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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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84 Metascore

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.

Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally | Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

8.8
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79 Metascore

Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse.

Writers: Lawrence Hauben, Bo Goldman, Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman | Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Michael Berryman, Peter Brocco

3. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, Mystery

7.8
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63 Metascore

A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

4. It (1990 TV Mini-Series)

Not Rated | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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In 1960, seven outcast kids known as "The Loser Club" fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Jonathan Brandis

5. Manhunter (1986)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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78 Metascore

An F.B.I. specialist tracks a serial killer who appears to select his victims at random.

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

6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Writers: Geefwee Boedoe, Tab Murphy, Irene Mecchi, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White, Jonathan Roberts, Victor Hugo, Sue C. Nichols, Christine Blum, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Jim Capobianco, Brenda Chapman, Francis Glebas, Ed Gombert, Kirk Hanson, Kevin Harkey, Burny Mattinson, Floyd Norman, Denis Rich, Jeff Snow, Kelly Wightman, James Fujii, John Sanford | Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Mary Kay Bergman

7. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.8
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When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Writers: Harry Julian Fink, Rita M. Fink, Dean Riesner | Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

8. The Hitcher (2007)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.6
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28 Metascore

A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Writers: Eric Red, Jake Wade Wall, Eric Bernt | Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

9. The Pledge (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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71 Metascore

A retiring police chief pledges to catch the killer of a young child.

Writers: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Jerzy Kromolowski, Mary Olson-Kromolowski | Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels

10. Halloween II (1981)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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44 Metascore

Laurie Strode is rushed to the hospital, while Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt the streets for Michael Myers, who has found Laurie at the Haddonfield Hospital.

Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill | Director: Rick Rosenthal | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer

11. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Writers: Stephen King, Tony Gilroy | Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, Judy Parfitt

12. I Know My First Name Is Steven (1989 TV Movie)

180 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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7-year old Steven Stayner is kidnapped a few days before Christmas by Kenneth Parnell. Under the belief that Parnell has been given legal custody of him, and that his family has moved away,... See full summary »

Writers: J.P. Miller, Cynthia Whitcomb, W.H. Echols II | Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Cindy Pickett, John Ashton, Corin Nemec, Luke Edwards

13. Kill Theory (2009)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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Whilst celebrating a graduation at a secluded vacation home, a group of college students find themselves targeted by a sadistic killer who forces them to play a deadly game of killing one another in order to survive.

Writer: Kelly C. Palmer | Director: Chris Moore | Stars: Don McManus, Ryanne Duzich, Teddy Dunn, Daniel Franzese

14. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard W. Larsen, Hesper Anderson | Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard, Ben Masters

15. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.1
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A Texas Ranger hunts for a hooded serial killer terrorizing the residents of a small town, set in 1946 Arkansas. Loosely based on a true story.

Writer: Earl E. Smith | Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem

16. 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 »

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

17. The Star Chamber (1983)

R | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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Disgusted with criminals escaping the judicial system via technicalities, an idealistic young judge investigates an alternative method for punishing the guilty.

Writers: Roderick Taylor, Peter Hyams | Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Michael Douglas, Hal Holbrook, Yaphet Kotto, Sharon Gless

18. Surviving College (2015)

Comedy, Horror | Announced

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Writer: James O'Hagan

19. Romantic Hideaway (I) (2012)

11 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A young woman held captive by her deranged, obsessed admirer fights for her life in a bid to escape from his demented interpretation of love.

Writer: Kulvinder Gill | Director: Andrew T. Wright | Stars: Pagan McGrath, Donie Ryan

20. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )
Episode: Countdown (2001)

TV-14 | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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When a girl escapes from the van of the man who abducted and raped her, the SVU team learns that this perp has a strange M.O.: He kidnaps young girls and holds them hostage for three days... See full synopsis »

Writers: Dick Wolf, Dawn DeNoon, Lisa Marie Petersen | Director: Steve Shill | Stars: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Stephanie March

21. Copper (2012– )
Episode: Home, Sweet Home (2013)

Action, Drama

8.3
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February 5, 1865. Five points remains a bedlam. Young men are dying and disappearing at an alarming rate. A career criminal terrorizes the Sixth Ward - and Detective Kevin Corcoran must put... See full summary »

Creator: Will Rokos | Director: Larysa Kondracki | Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh