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The Best Episodes of American Crime Story

Every episode of American Crime Story ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of American Crime Story!

An anthology series centered around some of history's most famous criminal investigations.

Genres:CrimeDrama
Network:FX

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The best episode of "American Crime Story" is "Manna from Heaven", rated 9.1/10 from 3683 user votes. It was directed by Anthony Hemingway and written by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski. "Manna from Heaven" aired on 3/29/2016 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Verdict".

  • Manna from Heaven
    9.1/10 3,683 votes

    #1 - Manna from Heaven

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-03-29

    Johnnie Cochran and F. Lee Bailey head across the country to get their hands on the Mark Fuhrman tapes. Judge Ito must decide whether the tapes, and the racial epithets they contain, are admissible.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

  • The Verdict
    9.1/10 3,729 votes

    #2 - The Verdict

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-04-05

    In the season finale, the prosecution and defense make their closing statements; the jurors deliberate; and the verdict is given.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

  • Marcia, Marcia, Marcia
    8.9/10 3,824 votes

    #3 - Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2016-03-08

    As Marcia Clark juggles her home and work obligations, she starts to feel the public scrutiny of her appearance.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: D.V. DeVincentis

  • From the Ashes of Tragedy
    8.5/10 4,934 votes

    #4 - From the Ashes of Tragedy

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-02-02

    Investigators visit the home of O.J. Simpson following the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

  • 100% Not Guilty
    8.5/10 3,582 votes

    #5 - 100% Not Guilty

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2016-02-23

    As jury selection gets underway, the entrance of Johnnie Cochran adds an interesting energy to the case.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Wallace Wolodarsky, Maya Forbes

  • The Race Card
    8.5/10 3,446 votes

    #6 - The Race Card

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2016-03-01

    Christopher Darden and Johnnie Cochran face off in court. Chris has doubts about Mark Fuhrman as a witness. The jury visits the crime scene.

    Director: John Singleton

    Writer: Joe Robert Cole

  • Conspiracy Theories
    8.5/10 3,266 votes

    #7 - Conspiracy Theories

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2016-03-15

    Some conspiracy theories concerning the case start to circulate. The prosecution talk about whether they should have O.J. Simpson try on the glove on in court.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: D.V. DeVincentis

  • A Jury in Jail
    8.5/10 3,282 votes

    #8 - A Jury in Jail

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-03-22

    Months into the trial, cut off from their families, society and the media, the jurors grow stir crazy and start becoming unlikely targets for the prosecution and the defense. Meanwhile, the country is introduced to the science of DNA evidence.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: Joe Robert Cole

  • Alone
    8.4/10 2,156 votes

    #9 - Alone

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-03-21

    The hunt for spree-killer Andrew Cunanan comes to a frantic end.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • Man Handled
    8.4/10 1,057 votes

    #10 - Man Handled

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2021-10-12

    The Office of the Independent Counsel ensnares Monica Lewinsky, holding her for 12 traumatizing hours in a hotel room.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Sarah Burgess

  • The Man Who Would Be Vogue
    8.3/10 4,117 votes

    #11 - The Man Who Would Be Vogue

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-01-17

    The murder of Gianni Versace turns the eyes of the world onto Miami Beach.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • House by the Lake
    8.3/10 2,685 votes

    #12 - House by the Lake

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-02-07

    Minneapolis architect David Madson is forced to go on the run with Andrew Cunanan.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • Creator/Destroyer
    8.3/10 2,152 votes

    #13 - Creator/Destroyer

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-03-14

    A young Andrew Cunanan struggles with his oppressive father as a young Gianni Versace becomes a designer.

    Director: Matt Bomer

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith, Maggie Cohn

  • The Assassination of Monica Lewinsky
    8.3/10 995 votes

    #14 - The Assassination of Monica Lewinsky

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2021-10-19

    The world learns about the affair and Monica Lewinsky becomes the most famous woman in America.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Sarah Burgess, Flora Birnbaum, Daniel Pearle

  • Stand By Your Man
    8.2/10 1,012 votes

    #15 - Stand By Your Man

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2021-10-26

    The President must admit the truth to the Nation - and to The First Lady.

    Director: Rachel Morrison

    Writer: Flora Birnbaum

  • The Grand Jury
    8.2/10 871 votes

    #16 - The Grand Jury

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2021-11-02

    Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp tell their stories to 23 strangers.

    Director: Rachel Morrison

    Writer: Sarah Burgess

  • The Run of His Life
    8.1/10 4,022 votes

    #17 - The Run of His Life

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-02-09

    O.J. Simpson goes missing in the white Bronco and Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian battle the fallout while the D.A.'s office and the LAPD go searching for O.J.

    Director: Ryan Murphy

    Writer: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski

  • The Dream Team
    8.1/10 3,663 votes

    #18 - The Dream Team

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-02-16

    Marcia reveals O.J. has been charged; Robert Shapiro seeks advice from F. Lee Bailey, creates a provocative strategy, and tries to convince O.J. to hire Johnnie Cochran.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: D.V. DeVincentis

  • A Random Killing
    8.0/10 2,558 votes

    #19 - A Random Killing

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-01-31

    Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin is murdered in what police believe is a random killing.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • Do You Hear What I Hear?
    8.0/10 997 votes

    #20 - Do You Hear What I Hear?

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2021-10-05

    As Monica prepares to leave D.C., she grows concerned that someone is sharing news about her affair. Linda meets with the FBI.

    Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

    Writer: Halley Feiffer

  • Don't Ask Don't Tell
    7.8/10 2,287 votes

    #21 - Don't Ask Don't Tell

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-02-14

    Naval officer Jeffrey Trail meets Andrew Cunanan for the first time, and Gianni Versace reveals his sexuality to the world.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • Descent
    7.8/10 2,127 votes

    #22 - Descent

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-02-28

    Andrew Cunanan celebrates his birthday in San Diego as his life starts to fall apart.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • The Wilderness
    7.8/10 921 votes

    #23 - The Wilderness

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2021-11-09

    The Starr Report brings the world to a standstill. The President is impeached. Linda faces the aftermath of her decisions, Paula makes desperate choices, and Monica considers how to move on with her life.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Sarah Burgess

  • Manhunt
    7.7/10 2,657 votes

    #24 - Manhunt

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2018-01-24

    Andrew Cunanan arrives in Miami to stalk fashion designer Gianni Versace.

    Director: Nelson Cragg

    Writer: Tom Rob Smith

  • The Telephone Hour
    7.7/10 981 votes

    #25 - The Telephone Hour

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2021-09-28

    Monica leans on Linda for support. Linda begins documenting their conversations.

    Director: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

    Writer: Flora Birnbaum