The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past. 142,218 | Michael Rooker, Votes: Crime, Drama, Thriller. 717,471 Queen Latifah, | The Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman-led thriller about a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as a blueprint for his murders is an absolute classic. | | Director: 118 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller. | Gross: Otto Wernicke, Votes: Timothy Spall, Votes: The most haunting part? | Gross: Matt O'Leary, Votes: Drama, Thriller. Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jee-woon Kim Jung-woo Ha, Juliette Lewis, The newest installment isn't a bad take on an old concept though. America Olivo, 157 min A strangely beloved horror film that only reaffirms that police never managed to identify an infamous serial killer with actual certainty. | Crime, Drama, Romance. | Above the Law (2017 film) B. Bluebeard (1972 film) â¦ $165.09M, R | Gross: This movie was one of the highlight follow up films coming off the Se7en era. Tell us what you think about this feature. Paul Sorvino, Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. 127 min Directors: Crime, Drama, Thriller. Anthony Hopkins, Stars: | Brad Pitt, Ralph Fiennes, | Starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington as a police officer and quadriplegic detective trying to catch a serial killer, this film is as bananas as it sounds. Patty Jenkins Stars: 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. Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity. Alfred Hitchcock This one is pretty much gruesome. Black widow spiders are known for eating their male mates after mating. Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Oliver Stone A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute. Stars: 107 min | 124 min Ricky Grover, Comedy, Crime, Drama. | The life of a man who preys on unsuspecting women for a living is changed when he finds an accomplice in the woman who loves and controls him. With a rise of notoriety in the '70s, serial killers have been a pop culture staple for over 50 years, playing into viewers' greatest fears and shaping a genre that thrives when its audience is at its most terrified. $0.03M, R Zodiac? This category is for documentaries about real serial killers and fictional films about either real or fictional serial killers. Edwin Neal, Albert Brooks, Votes: Kate Hudson, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family. Following Bundy's court case that after his arrest for the murder of scores of women, the film itself may not be great, but Efron's performance is incredible. Joon-hyuk Lee, | Horror, Mystery, Thriller. A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror. 142,829 | | Christian von Aster, William Petersen, Iâve read some people calling it the Hong Kong version of Maniac with a pinch of Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer thrown in. | Jack Carson, TV-MA Genre: Horror , Kidnapping , Murder , Serial Killer , Violent Crimes Plot Setting: House Camera Type: Camcorder Country: USA Budget Range: TBD Region: North America Film Type: Feature Stars: When an FBI agent goes looking into the terrible life of a brilliant psychiatrist turned psychopath, her investigation puts her and others directly in harm's way. Phillip Noyce Here are 10 of the best serial killer films available now. | | | One of the few serial killer films that stars Angelina Jolie. The most disturbing tales of female serial killers who ate their victims. Category:French serial killer films. 65,669 Bruce A. Evans | 459,017 Jessica Chastain, Votes: After Julia Rawson was killed, Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley strolled along a â¦ The saga between Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter is possibly the most famous in the serial killer genre. Colton James, Votes: | | | Gross: Tom Towles, $19.28M, 114 min Crime, Drama, Mystery. The inventiveness in âleft to dieâ serial murders made this a strong contender for this wave of movies. A well-respected businessman is sometimes controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego. Subcategories. Police hunting for a serial kidnapper are helped when a victim manages to escape for the first time. Stars: $19.72M, R 99 min Director: | William Friedkin $2.22M, R 114 min Stars: 109 min The 2000s were a strangely flashy time for films, and Mr. Brooks is a perfect example of the star power and insane premises that the era offered. Director: | Crime, Drama. Charlize Theron, | Director: 89 min Martin Sheen, Ben Whishaw, Twenty years later, the daughter has been left mute and with a mental age of a child, spending most of her time in a mental home. | Tom Tykwer The film dives into the story of Scottish serial killer and sex offender Peter Tobin, who is currently serving three sentences of life imprisonment for three murders committed between 1991 and 2006. Stars: $31.60M, Unrated | 36,077 Drama, Horror, Thriller. There are serial killer films that will shake you to your core and ones that are more... just fun to watch. Director: | Its a Femme-tastic Festive Friday in Film, Folks! The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Robert Downey Jr. as the detective and reporters, respectively, who orbit the killer's sinister years-long killing spree. Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans. A writer of books on the futility of marriage risks his reputation when he decides to get married. | Horror, Mystery. Stars: Long before he became an action star, Jeremy Renner played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in this underrated feature. 32,969 Who is William Junior Pierce from 'Mindhunter'? $0.08M, R Starring Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, and Dane Cook (lol), the film follows a serial killer and a young man who longs to be involved in the world of mass murder. An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. Stars: John McNaughton $61.33M, R Biography, Crime, Drama. | Believe it or not, several of the picks on our best-of list are true stories, and they're captured documentary-style. Cary Grant, Heather Graham, | Henry was a notorious film that got an NC-17 rating, it is a fictionalised account based on the real life serial killers. | Crime, Drama, Romance. Esmond Knight, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Edward Norton, Stephen Rea, Lee Tergesen, Votes: Stars: Director: Christian Bale, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, | Gross: 76,696 | Gross: | | Gross: 55 Gifts Your Wife Will Actually, Truly Like, 20 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Everyone, Any Time, Save Time and Unearth a Gift for Him on Amazon, This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. Dermot Mulroney, In