Serial killer movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant serial killer movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out suspenseful, psychological, realistic, serious, suspense and tense films and TV shows about / with serial killer, police investigation, murder, deadly, violence, crimes, psychopath, death, brutality and blood plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as serial killer: Se7en (1995), Zodiac (2007), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Dexter (2006), Hannibal (2013), Mr. Brooks (2007), Red Dragon (2002), The Bone Collector (1999), Copycat (1995), Hannibal (2001).

List of serial killer movies

 8.6
 1.6M
Se7en (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, tense, neo noir, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, police detective, police investigation, psychopath, mind game, master criminal, psycho, psychology, powerful ending, homicidal maniac, insanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york
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 7.7
 523K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for four men as their lives and careers are ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, neo noir, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, investigation, mystery, maniac, paranoia, uncover truth, mind game, journalist, code, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: san francisco, california, usa, oakland california, sacramento california
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, scary, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, murder, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, psychology, profiler, brutality, fbi, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, ohio, west virginia ...
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 8.7
 710K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have ...
Style: captivating, clever, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, crimes, hidden identity, vigilantism, loner, forensics, corpse, police detective, crime investigation, right and wrong, police station ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 8.5
 248K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Both a gift and a curse, Graham has the extraordinary ability to think like his prey—he sees what they see, feels what they feel. But while Graham is pursuing an especially troubling, cannibalistic murderer, Special Agent Jack Crawford teams him ...
Style: psychological, tense, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, cannibal, mind game, psychopath, cannibalism, death, mental patient, psychiatrist, murder, graphic violence, murder investigation, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.3
 150K
Mr. Brooks (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about a man who is sometimes controlled by his murder-and-mayhem-loving alter ego.
Style: psychological, tense, twists and turns, macabre, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, businessman, police detective, murder, double life, secret, maniac, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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 7.2
 269K
Red Dragon (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Former FBI Agent Will Graham, who was once almost killed by the savage Hannibal 'The Cannibal' Lecter, now has no choice but to face him again, as it seems Lecter is the only one who can help Graham track down a new serial killer.
Style: neo noir, tense, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, split personality, murder, fbi, cruelty, reporter, crimes, capture ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: atlanta georgia, florida, chicago illinois, baltimore, birmingham alabama ...
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The Bone Collector (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rookie cop, Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme – formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury – to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed 'The Bone Collector'. The ...
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, master criminal, forensics, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 6.6
 59K
Copycat (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, maniac, mind game, agoraphobia, profiler, crimes, police detective, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
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 6.8
 270K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, homicidal maniac, fbi, cat and mouse, crimes, law enforcement, torment, psychiatrist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, europe, venice, washington d.c., italy
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 7.3
 242K
Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, mind bending, suspenseful, surprise ending, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, mystery, characters killed one by one, stranded, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, split personality, psychiatrist, motel, psycho, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida
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 7.8
 126K
I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, psychological, rough, serious, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: revenge, serial killer, murder, vengeance, violence, extreme violence, brutality, psychopath, cat and mouse, strong violent content, mercilessness, sadism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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The Frozen Ground (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, factual, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, kidnapping, psychopath, crimes, sexual predator, winter, drug overdose, rapist, rape and murder, manhunt, rape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: alaska, usa, boston
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 7.3
 149K
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, psychological, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: serial killer, prostitute, lesbian, sexual abuse, rape, lesbian love, destructive relationship, misanthrope, female killer, tragic love, death sentence, murder ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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 8.1
 102K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When the Police Service of Northern Ireland are unable to close a case after 28 days, Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson of the Metropolitan Police Service is called in to review the case. Under her new leadership, the local detectives must ...
Style: psychological, serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, female detective, police detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, evidence, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, united kingdom, northern ireland, belfast
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 6.2
 89K
Taking Lives (2004)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Recruited to assist Montreal police in their desperate search for a serial killer who assumes the identities of his victims, FBI profiler Illeana Scott knows it's only a matter of time before the killer strikes again. Her most promising lead is ...
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, fatal attraction, murder mystery, dangerous attraction, murder investigation, profiler, police investigation, tough girl, female agent, fake identity, strong female character, psychopath ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary, 80s, year 1983 ...
