By Sarah Begley and TIME Photo
Updated: February 17, 2017 5:04 PM ET | Originally published: April 8, 2015

As any local news producer knows, audiences can’t get enough of crime stories; and when filmmakers elevate the facts of an interesting case with narrative style, moviegoers can’t resist. Here are some of the most intriguing movies based on true crimes, including financial hijinks like The Wolf of Wall Street, The Bling Ring and American Hustle, gangster flicks like Black Mass, Goodfellas and American Gangster, and bizarre and grizzly violent crimes like The Black Dahlia, Monster and In Cold Blood—the adaptation of the original true crime “non-fiction novel” pioneered by Truman Capote.

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