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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
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman
Seven is a 1995 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher. The film stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, with Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Ermey, John C. McGinley, and Kevin ...more

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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins
Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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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
American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Clark Benson added Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo
Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins
Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris. It is the sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence ...more

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Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
BobbyMoore added Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith
Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
stubb added Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence
Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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No Country for Old Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 American neo-western neo-noir thriller film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Mayhem ensue after a hunter (Josh Brolin) ...more

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Natural Born Killers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones
Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American film directed by Oliver Stone starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Sizemore and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was released in the ...more

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
wiabux added Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal
This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
wiabux added Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah
The Bone Collector is a 1999 psychological thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, directed by Phillip Noyce and produced by Martin Bregman. The movie was based on the novel ...more

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Monster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
beernbugs added Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne
Monster is a 2003 drama film about Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 for taking six men's lives in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural slasher horror film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The film stars ...more

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Red Dragon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton
Red Dragon is a 2002 American psychological thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The novel was originally ...more

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Kiss the Girls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
wiabux added Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari
Kiss the Girls is a 1997 American psychological thriller film directed by Gary Fleder and starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, and Cary Elwes. The screenplay by David Klass is based on the ...more

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Frailty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
wiabux added Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Frailty is a 2002 psychological thriller film, directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and co-starring Matthew McConaughey. It marks Paxton's directorial debut. The plot focuses on the strange ...more

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Basic Instinct is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Basic Instinct is a 1992 French-American neo-noir erotic thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas, and starring Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. The film is about a ...more

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Mr. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
wiabux added Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker
Mr. Brooks is a 2007 American psychological thriller film directed by Bruce A. Evans starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, Dane Cook, and William Hurt. It was released on June 1, 2007. The film ...more

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Scream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
beernbugs added Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox
Scream is a 1996 American slasher film written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven. The film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Drew Barrymore, and David Arquette. Released on ...more

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Copycat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
willyboymcoy added Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick
1995 Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney. The film was directed by Jon Amiel, with a score composed by Christopher Young.

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris
Halloween is a 2007 American slasher film written, directed, and produced by Rob Zombie. The film is a remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name; it is a reboot of the ...more

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The Hitcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
shaydie added Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell
The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. The film stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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The Collector is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
jenkinsmo2718 added Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth
The Collector is a 2009 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Dunstan. Originally titled The Midnight Man, the script was originally intended to be a Saw ...more

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It is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
GeorgieBGood added Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter
It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more