Place: usa, canada, montreal, pennsylvania
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 6.2
 50K
Untraceable (2008)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Special Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) works in an elite division of the FBI dedicated to fighting cybercrime. She thinks she has seen it all, until a particularly sadistic criminal arises on the Internet. This tech-savvy killer posts live feeds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, suspense, intense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, kidnapping, investigation, internet, torture, special agents, suicide, sadism, police investigation, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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 6.8
 233K
Disturbia (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Kale is a 17-year-old placed under house arrest after punching his teacher. He is confined to his house, and decides to use his free time spying on his neighbors. Things start to get weird when guests enter the Turner's house and don't ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, intense, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: serial killer, neighbor, paranoia, arrest, loneliness, voyeurism, amateur detective, murder, suspicion, investigation, mystery, bad guy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Germany, France, Spain, USA, Belgium
Duration: 147 min.
Story: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for ...
Style: psychological, captivating, atmospheric, dark fantasy, macabre ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, obsession, perfume, insanity, woman in danger, genius, dangerous attraction, corpse, killings, sense of smell, sexualized violence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: paris france, france, europe, provence
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 7.2
 83K
Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Style: psychological, twists and turns, tense, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, childhood, insanity, psychopath, punishment, angel, parents and children, family relations, fbi, sheriff ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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 7.6
 566K
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, brutal, surreal, stylized, macabre ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, insanity, dark humor, yuppie, nihilism, sex maniac, sociopath, psycho, millionaire, killings, hidden identity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city, yale university ...
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 6.1
 109K
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Czech Republic, UK, France, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The story of the early, murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer, Hannibal Lecter – from his hard-scrabble Lithuanian childhood, where he witnesses the repulsive lengths to which hungry soldiers will go to satiate themselves, through his ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, scary, suspense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, cannibalism, murder, dehumanization, loss of sibling, vengeance, drowning, haunted by the past, serial murder, cannibal, mind game ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century, year 1949, year 1941
Place: paris france, europe, russia, lithuania, france ...
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 6.6
 73K
Kiss the Girls (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Forensic psychologist Alex Cross travels to North Carolina and teams with escaped kidnap victim Kate McTiernan to hunt down "Casanova," a serial killer who abducts strong-willed women and forces them to submit to his demands. The trail ...
Style: twist ending, tense, serious, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, woman in danger, profiler, police investigation, violence against women, missing person, forensics, who done it, crimes, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: north carolina, los angeles, washington d.c., usa, california
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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, suspenseful, suspense, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, maniac, prison, police investigation, murder, violence, prisoner, male female relationship, escape, necrophilia, couples ...
Time: 70s, year 1979, year 1989, year 1976, year 1974 ...
Place: usa, seattle
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 6.3
 64K
The Collector (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife, an ex-con plots a heist at his new employer's country home, unaware that a second criminal has also targeted the property, and rigged it with a series of deadly traps.
Style: slasher, scary, brutal, macabre, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, trap, home invasion, torture, held captive, deathtrap, homicidal maniac, masked man, maniac, hostage, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
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 8.6
 267K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspense, psycho film, idiotic ...
Plot: psychology, psychopath, serial killer, police investigation, fbi, criminal psychologist, serial murder, murderer, fbi agent, killings, profiler, police ...
Time: 70s
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 7.4
 87K
The Following (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Notorious serial killer Joe Carroll, after being found guilty of murdering 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature, escapes from death row. The FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy to consult on the case, as he was ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, fbi, psychopath, murderer, killings, cult, crimes, special agents, investigation, police investigation, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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: bleak, scary, psychological, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, sadistic psychopath, extreme violence, sadism, violence, cruelty, kidnapping, murder, psychopath as protagonist, animal cruelty, deception ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: washington d.c.
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 6.3
 61K
Mindhunters (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: Netherlands, UK, Finland, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.
Style: surprise ending, scary, suspenseful, twist ending, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, profiler, mind game, island, trap, investigation, dishonesty, psycho killer, confined, bad guy, sadistic psychopath, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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 6.8
 153K
From Hell (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.
Style: gothic, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, jack the ripper, who done it, crimes, graphic violence, a vision, freemason, psychic, police investigation, life is a bitch, police detective, prostitute ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1880s, 20th century
Place: england, london, europe, united kingdom, big ben london ...
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