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The Best Movies About the Search for a Serial Killer

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Vote up the top films that feature detectives on the hunt for elusive serial killers.

Serial killers can be chillingly crafty when it comes to evading the law, but, in time, smart detectives always crack the case. The best movies about the search for a serial killer feature dedicated cops using every tool available to stop more killings from taking place. This is a list of the top movies featuring a hunt for a serial killer, including everything from No Country for Old Men to American Psycho to Zodiac.

What active serial killer movies frighten you the most? There's no denying the terrifying power of The Silence of the Lambs. FBI cadet Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster) enlists the help of imprisoned murderer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to assist her in stopping the Buffalo Bill serial killer from striking again. The film earned Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Seven is another acclaimed film about detectives searching for a serial killer. Everyone in New York City was on the look out for the Son of Sam serial killer in Spike Lee's film Summer of Sam. Other good movies featured on this list include Frailty, M, and Kiss the Girls.

Do you have a favorite film about a detective hunting a serial killer? Give the best movies a thumbs up and add any scary flicks that are missing.

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