Movies About Wrongful Convictions

The following films are only a few of the many films that deal with issues of innocence and the wrongly convicted. Some are documentaries while others feature award winning actors. Many are available through Netflix, though if purchased through the link here to Amazon, a portion of the sale made will be donated back to the Innocence Project of Florida.


After Innocence

After Innocence tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated – innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. Focusing on the gripping stories of seven men, including a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father that were sent to prison for decades – in some cases death row – for crimes they did not commit, After Innocence explores the emotional journeys these men face when thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars.

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Courtney B. Vance and Gil Bellows star in the story of Clarence Brandley, an African-American high school janitor at a Texas high school who, in 1981, was wrongly convicted of the rape and murder of a 16 year-old student. He was held for nine years on death row, only to be set free when the true murderer–a white man who had left hair samples at the crime scene–finally confessed.



Betty Anne Waters, a young woman whose world is shattered when her beloved brother Kenny is convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Steadfastly convinced of his innocence, Betty Anne embarks on an 18-year journey to set Kenny free, using state-of-the-art forensic technology. The unshakable bond between a brother and sister, at the heart of this real-life drama, will stir your emotions and inspire you.


The Exonerated

Director Bob Balaban’s film adaptation of Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s true-life stage play. The story focuses on six people who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit and spent years on various death rows before their cases were re-examined and new evidence led to their being set free.


The Thin Blue Line

Philadelphia, 1976. The city of Brotherly Love is waging a successful war against crime led by its tough-talking mayor, Frank Rizzo (Paul Sorvino). But a maverick investigative reporter, Jonathan Neumann (Rob Morrow), has heard some troubling rumors: stories of innocent people victimized by a “goon squad” of law enforcement officers.


The Trials of Darry Hunt

This documents the aftermath of a brutal rape/murder & wrongful conviction in the modern American south. Told from the point of view of an investigative journalist an unyielding defense attorney & a wrongfully convicted man this examines a community & justice system subject to racial bias & tainted by fear.


Murder on a Sunday Morning

The Academy Award-winning documentary Murder on a Sunday Afternoon, which originally aired on HBO as part of its America Undercover series, is a troubling look at modern police investigation that unfolds in a story as compelling and suspenseful as any fictional drama.

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What would you do if you discovered that 13 people slated for execution had been found innocent? That was exactly the question that Illinois Governor George Ryan faced in his final days in office. He alone was left to decide whether 167 death row inmates should live or die.

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