List of films based on crime books

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A list of films that are based on books about crime. Films are listed according to the decade in which the depicted crime occurred, rather than by the film's date of release.

This page includes "crimes" where the "criminal" was later exonerated. This page includes suicides or other deaths which have been deemed to be suspicious by some and have therefore become the subject of conspiracy theories.

For further crimes that arise as a consequence of war, see List of films based on war books.

Contents

12th century[edit]

England[edit]

Frequently filmed: A Morbid Taste for Bones and sequels[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 One Corpse Too Many * 1994 ? UK One Corpse Too Many "Ellis Peters" 1979 Novel
  • * TV movie.

Japan[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Rashomon
羅生門
1950 Akira Kurosawa Japan "In a Grove" Ryūnosuke Akutagawa 1922 Story

14th century[edit]

Italy[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Name of the Rose 1986 Jean-Jacques Annaud Germany, France, Italy The Name of the Rose
Il nome della rosa
Umberto Eco 1980 Novel

16th century[edit]

England[edit]

Anne Boleyn adultery and treason[edit]

1536

Thomas More case[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann UK A Man For All Seasons Robert Bolt 1960 Play

Scotland[edit]

Sawney Bean legend[edit]

17th century[edit]

USA[edit]

Frequently filmed: The Scarlet Letter[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n The Scarlet Letter 1926 Victor Sjöström USA The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne 1850 Novel

Salem witch trials[edit]

1692–1693

Frequently filmed: The Crucible[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Les Sorcières de Salem 1957 Raymond Rouleau France &
East Germany
The Crucible [1][2] Arthur Miller 1953 Play
2 The Crucible 1996 Nicholas Hytner USA The Crucible Arthur Miller 1953 Play

18th century[edit]

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
Das Parfum – Die Geschichte eines Mörders
2006 Tom Tykwer Germany, Spain, France Perfume [4]
Das Parfum
Patrick Süskind 1985 Novel

Frequently filmed: Le Bossu[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Le Bossu aka On Guard 1997 Philippe de Broca France, Italy, Germany Le Bossu Paul Féval 1858 Novel

Affair of the Diamond Necklace[edit]

1785

Great Britain[edit]

Frequently filmed: Doctor Syn and sequels[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Doctor Syn 1937 Roy William Neill UK Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh Russell Thorndike 1915 Novel

Frequently filmed: Moll Flanders[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Württemberg[edit]

Joseph Süß Oppenheimer case[edit]

1737

Bulletin ... upcoming film: Jew Suss: Rise and Fall by Oskar Roehler[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Jew Suss 1934 Michael Balcon UK Jud Süß Lion Feuchtwanger 1925 Novel
2 Jud Süß 1940 Veit Harlan Nazi Germany Jud Süß Lion Feuchtwanger 1925 Novel
2 Jud Süß Wilhelm Hauff 1827 Novella

19th century[edit]

Australia[edit]

For bushrangers, see List of films based on westerns.

Brazil[edit]

For cangaceiros, see List of films based on westerns.

Canada[edit]

For Mounties, see List of films based on westerns.

France[edit]

Corsica[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Vendetta 1950 Howard Hughes (producer) USA Colomba Prosper Mérimée 1840 Novella

Eugène François Vidocq and la Sûreté[edit]

Dreyfus Affair[edit]

See List of films based on war books — peace.

Joseph Vacher case[edit]

1894–1897

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Judge and the Assassin
Le juge et l'assassin
1976 Bertrand Tavernier France Le juge et l'assassin Henri Garet &
René Tavernier
1976 Non-fiction - - -
1 Vacher l'éventreur et les crimes sadiques Alexandre Lacassagne 1899 Non-fiction - - -

India[edit]

Suppression of the Thugs[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Deceivers 1988 Nicholas Meyer India & UK The Deceivers John Masters 1952 Novel

Russia[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Siberian Lady Macbeth
Сибирская леди Макбет
1961 Andrzej Wajda Poland Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Леди Макбет Мценского уезда
Nikolai Leskov 1865 Novel
2 Katerina Izmailova
Катерина Измайлова
1966 Mikhail Shapiro USSR Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Леди Макбет Мценского уезда
Alexander Preis &
Dmitri Shostakovich
1932 Libretto
2 Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Леди Макбет Мценского уезда
Nikolai Leskov 1865 Novel

Frequently filmed: The Winter Queen and sequels[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Azazel *
Азазель
2002 Aleksandr Adabashyan Russia The Winter Queen
Азазель
"Boris Akunin" 1998 Novel
  • * TV miniseries.

