Underrated Movies Based On Real-Life Crimes

10. The Bank Job

The Bank Job

The Bank Job is based on an actual robbery known in Britain as “the walkie-talkie bank job.”Jason Statham had a rare light-on-action role in movie, playing the role of Terry Leather, a car dealer who owes a heavy debt to some local thugs.

9.  The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow is fun as a portrait of the intersection between old-time fame and power, as well as a fascinating speculation on a killing that was never solved. Rumors have long swirled that literally silence of those present was bought that night.

8. Summer of Sam 

Summer of Sam 

Spike Lee's Summer of Sam captures the fear and terror that spread through New York City during the summer of 1977. A series of gruesome murders, all apparently committed by the same person, had everyone shook.  It's a stylish masterpiece of cinematic anxiety. 

7. Bernie


The film finds humor in the quirky personalities of its central character, as well as the offbeat idea that the town's residents are okay with him offing a woman nobody cared for. Bernie is a kooky crime flick that takes a nice low-key approach. 

6. The Snowtown Murders 

The Snowtown Murders 

It details how an angry man named John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) becomes a mentor/manipulator to his girlfriend's teenage son Jamie . Together, they go on a killing spree. This is about as insightful a look into the abyss as you'll find. 

5. The Honeymoon Killers 

The Honeymoon Killers 

Made with an eye toward creating a sense of authenticity, the movie offers a harrowing depiction of codependence and sociopathy. Powerful performances from Stoler and Lo Bianco add to the picture's unnerving quality. 

4. Heavenly Creatures 

heavenly creatures

Heavenly Creatures stars Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey as teen girls in New Zealand who strike up an intense friendship. Indulging in fantasies and pretending they’re real is an everyday activity for them. That leads to murder when their parents feel the bond is becoming unhealthy. 

3. Bully


Bully is an exceptionally difficult film to watch, but it's one that has great power if you can handle the tough material. The sequence in which the murder is carried out is graphic and horrifying. Bully's real power, though, is in depicting the moral lapses that allow these kids to take such an extreme measure. 

2. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 

This exceptionally well-reviewed film offers a fascinating look at historical racism in Australia, in addition to true insight on the progenitors of violence. It's a smart picture about a tough subject, and one that never quite made a splash with domestic audiences.  

1. A Cry in the Dark 

A Cry in the Dark 

The film offers another riveting performance from Streep, as well as a compelling look into a case that rocked Australia for years. It deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated for the hard-hitting drama it is.