Jaw dropper alert! These Netflix shows based on true stories will captivate you from the moment you pop them on. The true-crime dramas will tug at your heartstrings and have you wanting to know more about these shocking real-life events. 

These seven stories are all completely different, but they all have one thing in common: they're true. Some of these shows are based on real-life heroes, and others are so heartbreaking it's hard to believe they're not fictional. 

They may even have you running to Google to find out more behind the real-life characters and their stories. 

With one week left in the month to go, April 2020 new releases are still dropping so you can still look out for your favourite new series.

If you feel like getting lost in a good movie, these flicks viewers are loving, Netflix Originals, or films to transport you around the world are sure to do the trick. 


Rating: 94% on Rotten Tomatoes

This crime drama is based on the article An Unbelievable Story of Rape, per Collider. It follows a teenage girl who gets accused of lying about being raped and two female detectives take over her case to search out the real truth.

Orange Is the New Black

Rating: 81% on Rotten Tomatoes

In real life, Piper Chapman is actually named Piper Kerman and is the author of the best-selling novel of the same name. Though many more names are changed, PopSugar writes that she did actually get mixed up with an international drug ring that caught up with her nearly a decade later.


Rating: 86% on Rotten Tomatoes

This comedy-drama starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin is based on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling foundation created by TV producer David McLane. Variety claims that the 2012 documentary titled GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling also inspired the show's creators.

The Crown 

Rating: 90% on Rotten Tomatoes

Following the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown explores the two most powerful addresses. PEOPLE claims that real events covered in the TV drama include "Queen Elizabeth’s friendship with Porchie, Lord Mountbatten’s influence over Prince Philip, [and] the issue over the Royals’ last name," among many more.

When They See Us

Rating: 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

In the late 80s, a group of teenagers were wrongfully accused of beating and raping a young woman while out in the park. According to Good Housekeeping, the innocent boys were bullied into false confessions and sentenced for up to 15 years in prison before the search for the true perpetrator began.


Rating: 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

This crime-thriller series is based on the novel Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. Vulture claims that it also follows the true story of the man who created the science behind profiling serial killers including Charles Manson and David Berkowitz.


Rating: 94% on Rotten Tomatoes

This gangster drama series is partially based on the drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Bustle claims that the show is "a mix of fact and fiction" but does stick to an accurate event timeline.