UK[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Seven Percent Solution 1976 Herbert Ross UK & USA The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint
from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.
Nicholas Meyer 1974 Novel

Twice filmed: Gas Light[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Wreckers[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Jamaica Inn 1939 Alfred Hitchcock UK Jamaica Inn Daphne du Maurier 1936 Novel

Cato Street Conspiracy[edit]

February 1820

Burke and Hare case[edit]

1827–1828

Twice filmed: "The Body Snatcher"[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Great Gold Robbery of 1855[edit]

15 May 1855

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The First Great Train Robbery
aka The Great Train Robbery
1979 Michael Crichton UK The Great Train Robbery Michael Crichton 1975 Novel

Whitechapel murders[edit]

1888–1891 (Jack the Ripper)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Pandora's Box
Die Büchse der Pandora
1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst Germany Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind 1904 Play
1 Earth Spirit Frank Wedekind 1895 Play
n From Hell 2001 Hughes brothers USA From Hell Alan Moore 1991–1996 Graphic novel
n Murder by Decree 1979 Bob Clark Canada & UK The Ripper File Elwyn Jones & John Lloyd 197? Non-fiction
Frequently filmed: The Lodger[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

USA[edit]

For outlaws and lawmen, see List of films based on westerns.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

Frequently filmed: "The Tell-Tale Heart"[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Tell-Tale Heart [5] α 1953 Ted Parmelee USA "The Tell-Tale Heart" Edgar Allan Poe 1843 Story
  • α Animated film.

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln[edit]

14 April 1865
See List of films based on war books — 1775–1898.
See also Assassinations in fiction.

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson[edit]

24 February 1868

Lizzie Borden case[edit]

4 August 1892

1900s[edit]

USA[edit]

Chester Gillette case[edit]

11 July 1906

Twice filmed: An American Tragedy[edit]

The novel was the subject of an unproduced 1930 screenplay by Sergei Eisenstein.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

1910s[edit]

France[edit]

Henri Désiré Landru case[edit]

1914–1918

UK[edit]

Doctor Crippen case[edit]

after 31 January 1910

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales
El esqueleto de la señora Morales
1960 Rogelio A. González Mexico "The Islington Mystery" Arthur Machen 1927 Story

1920s[edit]

France[edit]

Frequently filmed: L'Affaire Crainquebille[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Crainquebille
Crainquebille
1922 Jacques Feyder France Crainquebille Anatole France [6] 1903 Play
1 L'Affaire Crainquebille Anatole France 1901 Story

Germany[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Pandora's Box
Die Büchse der Pandora
1929 Georg Wilhelm Pabst Germany Pandora's Box Frank Wedekind 1904 Play
1 Earth Spirit Frank Wedekind 1895 Play

Peter Kürten case[edit]

1929

USA[edit]

Bobby Franks murder[edit]

21 May 1924 (Leopold and Loeb)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Rope 1948 Alfred Hitchcock USA Rope Patrick Hamilton 1929 Play
2 Compulsion 1959 Richard Fleischer USA Compulsion Meyer Levin 1957 Play
2 Compulsion Meyer Levin 1956 Novel

Death of Thomas Ince[edit]

19 November 1924

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Cat's Meow 2001 Peter Bogdanovich UK & Germany The Cat's Meow Steven Peros 19?? Play

Scopes Monkey Trial[edit]

1925

Frequently filmed: Inherit the Wind[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Inherit the Wind 1960 Stanley Kramer USA Inherit the Wind Jerome Lawrence & Robert Edwin Lee 1955 Play

Al Capone era[edit]

1925–1931

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n Scarface [7] 1932 Howard Hawks USA Scarface Armitage Trail 1930 [8]¤ Novel
n Road to Perdition 2002 Sam Mendes USA Road to Perdition Max Allan Collins 1998 Graphic novel
n Legends of the Fall 1994 Edward Zwick USA Legends of the Fall Jim Harrison 1979 Novella
St. Valentine's Day Massacre[edit]

