The 50 best serial killer movies

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1.
Se7en (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his modus operandi. (127 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
2.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. (118 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
3.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
4.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
 
5.
Zodiac (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree. (157 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
 
6.
American Psycho (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
7.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
8.
The Brave One (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman struggles to recover from a brutal attack by setting out on a mission for revenge. (122 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
9.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. (83 mins.)
Director: John McNaughton
 
10.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
11.
Mr. Brooks (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego. (120 mins.)
Director: Bruce A. Evans
 
12.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
13.
Natural Born Killers (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. (118 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
14.
La madre muerta (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A criminal, shoots and kills a painting restorer during a bungled burglary, and shoots her daughter as well. Twenty years later, the daughter has been left mute and with a mental age of a child, spending most of her time in a mental home. (105 mins.)
 
15.
The Pledge (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child. (124 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
16.
Red Dragon (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer; aiding him is imprisoned criminal genius Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. (124 mins.)
Director: Brett Ratner
 
17.
Frenzy (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man. (116 mins.)
 
18.
Monster (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. (109 mins.)
Director: Patty Jenkins
 
19.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
20.
Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Gerolmo
 
21.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
22.
Manhunter (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
23.
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. (118 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
 
24.
Death Proof (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. (113 mins.)
 
25.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
26.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
27.
Cruising (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. (102 mins.)
 
28.
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
29.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
30.
God Bless America (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On a mission to rid society of its most repellent citizens, terminally ill Frank makes an unlikely accomplice in 16-year-old Roxy. (105 mins.)
 
31.
Peeping Tom (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
 
32.
Thesis (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (125 mins.)
 
33.
Kalifornia (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself. (117 mins.)
Director: Dominic Sena
 
34.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
 
35.
The Element of Crime (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor. (104 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier
 
36.
Summer of Sam (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another. (142 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
37.
Deep Crimson (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him. (110 mins.)
Director: Arturo Ripstein
 
38.
The Silence (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past. (118 mins.)
Director: Baran bo Odar
 
39.
Copycat (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
40.
Frailty (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons." (100 mins.)
Director: Bill Paxton
 
41.
Saw (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there or why, and soon discover they are pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
 
42.
From Hell (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper. (122 mins.)
 
43.
Tony (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A thriller centered on a serial killer in a rundown London suburb. (76 mins.)
Director: Gerard Johnson
 
44.
Maniac (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. (89 mins.)
Director: Franck Khalfoun
 
45.
The Bone Collector (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City. (118 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
 
46.
Antibodies (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Long wanted serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police strike. Small town cop... (127 mins.)
 
47.
The Cell (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. (107 mins.)
Director: Tarsem Singh
 
48.
Kiss the Girls (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Police hunting for a serial killer are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time. (115 mins.)
Director: Gary Fleder
 
49.
Texas Killing Fields (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders. (105 mins.)
Director: Ami Canaan Mann
 
50.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)