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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    The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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


    Psycho 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


    American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

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


    Hannibal 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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    Saw 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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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 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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    Halloween 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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    Zodiac 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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    The Bone Collector 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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    Red Dragon 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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    No Country for Old Men 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


    A Nightmare on Elm Street 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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    Scream 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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    Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

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    Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies


    Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

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    Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Kiss the Girls Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

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


    Halloween (2007) 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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    Basic Instinct 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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    Mr. Brooks 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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    Copycat 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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    Frailty 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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    The Hitcher 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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    Disturbia 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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    The Ring 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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    A Clockwork Orange 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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    House of 1000 Corpses 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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    Insomnia 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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    Friday the 13th 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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    Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

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

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    Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

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

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    Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

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

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    Manhunter 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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    It 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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    Seven Psychopaths Colin Farrell, Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken

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    Death Proof is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Death Proof Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell

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    Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Dressed to Kill Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

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

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    The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans 2013 

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    The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

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    8mm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    8mm Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

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    Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Tom Savini, Tracey Walter, Diana Kauffman

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

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    Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Dion Basco

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    Saw III is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Saw III Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg

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

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    Eddie Murphy, Nick Nolte, Annette O'Toole

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    Once Upon a Time in the West is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Once Upon a Time in the West Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Charles Bronson

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    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Ki... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies

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    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

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