14 February 1929

Ruth Snyder case[edit]

20 March 1927

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Double Indemnity 1944 Billy Wilder USA Double Indemnity James M. Cain 1936/
1943
Novel

1930s[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Frequently filmed: Pépé le Moko[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Pépé le Moko 1937 Julien Duvivier France Pépé le Moko "Ashelbé" 193? Novel

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Judas Was a Woman
La Bête humaine
1938 Jean Renoir France La Bête Humaine Émile Zola 1890 Novel

Papin Sisters case[edit]

2 February 1933

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Les Abysses
Les Abysses
1963 Nikos Papatakis France The Maids
Les Bonnes
Jean Genet 1947 Play
2 The Maids 1974 Christopher Miles UK The Maids
Les Bonnes
Jean Genet 1947 Play
3 Sister My Sister 1994 Nancy Meckler UK My Sister in This House [9] Wendy Kesselman 1981 Play
4 Murderous Maids
Les Blessures assassines
2000 Jean-Pierre Denis France L’affaire Papin, Le diable dans la peau Paulette Houdyer 1988 Non-fiction
Twice filmed: A Judgement in Stone[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 A Judgement in Stone 1986 Ousama Rawi Canada & UK A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell 1977 Novel
2 La Cérémonie
La Cérémonie
1995 Claude Chabrol France & Germany A Judgement in Stone Ruth Rendell 1977 Novel

Japan[edit]

Sada Abe case[edit]

18 May 1936

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Petrified Forest 1936 Archie Mayo USA The Petrified Forest Robert E. Sherwood 1935 Play
n Paper Moon 1973 Peter Bogdanovich USA Addie Pray Joe David Brown 1971 Novel
n Brother Orchid 1940 Lloyd Bacon USA "Brother Orchid" (?) Richard Connell 1938 Story

Scottsboro Boys case[edit]

23 April 1931

Lindbergh kidnapping[edit]

1 March 1932

Frequently filmed: Murder on the Orient Express[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Murder on the Orient Express 1974 Sidney Lumet UK Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie 1934 Novel

William D. Lundy murder[edit]

[informative page deleted over copyright violations] [10]
9 December 1932

1940s[edit]

Austria[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed UK The Third Man Graham Greene 1950 Novella

Bahamas[edit]

Sir Harry Oakes murder[edit]

7 July 1943

Canada[edit]

Edwin Alonzo Boyd era[edit]

1949–1952 (Boyd Gang)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Life and Times of Edwin Alonzo Boyd * 1982 Les Rose Canada The Boyd Gang Marjorie Lamb &
Barry Pearson
1976 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

France[edit]

Doctor Petiot case[edit]

before 31 October 1944

Italy[edit]

Salvatore Giuliano era[edit]

Portella della Ginestra massacre[edit]

1 May 1947

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Sicilian 1987 Michael Cimino USA The Sicilian Mario Puzo 1984 Novel

Pleasure Island[edit]

Frequently filmed: The Adventures of Pinocchio[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Pinocchio ♠ α [7] 1940 Walt Disney (producer) USA The Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi 1883 Children's book
  • ♠ A young innocent is deceived by swindlers and sold into slavery.
  • α Animated film.

Kenya[edit]

Happy Valley murder[edit]

1941

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 White Mischief 1987 Michael Radford UK White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll James Fox 197? Non-fiction

Newfoundland[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Young Triffie 2007 Mary Walsh Canada Young Triffie's Been Made Away With Ray Guy 1985 Play

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Dishonored Lady 1947 Robert Stevenson USA Dishonored Lady Edward Sheldon & Margaret Ayer Barnes 1930 Play
n Intruder in the Dust 1949 Clarence Brown USA Intruder in the Dust William Faulkner [11] 1948 Novel
n Undercurrent 1946 Vincente Minnelli USA You Were There Thelma Strabel 194? Novel

Sleepy Lagoon murder[edit]

2 August 1942

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Zoot Suit 1981 Luis Valdez USA Zoot Suit Luis Valdez 1979 Play

Black Dahlia murder[edit]

c. 15 January 1947

West Germany[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Good German 2006 Steven Soderbergh USA The Good German Joseph Kanon 2001 Novel

