Movies and Documanteries about real Serial killers

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1. Dahmer (2002)

R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.6
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63 Metascore

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great, Matt Newton

Votes: 8,031 | Gross: $0.14M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer

2. Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Director: Svetozar Ristovski | Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana, Cole Heppell

Votes: 2,702

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Victim http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gacy

3. Bundy: An American Icon (2008 Video)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

3.9
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Based on the true story of one of history's most demented serial killers.

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Corin Nemec, Kane Hodder, Jen Nikolaisen, Shannon Pierce Wilkins

Votes: 724

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Bundy

4. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 6,769

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_B%C3%A1thory

5. Savage Messiah (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Louis Ferreira

Votes: 883

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roch_Th%C3%A9riault

6. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 14,690 | Gross: $0.01M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowtown_murders

7. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Chris Gerolmo | Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 13,837

http://murderpedia.org/male.C/c/chikatilo.htm

8. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 349,357 | Gross: $33.08M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer

9. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Unrated | 83 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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80 Metascore

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas

Votes: 25,775 | Gross: $0.61M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lee_Lucas

10. To Catch a Killer (1992 TV Movie)

Unrated | 182 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder, Meg Foster

Votes: 1,835

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gacy

11. Helter Skelter (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Jeremy Davies, Clea DuVall, Allison Smith, Eric Dane

Votes: 2,925

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson

12. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 115,516 | Gross: $34.47M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Carol_Wuornos

13. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.6
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 32,627 | Gross: $19.28M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Berkowitz

14. The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)

99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.8
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Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.

Director: David R. Bowen | Stars: Carl Crew, Cassidy Phillips, Donna Stewart Bowen, Jeanne Bascom

Votes: 495

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer

15. The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005 TV Movie)

R | 82 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.8
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After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Robert Forster, Michael Michele, Maury Chaykin, Mimi Kuzyk

Votes: 1,100

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Lynn_Rader

16. The Gray Man (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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Obsessive manhunt to identify and capture a despicable serial killer.

Director: Scott L. Flynn | Stars: Patrick Bauchau, Jack Conley, John Aylward, Jillian Armenante

Votes: 1,341

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Howard_%22Albert%22_Fish

17. The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers. Graham is highly intelligent, but completely amoral. He becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Ross | Stars: Hugh O'Conor, Antony Sher, Tobias Arnold, Ruth Sheen

Votes: 3,173 | Gross: $0.75M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Frederick_Young

18. Karla (2006)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Patrick Bauchau, Emilie Jacobs

Votes: 5,152

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karla_Homolka

19. Not Our Son (1995 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

6.5
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A Seattle household secretly cooperates with police in a case that links a family member to widespread arson.

Director: Michael Ray Rhodes | Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Gerald McRaney, Tom Verica, Ari Meyers

Votes: 187

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kenneth_Keller

20. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror

6.3
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54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 59,891 | Gross: $16.19M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Milat_(serial_killer)

21. Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.4
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Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Metcalfe | Stars: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene, Cara Buono

Votes: 1,902 | Gross: $0.07M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Panzram

22. The Gainesville Ripper (2010)

90 min | Horror

6.1
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Danny Rolling's serial killings of five college students in 1990 forever changes the college-town of Gainseville, FL.

Director: Josh Townsend | Stars: Teresa Arnold-Simmons, Ralph Cahill, Christina Caparoula, Angeline Renee Cook

Votes: 34

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Rolling

23. The Stoneman Murders (2009)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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In 1980s Bombay, a serial killer starts targeting homeless street dwellers, whilst a suspended police officer attempts to solve the case.

Director: Manish Gupta | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Arbaaz Khan, Rukhsar Rehman, Veerendra Saxena

Votes: 1,779

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoneman

24. No One Could Protect Her (1996)

TV-14 | 97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.7
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While her husband is away, Jessica Rayner is attacked by a rapist/killer in her own home. The police seem clueless, and the assaults continue in the Rayner family's neighbourhood. Jessica ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: Joanna Kerns, Tony Denison, Peter MacNeill, Lori Hallier

Votes: 240

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Miguel_Robinson

25. Cyrus (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

4.7
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An independent TV reporter and her cameraman interview a man in regards to a serial killer the man knew by the name of Cyrus. The man traces back through the story of the serial killer and why he became the monster he is.

