Netflix's best true crime documentaries have quickly become classics in its genre

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Making A Murderer
"Making A Murderer" is an original Netflix true crime documentary, which debuted in December 2015. YouTube/Netflix US & Canada

Netflix -- as much as it has made a name for itself as one of the largest and most prefered streaming sites -- has also solidified itself with its original series and documentaries. True crime, in particular, has been a growing expertise of the company and below are some of the most watched and most recommended of its original documentaries.

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“Making A Murderer” (2015)

“Making A Murderer” was first released in 2015 and has since been a staple in the documentary roster of Netflix International. The episodes follow the murder cases of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey over the course of several years. It has, as Paste Magazine reported, all the makings of a crime classic -- a struggle between classes, questionable police activities, coincidental evidence and two men fighting for their innocence. And in the midst of it, is the family of slain Teresa Halbach, who face the press and media with steady hands.

Watch the official trailer for “Making A Murderer”

“Amanda Knox” (2016)

Netflix wholly covers the murder of Meredith Kercher in “Amanda Knox,” which was released earlier this year. It follows the handful of cases of Amanda Knox, an American exchange student in Europe, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Together, the two experienced a roller coaster of emotions as the Italian courts went back and forth with their convictions. Mixed in with various news reports, documents and evidence, is Knox herself as she tells her side of the story that took international media by storm.

Watch the official trailer for “Amanda Knox”

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“Team Foxcatcher” (2016)

Released after Bennett Miller’s film of the same subject, Netflix’s take on the events surrounding the murder of Dave Schultz is more straightforward and direct. It focuses on the lives within Foxcatcher estate, which housed champion wrestlers as they trained together under the financial support of John du Pont and continues on to dissect the head-scratching murder of Shultz. As “Team Foxcatcher” weaves in opinion and information directly from Schultz's widow, there is a fair share of insight that has not been made public.  

Watch the official trailer for “Team Foxcatcher”

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