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, realistic, serious, psychological, suspense and tense films and TV shows about / with serial killer, crimes, murder, deadly, police investigation, death, violence, brutality, psychopath and blood plots mostly in Thriller, Crime and Drama genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as serial killer: The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Se7en (1995), Zodiac (2007), Scream (1996), Hannibal (2013), Copycat (1995), Dexter (2006), Red Dragon (2002), I Saw the Devil (2010), The Fall (2013).

List of serial killer movies

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, scary, tense, suspense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, crime, cannibalism, fbi, murder, special agents, profiler, killings, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, west virginia, ohio ...
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 8.6
 1.2M
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: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, master criminal, mind game, psychopath, investigation, crime, police investigation, killings, crimes, police, police detective, gory ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
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 7.7
 370K
Zodiac (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, 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, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, crime, uncover truth, victim, paranoia, investigation, journalist, crimes, code, who done it, law enforcement ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, year 1971 ...
Place: california, san francisco, usa, oakland california
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 7.2
 250K
Scream (1996)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A killer known as Ghostface begins killing off teenagers, and as the body count begins rising, one girl and her friends find themselves contemplating the 'rules' of horror films as they find themselves living in a real-life one.
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, slasher, woman in danger, high school, halloween, small town, who done it, masked killer, psychopath, danger, news reporter, mystery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: california, usa
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 8.6
 193K
Hannibal (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, atmospheric, tense, serious, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, special agents, crime, psychiatrist, cannibal, danger, death, doctor, fbi, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.6
 48K
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: suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, police investigation, profiler, crime, police detective, psychology, master criminal, violence, agoraphobia, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
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 8.7
 576K
Dexter (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
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, dark humor, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, hidden identity, double life, crimes, crime, vigilantism, gory, police station, corpse, right and wrong, loner, forensics ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 7.2
 225K
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: suspenseful, tense, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, fbi, split personality, cannibalism, murder, deadly, crime, abuse, reporter ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, atlanta georgia, st. louis missouri
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I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 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, bleak, serious, rough, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, psychopath, vengeance, revenge, mercilessness, extreme violence, violence, crime and punishment, track down, cat and mouse, law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, south korea, korea
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 8.2
 59K
The Fall (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
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, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, forensics, police detective, female detective, police investigation, psychological thriller, law enforcement, crimes, evidence, coworker, therapy, journalist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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 6.4
 78K
The Raven (2012)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain, Hungary, Serbia
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer's stories.
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, stylized, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, riddles and clues, track down, crimes, unconventional method, who done it, uncover truth, writer's life, chases and races, deadly, poet ...
Time: 19th century
Place: baltimore, maryland, usa, paris france
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Germany, France, Spain, USA
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, atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: obsession, psychopath, serial killer, insanity, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, killings, perfume, corpse, deadly, genius, french ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, europe, paris france
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 7.6
 413K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama
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: dark humor, stylized, surreal, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, yuppie, wall street, hidden identity, millionaire, unlikely criminals, criminal heroes, insanity, greed, killings, unreliable narrator ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harvard university, yale university
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 7.3
 202K
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: suspenseful, scary, serious, mind bending, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychiatrist, isolation, crime, storm, death, convict, psychology, coincidence, murder mystery, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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 7.8
 185K
Halloween (1978)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In John Carpenter's horror classic, a psychotic murderer, institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, rough, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: halloween, serial killer, slasher, psychopath, violence, teenage life, masked killer, small town, psychiatrist, evil, doctors and patients, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978, 1960s, year 1963 ...
Place: midwest, california
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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Henry likes to kill people, in different ways each time. Henry shares an apartment with Otis. When Otis' sister comes to stay, we see both sides of Henry: "the guy next door" and the serial killer.
Style: scary, sadistic, bleak, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, incest, murder, blood, rape, extreme violence, killing spree, prostitute, video camera, gory, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, midwest, chicago illinois, california
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 8.1
 17K
Ripper Street (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 59 min.
Story: A drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the "Ripper" murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, killings, investigator, crimes, danger, urban, fist fighting, victim, multiple suspects, notoriety, responsibility ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s
Place: england, europe, london, east end london
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 8.7
 44K
The Bridge (2011)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Duration: 60 min.
Story: When a body is found on the bridge between Denmark and Sweden, right on the border, Danish inspector Martin Rohde and Swedish Saga Norén have to share jurisdiction and work together to find the killer.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, mind game, police detective, partners against crime, murder, riddles and clues, forensics, buried truth, multiple suspects, police investigation, videotaping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, sweden, europe, copenhagen, copenhagen denmark
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 7.9
 47K
The Chaser (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by the same ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, brutal, twist ending, bloody ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, violence, woman in danger, chase, prostitute, pimp, search, police investigation, murder, revenge, foot chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
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 6.4
 54K
Mindhunters (2004)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, 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: suspenseful, scary, psychological, twists and turns, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, island, mind game, profiler, trap, dishonesty, investigation, isolation, law enforcement, confined, crime, fbi ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 5.3
 105K
House of Wax (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.
Style: suspense, scary, gothic, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, group of friends, slasher, wax museum, ghost town, deadly, gory, woman in danger, traffic jam, small town ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 50s
Place: new york, usa, florida
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 6.4
 50K
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: scary, suspenseful, brutal, suspense, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, serial killer, danger, trap, psychopath, extreme violence, thief, family in danger, torture, violence, home invasion, masked man ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
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 6.4
 14K
Chained (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A serial killer kidnaps a young boy after murdering his mother, then raises him to be his accomplice. After years in captivity, the boy must choose between escaping or following in his captor's bloody footprints.
Style: psychological, disturbing, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: captivity, serial killer, crimes, confined, escape attempt, taxi driver, psychopath, slavery, kidnapping, slave, chained, isolated house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 147K
The Mentalist (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
Style: exciting, intellectual, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns ...
Plot: crimes, partners against crime, fighting crime, partners, investigation, police investigation, danger, murder, serial killer, crime, psychic, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: california, usa
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 7.3
 133K
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, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, split personality, secret, businessman, police detective, crimes, crime, police investigation, investigator, killings, blackmail ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: oregon, usa, portland oregon
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Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, twists and turns, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, teenage life, youth, small town, danger, massacre, high school, psychopath, murder, obsession, mystery, who done it ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.7
 101K
The Call (2013)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jordan Turner is an experienced 911 operator but when she makes an error in judgment and a call ends badly, Jordan is rattled and unsure if she can continue. But when teenager Casey Welson is abducted in the back of a man's car and calls 911, ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, psychological, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, serial killer, danger, woman in danger, fear, psycho, murder, cell phone, lifesaver, control room, underground, guilt ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.4
 79K
The Following (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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, serious, realistic
Plot: serial killer, fbi, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, killings, special agents, crime, crimes, good versus evil, worn out, victim ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.3
 87K
The Cell (2000)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, surreal, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychiatrist, crime, drowning, schizophrenia, alternate reality, surrealism, torture, virtual reality, therapist, dreams ...
Time: 90s
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 7.2
 57K
Manhunter (1986)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, tense, rough, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, investigation, psychopath, mind game, fbi, neo noir, crime scene, journalist, crime, profiler, cannibalism, special agents ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, washington d.c., st. louis missouri
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