Serial killers

by DouxM | created - 28 Dec 2017 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

Films about serial killers & famous murder cases

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1. To Catch a Killer (1992)

Unrated | 182 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder, Meg Foster

Votes: 2,196

2. The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A pair of girls seeking adventure beyond the their Western Washington trailer park encounter the area's most ruthless serial killer. Based on Sheriff David Reichert's book, "Chasing the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Currie Graham, Amy Davidson, Ingrid Rogers

Votes: 902

3. The Stranger Beside Me (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

While working at a Seattle clinic for women in the 1970s, aspiring crime writer, Ann Rule, unwittingly becomes friends with serial killer Ted Bundy.

Director: Paul Shapiro | Stars: Billy Campbell, Barbara Hershey, Suki Kaiser, Brenda James

Votes: 757

4. Bundy (2002)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

37 Metascore

The story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

Director: Matthew Bright | Stars: Michael Reilly Burke, Boti Bliss, Julianna McCarthy, Jennifer Tisdale

Votes: 6,956 | Gross: $0.01M

5. Fatal Vision (1984)

TV-14 | 181 min | Crime, Drama, History

A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children.

Stars: Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Barry Newman, Gary Cole

Votes: 808

6. Helter Skelter (1976)

Not Rated | 194 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson.

Stars: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns

Votes: 3,179

7. Bundy: A Legacy of Evil (2009 Video)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Based on the true story of one of history's most demented serial killers.

Director: Michael Feifer | Stars: Corin Nemec, Kane Hodder, Jen Nikolaisen, Shannon Pierce Wilkins

Votes: 773

8. Dahmer (2002)

R | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Biopic about notorious American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, taking place in both the past and the present.

Director: David Jacobson | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Bruce Davison, Artel Great, Matt Newton

Votes: 8,970 | Gross: $0.14M

9. The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)

245 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The city of Atlanta, Georgia, is terrorized by a rash of child murders occurring in its black community. When a black photographer is arrested for the crimes, controversy erupts over ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 330

10. Ed Gein (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The story of Ed Gein, who dug up the corpses of over a dozen women and made things out of their remains before finally shooting two people to death and butchering their bodies like beef sides.

Director: Chuck Parello | Stars: Steve Railsback, Carrie Snodgress, Carol Mansell, Sally Champlin

Votes: 4,902 | Gross: $0.01M

11. Gacy (2003 Video)

R | 88 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Model citizen, devoted father, loving husband and serial killer John Wayne Gacy - a man with over 30 dead men and boys entombed in the crawl space underneath his family house. Based on a true story.

Director: Clive Saunders | Stars: Mark Holton, Adam Baldwin, Tom Waldman, Charlie Weber

Votes: 3,634

12. Dear Mr. Gacy (2010)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A chronicle of the interaction between college student Jason Moss and the object of his obsession, serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Director: Svetozar Ristovski | Stars: William Forsythe, Jesse Moss, Emma Lahana, Cole Heppell

Votes: 3,079

13. The Secret Life: Jeffrey Dahmer (1993)

99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the life of notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and ate many of them before he was caught in 1991.

Director: David R. Bowen | Stars: Carl Crew, Cassidy Phillips, Donna Stewart Bowen, Jeanne Bascom

Votes: 577

14. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

61 Metascore

An experimental documentary that uses archival footage, interviews, and fictionalized scenarios to tell the story of the people around Jeffrey Dahmer, during the summer of his arrest in 1991.

Director: Chris James Thompson | Stars: Andrew Swant, Pamela Bass, Jeffrey Jentzen, Pat Kennedy

Votes: 1,779

15. Raising Jeffrey Dahmer (2006)

R | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the true story of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the events within the family behind, and leading up to his capture.

Director: Rich Ambler | Stars: Bo Svenson, Scott Cordes, Cathy Barnett, Rusty Sneary

Votes: 403

16. The Deliberate Stranger (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 185 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard, Ben Masters

Votes: 2,137

17. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 15,979 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 406,648 | Gross: $33.08M

19. Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)

R | 105 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods.

Director: Chris Gerolmo | Stars: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 16,190

20. Confessions of a Serial Killer (2012 TV Movie)

88 min | Documentary, Crime

Stone Phillips presents never-before-seen footage from his "Dateline NBC" interview with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer recorded in 1994.

Stars: Jeffrey Dahmer, Lionel Dahmer, Shari Jordan, Stone Phillips

Votes: 91

21. The Hunt for the BTK Killer (2005 TV Movie)

R | 82 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

After 31 years at-large, detectives in Wichita, Kansas home in on the serial killer known as BTK.

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Robert Forster, Michael Michele, Maury Chaykin, Mimi Kuzyk

Votes: 1,254

22. The Riverman (2004 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A series of interviews are conducted with convicted serial killer Ted Bundy in hopes of gaining insight into the Green River Killer who is terrorizing Seattle.

