Serial killer as protagonist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant serial killer as protagonist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out slasher, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, psychological and scary films and TV shows about / with serial killer, serial killer as protagonist, murder, blood, death, serial murder, violence, psychopath, killing spree and crimes plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Horror genres shot in USA, France, Germany and other countries.
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serial killer as protagonist movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as serial killer as protagonist: The House That Jack Built (2018), Sound of Violence (2021), Kill Your Friends (2015), Unknown Hour (2009), Christmas Evil (1980), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Serial Mom (1994), American Psycho (2000), The Golden Glove (2019), Spoor (2017).

List of serial killer as protagonist movies

The House That Jack Built (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Tunisia
Duration: 152 min.
Story: A depiction of a serial killer's 12 years' worth of murders and how it shaped his prime intelligence.
Style: scary, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: date night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, sadism, cruelty, murder, sadistic psychopath, kidnapping, psychopath as protagonist, extreme violence, animal cruelty, obsessive compulsive disorder, disturbed individual ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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Sound of Violence (2021)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Finland, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young girl recovers her hearing and gains synesthetic abilities during the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult, she pursues a career in music composing her masterpiece through gruesome murders.
Style: bleak, slasher, suspenseful, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: corporal punishment, serial killer, serial killer as protagonist, murder, music teacher, surrealism, childhood trauma, characters killed one by one, deaf child, sign language, deafness, mutilation ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
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Kill Your Friends (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the late 1990s, a drug-addled nihilist resorts to murder to climb the ladder of the London music industry.
Style: slasher, rough, tense, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, music industry, music business, psychopath, cocaine, secret, criminal, ambition, criminal as protagonist, plan gone wrong, sociopath as protagonist, sociopathy ...
Time: 90s, year 1997, year 1996, year 1981, year 1983 ...
Place: united kingdom, england, edinburgh scotland, mississippi, sweden ...
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 6.3
 95
Unknown Hour (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hynek Michánek wants to study medicine but fails his entrance exams five times. He starts a job as an orderly in a district hospital where one of the doctors on the examining board works as well. He feels no-one takes him seriously and he loathes ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, suspenseful, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: doctor, husband wife relationship, mentally unstable protagonist, social awkwardness, murder, corruption, criminal as protagonist, friendship between men, death, nurse, revenge, antagonist as protagonist ...
Place: central europe
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Christmas Evil (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.
Style: slasher, scary, bloody, serious, psychological ...
Plot: christmas, serial killer as protagonist, serial killer, killer santa claus, holiday, killing spree, lonely, exploitation, killings, house, teenager, investigation ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, year 1980, year 1947
Place: new york
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Little Billy witnesses his parents being brutally murdered by Santa. Years later, when he has to fill in for an absent in-store Santa Claus, his childhood trauma materializes once again.
Style: slasher, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, christmas, santa claus, murder, survival, psychopath, winter, obsession, exploitation, corporal punishment, mother superior, serial killer as protagonist ...
Time: 80s, 70s, year 1984, year 1974, year 1971
Place: salt lake city utah
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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
Style: psychological, suspense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, maniac, killer as protagonist, police investigation, prison, prisoner, violence, serial killer as protagonist, male female relationship, escape, male protagonist ...
Time: 70s, year 1978, year 1969, year 1976, year 1977 ...
Place: usa, seattle
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 6.8
 30K
Serial Mom (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A picture perfect middle class family is shocked when they find out that one of their neighbors is receiving obscene phone calls. The mom takes slights against her family very personally, and it turns out she is indeed the one harassing the ...
Style: parody, witty, disturbing, talky, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, dark humor, dysfunctional family, housewife, murder, suburban life, female killer, crimes, police investigation, satire, suburbs, farce ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, baltimore, maryland
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 7.6
 616K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Style: psychological, twist ending, surreal, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: date night
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, insanity, satire, dark humor, sociopath, materialism, psycho, killings, greed, yuppie, millionaire ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, yale university, usa, brooklyn new york city ...
