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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 Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

920 270
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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

765 381
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American Psycho Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

842 384
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Hannibal Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins

708 388
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BobbyMoore added Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

747 318
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Clark Benson added Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

722 232
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stubb added Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

513 216
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StacyWolfe added No Country for Old Men Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson

690 291
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wiabux added The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal

505 269
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Natural Born Killers Robert Downey Jr., Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones

573 253
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wiabux added The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

427 218
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beernbugs added Monster Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Rose Byrne

455 143
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A Nightmare on Elm Street Johnny Depp, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp

542 178
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StacyWolfe added Red Dragon Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton

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437 195
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wiabux added Kiss the Girls Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Mena Suvari

376 406
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Basic Instinct Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas, Jeanne Tripplehorn

505 213
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beernbugs added Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

350 219
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wiabux added Frailty Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe

544 333
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Halloween (2007) Malcolm McDowell, Danny Trejo, Danielle Harris

340 304
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wiabux added Mr. Brooks Demi Moore, Kevin Costner, Danielle Panabaker

366 239
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willyboymcoy added Copycat Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick - 1995

275 137
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shaydie added The Hitcher Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

263 96
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GeorgieBGood added It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter

276 195
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jenkinsmo2718 added The Collector Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima, Andrea Roth

250 80
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ReneeButler added Friday the 13th Kevin Bacon, Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer

348 310
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Hannibal Rising Gong Li, Kevin McKidd, Rhys Ifans

268 199
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BobbyMoore added House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black

103 21
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Misery Lauren Bacall, Kathy Bates, James Caan

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StacyWolfe added The Ring Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox

230 103
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ChrisRobarchek added A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

249 212
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Bootsdad added Murder by Numbers Sandra Bullock, Ryan Gosling, Nick Offerman

154 78
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ChrisRobarchek added Dirty Harry Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Andrew Robinson

248 166
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StacyWolfe added Disturbia Shia LaBeouf, Viola Davis, Carrie-Anne Moss

70 42
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AkshayRavindran added Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

206 162
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StacyWolfe added Saw III Shawnee Smith, Dina Meyer, Donnie Wahlberg

154 87
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kgibs1973 added 8mm Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini

226 157
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JayDee added Manhunter Brian Cox, Garcelle Beauvais, Joan Allen

169 134
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StacyWolfe added The Talented Mr. Ripley Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

218 263
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The Cell Jennifer Lopez, Vince Vaughn, Vincent D'Onofrio

222 200
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StacyWolfe added Panic Room Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster

127 85
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kgibs1973 added Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

166 130
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JayDee added Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

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srjthnk added Death Proof Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, Kurt Russell

96 104
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srjthnk added Dressed to Kill Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Dennis Franz

94 83
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ChrisRobarchek added The Dead Zone Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

106 127
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JuanSiphoHabdadBotha added The Iceman James Franco, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans - 2013  

99 93
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StacyWolfe added In the Line of Fire Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo

51 23
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booklover-gee added Along Came a Spider Morgan Freeman, Monica Potter, Anton Yelchin

91 70
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kgibs1973 added Summer of Sam Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody