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, serious, psychological, realistic, suspense and tense films and TV shows about / with serial killer, police investigation, murder, crimes, deadly, violence, brutality, mentor, blood and death 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), Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal (2013), The Bone Collector (1999), Mr. Brooks (2007), The Frozen Ground (2013), Hannibal (2001).

List of serial killer movies

 8.6
 1.5M
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, tense, twists and turns, neo noir, atmospheric ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, psychopath, crime, investigation, police investigation, master criminal, police detective, insanity, twists & turns, police, psychology ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, united states, new york
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 7.7
 480K
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, mystery, investigation, paranoia, maniac, uncover truth, crime, code, journalist, murder mystery, crimes ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1991 ...
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, scary, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, crime, investigation, murder, maniac, psychology, fbi, killings, kidnapping ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, washington d.c. ...
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 8.6
 652K
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, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, double life, vigilantism, hidden identity, corpse, loner, crimes, crime, gory, forensics, right and wrong, anti hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: miami, florida, usa
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 7.2
 257K
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, suspenseful, tense, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, cannibalism, investigation, split personality, murder, fbi, cruelty, deadly, reporter, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: washington d.c., florida, chicago illinois, baltimore, birmingham alabama ...
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 8.5
 233K
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, psychiatrist, mental patient, crime, graphic violence, special agents, murder investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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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: psychological thriller, tense, twists and turns, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, police investigation, forensics, master criminal, crime, paraplegic, policewoman, crimes, riddles and clues, investigation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, united states, manhattan new york city
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 7.3
 145K
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, macabre, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, police investigation, split personality, crimes, secret, police detective, businessman, murder, double life, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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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, suspense, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crime, rapist, psychopath, crimes, sexual predator, kidnapping, manhunt, winter, rape, escape ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, 70s
Place: alaska, usa, united states, boston
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 6.8
 259K
Hannibal (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Italy
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, master criminal, mind game, cannibalism, fbi, homicidal maniac, cat and mouse, crime, crimes, torment, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florence, venice, europe, washington d.c., italy ...
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 7.3
 231K
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, suspenseful, mind bending, surprise ending, psycho film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, motel, psychiatrist, split personality, mystery, stranded, investigation, psycho terror, isolation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida, united states
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 6.6
 56K
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: tense, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, psychology, police investigation, murder mystery, mind game, crimes, police detective, profiler, maniac, agoraphobia, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: san francisco, usa, boston
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 7.8
 114K
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, serious, unusual plot structure, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, revenge, violence, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, sadism, beating, mercilessness, loss of spouse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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 6.2
 83K
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: twist ending, twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, psychological thriller ...
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, fatal attraction, murder investigation, profiler, police investigation, female agent, fake identity, dangerous attraction, tough girl, psychopath, strong female lead ...
Time: 2000s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1983, year 2004 ...
Place: usa, canada, montreal, pennsylvania, montreal quebec
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 8.1
 87K
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 thriller, psychological, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, police detective, female detective, police investigation, policewoman, crimes, forensics, law enforcement, coworker, victim, crime, violence against women ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, united kingdom, belfast
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 6.2
 105K
Hannibal Rising (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Czech Republic, 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, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, cannibalism, murder, dehumanization, injury, vengeance, danger, gory, drowning, haunted by the past, strong violent content ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941 ...
Place: europe, paris france, russia, ussr, france ...
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 6.4
 58K
Solace (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A psychic doctor, John Clancy, works with an FBI special agent in search of a serial killer.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychic, psychology, police investigation, supernatural, fbi, murder, chase, investigation, crime, crimes, premonition ...
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 7.3
 139K
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, psychological, disturbing, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, rape, misanthrope, death sentence, destructive relationship, tragic love, lesbian love, homeless, murder, death penalty ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 2000s, 1990s
Place: florida, usa, michigan, miami, ohio
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 6.2
 48K
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, webcam, website, kidnapping, investigation, special agents, internet, torture, violence, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, oregon, portland oregon
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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, macabre, suspenseful ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, obsession, dark fantasy, perfume, insanity, woman in danger, dangerous attraction, genius, corpse, killings, deadly ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: france, paris france, europe, provence
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 7.6
 506K
American Psycho (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 101 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: macabre, brutal, stylized, psychological thriller, psychological ...
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, dark humor, insanity, yuppie, sex maniac, nihilism, millionaire, hidden identity, psycho, satire, killings ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, yale university ...
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 7.2
 78K
Frailty (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Italy
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, suspenseful, tense, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sin, sheriff, axe, insanity, punishment, fbi, angel, mechanic, childhood, psychopath ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
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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, bleak, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, serial murder, maniac, prison, murder, violence, death penalty, police investigation, prisoner, male female relationship, escape, necrophilia ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: usa, seattle washington, seattle
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 8.6
 223K
Mindhunter (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, 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: psycho film, bleak, idiotic, disturbing, suspense
Plot: psychopath, serial killer, psychology, criminal psychologist, police investigation, fbi, murderer, fbi agent, serial murder, killings, police, murder ...
Time: 70s
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 8.9
 506K
True Detective (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.
Style: neo noir, bleak, captivating, clever, realistic ...
Plot: police investigation, police detective, serial killer, crime, investigation, crimes, partners, partners against crime, murder, murderer, uncover truth, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s
Place: louisiana, usa, california
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 6.4
 58K
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, trap, island, dishonesty, investigation, confined, law enforcement, murder, unknown killer, bad guy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
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 6.4
 60K
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: psychopath, serial killer, trap, home invasion, torture, gory, deathtrap, violence, homicidal maniac, hostage, held captive, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, detroit
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 7.5
 18K
Citizen X (1995)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: serial killer, communism, investigation, murder, forensics, corpse, police investigation, psychiatrist, bureaucracy, shallow grave, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s, 1930s
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, california
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 5.1
 60K
The Snowman (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, China, Sweden, Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.
Style: serious, surprise ending, melancholic, neo noir, suspense
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, missing woman, snow, snowman, murder, clue, police detective, missing person, drunkenness, blood, suicide by drowning ...
Time: 80s, 1940s, year 1945, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: norway, oslo norway
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 6.8
 224K
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, bad guy, investigation, mystery, suspicion ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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