On this list of the best serial killer biopics, you’ll find chilling films detailing gruesome murders and desperate manhunts. Many of the most famous serial killers of all time have had their stories told on the silver screen: Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and more.
One of the greatest serial killer biopics is Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the San Francisco cartoonist involved in the manhunt for the infamous Zodiac killer. Directed by David Fincher, the film garnered positive reviews and kept audiences on the edge of their seats. The actual case of the Zodiac killer remains one of the most notorious unsolved cases in America.
For those that think serial killing is a man’s game, Charlize Theron is here to prove you wrong. In the 2003 blockbuster Monster, Theron portrays real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, tried and convicted for the murders of six men. For her performance, Theron won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. Vote up the best serial killer biopics below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
Directed by: Patty JenkinsWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialShortly after moving to Florida, longtime prostitute Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) meets young and reserved Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) and a romance blossoms. When a john (Lee Tergesen) attempts ...more
Directed by: Tom GriesWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialHelter Skelter is a 1976 TV film based on the 1974 book by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. In the United States, it aired over two nights. In some countries it was shown in theaters with ...more
Directed by: David JacobsonIn this fictionalized, fragmented biopic of one of America's most notorious serial killers, Jeffrey Dahmer (Jeremy Renner) contemplates his latest potential victim, a young man named Rodney (Artel ...more
Directed by: Spike LeeDuring the summer of 1977, a killer known as the Son of Sam keeps all of New York City on edge with a series of brutal murders. The philandering Vinny (John Alberto Leguizamo) unwittingly almost ...more
Directed by: John McNaughtonHenry (Michael Rooker) is released from prison following his mother's murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug ...more
Directed by: Matthew BrightWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialTed Bundy (Michael Reilly Burke) is a seemingly well-adjusted law student with a bright future ahead. Intelligent and good-looking, Ted has little trouble earning the affections of Lee (Boti Ann ...more
Directed by: Jim Van BebberThe Manson Family is a 2003 American crime drama film. The film covers the lives of Charles Manson and his "family" of followers. ...more
Directed by: Clive SaundersReal-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy (Mark Holton) is the subject of this disturbing biographical drama. Although Gacy is a family man and respected business owner, and even entertains locals as a ...more
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Directed by: David R. BowenJeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life is an American true crime film, released in 1993. It stars Carl Crew as Jeffrey Dahmer, an American serial killer, necrophile and cannibal. The film is a first hand ...more
Directed by: Richard FleischerWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialWhen a string of women in Boston start turning up dead, the police launch an investigation headed by John Bottomly (Henry Fonda). Through chance, Bottomly gets the evidence he needs to arrest Albert ...more
Directed by: Terrence MalickInspired by real-life killers Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate, this tale of crime and love begins in a dead-end town. Teenage girl Holly (Sissy Spacek) angers her father (Warren Oates) when ...more
Directed by: Chuck ParelloKenneth Bianchi (C. Thomas Howell) is a security guard whose attempts to become a police officer are repeatedly thwarted. He moves to California to live with his cousin Angelo (Nicholas Turturro) and ...more
Directed by: John GrayHelter Skelter is a 2004 television film directed by John Gray based on the murders of the Charles Manson Family. The film was a remake of the 1976 two-part TV movie. Unlike the 1976 version which ...more
Directed by: Stephen T. KayThe Hunt for the BTK Killer is a 2005 biographical telefilm directed by Stephen T. Kay. First shown on CBS it is based on the true story of Dennis Rader killing ten people from 1974 to 1991. Though ...more
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Directed by: Michael FeiferWatch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialEd Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield is a 2007 U.S.-American direct-to-video horror film starring Kane Hodder, Adrienne Frantz, Michael Berryman, Priscilla Barnes and Shawn Hoffman. It is based upon ...more
Directed by: Richard FleischerA seemingly model citizen living in mid-century London, John Christie (Richard Attenborough) is actually a killer. Masquerading as a doctor, he convinces guileless women that he can cure whatever ...more
Directed by: Joel BenderIn this film based on actual events, Karla Homolka (Laura Prepon) and Paul Bernardo (Misha Collins) seem like a typical suburban couple -- that is, until Paul is implicated in a series of disturbing ...more
Directed by: Chris FisherNightstalker is a 2002 film directed by Chris Fisher about Richard Ramirez. It was nominated for two Fangoria Chainsaw Awards. ...more
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Directed by: David GriecoEvilenko is a 2004 English-language Italian crime horror thriller film very loosely based on the Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo. Written and directed by David Grieco, the film stars Malcolm ...more
Directed by: Bob Clark, Alan OrmsbyDeranged is a Canadian-American horror film made in 1974 and directed by Alan Ormsby and Jeff Gillen. It is also known by the title Deranged: The Confessions of a Necrophile in the USA. It is a ...more
Directed by: Byron WernerStarkweather is a 2004 film directed by Bryon Werner. Written by Working Class Films founder and prolific screenwriter Stephen Johnston, whose scripts including In the Light of the Moon and Ted ...more
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Directed by: Keith WalleySpeck is a 2002 Crime and Horror Film written by Don Adams and Aaron Pope and directed by Keith Walley.