The Best Serial Killer Biopics

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Vote up the best true biographical movies about serial murderers

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. 
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  • Monster
    Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Patty Jenkins
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  • Helter Skelter
    Alan Oppenheimer, Jon Gries, Steve Railsback
    • Released: 1976
    • Directed by: Tom Gries
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  • Summer of Sam
    John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Dahmer
    Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: David Jacobson
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
    Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: John McNaughton
  • The Manson Family
    Sage Stallone, Jim Van Bebber, Marc Pitman
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Jim Van Bebber
  • Ted Bundy
    Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss, Steffani Brass
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Matthew Bright
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  • Gacy
    Mark Holton, Charlie Weber, Adam Baldwin
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Clive Saunders
  • The Boston Strangler
    Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy
    • Released: 1968
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
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  • Badlands
    Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Terrence Malick
  • The Hillside Strangler
    C. Thomas Howell, Nicholas Turturro, Allison Lange
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Chuck Parello
  • Helter Skelter
    Eric Dane, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Clea DuVall
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: John Gray
  • The Hunt for the BTK Killer
    Michael Michele, Maury Chaykin, Robert Forster
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Stephen T. Kay
  • Jeffrey Dahmer: The Secret Life
    Laura Tesone, Donna Stewart Bowen, Keith Gearhart
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: David R. Bowen
  • Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield
    Priscilla Barnes, Kane Hodder, Michael Berryman
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Michael Feifer
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  • Karla
    Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Tess Harper
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Joel Bender
  • 10 Rillington Place
    Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Nightstalker
    Roselyn Sánchez, Danny Trejo, Bret Roberts
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Chris Fisher
  • Evilenko
    Malcolm McDowell, Marton Csokas, Frances Barber
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: David Grieco
  • Deranged
    John Ratzenberger, Rory Calhoun, Roberts Blossom
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby
  • Starkweather
    Lance Henriksen, Shannon Lucio, Keir O'Donnell
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Byron Werner
  • Speck
    Debra Mayer, Stacy Cunningham, Flynn Beck
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Keith Walley