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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

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Friday the 13th is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
ReneeButler added Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer Friday the 13th is a 1980 American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are taken out one by one while attempting ...more

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Hannibal Rising is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Gong Li, Kevin McKidd, Rhys Ifans Hannibal Rising is a 2007 horror film and the fifth film of the Hannibal Lecter franchise. It is a prequel to the previous three films: Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal. The ...more

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Misery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film based on Stephen King's 1987 novel of the same name and starring James Caan, Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances ...more

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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
BobbyMoore added Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon ...more

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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
ChrisRobarchek added Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more

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The House That Jack Built is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman The House That Jack Built is a 2018 psychological horror-thriller film directed by Lars von Trier. The story follows Jack (Matt Dillon), a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 ...more

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Murder by Numbers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Bootsdad added Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman Murder by Numbers is a 2002 psychological thriller film produced and directed by Barbet Schroeder. It stars Sandra Bullock, Ben Chaplin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pitt. It is loosely based on the ...more

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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring ...more

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Identity is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
AkshayRavindran added Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina Identity is a 2003 American psychological thriller film directed by James Mangold from a screenplay written by Michael Cooney. The film stars John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, Alfred Molina, ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
ChrisRobarchek added Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco ...more

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Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
JayDee added Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen Manhunter is a 1986 American thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as Will Graham and features Brian Cox as ...more

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Disturbia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss Disturbia is a 2007 American thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso. The film follows a teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who is placed on house arrest and begins to spy on his neighbors, thinking one of ...more

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8mm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
kgibs1973 added Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini 8mm is a 1999 American-German mystery thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a private investigator who delves into the ...more

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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Ki... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
JayDee added Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold This film is a 1986 American psychological horror film directed and co-written by John McNaughton who seemingly operates with impunity. It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom ...more

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The Talented Mr. Ripley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name, ...more

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The Cell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio The Cell is a 2000 horror film directed by Tarsem Singh, and starring Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn and Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Saw III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg Saw III is a 2006 Canadian-American horror film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell and story by James Wan and Whannell. Wan and Whannell directed and wrote Saw ...more

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Panic Room is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster Panic Room is a 2002 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by David Koepp. The film stars Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart as a mother and daughter whose new home is ...more

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Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
kgibs1973 added Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank Insomnia is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank. It tells the story of two Los Angeles homicide detectives ...more

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Death Proof is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
srjthnk added Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell This film is a 2007 American action-exploitation film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film centers on a psychopathic stunt man, Stuntman Mike played by Kurt Russell, who stalks ...more

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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
ChrisRobarchek added Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars ...more

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Dressed to Kill is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
srjthnk added Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz This film is a 1980 American thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma and starring Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen and Keith Gordon. It centers on an event involving a ...more

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The Iceman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
JuanSiphoHabdadBotha added James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans 2013
 
The Iceman is an American crime thriller film based on the true story of longtime notorious hitman Richard Kuklinski. Released in 2013 at the Venice Film Festival, the film was directed by Ariel ...more

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Along Came a Spider is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
booklover-gee added Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin Along Came a Spider is a 2001 American psychological thriller film directed by Lee Tamahori. It is a sequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls. The screenplay by Marc Moss was adapted from the 1993 ...more

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In the Line of Fire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Serial Killer Movies
StacyWolfe added Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo In the Line of Fire is a 1993 American action thriller film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. Written by Jeff Maguire, the film is about a ...more