A list of serial killer movies

by jhpstrydom | created - 24 Oct 2011 | updated - 24 Oct 2011 | Public

This is a list of all the good serial killer movies in no particular order.

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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,022,951 | Gross: $130.74M

2. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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57 Metascore

Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 225,322 | Gross: $165.09M

3. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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60 Metascore

A retired F.B.I. Agent with psychological gifts, is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him, is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 219,715 | Gross: $93.15M

4. Hannibal Rising (2007)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.2
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35 Metascore

After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong, Aaran Thomas

Votes: 93,387 | Gross: $27.67M

5. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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78 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 55,389 | Gross: $8.62M

6. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,169,481 | Gross: $100.13M

7. Resurrection (1999)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.2
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Chicago homicide detectives John Prudhome and Andrew "Andy" Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a gruesome murder, and both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mike Anscombe, Jeff J.J. Authors, Patrick Chilvers

Votes: 7,762

8. Relentless (1989)

R | 92 min | Crime, Thriller

5.9
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Two Los Angeles police detectives, cynical veteran Malloy and cocky rookie Dietz, hunt for a serial killer, an ex-cop named Taylor, whom randomly chooses his victims from a phone directory.

Director: William Lustig | Stars: Judd Nelson, Robert Loggia, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,092 | Gross: $6.99M

9. Dead On: Relentless II (1992 Video)

R | 93 min | Action, Thriller

5.5
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Detective Sam Dietz is paired with a shady FBI agent to track down another serial killer terrorizing Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Schroeder | Stars: Ray Sharkey, Leo Rossi, Meg Foster, Marc Poppel

Votes: 272

10. Relentless 3 (1993 Video)

R | 84 min | Action, Thriller

5.2
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Sam Dietz, the relentless police detective, returns to Los Angeles from a self-imposed exile to help the police solve another series of brutal killings committed by another crafty serial killer whom targets Dietz's latest love interest.

Director: James Lemmo | Stars: Leo Rossi, William Forsythe, Robert Costanzo, Edward Wiley

Votes: 266

11. Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes (1994 Video)

R | 95 min | Thriller

4.9
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Sam Dietz is back and must find and stop another serial killer before he kills again. Detective work for Dietz is tough having to juggle two gorgeous women - one his partner, and the other his shrink, who holds the key to the case.

Director: Oley Sassone | Stars: Leo Rossi, Famke Janssen, Colleen Coffey, John Scott Clough

Votes: 213

12. Murder by Numbers (2002)

R | 115 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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50 Metascore

Two gifted high school students execute a "perfect" murder - then become engaged in an intellectual contest with a seasoned homicide detective.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling, Michael Pitt

Votes: 47,029 | Gross: $31.87M

13. Second Chances (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

4.0
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Two years ago reporter Kate Fisher's interview with the man who turned out to be a serial killer sparked public outrage. Not believing that this man was in fact the September Slayer - led ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lord | Stars: Melissa George, Ryan Scott Greene, Ellen Dubin, Quinn Lord

Votes: 187

14. Blowback (2000)

R | 91 min | Thriller

4.6
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Whitman is a psychotic religious killer who was caught by Inspector Morell a former seminarian, whose religious knowledge led to Whitman's capture. Whitman was tried and sentenced to death.... See full summary »

Director: Mark L. Lester | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, James Remar, Sharisse Baker-Bernard, Gladise Jiminez

Votes: 622

15. The Glimmer Man (1996)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.3
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Two cops, played by Seagal and Wayans, are forced to work together to solve a chain of mysterious killings by a killer nicknamed "The Family Man".

Director: John Gray | Stars: Steven Seagal, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Bob Gunton, Brian Cox

Votes: 16,679 | Gross: $20.10M

16. P2 (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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37 Metascore

A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Rachel Nichols, Wes Bentley, Simon Reynolds, Philip Akin

Votes: 28,123 | Gross: $3.99M

17. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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46 Metascore

Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Cary Elwes, Alex McArthur

Votes: 55,664 | Gross: $60.53M

18. Along Came a Spider (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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42 Metascore

When a congressman's daughter under Secret Service protection is kidnapped from a private school, detective Alex Cross investigates the case even though he's recovering from the loss of his partner.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Michael Wincott, Monica Potter, Dylan Baker

Votes: 64,076 | Gross: $74.08M

19. Hero and the Terror (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.2
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Danny O'Brien is back in action fighting the notorious Simon Moon, also known as The Terror. Three years earlier O'Brien had single-handedly captured The Terror and was called Hero by the ... See full summary »

Director: William Tannen | Stars: Chuck Norris, Brynn Thayer, Steve James, Jack O'Halloran

Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $5.30M

20. Thr3e (2006)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.1
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34 Metascore

Innocent lives hang on the whim of an elusive psychopathic murderer whose strange riddles and impossible timelines force three people into a mission to end the game before one or all of them die.