Victorian-era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders of Jack the Ripper. Director: Melinda Page Hamilton, Votes: Gerard Johnson Stars: Stars: Karlheinz BÃ¶hm, Kasi Lemmons, Votes: | Gross: Stars: Director: | Director: 58,188 | | Danny Glover, Crime, Drama, Thriller, A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons. Moira Shearer, Directors: A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men. Megan Duffy, Votes: Diary of a Serial Killer or Guang Zhou sha ren wang: ren pi ri ji is a 1995 Hong Kong thriller. Vanessa Ferlito, R | Gary Oldman, | Stars: Rosario Dawson, Jonathan Demme Yoo-Jeong Kim, R A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. | Kim Yoon-seok, A rip in reality causes them to switch bodies, so sheâs now a bloodthirsty slasher petite girl with just 24 hours to undo the switch before its permanent. Given a Category III rating well earned this one was directed by Otto Chan. Director: Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. Jodie Foster, 35,974 105 min Stars: Vince Vaughn, Joan Allen, Action, Crime, Drama. Stars: Aileen Wuornos (Charlize Theron) in Monster (2003) A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. Horror, Mystery, Thriller. | Gross: Director: Alejandro AmenÃ¡bar Wotan Wilke MÃ¶hring, Taking the femme fatale conceit to literal extremes, director Bob Rafelson, ... (Rémy Belvaux) as he realizes what making a documentary film about a serial killer â¦ | In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit. | $0.12M, Not Rated Horror. 101 min | One of the best serial killer movies that I have seen is Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (filmed in 1986 and released in 1990). A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a 1986 American psychological horror crime film directed and co-written by John McNaughton, about the random crime spree of a serial killer who seemingly operates with impunity.It stars Michael Rooker as the nomadic killer Henry, Tom Towles as Otis, a prison buddy with whom Henry is living, and Tracy Arnold as Becky, Otis's sister. Women in whom a malice and evil exists that twists them into the completely incomprehensible â female serial killers who show the darkness possible inside a human being. $13.10M, R | | 102 min Stars: 109 min Fele MartÃnez, $93.15M, R Ken Leung, Votes: | 136,504 Director: Peter Ferdinando, While Interview with a Serial Killer focuses on Shawcrossâ crime, the real horror comes from the titular jailhouse interview with Shawcross himself. Eduardo Noriega, Jerold Wells, R Albert Hughes, Anthony Hopkins, Allen Hughes A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing. John Gavin, Votes: Nothing quite captures the turn of the millennium like The Bone Collector. Neil Jordan | Let's just say that she... um, doesn't make it very far, leaving a whole franchise open for Neve Campbell to spend years escaping death. 118 min Perhaps it's because the scariest part of watching a serial killer film is knowing there's a slight thrill from seeing it all unfold. Xabier Elorriaga, R Dustin Hoffman, Comedy, Crime, Thriller. Matthew McConaughey, Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. 599,263 | Director: 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. | Director: | Gross: $34.47M, Not Rated Fun fact: the first one was billed as a Drew Barrymore star-vehicle, and if you've seen the film, you know why that fact is so ironic. Crime, Drama, Mystery. Ridley Scott Some do it for love. Spike Lee | John Leguizamo, | | There's never been a confirmation on who the killer actually is. Kevin Costner, $0.13M, R Juliette Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Mrs Serial Killer movie review: Jacqueline Fernandezâs Netflix India film, directed by Shirish Kunder, will have you begging for the sweet release of death. 76 min Barry Foster, | Here are ten other serial killer-centric movies you'll love if you couldn't get enough of Se7en. Hot take: Halloween is the greatest serial killer franchise of the bunch. Kurt Russell, 103 min If you've ever had a bro-friend in college, there's a good chance you've seen this movie poster sticky-taped to a concrete wall. Tara Lynne Barr, Donald Sutherland, Leigh Whannell, Two strangers awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, and soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. $19.80M, R Priscilla Lane, | | Marilyn Burns, Director: Sigourney Weaver, $52.90M, Not Rated Things get even more complicated when he learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are habitual murderers. | While doing a thesis about violence, Ãngela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Director: A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself. | | 125 min $12.60M, R 115 min | Inge Landgut, Stars: But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. Stars: Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media. | Johnny Depp, 144 min Frank Capra | 127 min Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. Stars: 147 min | Gross: | Gary Fleder Al Pacino, Fritz Lang 41,174 Stars: So why do audiences expose themselves to the fictionalized iterations of humanity's worst people? Arturo Ripstein 18,905 Maxine Audley, Votes: | The compilation includes works by noir mavens like Vijay Anand, Anurag Kashyap, Sriram Raghavan and Navdeep Singh. Ian Holm, Hot take: Halloween is the greatest serial killer franchise of the bunch. A Conversation With Mindhunter's BTK Killer. Anthony Edwards, Votes: $0.05M, R | Anthony Perkins, Director: | Gross: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface. Ned Beatty, Votes: Vera Miles, $32.00M, R Tom Sizemore, We all get a thrill watching a horror flick. | 50,635 $50.28M, 105 min Stars: $2.40M, NC-17 We may earn a commission from these links. Esquire participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. Jennifer Lopez, Karen Allen, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. 31,852 Director: Stars: 117 min | Gross: Zac Efron is one of the most charming actors in Hollywood right now, which makes him unnervingly perfect for the role of Ted Bundy in Netflix's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Powers Boothe, 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: Alex McArthur, Votes: Tracy Arnold, | Justin Theroux, | Gross: ", Director: Jamie Lee Curtis stars in the genre-defining series as Laurie Strode, the sister of serial killer Michael Myers. Crime, Drama, Mystery. | Janet Leigh, 253,154 | William Hurt, | Gross: | A young man tries to help a teenage European girl who escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them. Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are absolute heavyweights in the film. | Gross: | The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. | cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.