20 Best Binge-worthy Crime Shows on Netflix to Add to Your Watch List


If you are looking for some binge-worthy crime shows on Netflix to watch next, we’ve got a list of 20 you will not want to miss.

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If you’re a true crime junkie like me than I’m sure you’re always looking for a good crime movie or show to binge next.

We’ve selected the 20 most bingeable crime shows on Netflix that you will not want to miss.

Whether you are interested in serial killers, heists, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, there is a show for you on this list.

From true crime shows like Mindhunter, Dahmer and Painkiller to fictional crime series like Ozark, Florida Man and Longmire, Netflix has a wide range of crime focused shows to satisfy your crime cravings!

As with all of our list, we offer a free show checklist for you download for later reference.

20 True Crime Shows on Netflix

1. Ozark

  • Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-4 (2017-2022)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘Ozark’ on IMDb

A financial planner gets entangled in money laundering for a drug cartel, leading him and his family to relocate to the Ozarks. Their attempt to launder money while navigating the criminal underworld makes for a riveting watch.

2. Mindhunter

  • Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-2 (2017-2019)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘Mindhunter’ on IMDb

Enter the minds of serial killers as FBI agents delve deep into psychology to understand and profile criminals. Based on true events, this show explores the origins of criminal profiling.

3. Seven Seconds

  • Cast: Clare-Hope Ashitey, Regina King, Beau Knapp
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2018)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDb: ‘Seven Seconds’ on IMDb

When a black teenager is critically injured by a white cop in a hit and run, tensions flare in Jersey City. The aftermath exposes racial tensions and the complexities of the justice system.

4. Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Delve into the chilling true story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. This limited series follows Dahmer’s heinous crimes and the investigation that led to his capture, offering a disturbing yet riveting portrayal.

5. Florida Man

  • Cast: Edgar Ramírez, Abbey Lee, Jack Huston, Darren Criss
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2023)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy
  • IMDb: ‘Florida Man’ on IMDb

Set in the Sunshine State, this darkly comedic series unravels the bizarre and outrageous crimes inspired by the infamous “Florida Man” headlines. Expect quirky characters and wild plotlines.

6. Painkiller

  • Cast: Uzo Aduba, Matthew Broderick, Rosario Dawson
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2023)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDb: ‘Painkiller’ on IMDb

Based on a true story, this show exposes the opioid crisis through the eyes of a pharmaceutical company. It delves into the devastating consequences of the opioid epidemic on communities and individuals.

7. Bodies

  • Cast: Amaka Okafor, Kyle Soller, Stephen Graham
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2023)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘Bodies’ on IMDb

Four detectives in four different time periods of London find themselves investigating the same murder. (from imdb)

8. The Chestnut Man

  • Cast: Danica Curcic, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, David Dencik
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2021)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • IMDb: ‘The Chestnut Man’ on IMDb

A macabre tale unfolds as a series of brutal murders terrify Copenhagen. Each victim is found with a chestnut figure nearby, leading investigators on a chilling hunt for a twisted killer.

9. Narcos

  • Cast: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-3 (2015-2017)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Biography
  • IMDb: ‘Narcos’ on IMDb

Follow the rise and fall of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in this intense series. Set in Colombia, it showcases the dangerous cat and mouse game between law enforcement and Escobar’s drug empire.

10. Narcos: Mexico

  • Cast: Diego Luna, Scoot McNairy, Michael Peña
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-3 (2018-2021)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDb: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ on IMDb

Delve into the birth of Mexico’s drug war in the 1980s as it traces the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Félix Gallardo, and the subsequent DEA pursuit.

11. Criminal: Germany

  • Cast: Eva Meckbach, Sylvester Groth, Florence Kasumba
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1 (2019)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘Criminal: Germany’ on IMDb

This intense police procedural takes place entirely within the confines of an interrogation room, focusing on the psychological cat and mouse games between detectives and suspects.

12. Criminal: Spain

  • Cast: Emma Suárez, Jorge Bosch, Álvaro Cervantes
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1 (2019)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘Criminal: Spain’ on IMDb

Like its counterparts, this gripping show focuses on the intense interrogation tactics used by Spanish detectives to crack criminal cases, delving deep into the minds of suspects.

13. Green Frontier (Frontera Verde)

  • Cast: Juana del Rio, Angela Cano, Miguel Dionisio Ramos
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2019)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • IMDb: ‘Green Frontier’ on IMDb

Set in the Amazon, this series follows a young detective and an indigenous female cop as they investigate a series of ritualistic murders, unveiling the dark secrets of the jungle.

14. Who Killed Sara? (¿Quién mató a Sara?)

  • Cast: Manolo Cardona, Ginés García Millán, Carolina Miranda
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-3 (2021-2022)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • IMDb: ‘Who Killed Sara?’ on IMDb

Seeking revenge for his sister’s death, Álex unearths dark family secrets and uncovers the truth behind Sara’s mysterious demise. Twists and turns abound in this suspenseful series.

15. Money Heist (La Casa de Papel)

  • Cast: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-5 (2017-2021)
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
  • IMDb: ‘Money Heist’ on IMDb

A group of skilled robbers, led by “The Professor,” executes intricate heists. The show’s blend of high stakes action, intricate plans, and personal drama keeps audiences hooked.

16. El Chapo

  • Cast: Marco de la O, Humberto Busto, Diego Vásquez
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-3 (2017-2018)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • IMDb: ‘El Chapo’ on IMDb

This series chronicles the rise and fall of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the notorious Mexican drug lord. It details his escape from prison and the DEA’s relentless pursuit.

17. The Valhalla Murders (Brot)

  • Cast: Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Björn Thors, Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2019)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • IMDb: ‘The Valhalla Murders’ on IMDb

A troubled detective returns to Iceland to investigate a series of chilling murders that seem to be connected to a dark secret from the past.

18. The Serpent

  • Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2021)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb: ‘The Serpent’ on IMDb

Based on true events, this series follows the crimes of serial killer Charles Sobhraj, who preyed on tourists along the “Hippie Trail” in the 1970s. It’s a chilling portrayal of his manipulative ways.

19. The Innocent (El Inocente)

  • Cast: Mario Casas, Alexandra Jiménez, Aura Garrido
  • Number of Seasons: Season 1 (2021)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • IMDb: ‘The Innocent’ on IMDb

After serving time for accidentally killing a man in a bar brawl, Mateo Vidal tries to rebuild his life. However, a phone call resurfaces the past, thrusting him into a new vortex of crime and conspiracy. The series unfolds as Mateo navigates a web of secrets, lies, and unexpected connections, all while trying to protect his loved ones and prove his innocence.

20. Longmire

  • Cast: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Number of Seasons: Seasons 1-6 (2012-2017)
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Western
  • IMDb: ‘Longmire’ on IMDb

Set in Wyoming, this modern Western follows Sheriff Walt Longmire as he solves crimes while dealing with personal loss and navigating the challenges of a changing society.

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