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1. Criminal Minds (2005–2020)

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna

Votes: 152,039

2. Joker (2019)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.5
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59 Metascore

In Gotham City, mentally troubled comedian Arthur Fleck is disregarded and mistreated by society. He then embarks on a downward spiral of revolution and bloody crime. This path brings him face-to-face with his alter-ego: the Joker.

Director: Todd Phillips | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy

Votes: 836,464 | Gross: $335.45M

3. Dexter (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, James Remar

Votes: 627,325

4. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

8.5
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Explores the early relationship between renowned psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter, and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 219,231

5. Mindhunter (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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Set in the late 1970s, two FBI agents are tasked with interviewing serial killers to solve open cases.

Stars: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

Votes: 195,786

6. The Mentalist (2008–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A famous "psychic" outs himself as a fake, and starts working as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation so he can find "Red John", the madman who killed his wife and daughter.

Stars: Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang, Owain Yeoman

Votes: 160,841

7. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Series following an elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts as they work their cases in Las Vegas.

Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Eric Szmanda

Votes: 75,717

8. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

7.3
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69 Metascore

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Martell, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis

Votes: 440,223 | Gross: $327.48M

9. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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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: 1,395,758 | Gross: $100.13M

10. The Invisible Guardian (2017)

129 min | Thriller

6.4
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A female inspector confronts a serial killer while dealing with the ghosts of her past.

Director: Fernando González Molina | Stars: Marta Etura, Elvira Mínguez, Nene, Francesc Orella

Votes: 10,356

11. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

TV-14 | 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: 199,459 | Gross: $25.50M

12. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 470,041 | Gross: $15.07M

13. Hot Fuzz (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Comedy, Mystery

7.8
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81 Metascore

A skilled London police officer is transferred to a small town with a dark secret.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy

Votes: 452,299 | Gross: $23.64M

14. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 583,759 | Gross: $32.00M

15. Death Note (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

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An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 215,810

16. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 56,204 | Gross: $2.47M

17. Sharp Objects (2018)

TV-MA | 421 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A reporter confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

Stars: Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen

Votes: 63,152

18. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

R | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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52 Metascore

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy from the perspective of Liz, his longtime girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan, Sydney Vollmer

Votes: 72,023

19. The Babysitter (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

6.3
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The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

Director: McG | Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee

Votes: 58,616

20. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.8
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42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 53,735 | Gross: $0.09M

21. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 177,230 | Gross: $81.30M

22. Halloween Kills (2021)

Horror, Thriller | Completed

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Judy Greer, Anthony Michael Hall, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

23. Split (IX) (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

7.3
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62 Metascore

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula

Votes: 406,246 | Gross: $138.29M

24. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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87 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: 221,534 | Gross: $47.00M

25. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Action, 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: 211,848 | Gross: $50.28M

26. Death Proof (2007)

TV-MA | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

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Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 262,862

27. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.1
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 74,641 | Gross: $12.63M

28. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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67 Metascore

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Votes: 111,527 | Gross: $159.34M

29. The Devil's Rejects (2005)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.8
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53 Metascore

The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe

Votes: 91,231 | Gross: $17.04M

30. Friday the 13th (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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22 Metascore

A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which was the site of a child's drowning and a grisly double murder years before.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan

Votes: 115,003 | Gross: $39.75M

31. The Lovely Bones (2009)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

6.7
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42 Metascore

Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from purgatory. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon

Votes: 153,996 | Gross: $43.82M

32. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery

7.6
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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: 370,832 | Gross: $56.00M

33. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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75 Metascore

Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.

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

Votes: 63,805 | Gross: $8.62M

34. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

6.1
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52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 124,635 | Gross: $38.18M

35. Hostel (2005)

R | 94 min | Horror

5.9
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55 Metascore

Three backpackers head to a Slovak city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

Director: Eli Roth | Stars: Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Eythor Gudjonsson, Barbara Nedeljakova

Votes: 166,284 | Gross: $47.33M

36. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.8
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76 Metascore

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 175,608 | Gross: $8.55M

37. 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: 178,384 | Gross: $61.28M

38. Ma (2019)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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53 Metascore

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

Votes: 35,664 | Gross: $45.37M

39. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 221,750 | Gross: $52.16M

40. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 126,662 | Gross: $0.01M

41. Last Action Hero (1993)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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44 Metascore

With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance

Votes: 133,536 | Gross: $50.02M

42. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 131,685 | Gross: $30.86M

43. The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

R | 107 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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52 Metascore

A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd, Emilie de Ravin

Votes: 155,565 | Gross: $41.78M

44. Friday the 13th (2009)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.5
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34 Metascore

A group of young adults visit a boarded up campsite named Crystal Lake where they soon encounter the mysterious Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel | Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears, Danielle Panabaker

Votes: 94,732 | Gross: $65.00M

45. The Purge (2018–2019)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.4
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Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night where all crime is legal for 12 hours.

Stars: Gabriel Chavarria, Derek Luke, Hannah Emily Anderson, Max Martini

Votes: 11,286

46. Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R | 84 min | Horror

6.3
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58 Metascore

Angela Baker, a shy, traumatized young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

Director: Robert Hiltzik | Stars: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet

Votes: 25,271 | Gross: $11.00M

47. Spiral (2021)

R | Crime, Horror, Mystery | Completed

A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Morgan David Jones, Ali Johnson, Dan Petronijevic, Samuel L. Jackson

48. Along Came a Spider (2001)

R | 104 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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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: 74,533 | Gross: $74.08M

49. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 68,457 | Gross: $44.79M

50. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 235,993 | Gross: $15.02M



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