Catching a Killer Films

by AlienatorX | created - 30 Dec 2015 | updated - 29 Jun 2016 | Public

These are films that are about hunting serial killers.

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1. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 125,962 | Gross: $0.03M

2. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

90 Metascore

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.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 131,344

3. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 36,900

4. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Arkansas town.

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

Votes: 5,958

5. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 203,869 | Gross: $47.00M

And it's sequels.

6. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

43 Metascore

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 16,278 | Gross: $19.80M

7. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 60,574 | Gross: $49.04M

8. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

75 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: 59,072 | Gross: $8.62M

9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young FBI 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: 1,120,671 | Gross: $130.74M

10. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 1,273,511 | Gross: $100.13M

11. Copycat (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara

Votes: 49,581 | Gross: $32.05M

12. Virtuosity (1995)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

39 Metascore

When a virtual reality simulation created using the personalities of multiple serial killers manages to escape into the real world, an ex-cop is tasked with stopping its reign of terror.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Kelly Lynch, Stephen Spinella

Votes: 26,179 | Gross: $24.05M

13. Kiss the Girls (1997)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 58,785 | Gross: $60.53M

14. Fallen (1998)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 68,230 | Gross: $25.19M

15. Resurrection (1999)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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: 8,264

16. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 141,082 | Gross: $66.52M

17. The Pledge (I) (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

71 Metascore

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

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Clarkson, Beau Daniels

Votes: 49,510 | Gross: $19.72M

18. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 235,827 | Gross: $165.09M

19. Replicant (2001)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer in order to help catch the killer, teaming up with two cops.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michael Rooker, Catherine Dent, Brandon James Olson

Votes: 12,821

20. From Hell (2001)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper.

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

Votes: 138,866 | Gross: $31.60M

21. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

A retired FBI 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: 230,869 | Gross: $93.15M

22. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, three detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Joon-ho Bong | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 99,147 | Gross: $0.01M

23. Suspect Zero (2004)

R | 99 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

37 Metascore

A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers, and one F.B.I. Agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine.

Director: E. Elias Merhige | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Carrie-Anne Moss, Harry Lennix

Votes: 18,032 | Gross: $8.73M

24. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

46 Metascore

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 349,690 | Gross: $56.00M

25. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 387,264 | Gross: $33.08M

26. Texas Killing Fields (2011)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, History

49 Metascore

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.

Director: Ami Canaan Mann | Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloë Grace Moretz, Jessica Chastain

Votes: 17,299 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Alex Cross (2012)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

30 Metascore

A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled hired killer who specializes in torture and pain.

Director: Rob Cohen | Stars: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns

Votes: 30,853 | Gross: $25.89M

28. The Raven (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 79,398 | Gross: $16.01M

29. Along Came a Spider (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

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: 68,307 | Gross: $74.08M

30. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer's obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie Jones, Bradley Cooper, Leslie Bibb, Brooke Shields

Votes: 55,087 | Gross: $0.08M

31. 15 Minutes (2001)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks

Votes: 46,336 | Gross: $24.40M

32. Righteous Kill (2008)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

36 Metascore

Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent

Votes: 80,352 | Gross: $40.08M

33. Switchback (1997)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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: 11,437 | Gross: $6.48M

34. Dot.Kill (2005)

R | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A detective tries to hunt down a serial killer who broadcasts his murders live on the internet.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Armand Assante, Sonny Marinelli, Raffaello Degruttola, Stanley Townsend

Votes: 722

35. Cop (1988)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An obsessive, insubordinate homicide cop is convinced a serial killer is loose in the Hollywood area and disobeys orders in order to catch him.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: James Woods, Lesley Ann Warren, Charles Durning, Charles Haid

Votes: 3,894 | Gross: $1.88M

36. Slaughter of the Innocents (1993)

R | 104 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A seasoned F.B.I. Agent's child-genius son assists him on catching a child-killer, a schizophrenic mohab nut who believes he's been chosen by god to be a new Noah.

Director: James Glickenhaus | Stars: Jan Broberg, Elizabeth Johnson, Jesse Cameron-Glickenhaus, Darlanne Fluegel

Votes: 880

37. The Glimmer Man (1996)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

33 Metascore

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: 17,528 | Gross: $20.10M

38. Midnight Ride (1990)

R | 93 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A house wife just left her cop husband, when she picks up Justin Mckay she'll wish she never did as she's plunged into a nightmare and the grip of a psychotic killer.

Director: Bob Bralver | Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Mark Hamill, Savina Gersak, Robert Mitchum

Votes: 660

39. The Watcher (I) (2000)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

22 Metascore

David is a serial killer of young women. Joel was in charge of catching him in LA. He moved to Chicago a broken man. So did David and sends him photos of his next victims 24 hours before the murders.

Director: Joe Charbanic | Stars: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, Ernie Hudson

Votes: 24,170 | Gross: $28.93M

40. The Frozen Ground (2013)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

37 Metascore

An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.

Director: Scott Walker | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack, Dean Norris

Votes: 51,577

41. Blitz (2011)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.

Director: Elliott Lester | Stars: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, Zawe Ashton

Votes: 76,861



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