11 Best Crime Documentary Movies To Watch On Netflix So Far In 2017

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Prepare to binge.

Take it from a girl who once didn't move from her couch for a 12-hour period except to snack and pee; true crime documentaries are probably the most addicting movies on Netflix. 

Often focused on cold cases where there's a solid chance the murderer is either dead or still walking around free or getting into the twisted minds of some of the most notorious serial killers, true these documentaries on Netflix suck you in. And they do it fast. 

Personally, I can get lost in some "Law & Order: SVU" and "Criminal Minds" and not notice if a few days have gone by. But documentaries are even more terrifying because they're telling stories that actually happened. 

Which makes them that much more addicting. 

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But it's the season for being freaked out in your living room! So pop some popcorn, wrap yourself up in your coziest blanket and prepare to never want to walk alone at night again. 

These are the 11 best crime documentaries to watch on Netflix right now, some are new in 2017 and a few of the movies are old favorites: 

1. The Keepers

Typically not found in many criminal cases — especially murder — this documentary dives into the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a nun who disappeared in 1969 and whose body was found months later. 

Prepare to feel insanely puzzled as the documentary attempts to uncover the real story of this cold case. Follow some of the most dedicated amateur sleuths who tell how abuse, religion, history, family secrets and conspiracy all played a part in Sister Cathy's death. 

2. Newtown

This documentary covers the heartbreaking mass shooting that killed 20 elementary school students and six teachers on Dec. 14, 2012. Filmmaker Kim Snyder speaks with several of the victims' families and takes a look in the system that led to this massacre in Newtown. 

Included in the film are never before heard testimonies that show what it was like to live in the aftermath of the shooting. 

3. Confession Tapes

This true crime documentary tells six stories of people who were convicted of murder and claim that their confessions were either coerced, false or involuntary. Filmmakers investigate just how police get people to confess to crimes — and how easily it can happen to anyone. 

4. Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses. 

In 2007, 22-year-old Janet Moses was killed in an attempted exorcism in New Zealand by her family after they believed she was possessed. This documentary includes a series of interviews that try to reconstruct why Moses' family thought they could heal her through the concept of makutu, a belief in malignant occult powers that only certain people possess. 

Makutu is widely believed by many in New Zealand. 

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5. Long Shot 

This documentary follows the story of Juan Catalan, and how he had to save his life by proving he was one of 56,000 people at a Dodgers game — or he'd be convicted of a murder he didn't commit. 

He was arrested and charged in 2003 for the murder of 16-year-old Martha Puebla. 

6. Making a Murderer 

If you haven't watched this docu-series yet, you're doing yourself (and your inner sleuth) a serious disservice. 

Steven Avery served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, but once he was free, some people wanted to see him put away again for another crime. But did he really do it? Making A Murderer follows his story and leaves you with a lot of questions about the murder and criminal justice system.

7. Killer Kids

This chilling docu-series looks into cases where murders were committed by none other than children. Everything from hate crimes to occult slayings to gang initiations are covered as investigators try to piece together what exactly turns kids into killers. 

8. Casting JonBenet

Unlike typical true crime documentaries, this one approaches the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey by focusing on casting a fictional film about the case. 

Through interviews with the actors auditioning to play the main characters of the story, their thoughts on the case are revealed as well as the lasting impact the child's murder had on the town of Boulder, Colorado. 

9. Who Took Johnny? 

In 1982, 12-year-old Johnny Gosch disappeared on his paper route in Des Moines. His case went cold despite multiple reports of people seeing Johnny years later — including one from his own mother. 

This documentary follows Noreen Gosch's ongoing search for his son and reveals some theories as to what exactly happened to him. 

10. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer 

This documentary dives head first into the life of Aileen Wuornos who went on a killing spree in 1989 and murdered seven men at point-blank range. Filmmaker Nick Broomfield actually made another film about America's most notorious female serial killer first and created this one about the events leading up to her execution in 2002. 

11. Dear Zachary

This interesting take on the murder of Andrew Bagby is directed toward Bagby's son, Zachary. Bagby was killed in 2001 before his son was born. This heartbreaking documentary is an attempt for Zachary to get know his father but comes with a devastating twist you could have never predicted. 

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz).