Cinema’s Best Serial Killer Movies

While it’s not exactly a sub-genre of “horror”, crime/serial killer movies/series do have an element that can stir the same emotions of terror and fear snd I like a good movie like that. Serial killers are a fascinating study in psychology and are enjoyable, though often disturbing. As recently as 2017, it was estimated by one nonprofit organization studying unsolved murders in the FBI database that there may be as many as 2000 serial killers active in the United States at any given time. The fact that this is true life stuff makes it even more terrifying.

Here are my top crime/serial killer movies and series

1. Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Hannibal Lector, the man flesh eating monster from this move has become a legend, spawning sequels and series. But the raw study of the minds of he and Buffalo Bill, the perp he was assisting the FBI with, was fascinating. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins were excellent in this movie.

2. Seven (1995) – Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman are freaking legends and they hunt down a ruthless killer in a movie that has one of the most disturbing endings of any on this list.

3. Badlands (1973) – this is terrifying because it is based on the true story killing spree of Carol Ann Fugate and her boyfriend in 1955, where they cold blooded, brutally murdered at least eleven people. Martin Sheen and Cissy Spacek played this part well.

4. Natural Born Killers (1994) – controversial film as two lovers go on a cross country killing spree murdering 52 people. They become tv and tabloid darlings, much like Bonnie and Clyde did, and the movie demonstrates how powerful the press can be in its influence.

5. Monster (2004) – another true story about convicted and death sentence serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who killed at least eight men while hitchhiking in 1989 and 1990. It is a disturbing movie.

6. American Psycho (2000) – this is a dark movie about a guy business man who leads the double life of a serial killer. Another great look at the psychic of a man.

7. Mr Brooks (2007) – amazing story of a successful business man trying to stop his murder i us ways as a serial killer. Kevin Costner plays it well and his alter ego, William Hurt, is a scene stealer. This movie has a couple of twists that make it one of the more enjoyable on this list.

8. Dexter (2006) ran for eight seasons and was one of my favorite series. Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn’t just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he’s a serial killer — but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices.

9. Mind Hunter (2017,2018) – the bases on true story of how the BAU was started with the FBI. The cases were real cases and the story content was based on actual events. Great series but ended too soon.

10. The Highwaymen (2019) – the true story of the two Texas Rangers who came out of retirement to hunt down and kill the notorious Bonnie and Clyde. Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson made this film.

Others to watch

The Cloverhitch Killers (2018)

The Hitcher (1986)

Psycho (1960)

Zodiac (2007)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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