklahoma for many years. But he was sent to prison this year because he tried to plan a murder against his enemy, Carole Baskin. Carole Baskin runs a place called Big Cat Rescue in Florida.

The story involves polygamy, mysterious disappearances, heavy drug use, cult-like leaders and the exploitation of both humans and animals. 

4) The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez (2020)

IMDb Rating 8.2

“The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez” is a very sad and detailed look at why child abuse happens secretly in the United States. The main focus of the series is Gabriel Fernandez, who was just eight years old when he passed away in May 2013. He was hurt badly and treated very badly by his mom and her boyfriend. Both of them were arrested and found guilty for what happened to him. The filmmaker, Brian Knappenberger, talks to Gabriel’s family, listens to what people said in court, and gets advice from experts who understand how families work. He wants to figure out what exactly happened to Gabriel and why nobody helped him when he needed it.

It’s made by award-winning documentarian Brian Knappenberger where he tells the heart-wrenching tale of Gabriel’s trial.

5) Confessions with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

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IMDb Rating7.7

One of the most popular serial killer documentary series, taking a look inside the mind and life of the notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, as the docuseries conduct various interviews of the killer while he is on death row.

It has been exactly 30 years since Ted Bundy was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison. At that time, there were about 2,000 people outside the prison cheering for his death. Back then, Bundy was seen as a terrifying person. But now, after 30 years, people don’t see him as such a big threat anymore. Instead, he has become a subject of fascination in popular culture.

6) The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo (2020)

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IMDb Rating8.1

Directed by Carlos Perez Osorio, in this documentary, a mother is determined to get justice for her daughter, who passed away. She felt that the Mexican justice system didn’t help, so the documentary shows the challenges she faced while trying to make sure her daughter’s case got the attention it deserved. Juan Manuel Fraire Escobedo, Alejandro Fraire, Blanca Escobedo are lead cast in this documentary. This Documentary received a solid rating of 8.1 on IMDb.

7) Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives (2022)

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IMDb Rating 5.9

This is a true crime documentary that summarises the life of Sarma Melngalis, who meets a rich man Anthony Strangis through Twitter, falls in love, and gets married to him.

 It’s true what they say, love can be deceiving. The man promises to turn Sarma’s dog immortal in exchange for a handsome amount of money. Sarma, charmed by him, gives up everything, falling deep into debt. 

Could it be an act of manipulation or is Sarma really to be blamed? The documentary would leave you wondering!

8) Girl In The Picture (2022)

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IMDb Rating 7.2

Based upon the book of Matt Birkbeck. Girl In The Picture reveals a tragic story about kidnapping and abuse. The story begins with a death of a 20-year-old due to a car accident who has strange marks all over her body. Her husband, a man almost double her age, becomes the number one suspect. 

The plot takes a twisting turn when the mother of the girl is contacted, only to find out that the girl passed away as a toddler. Watch as the story unfolds about real identity and surprising facts about her father.

9) Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan (2021)

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IMDb Rating 6.2

If you’re a fan of Split, you are going to love this documentary!

Billy Milligan gets arrested for several crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and robbing multiple women. The lawyers reveal that Billy Milligan has split personality disorder, meaning that the crimes have been performed by his split personality and not him. 

The charges on Billy get dropped since he doesn’t know anything about the crimes he had committed, as if he wasn’t even a part of it. 

The psychologist also diagnoses Billy as someone with a personality disorder. The real question is, is it really true or just an act? Watch as the story unravels in this documentary!

10) Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (2021)

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IMDb Rating 6.8

The real-life document series takes us all the way back to December 23, 1996- the day Sophie Toscan Du Plantier was murdered right outside her house. The strange part is, that her journalist, Ian Bailey, was a major suspect but was never accused until years later when he got arrested for murder, with a 25 years sentence. 

However, since he could not be deported to France, he was set free.

The 3 episode documentary sums up the struggles of Sophie’s family to earn justice for her to this day.

11) Athlete A (2020)

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IMDb Rating 7.6

Dive into the true crime documentary, a story of terrifying Larry Nasser, A doctor in USA Women Gymnastics, who had been sexually abusing young gymnasts. The worse part? The president of the USA Gymnastics, Steve Penny, protected Larry from all 54 allegations filed against him by the girls. Later, both of them were arrested. 

The documentary would star one of the victims, Maggie Nichole, who would open up about her traumatic experience.

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Are all crime documentaries true?

Some crime documentaries are based on real stories while some are based on Novels.

Are there any crime movies on Netflix?

Crime is a whole category on Netflix which includes all the movies such as Casting Jonbennet, Wild Wild Country, and many more!

Wrapping up!

These top crime documentaries on Netflix UK are like a key to exciting stories. You’ll find tales about bad people, unsolved mysteries, and the hunt for justice. They will keep you glued to your screen. So, get your snacks, turn down the lights, and get ready for some real excitement. You can choose which crime story to watch first. Enjoy watching, crime fans!

Anoosha Khan
Anoosha Khan

Anoosha Khan is a film critic and entertainment editor based in the UK. She has been reporting about celebs and movies for WatchinUK for the past year.

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