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3 True-Crime Movies That Got The Real Cases Wrong

today9 May 2021


The truth, as they say, is always multi-faceted. But which version of the truth makes it to the big screen? Check out these three films portraying America’s most ruthless, yet strangely fascinating criminals and how they deviate from the real cases. 

1. Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are notorious criminals who made waves in American crime history. In the movie starring Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway, the couple falls in love, kills a whole lot of people and robs a series of banks. In one scene, Clyde subdues his attacker without fatally harming him.

This is different from what transpired in real life where he killed the attacker instead. 

2. Legend

This gorgeous yet harrowing cinematic film features Tom Hardy as one-half of the Kray brothers, British criminals who were the foremost perpetrators of organised crime in the East End of London from the late 1950s to 1967. The death of Jack McVitie is depicted at a party where he was stabbed by Tom Hardy’s character, Reggie Kray.

However, the real Reggie Kray allegedly confessed that his twin brother Ronnie was involved in the murder as well by restraining Jack while Reggie killed him. 

3. Monster

Charlize Theron went to great lengths to transform her appearance to the likeness of Aileen Wuornos, an American serial killer who is responsible for the murders of six different men. She is violently beaten and raped in the movie, prompting her to lash out and kill in the name of self-defence. 

But in real life, Aileen allegedly confessed,

“I want to come clean. There is no self-defence,” said Wuornos. “And so I need to come clean, I need to tell the world that there is no self-defence in my cases.”


To this day, nobody really knows what the true stories are. 


*Cover image via Warner Bros-Seven Arts 

Written by: Farah Qistina

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