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1. It (1990)

TV-PG | 192 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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In 1960, seven pre-teen outcasts fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.

Stars: Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Harry Anderson

Votes: 108,560

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

R | 91 min | Horror

7.5
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76 Metascore

The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, John Saxon

Votes: 189,521 | Gross: $25.50M

3. Misery (1990)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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75 Metascore

After a famous author is rescued from a car crash by a fan of his novels, he comes to realize that the care he is receiving is only the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and abuse.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth, Frances Sternhagen

Votes: 168,266 | Gross: $61.28M

4. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Horror

5.7
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37 Metascore

Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they're out to get each other, too.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

Votes: 105,053 | Gross: $82.62M

5. Changeling (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.7
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63 Metascore

Grief-stricken mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) takes on the L.A.P.D. to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan, Gattlin Griffith

Votes: 225,477 | Gross: $35.74M

6. M (1951)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

6.8
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In this Americanization of the 1931 German thriller, both the police and the criminal underworld stalk a mysterious killer who preys on small children.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: David Wayne, Howard Da Silva, Martin Gabel, Luther Adler

Votes: 1,497

7. M (1931)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.3
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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: 131,346 | Gross: $0.03M

8. Con Air (1997)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.9
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52 Metascore

Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney

Votes: 261,124 | Gross: $101.12M

9. Summer of 84 (2018)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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57 Metascore

After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew

Votes: 25,508

10. Child 44 (2015)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.5
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41 Metascore

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

Votes: 60,747 | Gross: $1.21M

11. The Pledge (I) (2001)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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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: 50,718 | Gross: $19.72M

12. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)

R | 112 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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64 Metascore

A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather Langenkamp play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Jeff Davis, Miko Hughes

Votes: 47,385 | Gross: $18.09M

13. The Dead Zone (1983)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.2
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69 Metascore

A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom

Votes: 55,835 | Gross: $20.77M

14. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.8
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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: 62,493 | Gross: $49.04M

15. Lady Vengeance (2005)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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75 Metascore

After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim, Yea-young Kwon

Votes: 65,690 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

4.9
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39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 38,408 | Gross: $34.87M

17. Lady in White (1988)

PG-13 | 113 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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An author tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up in a 1960s small town, he was haunted after witnessing the murder of a little girl.

Director: Frank LaLoggia | Stars: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 5,807 | Gross: $1.71M

18. Alone in the Dark (1982)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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A quartet of murderous psychopaths break out of a mental hospital during a power blackout and lay siege to their doctor's house.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Jack Palance, Donald Pleasence, Martin Landau, Dwight Schultz

Votes: 4,066

19. Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)

Not Rated | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town rife with superstition and a distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian, Irene Papas

Votes: 7,122

20. The Reflecting Skin (1990)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.9
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In the 1950's, a young boy living with his troublesome family in rural USA fantasizes that a neighboring widow is actually a vampire, responsible for a number of disappearances in the area.

Director: Philip Ridley | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper, Sheila Moore

Votes: 6,648

21. The Star Chamber (1983)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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60 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 5,937 | Gross: $5.56M

22. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.0
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57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 7,123

23. The Element of Crime (1984)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells

Votes: 8,643

24. The Tortured (2010)

R | 79 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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9 Metascore

An upper-middle-class couple's life is destroyed when their only child is kidnapped and killed. Obsessed with revenge, the couple seizes an opportunity to kidnap the killer.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Erika Christensen, Jesse Metcalfe, Bill Lippincott, Bill Moseley

Votes: 7,021

25. In a Glass Cage (1986)

Unrated | 110 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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A former nazi child-killer is confined in an iron lung inside an old mansion after a suicide attempt. His wife hires him a full-time carer, a mysterious young man who is driven slowly mad by the old man's disturbing past.

Director: Agustí Villaronga | Stars: Günter Meisner, David Sust, Marisa Paredes, Gisèle Echevarría

Votes: 3,747

26. Who Saw Her Die? (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A young girl is brutally murdered somewhere in France. Sometime later, the same thing happens to the daughter of a well-known sculptor. This time the parents (the sculptor and his wife) ... See full summary »

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: George Lazenby, Anita Strindberg, Adolfo Celi, Dominique Boschero

Votes: 1,855

27. 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: 1,468

28. Sangharsh (1999)

Not Rated | 127 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A rookie CBI officer must enlist the help of an incarcerated criminal in order to catch a serial child killer, who has recently escaped police custody.

Director: Tanuja Chandra | Stars: Preity Zinta, Akshay Kumar, Ashutosh Rana, Vishwajeet Pradhan

Votes: 4,835

29. Close Your Eyes (2002)

R | 108 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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45 Metascore

A hypnotherapist is caught up in the pursuit of a serial killer.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Goran Visnjic, Paddy Considine, Shirley Henderson, Miranda Otto

Votes: 2,890 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Story of a gay serial killer who murders young boys so he can serve them as dinner to his circle of fellow cannibals.