Director: Bill Eagles | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Sam Jaeger, Sarah Manninen, Kathleen Quinlan

Votes: 1,270

23. Savage Messiah (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

Based on real-life events in Canada in the late 1980's, social worker Paula Jackson investigated a commune run by a messiah-like figure who referred to himself as Moses. Jackson's findings ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: Polly Walker, Luc Picard, Isabelle Blais, Louis Ferreira

Votes: 934

24. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 7,403

25. Bathory: Countess of Blood (2008)

R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

Bathory is based on the legends surrounding the life and deeds of Countess Elizabeth Bathory known as the greatest murderess in the history of mankind. Contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth... See full summary »

Director: Juraj Jakubisko | Stars: Anna Friel, Karel Roden, Vincent Regan, Hans Matheson

Votes: 4,013

26. This Is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper (2000)

120 min | Crime, Drama

This is a dramatisation of the real-life investigation into the notorious Yorkshire Ripper murders of the late 1970s, showing the effect that it had on the health and career of Assistant ... See full summary »

Stars: Gerard Horan, Stephen Moore, Claire Webzell, Paul Angelis

Votes: 266

27. The Craigslist Killer (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

"The Craigslist Killer" follows the dark, mysterious life Philip Markoff (Jake McDorman) conducted online while preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Kay | Stars: Jake McDorman, Agnes Bruckner, Joshua Close, Julia Campbell

Votes: 2,143

28. See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2006)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A vivid drama that documents the notorious "Moors murderers", Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Maxine Peake, Sean Harris, Matthew McNulty

Votes: 1,010

29. Karla (2006)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on real events, Paul Bernardo and his wife, Karla Homolka, kidnap, sexually abuse, and murder three young girls.

Director: Joel Bender | Stars: Laura Prepon, Misha Collins, Patrick Bauchau, Emilie Jacobs

Votes: 5,486

30. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 127,016 | Gross: $34.47M

31. Summer of Sam (1999)

R | 142 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Esposito

Votes: 34,503 | Gross: $19.28M

32. Helter Skelter (2004 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

A new take on the Manson Family murders, with a keen focus on Charles Manson himself.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Jeremy Davies, Clea DuVall, Allison Smith, Eric Dane

Votes: 3,149

33. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,820

34. The Boston Strangler (1968)

Approved | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A series of brutal murders in Boston sparks a seemingly endless and increasingly complex manhunt.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, Mike Kellin

Votes: 7,555

35. The Young Poisoner's Handbook (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

This film is based on a true story about a British teenager who allegedly poisoned family, friends, and co-workers. Graham is highly intelligent, but completely amoral. He becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Ross | Stars: Hugh O'Conor, Antony Sher, Tobias Arnold, Ruth Sheen

Votes: 3,328 | Gross: $0.75M

36. Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995)

R | 91 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Carl Panzram is sent to Leavenworth Prison for burglary. While there, he is brutally beaten by a guard. Neophyte guard Henry Lesser feels sympathy for Panzram, befriends him, and gets him ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Metcalfe | Stars: James Woods, Robert Sean Leonard, Ellen Greene, Cara Buono

Votes: 2,071 | Gross: $0.07M

37. The Gainesville Ripper (2010)

90 min | Horror

Danny Rolling's serial killings of five college students in 1990 forever changes the college-town of Gainseville, FL.

Director: Josh Townsend | Stars: Teresa Arnold-Simmons, Ralph Cahill, Christina Caparoula, Angeline Renee Cook

Votes: 38

38. No One Could Protect Her (1996)

TV-14 | 97 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

After being assaulted in her own home by a pervert, a woman finds herself further angered and traumatized when the police can't catch him. Meanwhile, her husband wants to do everything to protect her.

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: Joanna Kerns, Tony Denison, Peter MacNeill, Lori Hallier

Votes: 287

39. Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama

The take-down of an infamous leader of a small polygamous Mormon fundamentalist group, who ordered assassinations of his opponents.

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Brian Dennehy, William Devane, Tracey Needham, Dee Wallace

Votes: 203

40. Starkweather (2004)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In 1958 Nebraska 19 year old garbageman Charles Starkweather goes on a murder spree with his 14 year old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate killing 11 people in three months, introducing America to spree killing.

Director: Byron Werner | Stars: Brent Taylor, Shannon Lucio, Jerry Kroll, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 779

41. Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Crime

71 Metascore

Nick Broomfield's second documentary about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, focusing on her mental state on death row.

Directors: Nick Broomfield, Joan Churchill | Stars: Aileen Wuornos, Nick Broomfield, Terry Humphreys-Slay, Leitha Prather

Votes: 6,070 | Gross: $0.10M

42. Kemper (2008 Video)

R | 88 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A film based on the true story of Ed Kemper, a serial killer who murdered ten in Santa Cruz, CA during the late sixties and early seventies.

Director: Rick Bitzelberger | Stars: Christopher Stapleton, Robert Sisko, Sean Thomas, Jordan Blanchard

Votes: 450

43. Out of the Darkness (1985 TV Movie)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

"Out of the Darkness" is a gripping thriller telling the true story of the hunt and capture of David Berkowitz, a.k.a. "Son of Sam" - the infamous serial killer who stalked New York City in... See full summary »

Director: Jud Taylor | Stars: Martin Sheen, Hector Elizondo, Matt Clark, Jennifer Salt

Votes: 320

44. Rillington Place (2016)

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A three-part drama about serial killer John Christie and the murders at 10 Rillington Place in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Stars: Tim Roth, Nico Mirallegro, Samantha Morton, Jodie Comer

Votes: 2,512

45. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1893 Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax.

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall, Gregg Henry, Stephen McHattie

Votes: 4,823

47. The Alphabet Killer (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Based on the true story of the double initial killings in Rochester, NY.

Director: Rob Schmidt | Stars: Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton, Tom Malloy

Votes: 7,611 | Gross: $0.03M

48. Polytechnique (2009)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, History