1950s[edit]

Canada[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 I Confess 1953 Alfred Hitchcock USA Nos deux consciences "Paul Anthelme" 1902 Play

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Irma la Douce 1963 Billy Wilder USA Irma la douce Alexandre Breffort 1956 Musical

UK[edit]

Stone of Scone theft[edit]

25 December 1950 (Christmas Day robbery of a church)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Stone of Destiny 2008 Charles Martin Smith UK & Canada No Stone Unturned: The Story of the Stone of Destiny aka Taking of the Stone of Destiny Ian R. Hamilton 1952 Memoir

Ruth Ellis case[edit]

1955

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Pierrepoint 1995 Adrian Shergold UK Executioner: Pierrepoint Albert Pierrepoint 1974 Memoir

USA[edit]

Great Brink's Robbery[edit]

17 January 1950

Coleman Peterson case[edit]

31 July 1952

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Otto Preminger USA Anatomy of a Murder "Robert Traver" 1958 Novel

Ed Gein case[edit]

1957

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Jonathan Demme USA The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris 1988 Novel
Frequently filmed: Psycho[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Psycho 1960 Alfred Hitchcock USA Psycho Robert Bloch 1959 Novel

Suicide of George Reeves[edit]

16 June 1959

Clutter Family murders[edit]

15 November 1959

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 In Cold Blood 1967 Richard Brooks USA In Cold Blood (book) Truman Capote 1966 Nonfiction
2 In Cold Blood 1996 Jonathan Kaplan USA In Cold Blood (book) Truman Capote 1966 Nonfiction
3 Capote 2005 Bennett Miller USA Capote Gerald Clarke 199? Biography
4 Infamous 2006 Douglas McGrath USA Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career George Plimpton 1997 Biography

1960s[edit]

Argentina[edit]

San Fernando bank robbery[edit]

1965 [12]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Burnt Money
Plata quemada
2000 Marcelo Piñeyro Argentina, France, Spain, Uruguay Money to Burn
Plata quemada
Ricardo Piglia 1997 Novel
  • ♣ The robbery took place in Argentina; the pursuit ended in Uruguay.

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n La Horse
La Horse
1970 Pierre Granier-Deferre France La Horse Michel Lambesc 196? Novel
  • ♠ The film was remade for television in 2005 as Joseph.[13]

Sweden[edit]

Frequently filmed: Roseanna and sequels[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n Stockholm Marathon
Stockholm Marathon
1994 Peter Keglevic Sweden & Germany The Terrorists Sjöwall and Wahlöö 1975 Novel
n The Laughing Policeman Δ 1973 Stuart Rosenberg USA The Laughing Policeman [14] Sjöwall and Wahlöö 1968 Novel

Turkey[edit]

Topkapı Museum[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Topkapi 1964 Jules Dassin USA The Light of Day Eric Ambler 1962 Novel

UK[edit]

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# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n Loot 1970 Silvio Narizzano UK Loot Joe Orton 1965 Play

Profumo Affair[edit]

1963

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Scandal [15] 1989 Michael Caton-Jones UK Scandal (uncredited) Christine Keeler (uncredited) 1989 Memoir

Uruguay[edit]

San Fernando bank robbery getaway[edit]

1965

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Burnt Money
Plata quemada
2000 Marcelo Piñeyro Argentina, France, Spain, Uruguay Money to Burn
Plata quemada
Ricardo Piglia 1997 Novel
  • ♣ The robbery took place in Argentina; the pursuit ended in Uruguay.

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Fitzwilly 1967 Delbert Mann USA A Garden of Cucumbers Poyntz Tyler 1960 Novel

Clarence Earl Gideon case[edit]

3 June 1961

Ian James Campbell murder[edit]

9 March 1963

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Onion Field 1979 Harold Becker USA The Onion Field Joseph Wambaugh 1973 Non-fiction

Boston Strangler case[edit]

1962–1964

Assassination of John F. Kennedy[edit]

