Serial Killers who Inspired a Genre (list not completed)

Recommended if you want to see a realistic portrayal of a serial killer. The films have been listed and rated based on the handling of this subject matter. These films are not intended to be enjoyable or comfortable to watch.. they are simply honest. The realism is disturbing but also what makes these films worth watching.
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1.
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
“ Probably the most realistic portrayal of the bunch. Chilling and disturbing... ” - ShAdYhAlEy
 
2.
Dahmer (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present. (101 mins.)
Director: David Jacobson
 
3.
Ted Bundy (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The story of serial killer Ted Bundy. (99 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
4.
To Catch a Killer (1992 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour... (182 mins.)
Director: Eric Till
 
5.
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
 
6.
Karla (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls. (99 mins.)
Director: Joel Bender
“ This film is based on the true story of Karla Homolka and her husband Paul Bernardo. Together this evil couple are known as Canada's most notorious serial killers. ” - ShAdYhAlEy
 
7.
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
 
8.
Ed Gein (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides. (89 mins.)
Director: Chuck Parello
“ Technically not a serial killer (as per wikipedia) but deserves a mention for inspiring the majority of slasher films made over the years ” - ShAdYhAlEy
 
9.
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
“ Not based on a specific true story but the realism is uncanny ” - ShAdYhAlEy