True Crime is a major genre in cinema, most likely because the heroes and villains are readily apparent. However, without a sure hand guiding the screenplay, these films can easily fall flat. The writer has to take a laundry list of facts and chronological events and from them shape a compelling dramatic conflict while (hopefully) staying true to the essence of the real story.
Usually, writers tend to stick too close to the facts thereby draining all life and spontaneity from the drama, or drift too far from the facts and turn a potentially original film into a cookie-cutter Hollywood film. These are 20 great films that manage to ride the fine line in between.