22 November 1963

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Reclaiming History[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Four Days in November δ † 1964 Mel Stuart USA Warren Report Earl Warren for
Warren Commission [16]
1964 Report
2 Lee Oswald — Assassin * 1966 Rudolph Cartier UK Dallas, 22. November Felix Lützkendorf 1965 Play
3 Rush to Judgment δ 1967 Emile de Antonio USA Rush to Judgment Mark Lane 1966 Non-fiction
4 Executive Action 1973 David Miller USA Rush to Judgment (uncredited) Mark Lane 1966 Non-fiction
5 On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald δ * 1986 LWT (producer) UK Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy[17] Vincent Bugliosi 2007 Non-fiction
6 JFK 1991 Oliver Stone USA On the Trail of the Assassins Jim Garrison 1990 Non-fiction
6 Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy Jim Marrs 1989 Non-fiction
6 JFK: The CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy ♥ (uncredited) L. Fletcher Prouty ♠ (uncredited) 1992 Non-fiction
6 JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power [18] (uncredited) John M. Newman ♠ (uncredited) 1992 Non-fiction
7 Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy ** 2013 In Development USA Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy [17] Vincent Bugliosi 2007 Non-fiction
  • ♣ Lane is credited as screenwriter, rather than as author.
  • ♦ Bugliosi's preparation for the televised "trial" of deceased defendant Oswald became the book Reclaiming History.
  • ♠ The authors are credited as technical advisors on JFK.
  • ♥ Prouty's book has an introduction by Oliver Stone.
  • * TV special.
  • ** TV miniseries.
  • δ Documentary.
  • † Dramatized documentary.[19]

See also Assassinations in fiction.

Kitty Genovese murder[edit]

13 March 1964

Sylvia Likens murder[edit]

26 October 1965

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Girl Next Door 2007 Gregory Wilson USA The Girl Next Door Jack Ketchum 2005 Novel

Richard Speck case[edit]

13 July 1966

Tate–LaBianca murders[edit]

1969 (Manson Family)

Zodiac case[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Zodiac 2007 David Fincher USA Zodiac Robert Graysmith 1986 Non-fiction

1970s[edit]

Canada[edit]

Helen Betty Osborne murder[edit]

13 November 1971

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Conspiracy of Silence * 1991 Francis Mankiewicz Canada Conspiracy of Silence Lisa Priest 1989 [20]¤ Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

Guyana[edit]

Jonestown Massacre[edit]

18 November 1978

Italy[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Don't Look Now 1973 Nicolas Roeg UK & Italy "Don't Look Now" from
Not After Midnight
Daphne du Maurier 1971 Story

Sweden[edit]

Norrmalmstorg bank robbery[edit]

23–28 August 1973 (Stockholm syndrome)

UK[edit]

Bulletin ... film now in production: Straw Dogs by Rod Lurie[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Straw Dogs 1971 Sam Peckinpah USA The Siege of Trencher's Farm Gordon Williams 197? Novel
n The Wicker Man 1973 Robin Hardy UK The Ritual David Pinner 1967 Novel

Baker Street bank robbery[edit]

11 September 1971

What if ...[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 A Clockwork Orange 1971 Stanley Kubrick UK A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess 1962 Novel
  • ♠ The earliest editions of the novel did not contain a glossary, or any indication that the slang was based on Russian.

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type

New England[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Catamount Killing
Pittsville - Ein Safe voll Blut
Morderstwo w Catamount
1974 Krzysztof Zanussi USA & West Germany [21] I'd Rather Stay Poor James Hadley Chase 1962 Novel
  • ♠ The film, shot in Bennington, Vermont, involves a "bank in a remote town in New England".[22]
    "Catamount" is an infrequently used term for a cougar, but here refers to the fictitious town.

Jeffrey MacDonald case[edit]

17 February 1970

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Fatal Vision ** 1984 David Greene USA Fatal Vision Joe McGinniss 1983 Non-fiction
  • ** TV miniseries.

Knapp Commission on NYPD corruption[edit]

1970–1972

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Serpico 1973 Sidney Lumet USA Serpico: The Cop Who Defied the System Peter Maas 1973? Non-fiction

Watergate burglary[edit]

17 June 1972

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula USA All the President's Men Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward 1974 Memoir
2 Blind Ambition * 1979 George Schaefer USA Blind Ambition: The White House Years John Dean with Taylor Branch 1976 Memoir
3 Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone USA The Final Days Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein 1976 Non-fiction
3 Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character [23] (uncredited) Fawn Brodie (uncredited) 1981 Non-fiction
3 Nixon: the Education of a Politician 1913-62 [23] (uncredited) Stephen Ambrose (uncredited) 1991 Non-fiction
3 Nixon: the Triumph of a Politician 1962-72 [23] (uncredited) Stephen Ambrose (uncredited) 1991 Non-fiction
3 Nixon: Ruin and Recovery 1973-90 [23] (uncredited) Stephen Ambrose (uncredited) 1991 Non-fiction
3 Nixon: A Life [23] (uncredited) Jonathan Aitken (uncredited) 1996 Non-fiction
3 "The Second Coming" [24] (uncredited) W.B. Yeats [25] (uncredited) 1920 Poem
  • * TV movie.

Gay Brooklyn bank robbery[edit]

22 August 1972 [26]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Dog Day Afternoon [27] 1975 Sidney Lumet USA "The Boys in the Bank" P.F. Kluge 1972 Article

Ted Bundy case[edit]

1974–1978

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Deliberate Stranger * 1986 Marvin J. Chomsky USA Bundy: The Deliberate Stranger Richard W. Larsen 1980 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

Frank Lucas case[edit]

before 1975

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 American Gangster 2007 Ridley Scott USA "The Return of Superfly" Mark Jacobson 197? Article

Martha Moxley murder[edit]

31 October 1975

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Murder in Greenwich * 2002 Tom McLoughlin USA Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley? Mark Fuhrman 1998 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

Hillside Strangler case[edit]

1977–1978

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers * 1989 Steve Gethers USA Two of a Kind: The Story of the Hillside Stranglers Darcy O'Brien 1985 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

Bob Crane murder[edit]

29 June 1978

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Auto Focus 2002 Paul Schrader USA The Murder of Bob Crane: Who Killed the Star of Hogan's Heroes? Robert Graysmith 199? Biography

What if ...[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Night Stalker * 1972 John Llewellyn Moxey USA The Kolchak Papers aka The Night Stalker Jeff Rice [28] 197? Novel
  • * TV movie.

1980s[edit]

Australia[edit]

Azaria Chamberlain disappearance[edit]

17 August 1980 (dingo baby abduction)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Evil Angels (aka A Cry in the Dark[29]) 1988 Fred Schepisi Australia and USA Evil Angels [30] John Bryson 1985 Non-fiction

Canada[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Suicide Murders * 1985 Graham Parker Canada The Suicide Murders Howard Engel 1980 Novel
  • * TV movie.

Colin Thatcher case[edit]

21 January 1983

Montreal Massacre[edit]

6 December 1989

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Le Choc
Le Choc
1982 Robin Davis France The Prone Gunman
La Position du tireur couché
Jean-Patrick Manchette 1982 ? Novel

Roberto Succo case[edit]

1980s

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Roberto Succo
Roberto Succo
2001 Cédric Kahn France Je te tue : histoire vraie de Roberto Succo,
assassin sans raison
Pascale Froment 1991 Non-fiction

India[edit]

Bhopal disaster[edit]

3 December 1984

Phoolan Devi case[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Bandit Queen 1994 Shekhar Kapur India India's Bandit Queen: The True Story of Phoolan Devi Mala Sen 1993? Non-fiction

Iran[edit]

Soraya M. case[edit]

1986

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Stoning of Soraya M.
سنگسار ثریا م.
2008 Cyrus Nowrasteh USA The Stoning of Soraya M.
La Femme lapidée
Freidoune Sahebjam 1990 Novel

Mexico[edit]

Enrique Camarena murder[edit]

9 February 1985

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story ** 1990 Brian Gibson USA Desperados Elaine Shannon 198? Non-fiction
1 "Desperados" Elaine Shannon 198? Article
  • ** TV miniseries.

Soviet Union[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Gorky Park 1983 Michael Apted USA Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith 1981 Novel

Andrei Chikatilo case[edit]

1978–1990

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Citizen X * 1995 Chris Gerolmo USA The Killer Department Robert Cullen 1993 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.
What if ...[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Evilenko 2004 David Grieco Italy The Communist Who Ate Children David Grieco 199? Novel
  • ♠ In this version, the murderer, renamed Evilenko, has psychic powers.

