The 10 Best Serial Killer Movies Of All Time

These serial killer movies will keep you up at night and probably during the day, too.
What makes a good serial killer movie? An engaging psychopath certainly helps, but the best serial killer movies also question the audience: Why do you want to watch?

Here are our picks for some of the best serial killer movies, which will likely have you questioning the motives and stability of everyone around you—yourself included.

SEVEN
A film about two homicide detectives desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world’s ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. 

ZODIAC
A FILM tells the true story of California’s Zodiac Killer, a man who terrorized couples (and the police department, with his cryptic letters and ciphers) in the Bay Area in the 60s and 70s. The case is still unsolved.

THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, American suspense film, released in 1991, that was the first psychological thriller since Rebecca (1940) to win the Academy Award for best picture. The film’s tight direction and clever script, together with an indelible performance by Anthony Hopkins as a cannibalistic serial killer, resulted in a sweep of the five major Oscars.

MONSTER  
Monster is an almost masterpiece film and serial killer biography.Monster is a 2003 biographical crime drama film written and directed by Patty Jenkins. The film is about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former street prostitute who murdered seven of her male clients between 1989 and 1990 and was executed in Florida in 2002.

AMERICAN PSYCHO
American Psycho is a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and Manhattan investment banker. 

HALLOWEEN
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in 1978 in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a young boy who murders his sister, Judith Myers, and then, fifteen years later, returns home to Haddonfield to murder more teenagers.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

NATURAL BORN KILLERS
Story by Quentin Tarantino, so you know how it goes: loads of violence, some might say gratuitous, but tempered with satire and a cool, psychedelic style. You will have thoughts about why we, as a society, romanticize crime.

PSYCHO
The foundation on which all other thrillers worth their salt were built. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic about a murderous man with an Oedipus complex and the woman unlucky enough to stop at his motel.

HANNIBAL
Living in exile, Dr. Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.

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