23 Movies & TV Shows To Watch After The 'Amanda Knox' Documentary
If it feels like you haven't heard much about Amanda Knox in years, that's all about to change. Knox, the U.S. college student who, while studying abroad in Italy in 2007, found herself in the middle of an international scandal, is starring in the new Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox. The film is bound to have everybody talking, as it details how Knox was convicted of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher in 2009 and, in total, spent four years in an Italian prison before being exonerated in 2015. It's Netflix's next Making a Murderer — an original documentary poised to have audiences everywhere watching and debating Knox's case. Like Making a Murderer, it's also destined to leave you wanting more. In case you catch the true crime bug, here are a selection of movies and television shows to watch if you love Amanda Knox .
Speaking about the new documentary, Knox told Good Morning America recently that she hopes the film will help people understand "what it feels like to be wrongfully convicted, to either be this terrible monster or be just a regular person who is vulnerable." These 23 movies and TV shows explore themes of wrongful convictions, true crimes, and larger than life murder mysteries.
1. Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy
Hayden Panettiere starred in the Lifetime movie based on Knox's story. The movie, which premiered before Knox was released from prison after her conviction was overturned in 2011, isn't going to bring you any more of the facts than the documentary, but it will give you an interesting look at how Knox was seen in the media just a few years ago.
2. The Central Park Five
This 2012 documentary explores what happened in 1989, when five African American and Latino men were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park, only to have another man admit to the crime years later, causing their charges to be vacated in 2011.
3. The Face Of An Angel
The Face of an Angle is a fictional drama inspired by Knox's trial starring Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, and Cara Delevingne. It's available on Netflix.
4. The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey
The 1996 murder of JonBenét Ramsey remains one of the most famous murder cases in U.S. history. 20 years after it first took over American news, CBS is diving back into the case in their new investigative docuseries, The Case Of: JonBenét Ramsey.
5. 12 Angry Men
This classic film stars Henry Fonda as the only man serving on a jury who believes the defendant to be innocent. It's a gripping film about American justice that will have you both excited and skeptical about the court system.
6. Capturing The Friedmans
This is Andrew Jarecki's 2003 documentary on the Friedmans, a middle-class family that was turned upside down when the patriarch and one son — Arnold and Jesse Friedman — were accused of child molestation in 1987. Both Friedmans confessed to the crimes, and were convicted and sent to prison.
7. All Good Things
Need a break from depressing true stories? Check out All Good Things, which stars Ryan Gosling as a man suspected of killing his wife (Kristen Dunst). Granted, the movie is inspired by the real suspicions surrounding Robert Durst, but, hey, there's Gosling. (Available on Netflix.)
8. The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
HBO's explosive docuseries, The Jinx, featured absolutely crazy interviews with Durst himself.
9. Making A Murderer
Netflix's docuseries Making a Murderer made Netflix the number one spot for documentaries investigating the justice system. It also made true crime addicts of us all. You can find it on Netflix.
10. The Fear Of 13
If your favorite part of Amanda Knox is the interview with Knox herself, then The Fear of 13 is a great movie to watch next. The movie mostly consists of interviews with Nick Yarris, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 23 years on Death Row. It's on Netflix.
Charlize Theron stars as Aileen Wuornos, a woman who was convicted of killing seven men in Florida in 1989 and 1990.
Another drama based on true crime, Foxcatcher tells the grim story of John E. du Pont, a millionaire with an unhealthy obsession with training world-class wrestlers.
13. Team Foxcatcher
Fiction not good enough for you? Team Foxcatcher the documentary explores the real story that inspired Foxcatcher. It's available on Netflix.
Freeform's new series, Guilt, is basically the Amanda Knox story gone Pretty Little Liars.
15. We Need To Talk About Kevin
Wonder what it takes to make a killer? We Need to Talk About Kevin tries to answer that question with an eerily spot-on cast. It's available on Netflix.
16. The Fall
The Fall is not a docuseries, nor is it based on a true story. And, considering the fact that it's a show about a vicious yet sexy serial killer, that's probably a good thing. Catch it on Netflix.
17. The People V. O.J. Simpson
Obviously, if juicy true crime is your thing, you're going to want to look at The People v. O.J. Simpson.
18. O.J. Made In America
Part of what makes Amanda Knox so interesting is that it explores how the media affected Knox's trial. ESPN's O.J. Made in America documentary similarly places the O.J. Simpson case within its historical context, specifically the racial tensions that had been growing in L.A.
19. Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret
Jodi Arias' murder trial — she was convicted in 2013 of killing her ex boyfriend — was one of the tabloid's favorite stories. Arias was the subject of a Lifetime movie, Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret.
20. The Thin Blue Line
Errol Morris' iconic documentary, The Thin Blue Line, is both a fascinating take on how true crime documentaries are made and an incredible piece of investigative filmmaking. It's available on Netflix.
21. West of Memphis
West of Memphis is a documentary look at the West Memphis Three, three men who were wrongfully convicted of murdering three boys in 1994.
22. 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets isn't so much about a murderer, Michael Dunn, but about the young man he was convicted of killing, Jordan Davis. In 2012, Dunn shot and killed Davis in a parking lot allegedly because Davis and his friends were listening to loud music.
23. The Fugitive
If wrongful conviction-meets-action appeals to you, there's always Harrison Ford's The Fugitive.
When you're done with Amanda Knox, give these 23 films and shows a whirl, but be prepared — you're gonna have feelings about the law.