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma USA Scarface (uncredited) Armitage Trail (uncredited) 1930 [8] Novel
n The Local Stigmatic 1990/
2007
Al Pacino [31][32] (uncredited) &
David Wheeler
USA The Local Stigmatic Heathcote Williams 196? Play
n Die Hard 1988 John McTiernan USA Nothing Lasts Forever Roderick Thorp 1979 Novel

Doctor Tarnower murder[edit]

10 March 1980 (Scarsdale Diet author death)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Mrs. Harris * 2005 Phyllis Nagy USA Very Much a Lady: The Untold Story of Jean Harris
and Dr. Herman Tarnower
[33]
Shana Alexander 1983 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

John Lennon murder[edit]

8 December 1980

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Chapter 27 2005 J. P. Schaefer USA Let Me Take You Down Jack Jones 200? Non-fiction
1 Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon (uncredited) Robert Rosen (uncredited) 2000 Non-fiction

See also Assassinations in fiction.

Lawrencia "Bambi" Bembenek case[edit]

28 May 1981

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story *
aka Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story
1993 Sandor Stern Canada & USA Woman on Trial Lawrencia Bembenek 1992 Memoir
  • * TV movie.

Henry Lee Lucas case[edit]

before 11 June 1983

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer 1986 John McNaughton USA Lucas Report (uncredited) Jim Mattox, Texas Attorney General (office of) (uncredited) 1986 Report

Alan Berg murder[edit]

18 June 1984

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Talk Radio 1988 Oliver Stone USA Talk Radio Eric Bogosian 1987 Play
1 Talked to Death: The Life and Murder of Alan Berg Stephen Singular 198? Non-fiction

See also Assassinations in fiction.

Exxon Valdez disaster[edit]

23 March 1989

West Germany[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Buffalo Soldiers 2001 Gregor Jordan USA Buffalo Soldiers Robert O'Connor 1993 Novel

1990s[edit]

Australia[edit]

Belgium[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Memory of a Killer
De zaak Alzheimer
2003 Erik Van Looy Belgium De zaak Alzheimer Jef Geeraerts 1985 Novel

Canada[edit]

Paul Bernardo case[edit]

up to 1992

France[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 The Crimson Rivers
Les Rivières pourpres
2000 Mathieu Kassovitz France Blood Red Rivers Jean-Christophe Grangé 1998 Novel
n Fuck Me aka Rape Me
Baise-moi
2000 Virginie Despentes & Coralie Trinh Thi France Baise-moi Virginie Despentes 1993 Novel

India[edit]

Bombay bombings of 1993[edit]

12 March 1993

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Black Friday 2004 Anurag Kashyap India Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts S. Hussain Zaidi 199? Non-fiction

Singapore[edit]

Barings Bank collapse[edit]

1995

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Rogue Trader 1999 James Dearden UK Rogue Trader: How I Brought Down Barings Bank
and Shook the Financial World
Nick Leeson 199? Memoir

Spain[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Nadie conoce a nadie 1999 Mateo Gil Spain El que apaga la luz Juan Bonilla 1994 Novel (?)
  • ♠ A crossword puzzle writer becomes involved in a bizarre mystery in Seville.

UK[edit]

James Bulger murder[edit]

12 February 1993

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Basis
1 Boy A 2007 John Crowley UK Boy A Jonathan Trigell 2004 Novel -
  • ♠ The principal connection to the Bulger case appears to be the youthfulness of the convicted boys.

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
n Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 Sidney Lumet USA Tainted Evidence Robert Daley 1997 ? Novel

Suicide of Vince Foster[edit]

20 July 1993

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Primary Colors 1998 Mike Nichols USA Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics "Anonymous"
(Joe Klein)
1996 Novel

Vietnam[edit]

2000s[edit]

Aruba[edit]

Natalee Holloway disappearance[edit]

30 May 2005

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Natalee Holloway* 2009 Mikael Salomon USA Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith Beth Holloway 2007 Non-fiction
  • * TV movie.

Brazil[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 City of God
Cidade de Deus
2002 Fernando Meirelles & Kátia Lund Brazil City of God
Cidade de Deus
Paulo Lins 1997 Novel

Italy[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Gomorrah
Gomorra
2008 Matteo Garrone Italy Gomorrah
Gomorra - Viaggio nell'impero economico
e nel sogno di dominio della camorra
Roberto Saviano 2006 Non-fiction

Mexico[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Trade 2007 Marco Kreuzpaintner Germany "The Girls Next Door" Peter Landesman 2004 Article

South Korea[edit]

Hwaseong serial murders[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Memories of Murder 2003 Bong Joon-ho South Korea Memories of Murder Shim Sung-bo 1996 Play

USA[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Sin City д 2005 Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez USA The Hard Goodbye Frank Miller 1991–1992 Graphic novel
n Reversible Errors ** 2004 Mike Robe USA Reversible Errors Scott Turow 2002 Novel
  • д Decade when story occurs is presumed.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Valerie Plame exposure[edit]

14 July 2003

Bulletin ... upcoming film: Fair Game by Doug Liman[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
1 Fair Game 2010 Doug Liman USA Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House Valerie Plame Wilson 2007 Memoir

Political crimes[edit]

For political prisoners, see List of films based on civics books.

Drug trade[edit]

For traffickers, see above.
For addicts, see List of films based on civics books.

Prisons[edit]

For punishment and prisons, see List of films based on civics books.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Recipient of the Tony Award in 1953.
  2. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2002.
  3. ^ Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, but declined to accept.
  4. ^ Recipient of the World Fantasy Award in 1987.
  5. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2001.
  6. ^ France was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921.
  7. ^ a b Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1994.
  8. ^ a b Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  9. ^ Recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 1981.
  10. ^ Sources to employ if attempting to rewrite deleted article:
    "The Reward". Time magazine. August 27, 1945. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
    "$35,000 Going to Man Wrongfully Imprisoned". Associated Press in The Hartford Courant. July 23, 1965. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
    Center on Wrongful Convictions
  11. ^ Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949.
  12. ^ Details about the 1965 robbery are difficult to find, but the event occurred in the Buenos Aires suburb called San Fernando.
    Source: Plata Quemada, en el umbral de la novela policiaca posmoderna, Carlos Luis Torres Gutiérrez, profesor de literatura, Pontificia Universidad Javierana, 1999. (Spanish)
  13. ^ Source: French Wikipédia.
  14. ^ Recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1971.
  15. ^ The film was later spoofed as The Man Who Knew Too Little, with Joanne Whalley-Kilmer playing a similar role in both films.
  16. ^ The film's opening credits include "Film and Research Sources". The first such source listed is the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy.
  17. ^ a b Recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book in 2008.
  18. ^ Source: Lavington (q.v.), p. 169.
  19. ^ The opening credits state that "[c]ertain scenes have been recreated in the original locations by the actual participants."
    Although the film is essentially a compilation film of high quality, certain minor situations have been recreated, typically a person (a priest, a judge) travelling to his destination (the hospital, the airport). These scenes are seamlessly integrated.
  20. ^ Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of Library and Archives Canada.
    Source: Library Search.
  21. ^ The IMDb describes the film as a Polish–West German production, which seems unlikely, especially for a film in angielski (English), according to Polish Wikipedia. The IMDb lists countries alphabetically by default, so this could be West German–Polish. A reasonable scenario is West German, with a noted Polish director hired for the production. Polish Wikipedia says the film is an amerykańsko–niemiecki film which fits the facts well and has therefore been used in the table.
  22. ^ Source: IMDb review by "John Seal", 2008.
  23. ^ a b c d e Source: Lavington (q.v.), p. 226.
  24. ^ The poem is recited by Richard Helms (Sam Waterston) in the extended version.
  25. ^ Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.
  26. ^ Source: Dog day aftertaste, Eric Holm, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, no. 10-11, 1976, pp. 3-4.
    It is unclear what the common name for the robbery was prior to the release of the film.
  27. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2009.
  28. ^ Rice is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
  29. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  30. ^ Recipient of the Allen Lane Award in 1985.
  31. ^ Source: Kamp and Levi (q.v.), p. 89.
  32. ^ Pacino is described as the director in the Wikipedia article on the playwright Heathcote Williams.
  33. ^ Recipient of the Edgar Award for Best fact crime book in 1984.

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