The 5 Best New True Crime Movies of 2023 We Can’t Wait to Watch

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When it comes to true crime, we are obsessed. Whether we’re learning about it through new TV shows, documentaries, podcasts, or books, true crime never fails to fascinate (and horrify) us with all its gory and mind-bending detail.

In 2022, true crime fanatics were introduced to Netflix movies like The Good Nurse, documentaries like The Tinder Swindler, and big motion pictures like Till. For 2023, streaming services and movie theaters are gearing up for another big year of true crime cases covering all kinds of different topics, from murder to kidnapping and terrorism.

Here are the most anticipated true crime movies of 2023. Keep checking back on this article, as we’ll be updating it with new premiere dates as more information becomes available.

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When it premieres: January 5, 2023 on Discovery+

What it’s about: On January 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol was attacked. This documentary explores what exactly happened on that fateful day in our nation’s history, as well as provide firsthand accounts from witnesses.

Watch the trailer here


The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker

When it premieres: January 10, 2023 on Netflix

What it’s about: In 2013, a YouTube video was posted that showed a homeless hitchhiker named Kai (born Caleb McGillvary) using a hatchet to attack the man who gave him a ride. Reportedly, Kai did that because the man allegedly hit a pedestrian with his car and then started choking someone who ran over to help.

Kai’s actions and news interview about the incident quickly went viral, but that’s not the end of the story.

Months later, Kai was “arrested for allegedly taking the life of a man in New Jersey,” a news reporter shares in the documentary’s trailer.

With that information in mind, many people begin to wonder if the hatchet incident happened the way Kai said it did.

Watch the trailer here


Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert

When it premieres: January 17, 2023 on Peacock

What it’s about: You probably know about Amber Alerts when you get them on your phone, but did you know that system was created because of a girl named Amber Hagerman?

Twenty-five years ago, a nine-year-old girl named Amber Hagerman was kidnapped while riding her bike and was found dead four days later. Her murder has never been solved, but this tragedy did end up helping to create the Amber Alert system to help find other missing children. (“AMBER” actually stands for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.)

Since its creation in 1996, Amber Alerts have helped save over 1100 kids.

This documentary explores new theories and evidence in Amber’s abduction and murder.

Watch the trailer here

When it premieres: March 17, 2023 on Hulu

What it’s about: In the 1960s, a serial killer and rapist, dubbed ‘The Boston Strangler,’ killed 11 women across the state of Massachusetts. Albert DeSalvo took credit for the crimes, but it wasn’t until 2013 that DNA evidence could prove he was, in fact, the culprit.

DeSalvo was already in prison for another crime when he made the jailhouse confession, but he was never charged for the Boston Strangler murders. He was later mysteriously found dead in his cell in 1973.

This movie will focus on the female reporter, Loretta McLaughlin (Keira Knightley), who was the first journalist to connect the various Massachusetts murders to one perpetrator.

Loretta, along with her colleague, Jean Cole (Carrie Coon), battled sexism of the 1960s, but they didn’t let that stop them from reporting on this notorious killing spree targeting women.


Killers of the Flower Moon

When it premieres: TBA 2023 on Apple TV+

What it’s about: Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this movie based on David Grann’s 2017 nonfiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

When members of the Native American tribe, the Osage Nation, are murdered under mysterious circumstances in Oklahoma in the 1920s, a major FBI investigation develops that is orchestrated by J. Edgar Hoover.

These crimes happened after oil was discovered underneath the Osage tribe’s land, and members were getting super rich because of their rights to any mineral discoveries on their land.

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