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Bellamy Young may be involved in drama that puts her on the wrong side of the law on Scandal, but in Lifetime’s new movie The Night Stalker (June 12, 9 p.m.), she’s fighting for legal justice, as a lawyer who tries to help a convict she believes has been wrongfully charged with murders actually committed by notorious serial killer Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez.
And portraying Ramirez in the true crime tale: Golden Globe nominee Lou Diamond Phillips, making The Night Stalker the latest in a long line of true TV movies that have featured big names (often in early career performances) doing some very, very bad things. NCIS superstar Mark Harmon as serial killer Ted Bundy?! Oscar winner Helen Hunt plotting to kill her husband, with the help of her underage lover? Limitless and Greek alum Jake McDorman using Craigslist to commit robbery and murder? They’re but a few of our favorite stars who’ve gotten caught up in the true crime TV movie web. Read on for 30 memorable “ripped from the headlines” TV flicks featuring the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Bryan Cranston, Holly Hunter, Drew Barrymore, Morgan Freeman, Farrah Fawcett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Galecki, Hayden Panettiere, Matthew Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.
The Night Stalker airs June 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.