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Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Between 1978 and 1979, the inhabitants of the Oise are in fear of a maniac who kills several hitchhikers and escape the police. He was then dubbed "the killer of the Oise" is actually a shy young policeman who will investigate his own ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic, bloody ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police, violence, psychopath, racial slur, self mutilation, insanity, mental disorder, con artists, woman in danger, self flagellation ...
Time: 20th century, year 1979, 70s
Place: france
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The Golden Glove (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.
Style: macabre, bleak, disturbing, slasher, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, mentally unstable, murder of a prostitute, murder, sex crime, misfit, loser, alcoholic, murderer, brutality, loner, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1974, year 1970
Place: hamburg germany, west germany, northern germany, central europe
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 6.3
 6K
Spoor (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A story about Janina Duszejko, an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but nobody believes her.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, enigmatic, touching, feminist film ...
Plot: animal rights, murder investigation, strong female character, murder mystery, hunting, murder, environmental issue, poacher, small town, teacher, nature, neighbor neighbor relationship ...
Place: berlin germany, central europe
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 6.2
 3K
Evilenko (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1984, in Kiev, the communist teacher Andrej Romanovic Evilenko is dismissed from his position after a pedophilic act against a student. On 15 May 1984, the pedophile Evilenko begins to rape children, and then slashing the victims in pieces and ...
Style: slasher, suspense, surreal, heartbreaking, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, pedophile, child murder investigation, sexual abuse, psychopath, cannibalism, sexual sadism, woman in danger, pedophilia, murder, crimes, dead children ...
Time: contemporary, 80s, 90s, year 1992, year 1984
Place: kiev ukraine, ukraine, russia, ussr, crimea
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Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After being traumatized by his brother Billy's murderous rampage years earlier, Ricky Caldwell has become a serial killer himself and is now living in a mental hospital. Relating his story to a psychiatrist, Ricky recounts the details of their ...
Style: tense, serious, bloody, funny, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, holiday, murder, christmas, killer santa claus, psychopath, crimes, orphan, mental institution, mental illness, vengeance, obsession ...
Time: 80s
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 7.2
 106K
Heathers (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids.
Style: witty, sexy, dark, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: high school, suicide, dark humor, murderous pair, murder, insanity, coming of age, teenage girl, teenage life, teenage love, teenager, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, ohio, usa
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 5.8
 8K
Ted Bundy (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Docu-drama based on the life of Ted Bundy, a serial killer who killed at least 19 young women during the 1970's (though some sources say as many as 30 to 35 were murdered). Set from his college student years, to his first victims, his capture, ...
Style: disturbing, scary, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, sexual predator, necrophilia, psychopath, kidnapping, misogyny, electric chair, crimes, masturbation, murder, execution, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: seattle, usa, colorado, florida
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 5.6
 11K
Dahmer (2002)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On February 15, 1992 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, one of the world's most infamous serial killers, was convicted of 15 counts of murder and sentenced to 937 years in federal prison. This movie is based on events from his ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, scary, rough, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, murder, rape, gay club, gay, torture, violence, necrophilia, crimes, serial murder, obsession, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 90s
Place: usa, wisconsin
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 7.3
 153K
Monster (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aileen Wuornos is an emotionally scarred highway hooker who shoots a sadistic trick who rapes her and ultimately becomes America's first female serial killer.
Style: bleak, harsh, disturbing, psychological, depressing ...
Audience: date night, teens, chick flick
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, lesbian love, rape, mental illness, gay, murder, female serial killer, vengeance, crimes, female killer ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, michigan, usa, ohio, miami
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 5.9
 7K
M.F.A. (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An art student taps into a rich source of creative inspiration after the accidental slaughter of her rapist. An unlikely vigilante emerges, set out to avenge college girls whose attackers walked free- all the while fueling a vivid thesis exhibition.
Style: psychological, suspense, feminist film, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: revenge, art student, femme fatale, rape, art class, rape revenge, rape and revenge, murder, female psychopath, vigilante, party, female serial killer ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.3
 734
Hotel Fear (1978)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Italy, Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.
Style: gothic, dark, disturbing, neo noir, controversial
Plot: sexual assault, rape and revenge, serial killer, world war two, hotel, expressionism, cruelty, abandoned house, drowning, violence, female nudity, rape ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: italy
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An Eye for an Eye (1973)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The host of a children's TV show is really a psychopathic killer, and when he hears stories from the kids who watch his show about the abuse they get from their parents, he starts visiting the parents and murdering them.
Style: slasher, psychotronic, cult film
Plot: mental disorder, exploitation, child abuse, serial killer as protagonist, revenge, arrested development, psycho killer, psychopath, villain played by lead actor, vigilantism, serial murder, abusive parent ...
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You Might Be the Killer (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Counselors are being killed off at summer camp, and Sam (Fran Kranz) is stuck in the middle of it. Instead of contacting the cops, he calls his friend and slasher-film expert (Alyson Hannigan) to discuss his options.
Style: slasher, psychological, suspense, non-linear, captivating ...
Plot: masked killer, survival, serial killer, curse, friendship, murder, dark humor, trap, characters killed one by one, mystery killer, homicidal maniac, teamwork ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.4
 18K
Maniac (1980)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A psychotic man, troubled by his childhood abuse, loose in NYC, kills young women and takes their scalps as trophies. Will he find the perfect woman in photographer Anna, and end his killing spree?
Style: slasher, disturbing, scary, macabre, bloody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, sadistic horror, murder, violent, torture, exploitation, extreme violence, disturbed individual, weirdo, maniac, schizophrenic, schizophrenia ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1979
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
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Extracurricular Activities (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The outrageous life of Reagan Collins, a model high school student with a "killer" after-school job that involves arranging “accidents” for his classmates' parents. When seasoned police detective Cliff Dawkins starts putting the ...
Style: captivating, humorous, surprise ending, twist ending
Plot: nudist, teenager, criminal as protagonist, stalking, voyeurism, murder investigation, murder, death, police detective, police, dysfunctional family, husband wife relationship ...
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 8.4
 1.3M
Joker (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, bleak, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: mental illness, social problems, mental disorder, psychological trauma, character change, psycho, insanity, loneliness, revenge, social decay, villain, bad attitude ...
Time: 80s, 2010s, year 1981, 20th century
Place: new jersey, new york
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 6.0
 8K
Prevenge (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A pregnant widow, believing herself to be guided by her unborn child, embarks on a homicidal rampage.
Style: slasher, suspense, unusual plot structure, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: baby, revenge, murder, pregnant woman, female chauvinist, seeing dead people, hospital, childbirth, women, female villain, stalker, home invasion ...
Time: contemporary
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Fade to Black (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Eric Binford watches a lot of movies. He is the truest definition of a film geek. One day, his sanity takes a turn for the worse and he begins acting out his favorite scenes from the movies. In doing so, he manages to involve his enemies and the ...
Style: psychological, serious, rough, suspense, slasher ...
Plot: serial killer, obsession, psychopath, nerd, blonde, murder, loner, mentally unstable, fan culture, insanity, paraplegic, stalking ...
Time: 70s
Place: los angeles
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Office Killer (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: When Dorine Douglas' job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn't know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder ...
Style: psychological, slasher, semi serious, cynical, humorous ...
Plot: female psychopath, asthma, workplace, office, vengeance, serial killer, manipulation, psychopath, workplace romance, obsession, protagonist as suspect, goofy hero ...
Time: 90s
Place: virginia, usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 469
Black Journal (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Black Journal (originally titled Gran Bollito) is a 1977 Italian drama film directed by Mauro Bolognini. It is based on the real life events of Leonarda Cianciulli, the Italian serial killer best known as the "Soap-Maker of Correggio".
Style: macabre, pre war
Plot: true crime, serial killer, female villain, crimes, killer as protagonist, manipulative person, mentally unstable woman, emotionally unstable, incest overtones, puritanism, mother issues, mentally unstable protagonist ...
Time: year 1938, 1930s
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 5.0
 1K
Horror High (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A nerdy high school super whiz experiments with a chemical which will transform his guinea pig "Mr. Mumps" from a gentle pet into a ravenous monster. In a fit of rage against his tormentors at the high school, Vernon Potts goes on a ...
Style: slasher, semi serious, exciting, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, monster, murder, creature, cult, revenge, experiment, transformation, bullying, potion, disfigurement, teacher ...
Time: 70s
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