Director: Robby Henson | Stars: Marc Blucas, Justine Waddell, Laura Jordan, Max Ryan

Votes: 4,189 | Gross: $1.01M

21. Postmortem (I) (1998)

R | 105 min | Thriller

5.4
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The only thing James wants is to remain away from Scotland. One day, however, he receives a fax, a printout of an unknown person's obituary. The next day, he is charged and arrested for the murder of this person.

Director: Albert Pyun | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Michael Halsey, Ivana Milicevic, Stephen McCole

Votes: 1,802

22. Taking Lives (2004)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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38 Metascore

An FBI profiler is called in by French Canadian police to catch a serial killer who takes on the identity of each new victim.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland, Gena Rowlands

Votes: 70,556 | Gross: $32.68M

23. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 132,571 | Gross: $66.52M

24. Eye See You (2002)

R | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.3
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When a serial killer turns his attention on the lead detective he is asked to check into a clinic treating law enforcement officials who cant face their jobs. As the patients begin being murdered they restart doing what they do best.

Director: Jim Gillespie | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Charles S. Dutton, Polly Walker, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 21,124 | Gross: $0.08M

25. Mr. Brooks (2007)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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45 Metascore

A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.

Director: Bruce A. Evans | Stars: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook

Votes: 131,563 | Gross: $28.48M

26. 8MM (1999)

R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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19 Metascore

A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare

Votes: 111,003 | Gross: $36.66M

27. Banshee (2006 TV Movie)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A car thief (Manning) goes on the run after stealing a killer's vehicle.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Taryn Manning, Romano Orzari, Michael Lombardi, Genelle Williams

Votes: 485

28. Close Your Eyes (2002)

R | 108 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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45 Metascore

A hypnotherapist is caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, Shirley Henderson, Miranda Otto

Votes: 2,757 | Gross: $0.04M

29. The Crimson Rivers (2000)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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49 Metascore

A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda

Votes: 52,130 | Gross: $0.63M

30. Les rivières pourpres 2 - Les anges de l'apocalypse (2004)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.9
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Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.

Director: Olivier Dahan | Stars: Jean Reno, Benoît Magimel, Christopher Lee, Camille Natta

Votes: 17,399

31. The Lodger (2009)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.8
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17 Metascore

A couple rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders.

Director: David Ondaatje | Stars: Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Shane West, Donal Logue

Votes: 4,238

32. The Lost (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Thriller

6.0
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A famous psychiatrist deals with a young girl with multiple personality disorder, but as he delves into her personalities, he realizes that there may be darker forces involved.

Director: Bryan Goeres | Stars: Armand Assante, Dina Meyer, Lacey Chabert, Sergi Mateu

Votes: 945

33. Perfect Prey (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Thriller

5.6
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A former Texas Ranger (McGillis) is recruited by a Houston police captain (Dern) to assist a homicide detective (Moffett) in the search for an elusive serial killer (David) who collects antique dolls.

Director: Howard McCain | Stars: Kelly McGillis, Bruce Dern, D.W. Moffett, David Keith

Votes: 332

34. Ricochet (1991)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak

Votes: 13,787 | Gross: $21.76M

35. Switchback (1997)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Director: Jeb Stuart | Stars: Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, Claudia Stedelin, Ian Nelson

Votes: 10,797 | Gross: $6.48M

36. The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

Not Rated | 113 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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42 Metascore

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi, Luigi Diberti

Votes: 6,212

37. Unforgettable (1996)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Unsuccessfully framed for his wife's murder, Dr. David Krane attempts to find the real culprit by utilizing a new drug that allows him to experience the memories of other people first-hand.... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 4,329 | Gross: $2.78M