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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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    Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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    No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

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    A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Monster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

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    Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Halloween (2007) is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

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    Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

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    Mr. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker

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    Copycat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick 1995

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    Frailty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

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    The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

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    The Collector is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth

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    Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Gong Li, Kevin McKidd, Rhys Ifans

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    Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

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    Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman

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    The Ring is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

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    Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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    The Cell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

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    Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

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    It is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

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    Seven Psychopaths is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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    Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

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    Death Proof is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell

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    The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans 2013 

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    Shadow of a Doubt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

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    The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    8mm is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

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    Misery is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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    Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Tom Savini, Tracey Walter, Diana Kauffman

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    Saw III is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg

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    Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Dion Basco

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    48 Hrs. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

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