Best True Crime Shows on Amazon Prime Video

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Here is the complete list of best true crime shows on Amazon Prime Video.

Have you explored all other subscription channels’ offerings? Do you need another hit of true crime?

Fortunately for you, Amazon Prime Video may be your favorite new streaming service, with such a large selection of documentaries that you might be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed.

Cults, conspiracies, cold cases, whatever your favorite is, true crime’s appeal cannot be ignored. The need for more true crime has grown dramatically in the last five years, and Amazon Prime has a treasure trove of excellent documentaries for aficionados of the subject.

If you’re looking for the right doc to fit your tastes, check out our list of the highest-rated true crime films currently available on the streaming service, based on user ratings.

1.  Outer Range

Outer Range, one of the platform’s newest and greatest series, is a science fiction drama blended with a classic western about the cosmic turmoil that befalls a Wyoming family. Royal Abbott, played by Josh Brolin, is a troubled father who must cover up a terrible deed done by one of his kids. Royal has his own secrets, including a massive hole on his property that is beginning to warp the fabric of time and space around him. The show’s first season is a bizarre experience in the greatest manner imaginable, utilizing superb directing and acting to bring you into the captivating universe it is creating. It is perplexing to withhold information, but this only adds to the intensity when all the individual parts come together. It all adds up to a spectacular debut season that is out of this world in terms of cinematic possibilities while still being very personal in terms of feeling.

Genre: Suspense, Drama

Stars: Josh Brolin, Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor

Directed by: Jennifer Getzinger, Alonso Ruizpalacious, Amy Seimetz

2. The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston appears in this British series based on John le Carré’s 1993 novel of the same name. The Night Manager is a BBC One six-part series that premiered in 2016 and quickly found a home on AMC in the United States. It follows the narrative of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a hotel night manager and former British soldier, who is recruited by an intelligence officer named Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to spy on an armaments dealer named Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). The series has won 11 awards, including two Emmys and three Golden Globes, but a second season has not yet been announced. The first season is a must-watch for everyone who enjoys a good espionage narrative until that day comes.

Genre: Suspense, Drama

Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Lauris, Elizabeth Debicki

 Directed by: Sussanne Bier

3. Hand of God

Hand of God tells the story of a disgraced judge (Ron Perlman) who believes he has received visions from God to pursue vigilante retribution, specifically pursuing those he feels are responsible for his son’s attempted suicide. During this troubling time, he and his wife (Dana Delany) become deeply engaged in a church, which turns out to be a terrifying cult led by a charismatic leader (Julian Morris). While exploring conspiracy and spirituality, the two-season psychological serial peels back the layers of how a man’s yearning for justice further pushes him into insanity. The performances of Ron Perlman and Dana Delany are riveting, pulling you in as they struggle to find the truth about their son’s accident by any means necessary.

Genre: Western, Action, Drama

Stars: Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Andre Royo

Directed by: Marc Forster

4. Bosch

Amazon created Bosch for Prime Video in early 2014. This drama follows Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), a homicide investigator in Los Angeles, and the several cases that compel him to confront his past and evaluate his future. It is based on Michael Connelly’s books City of Bones, Echo Park, and The Concrete Blonde. It has proven to be one of the platform’s most successful programs since it has been extended many times and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Its seventh season debuted on Amazon Prime this past April.

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino

Directed by: Jim McKay, Kevin Dowling, Ernest Dickerson, Roxxan Dawson, Alex Zakrzewski

5.  Absentia

 Absentia premiered in 2017 on AXN, a Sony Pictures Television channel, and has already been renewed for a third season. It tells the story of Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), an FBI agent who goes missing while looking for a serial killer in Boston. She is ultimately declared dead in absentia, which means she was officially presumed dead but was located six years later. She returns home with no memory of what happened to her and realizes she is the prime suspect in a string of new homicides. It’s a series that will keep you guessing till the end, and you can easily binge all three seasons.

Genre: Suspense, Drama

Stars: Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger, Ralph Ineson

Directed by: Oded Ruskin, Kasia Adamik, Greg Zglinski

6. Carnival Row

This freshly launched Amazon Original has immediately swept the globe. Carnival Row has already been renewed for a second season, and the response from the public has been very positive. Why did this series make our list of Best Crime Shows? Its lived-in fantasy world and rich mythology have set the program apart from others like it. Because at its core lies a neo-noir murder mystery as intriguing as the environment around it.

This show follows a group of mythological animals that have abandoned their homelands searching for a new home in the city. As tensions between these immigrant animals and town residents build, a spate of murders unfolds at the story’s core, and a detective called Rycroft Philostrate (Orlando Bloom) and a fairy named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) partner together to find the perpetrator. Like many others on this list, this series is a mash-up of genres that is likely to captivate any viewer.

Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Drama

Stars: Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Simon McBurney

Directed by: Thor Freudenthal, Anna Foerster, Andy Goddard, Jan Amiel

7. Verdict

Helosa is a well-known criminal defense attorney who thinks that everyone has the right to a defense, no matter how horrible the act for which they are accused. She has a thorough awareness of the complexities of the jail system and the Brazilian system, in which so many people are abandoned without sufficient care.

But when a shocking crime occurs, and the killer asks Helosa to defend her, she finds herself in the heart of a trap involving the boss of Brazil’s most powerful criminal gang and mysterious persons who want him dead.

Helosa must cope with a childhood tragedy buried in her memory while on this perilous expedition, which may uncover a tragic family secret. The lawyer must decide whether to breach the line that divides the right to a defense and an unforgivable crime in her pursuit of not just the truth in her new client’s case but also the secrets of her own family’s sins.

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Stars: Camila Morgado, Fernando Alves Pinto, Victor Hugo

Directed by: Anahi Berneri, Marina Meliande

8.  Bang Bang Baby

We’ve grown bored of the 1980s in movies and TV shows. And quite deservedly so. But it’s hard not to adore the new all-Italian release in the Amazon Prime Video library for April 2022, which combines the notions of blood and family with the most pop feats that audiovisuals have been able to provide us in recent years. Bang Bang Baby is Andrea Di Stefano’s original series that brings the platform’s production to the Bel Paese; a combination of a commercial soul capable of opening up to an international breath like the distribution that awaits it on the digital window, but with its roots firmly planted on Italian soil, which restores the ferment of contemporary seriality.

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Stars: Arianna Becheroni, Antonio Gerardi, Lucia Mascino

Directed by: Michele Althaique, Margherita Ferri, Giuseppe Bonito

9.  Goliath

Guilty pleasure or not, Amazon’s clever, original series compensates for genre cliches in part owing to another outstanding TV performance from Billy Bob Thornton.

Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) is a drunken, down-on-his-luck lawyer who accepts plea bargains wherever he can get them. McBride, who lives at a motel a few streets from the beach, wakes up with a whiskey and goes to bed with anything and anyone he can find. He is not, however, devoid of lucidity. Even when squandering his skills slumming in the low levels of practicing law, his judgments have a sharpness to them, an insight that comes with earned brilliance. McBride is a man who has been knocked down, yet he chooses to stay there.

Genre: Drama

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Maria Bello

Directed by: Lawrence Trilling, Alik Sakharov, Bill D’Elia, Anthony Hemingway 

Conclusion

Grab a snack because these Amazon Prime Video True Crime Shows will keep you glued to your television for quite some time.