Director: Ulli Lommel | Stars: Kurt Raab, Jeff Roden, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven

Votes: 1,122

31. The Child I Never Was (2002)

86 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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59 Metascore

Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German boy who became notorious in the 1960's after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys... See full summary »

Director: Kai S. Pieck | Stars: Tobias Schenke, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Ulrike Bliefert, Walter Gontermann

Votes: 507

32. The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)

245 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 328

33. Garde à vue (1981)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A police inspector, suspecting an attorney of two child sex murders, has him held for a questioning session that goes on for hours.

Director: Claude Miller | Stars: Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider, Guy Marchand

Votes: 3,799

34. When the Bough Breaks (1994)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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On July 4th, in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands, found over several years, each one precisely severed and... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cohn | Stars: Ally Walker, Martin Sheen, Ron Perlman, Tara Subkoff

Votes: 1,391

35. 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, Albert Fish

Votes: 950

36. Papi Gudia (1996)

130 min | Horror, Thriller

1.9
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A child murderer and black magic practitioner transfers his soul to a doll before death and wreaks havoc in the lives of the doll's new owners: a boy and his elder sister.

Director: Lawrence D'Souza | Stars: Avinash Wadhavan, Karisma Kapoor, Tinnu Anand, Mohan Joshi

Votes: 182

37. Counter Investigation (2007)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Thriller

6.7
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A cop investigates whether the man convicted of murdering his daughter is really guilty.

Director: Franck Mancuso | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lucas, Agnès Blanchot, Aurélien Recoing

Votes: 2,828

38. The Deathmaker (1995)

110 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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Fritz Haarmann, who has killed at least 27 boys, is questioned by a psychology professor in order to find out whether he is sane and can be held responsible for his crimes. During this ... See full summary »

Director: Romuald Karmakar | Stars: Götz George, Jürgen Hentsch, Pierre Franckh, Hans-Michael Rehberg

Votes: 1,937

39. Night Sins (1997 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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A female FBI investigator takes over jurisdiction in Dear Lake, a small northern town just as a young boy is abducted. Her investigation leads to a bigger series of abductions and murders ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Harry Hamlin, Karen Sillas, Martin Donovan

Votes: 223

40. The Confession of Fred Krueger (2015)

30 min | Short, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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It is 1973 and the Springwood Police Dept. have just arrested a man they believe to be the notorious child murderer known as the Springwood Slasher.

Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner | Stars: Kevin Roach, Thomas Dunbar, Todd Reynolds, Steve Vessell

Votes: 117

41. The Judge and the Assassin (1976)

128 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.4
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An unstable former French Sergeant commits many atrocities. A judge considers how this case could benefit or damage his career.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Michel Galabru, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 1,444

42. In the Company of Darkness (1993 TV Movie)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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After young policewoman Gina Pulasky succeeds in handling a domestic fight particularly well, she's added to a small team of detectives assigned to a case of gruesome child killings. She ... See full summary »

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Helen Hunt, Steven Weber, Jeff Fahey, Juan Ramírez

Votes: 465

43. Krueger: The Slasher from Elm Street (2014)

9 min | Short, Drama, Horror

6.8
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Fred Krueger has a secret. You don't want to know what it is!

Director: Chris R. Notarile | Stars: Roberto Lombardi, Danica Metzger, Jacob Flowers, Jessica Buda

Votes: 149

44. Mannen på balkongen (1993)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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A serial-killer attacks and murders young girls in the public parks of Stockholm. The police has trouble finding any evidence to find the killer. But when a newsstand is robbed in one of ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Kjell Bergqvist, Rolf Lassgård, Niklas Hjulström

Votes: 1,030

45. The Mudboy (2007)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.3
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Police try to hunt down a serial killer in 1912 Buenos Aires.

Director: Jorge Algora | Stars: Maribel Verdú, Daniel Freire, César Bordón, Chete Lera

Votes: 611

46. The Child Molester (1964)

20 min | Crime, Short

5.7
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Some guy molests children

Director: Herbert J. Leder

Votes: 81

47. Hellbreeder (2004)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery

1.9
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Five years ago Alice saw her son murdered; now every day is consumed with the need to find his killer. In the sleepy town of Ludlow, the arrival of the mysterious stranger Alice suspects to... See full summary »

Directors: James Eaves, Johannes Roberts | Stars: Lyndie Uphill, Dominique Pinon, Darren Day, Tina Barnes

Votes: 506

48. Krueger: Another Tale from Elm Street (2013)

7 min | Short, Horror

6.0
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In Springwood, long before he became a demon of dreams, Freddy Krueger stalked the streets under another name - The Springwood Slasher. A little girl will learn why she should never get into a stranger's car.

Director: Chris R. Notarile | Stars: Roberto Lombardi, Breanna Lakatos

Votes: 260

49. Krueger: A Walk Through Elm Street (2014)

6 min | Short, Drama, Horror

6.5
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The origin story of Fred Krueger told from his own perspective.

Director: Chris R. Notarile | Stars: Roberto Lombardi, Vera VanGuard, Jacob Flowers, Andrea-Nichole Olivas

Votes: 155

50. Evil Altar (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror

3.4
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In the small town of Red Rock, a devil-worshipping cult, in league with the local sheriff, kidnaps victims for sacrifice.

Director: James Winburn | Stars: William Smith, Pepper Martin, Tal Armstrong, Theresa Cooney

Votes: 125



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