On Thursday, January 25 Netflix released their new limited series Griselda starring Sofía Vergara. Created by Carlo Bernard, Ingrid Escajeda, Doug Miro, and Eric Newman, the series follows the rise and fall of ruthless cartel queen Griselda Blanco, played by Vergara. Spanning six episodes, the height of the drug wars in 1980s Miami is on display as Vergara transforms into La Madrinaof cocaine. Alberto Guerra, Juliana Aidén Martinez, Martín Rodríguez, Jose Velazquez, Orlando Pineda, Martín Fajardo, Vanessa Ferlito, Fredy Yate, José Zúñiga, Gabriel Sloyer, Christian Tappan, Camilo Jimenez Varon, Julieth Restrepo, and Diego Trujillo make up the captivating ensemble cast. After you watch Griselda on Netflix, here are 7 true crime biopics like Griselda to watch next.

American Gangster (2007)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Josh Brolin, Lymari Nadal, Ted Levine, Roger Guenveur Smith, John Hawkes, Ruby Dee, Carla Gugino, RZA

Synopsis: “An outcast New York City cop is charged with bringing down Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas, whose real life inspired this partly biographical film.”

Where to watch: Max

Blow (2001)

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Mollà, Cliff Curtis, Miguel Sandoval, Ray Liotta

Synopsis: “The story of how George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel headed by Pablo Escobar, established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Apple TV+

Cocaine Godmother (2017)

Cast: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jenny Pellicer, Alejandro Edda, Warren Christie, Juan Pablo Espinosa, José Julián, Raúl Méndez, Darcy Laurie, Darren E. Scott

Synopsis: “The real life of Colombian drug lord, Griselda Blanco, who reportedly masterminded more than 200 murders. This film presents her life story from the time she was a young girl to the end of her life.”

Where to watch: Hulu, Lifetime Movie Club, Prime Video, The Roku Channel

El Chapo (2017-2018)

Cast: Marco de la O, Humberto Busto, Diego Vásquez, Juan Carlos Cruz, Alejandro Aguilar, Laura Osma, Juan Feldman, Juan Pablo de Santiago

Synopsis: A look at the life of notorious drug kingpin, El Chapo, from his early days in the 1980s working for the Guadalajara Cartel, to his rise to power during the ’90s as the head of the Sinaloa Cartel and his ultimate downfall in 2016.

Where to watch: Netflix

Gotti (2018)

Cast: John Travolta, Spencer Rocco Lofranco, Kelly Preston, Stacy Keach, Pruitt Taylor Vince, William DeMeo, Leo Rossi, Chris Kerson

Synopsis: “The story of crime boss John Gotti and his son.”

Where to watch: Peacock, Prime Video, The Roku Channel

Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012)

Cast: Cecilia Navia, Vicky Hernández, Christian Tappan, Andrés Parra, Angie Cepeda, Rodolfo Silva, Tommy Vasquez, Toto Vega, Nicolás Montero, Marcela Gallego, Diana Hoyos, Ernesto Benjumea

Synopsis: “The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.”

Where to watch: Netflix

The Mule (2018)

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Alison Eastwood, Taissa Farmiga, Ignacio Serricchio, Loren Dean, Eugene Cordero

Synopsis: “A ninety-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran turns drug mule for a Mexican cartel.”

Where to watch: Netflix


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