Director: Mark Vadik | Stars: Tiffany Shepis, Max Lesser, Brooke Parker, Danielle Harris

Votes: 891

The character of Cyrus is loosely based on real life serial killer Fritz Haarmann http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fritz_Haarmann

26. Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

5.5
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The take-down of an infamous leader of a small polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group, who ordered assassinations of his opponents.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Brian Dennehy, William Devane, Tracey Needham, Dee Wallace

Votes: 179

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ervil_LeBaron

27. From Hell (2001)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 132,911 | Gross: $31.60M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_the_Ripper

28. Starkweather (2004)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.9
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In 1958 Nebraska 19 year old garbageman Charles Starkweather goes on a murder spree with his 14 year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate killing 11 people in three months, introducing America to spree killing.

Director: Byron Werner | Stars: Brent Taylor, Shannon Lucio, Jerry Kroll, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 760

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Starkweather

29. Evilenko (2004)

111 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.2
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In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to ... See full summary »

Director: David Grieco | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csokas, Ronald Pickup, Frances Barber

Votes: 2,751

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Chikatilo

30. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

7.2
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71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos, a highway prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing six men in the state of Florida. This second installment includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 5,227 | Gross: $0.10M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Carol_Wuornos

31. The Manson Family (1997)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, History

5.5
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the horrific and notorious Manson Family Murders, in the form of super 8 home movies.

Director: Jim Van Bebber | Stars: Marcelo Games, Marc Pitman, Leslie Orr, Maureen Allisse

Votes: 2,779 | Gross: $0.02M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson

32. Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)

R | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

4.3
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Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.

Director: Rich Ambler | Stars: Bo Svenson, Scott Cordes, Cathy Barnett, Rusty Sneary

Votes: 378

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer

33. Gacy (2003 Video)

R | 88 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

4.7
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Model citizen, devoted father, loving husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy - a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his family house. Based on a true story.

Director: Clive Saunders | Stars: Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman, Charlie Weber

Votes: 3,255

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gacy

34. Kemper (2008 Video)

R | 88 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

3.5
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A film based on the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.

Director: Rick Bitzelberger | Stars: Christopher Stapleton, Robert Sisko, Sean Thomas, Jordan Blanchard

Votes: 380

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Kemper

35. Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

R | 87 min | Documentary, Crime

7.0
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1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

Director: Nick Broomfield | Stars: Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball, Steve Glazer

Votes: 2,100

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aileen_Carol_Wuornos

36. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 187,459 | Gross: $50.28M

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Starkweather

37. Speck (2002)

R | 79 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

3.5
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Gruesome true story of murderer Richard Speck who killed eight nursing students in one night in Chicago during the late sixties. The story also follows him to his prison fate and uncovers more of his strange behavoir before his death.

Director: Keith Walley | Stars: Doug Cole, Beverly Sotelo, Stacy Cunningham, Flynn Beck

Votes: 198

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Speck

38. Freeway Killer (2010)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.5
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The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer.

Director: John Murlowski | Stars: Scott Anthony Leet, Cole Williams, Dusty Sorg, Michael Rooker

Votes: 1,044

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bonin

39. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.4
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61 Metascore

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson | Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 1,628

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer

40. The Diary of Jack the Ripper: Beyond Reasonable Doubt? (1993 Video)

79 min | Documentary

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Directors: Martin Howells, Chris Short | Stars: Tom Baker, Michael Barrett, Paul Begg, Steve Brauner

Votes: 66

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_the_Ripper

41. Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

5.8
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Albert Fish, the horrific true story of elderly cannibal, sadomasochist, and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Distorting biblical tales, ... See full summary »

Director: John Borowski | Stars: Oto Brezina, Joe Coleman, Bob Dunsworth, Harvey Fisher

Votes: 858

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish

42. Summer of Terror: The Real Son of Sam Story (2001 TV Movie)

49 min | Documentary

6.5
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Stars: David Berkowitz, Chip Bolcik

Votes: 13

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Sam

43. John Wayne Gacy, Defending a Monster

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

The authorized, official documentary of the world's most famous serial killer, John Wayne Gacy, and the man who dared to defend him.

Directors: Marc Menet, Scott Prestin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gacy

44. Sobhraj, or How to Be Friends with a Serial Killer (2004)

70 min | Documentary

6.4
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Charles Sobhraj. The most prolific felon, serial killer, conman and Don Juan of the modern age.

Directors: Jan Wellmann, Anil Goel | Stars: Jan Wellmann, Anil Goel, Charles Sobhraj, K.C. Ganesh

Votes: 54

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Sobhraj

45. Green River Killer (2005 Video)

R | 83 min | Crime, Horror

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Along twenty years, the deranged serial-killer Gary Ridgway has killed at least forty-eight prostitutes and dumped their bodies in Green River.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: George Kiseleff, Jacquelyn Aurora, Georgie Donovan, Shannon Leade

Votes: 832

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Ridgway