Killing Spree Films Listed Chronologically

The purpose of this list is to examine the subject of killing sprees in films, and how they relate to changing society, and societal views and values.

The films will be listed chronologically to demonstrate this, and as such, only films which have at least a reasonably realistic premise will be added, and none that involve fantasy, or anything too over the top. Neither will I include slasher films which don't show the killer or offer any insight into his or her thoughts, as these films are merely made for blood and gore, and can't really be seen as portraying an aspect of society in most cases.
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1.
Joe (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument... (107 mins.)
“ -Mass Shooting By Two Vigilante Accomplices-
Motive: age gap cultural values, revenge for theft
Weapons: rifles ” - schweinehunder
 
2.
The Deadly Tower (1975 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The infamous story of Charles Whitman, "America's favourite sniper" (in Stephen King's words), is told here once again. (100 mins.)
Director: Jerry Jameson
“ -Sniper On University-
Motive: clinical depressing and psychological imbalance
Weapons: sniper rifles ” - schweinehunder
 
3.
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game... (115 mins.)
Director: Larry Peerce
“ -Lone Sniper-
Motive: unclear
Weapons: sniper rifle ” - schweinehunder
 
4.
Man on the Roof (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve... (110 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
“ -Lone Sniper-
Motive: revenge for police corruption
Weapons: sniper rifle ” - schweinehunder
 
5.
Christmas Evil (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree. (100 mins.)
Director: Lewis Jackson
“ -Serial Murders In One Night-
Motive: revenge for believed righteousness, workplace bullying, and alienation.
Weapons: axe, star of david ” - schweinehunder
 
6.
Angst (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A troubled man gets released from prison and starts taking out his sadistic fantasies on an unsuspecting family living in a secluded house. (87 mins.)
Director: Gerald Kargl
“ -Serial Murders In The Space Of 48 Hours-
Motive: unclear, strong built up desire to kill as many people as possible after being released from prison.
Weapons: knife ” - schweinehunder
 
7.
I Can Make You Love Me (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A beautiful young computer technician starting off her career in Silicon Valley during the Eighties, is stalked and harassed by a nerdy, dangerous and mentally-unstable colleague with a twisted obsession. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Switzer
“ -Former Office Workplace Shooting-
Motive: being fired, romantic rejection
Weapons: shotgun + many other guns ” - schweinehunder
 
8.
Heart of America (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
School shooting drama in a suburban high school, believed to have been inspired by i.a. the Columbine High School Massacre. (87 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
“ -High School Mass Shooting-
Motive: revenge for bullying and alienation
Weapons: Pistols ” - schweinehunder
 
9.
Zero Day (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school. (92 mins.)
Director: Ben Coccio
“ -High School Mass Shooting-
Motive: fun, alienation
Weapons: shotguns ” - schweinehunder
 
10.
Elephant (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. (81 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ -High School Mass Shooting-
Motive: fun, revenge for bullying and alienation
Weapons: rifles ” - schweinehunder
 
11.
State's Evidence (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Louis
“ -High School Mass Shooting-
Motive: self-release, unclear
Weapons: pistol ” - schweinehunder
 
12.
Rampage (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A man with a thirst for revenge builds a full body armor from Kevlar and goes on a killing spree. (85 mins.)
Director: Uwe Boll
“ -City Streets Mass Shooting-
Motive: fun, money
Weapons: automatic guns, explosives ” - schweinehunder
 
13.
Polytechnique (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist. (77 mins.)
“ -Post Secondary Mass Shooting-
Motive: hated of women, anger over gender inequality
Weapons: rifle ” - schweinehunder
 
14.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
“ -High School Mass Shooting-
Motive: unclear, psychopathically & existentially motivated
Weapons: bow and arrows ” - schweinehunder
 
15.
City Killer (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
An attractive young girl is being watched closely by her ex-lover, but matters soon start to escalate and run out of control. Stars Heather Locklear. (1984). (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Lewis