The Best Serial Killer Movies

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List Criteria: Films about or featuring a serial murderer

List of the best serial killers movies. These movies center around infamous serial killers. This list may not be a complete catalogue of all the films about serial killers, but they are the greatest serial killer movies voted on by fans. Some of the best thrillers, horror and scary movies usually have a tormentor who scares the living wits out of the main characters and some times even kill them. These antagonists are the characters who make these serial killer movies so memorable.

Who can forget The Silence of the Lambs? That 1990 classic featured two of the most notorious movie serial killers in history with Buffalo Bill and of course, Hannibal Lecter who was so popular that he managed to spawn two more movies. Other infamous serial killer movies include Seven, which featured Kevin Spacey as John Doe, American Psycho, which introduced Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, and Basic Instinct where Sharon Stone played the unforgettable Catherine Tramell. The common thread between these complex serial killers is that their respective movies were beyond memorable and considered some of the popular, not of just of serial killers, but movies period.

What is the best serial killer movie? It's up to you to vote on what should be considered The Best Serial Killer Movie of all time. Pick the movies you think should be ranked high on this Ultimate List of the Best Serial Killer Movies.


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    The Silence of the Lambs

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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  2. 2
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    Seven


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    + 709
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    Psycho


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    American Psycho


    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    Hannibal


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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  6. 6
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    Saw

    added by BobbyMoore
    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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  7. 7
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    Zodiac

    added by Clark Benson
    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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  8. 8
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    - 151
    Halloween

    ranked low on reranks & added by stubb
    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    added by wiabux
    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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  10. 10
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    The Bone Collector

    added by wiabux
    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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    - 140
    No Country for Old Men

    added by StacyWolfe
    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    Red Dragon

    added by StacyWolfe
    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    Monster

    added by beernbugs
    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

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    Halloween (2007)


    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    Kiss the Girls

    added by wiabux
    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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    Basic Instinct

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    - 143
    Scream

    added by beernbugs
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Natural Born Killers


    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Mr. Brooks

    often listed & added by wiabux
    Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker

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    Copycat

    added by willyboymcoy
    Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick 1995

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    Frailty

    added by wiabux
    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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    - 75
    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    ranked low on reranks
    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    - 86
    The Hitcher

    ranked low on reranks & added by shaydie
    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    The Collector

    added by jenkinsmo2718
    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth

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    Hannibal Rising


    Gong Li, Kevin McKidd, Rhys Ifans

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    Murder by Numbers

    added by Bootsdad
    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman

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    Disturbia

    added by StacyWolfe
    Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    The Ring

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    House of 1000 Corpses

    added by BobbyMoore
    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    A Clockwork Orange

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChrisRobarchek
    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    Insomnia

    added by kgibs1973
    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    The Cell

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Panic Room

    added by StacyWolfe
    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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    Friday the 13th

    ranked low on reranks & added by ReneeButler
    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Manhunter

    added by JayDee
    Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

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    Dirty Harry

    added by ChrisRobarchek
    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    It

    ranked low on reranks & added by GeorgieBGood
    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Seven Psychopaths

    added by srjthnk
    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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    Death Proof

    added by srjthnk
    Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell

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    The Iceman

    added by JuanSiphoHabdadBotha
    James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans 2013 

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    Dressed to Kill

    often listed & added by srjthnk
    Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

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    The Dead Zone

    added by ChrisRobarchek
    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    8mm

    added by kgibs1973
    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

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    Ted Bundy

    added by kgibs1973
    Tom Savini, Tracey Walter, Diana Kauffman

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    - 114
    Saw III

    added by StacyWolfe
    Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Dahmer

    added by JayDee
    Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Dion Basco

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    48 Hrs.

    added by StacyWolfe
    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

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    Once Upon a Time in the West

    added by ChrisRobarchek
    Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    ranked low on reranks & added by JayDee
    Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

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