The FBI Files

The BEST episodes of The FBI Files

Every episode of The FBI Files ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The FBI Files!

Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI's mission has changed to meet the various threats.

Last Updated: 8/12/2022Network: Discovery
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Atlanta Prison Riots
star
9.43
7 votes

#1 - Atlanta Prison Riots

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/3/2004

In 1987, Cuban prisoners at the Atlanta Federal Prison used homemade weapons to overthrow the staff. Soon, the inmates controlled most of the buildings, taking over 100 hostages. The FBI was forced to negotiate with the hostiles to end the standoff.

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Independence Day Breakout
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9.22
9 votes

#2 - Independence Day Breakout

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/24/2006

On July 4, 1987, seven inmates broke out of a high-security prison in New Mexico. Murderer William Wayne Gilbert orchestrated the escape. In a manhunt, authorities and scientists used the Bureau’s crime laboratory to catch these dangerous criminals.

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Robin the Hood
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8.64
11 votes

#3 - Robin the Hood

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/17/2006

When notorious bank robber Byron Chubbuck escaped from New Mexico State Penitentiary in 2000, he almost immediately began stealing again. Though he claimed the stolen loot went to the poor, it was clear to the FBI Chubbuck was no folk hero.

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Firefight
star
8.45
20 votes

#4 - Firefight

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/26/2000

A series of brutal bank robberies and murders led to an exhaustive eight-month investigation by the FBI. What followed was the bloodiest firefight in FBI history.

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Without Mercy
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8.38
13 votes

#5 - Without Mercy

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/30/2004

In Richmond, VA, two bank robbers escaped after opening fire on officers responding to the call. When the FBI arrived, agents found one bank teller dead, another wounded; the bank’s security guard had been shot four times, yet was still alive.

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The Great Philadelphia Mob War
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8.38
16 votes

#6 - The Great Philadelphia Mob War

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/19/2005

In 1990s Philadelphia, a ruthless grab for power led to a full-scale mob war. Using informants and high-tech surveillance, the FBI infiltrated the most powerful mob family in the city and sought to bring it down before innocents were killed.

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Deadly Influence
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8.38
8 votes

#7 - Deadly Influence

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired 12/2/2003

A marine salvager found the bodies of three drug dealers floating in a river. FBI agents suspected that a group of cops might be involved in illegal drug busts.

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John Gotti: Convicted
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8.35
20 votes

#8 - John Gotti: Convicted

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/23/1999

By December 1985, John Gotti had assumed his place as the new Don of the Gambino crime family in New York with the assassination of his boss, Paul Castellano. When the FBI convinced Gotti's underboss, Salvatore Gravano , to testify against him, the jury came back with their verdict: guilty on all counts, including the murder of Castellano.

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Unlawful Flight
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8.33
12 votes

#9 - Unlawful Flight

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/15/2002

Two transported prisoners fleed from a sheriff's department.They moved from state to state in a wave of abduction and car theft. Now the FBI agents believed believed the pair were growing more violent and more victims would cross their path.

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The Shootist
star
8.27
11 votes

#10 - The Shootist

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/26/2005

In the 1980s, the FBI targeted a sharp bank robber known as the Shootist. He had performed more than 50 robberies across California, Texas and Washington with military precision, claiming the longest string of unsolved bank robberies in history.

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Held Hostage
star
8.25
8 votes

#11 - Held Hostage

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/6/2003

Three Black men take Amy Shaw's family hostage at her parents SC home. Jeburk forces Amy to return to the bank were she worked in GA and break into the vault.

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Shattered Shield
star
8.07
15 votes

#12 - Shattered Shield

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/14/1999

Lured by the easy wealth of the narcotics industry, crooked cops in the New Orleans Police Department began breaking the laws they were sworn to uphold in the early 1990s.

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Hunter's Game
star
7.75
16 votes

#13 - Hunter's Game

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/23/1999

The bodies of several young women began turning up in shallow graves in the Alaskan wilderness. FBI profilers mapped the criminal's mind.

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Murdering Cowboy
star
7.74
19 votes

#14 - Murdering Cowboy

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/2/1999

Claude Dallas lived the life of a cowboy -- a loner and distrustful of authority. When two game wardens confronted Dallas about his deeds, they were shot and killed. After a massive manhunt , Dallas was captured and convicted, but he escaped prison within months.

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Terror for Sale
star
7.71
7 votes

#15 - Terror for Sale

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/30/2005

In the 1980s, gangs ruled the streets of Chicago. Led by Jeff Fort, the dangerous, power-hungry El Rukn gang attempted to conspire with Libya to perform acts of domestic terrorism for money.

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The True Story of Mississippi Burning
star
7.70
23 votes

#16 - The True Story of Mississippi Burning

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/23/1999

On June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers, who set out to educate southern blacks about receiving the right to vote, disappeared in Mississippi. The FBI gained the trust of an informant, whose information led to the conviction of seven local Ku Klux Klan members.

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Cracking the Cartel
star
7.69
16 votes

#17 - Cracking the Cartel

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/19/1999

A young boy and his mother are kidnapped and murdered by a drug cartel.

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The Crazy Don
star
7.67
21 votes

#18 - The Crazy Don

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/8/1998

The reputed boss of the Genovese crime family, Vince Gigante wandered the streets of New York wearing only pajamas and a bathrobe, but the FBI was convinced he was anything but crazy. The FBI helped convict Gigante of murder and murder conspiracy.

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The Dixie Mafia
star
7.65
20 votes

#19 - The Dixie Mafia

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/7/1999

A Judge and his politician wife were brutally murdered in their home. The FBI uncovered a corrupt local government and a group of violent criminal conspirators.

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Deadly Payout
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7.64
11 votes

#20 - Deadly Payout

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/25/2005

In 1980, a maid discovered that a copy machine, placed in a busy Las Vegas casino, was actually a bomb. Agents and bomb experts were called in to disarm the deadly device and stop the dangerous extortionist who built it.

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Hired Gun
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7.63
27 votes

#21 - Hired Gun

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/12/1999

A multiple murder-for-hire plot that was meticulously planned and executed. A mother, her 8-year-old son, and a live-in nurse were brutally murdered by an assassin. the FBI was able to zero in on Larry Horn, the father of the 8-year-old.

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Stolen Identity
star
7.60
10 votes

#22 - Stolen Identity

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/1/2005

When an 80-year-old woman is found barely conscious next to the body of her murdered son in an abandoned van, the FBI was brought in and linked the crime to a teenager and middle-aged man.

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Criminal Enterprise
star
7.57
7 votes

#23 - Criminal Enterprise

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/4/2003

In 1993, a robber surprised unsuspecting customers by dropping through the roof of a California bank. A local resident led police and FBI agents to the perpetrator. However, they learned that he had also masterminded a kidnapping – and had a hostage.

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Evil Intent
star
7.56
9 votes

#24 - Evil Intent

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 3/19/2002

A young woman was snatched from her home on a bright spring morning. After several days of searching, a former FBI profiler narrowed the suspect list to one.

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When Seconds Count
star
7.56
9 votes

#25 - When Seconds Count

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 5/1/2002

A 12-year-old girl is abducted from her home. Scores of police officers and FBI agents determined to find the young girl before it is too late.

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