Fictional serial killers

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1. The Bone Collector (1999)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

45 Metascore

A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker

Votes: 147,002 | Gross: $66.52M

2. Fallen (1998)

R | 124 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland, Embeth Davidtz

Votes: 71,070 | Gross: $25.19M

3. Se7en (1995)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker

Votes: 1,350,676 | Gross: $100.13M

4. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

Former F.B.I. profiler Will Graham (William Petersen) returns to service to pursue a deranged serial killer named "the Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan) by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 61,719 | Gross: $8.62M

5. Switchback (1997)

R | 118 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

An FBI agent tries to catch a serial killer who kidnapped his son.

Director: Jeb Stuart | Stars: Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, Claudia Stedelin, Ian Nelson

Votes: 11,899 | Gross: $6.48M

6. The Killer Inside Me (1976)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.

Director: Burt Kennedy | Stars: Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, Tisha Sterling, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 351

7. The Killer Inside Me (2010)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

53 Metascore

A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty

Votes: 32,301 | Gross: $0.21M

8. Mr. Brooks (2007)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

45 Metascore

A well-respected businessman is sometimes controlled by his murder and mayhem-loving alter ego.

Director: Bruce A. Evans | Stars: Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, William Hurt, Dane Cook

Votes: 138,988 | Gross: $28.48M

9. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

R | 147 min | Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

Director: Tom Tykwer | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Francesc Albiol

Votes: 225,692 | Gross: $2.22M

10. Hannibal (2001)

R | 131 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta

Votes: 243,190 | Gross: $165.09M

11. Red Dragon (2002)

R | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.

Director: Brett Ratner | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 237,978 | Gross: $93.15M

12. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,190,157 | Gross: $130.74M

13. Hannibal Rising (2007)

R | 121 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

35 Metascore

After the death of his parents during World War II, young Hannibal Lecter moves in with his beautiful aunt and begins plotting revenge on the barbarians responsible for his sister's death.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Rhys Ifans, Li Gong, Aaran Thomas

Votes: 100,035 | Gross: $27.67M

14. The Crimson Rivers (2000)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A murder detective must follow the footsteps of a brutal killer within the secrets of a classist college.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès, Dominique Sanda

Votes: 55,799 | Gross: $0.63M

15. Copycat (1995)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

54 Metascore

An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara

Votes: 51,539 | Gross: $32.05M

16. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 453,811 | Gross: $15.07M

17. Resurrection (1999)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Chicago homicide detectives Prudhome and Hollingsworth are assigned to investigate a murder. Both become entangled in the plot of a serial killer whose goal is to recreate the body of Christ.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Mike Anscombe, Jeff J.J. Authors, Patrick Chilvers

Votes: 8,618

18. The Couch (1962)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, Horror

While undergoing therapy for his problem, a serial killer continues his murderous sprees.

Director: Owen Crump | Stars: Grant Williams, Shirley Knight, Onslow Stevens, William Leslie

Votes: 192

19. Random 11 (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

On February 29th 1996, 11 people were found dead in Tokyo, Japan. This was the start of a series of events that will span a decade long investigation to find a notorious serial killer

Director: Tony Sebastian Ukpo | Stars: Haruka Abe, Junichi Kajioka, Vera Chok, Lucy Bruegger

Votes: 35

20. The Ice House (1969)

X | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

A serial killer who works in an ice house murders women, then brings their bodies back to the ice house and stores them there. He also murders his identical twin brother, who is a policeman, and takes his place in the investigation.

Director: Stuart E. McGowan | Stars: David Story, Robert Story, Jim Davis, Scott Brady

Votes: 111

21. The Raven (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 80,651 | Gross: $16.01M

22. Night After Night After Night (1969)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A Jack the Ripper-type serial killer is loose in London. Suspicion falls on a transvestite judge.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff | Stars: Jack May, Justine Lord, Gilbert Wynne, Linda Marlowe

Votes: 120

23. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 65,084 | Gross: $16.19M

24. Cyrus (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An independent TV reporter and her cameraman interview a man in regards to a serial killer the man knew by the name of Cyrus. The man traces back through the story of the serial killer and why he became the monster he is.

Director: Mark Vadik | Stars: Tiffany Shepis, Max Lesser, Brooke Parker, Danielle Harris

Votes: 975

25. A Knife for the Ladies (1974)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A private detective travels out west to investigate the murders of several prostitutes, facing off against the reluctance of the town's grizzled sheriff, and several suspicious characters, each with something to hide.

Director: Larry G. Spangler | Stars: Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, Jeff Cooper, John Kellogg

Votes: 234

26. Sinister (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies which suggest the murder he's currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson

Votes: 206,591 | Gross: $48.09M

27. The Sniper (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Arthur Franz, Adolphe Menjou, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor

Votes: 2,505

28. The Boys Next Door (1985)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout.

Director: Penelope Spheeris | Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville, Christopher McDonald

Votes: 2,402

29. Far from Home (1989)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A teenage girl and her father driving cross-country become stranded when their car runs out of gas in a remote Nevada desert town and they're forced to stay in a dilapidated trailer park where a serial killer lurks.

Director: Meiert Avis | Stars: Matt Frewer, Drew Barrymore, Richard Masur, Karen Austin

Votes: 1,893

30. Hannibal (2013–2015)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

Stars: Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 211,128

31. The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson, Ivar Brogger

Votes: 13,428

32. Solace (II) (2015)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

36 Metascore

Psychic John Clancy (Sir Anthony Hopkins) works with the F.B.I. in order to hunt down a serial killer.

Director: Afonso Poyart | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Colin Farrell

Votes: 52,099

33. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 34,468 | Gross: $0.21M

34. Sanctimony (2000)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A handsome, brilliant stock trader, bored with his existence, becomes a serial killer.

Director: Uwe Boll | Stars: Casper Van Dien, Michael Paré, Eric Roberts, Jennifer Rubin

Votes: 1,468

35. Wolf Creek (2016– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series which centers on different characters being targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor in the Australian outback.

Stars: John Jarratt, Lucy Fry, Dustin Clare, Matt Day

Votes: 3,742

36. L.A. Slasher (2016)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Driven to rage over the tawdry excesses of reality television, a self-appointed cultural crusader kidnaps several very famous nobodies to make his point- but his crimes only generate more tabloid frenzy.

Director: Martin Owen | Stars: Andy Dick, Mischa Barton, Eric Roberts, Abigail Wright

Votes: 727

37. Nutbag (2000)

Unrated | 80 min | Horror

A serial killer stalks prostitutes on the mean streets of Las Vegas.

Director: Nick Palumbo | Stars: Mack Hail, Renee Baio, Jenesses Kenney, Sally Graham

Votes: 479

38. Memoirs of a Murderer (2017)

118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A television reporter and a detective try to track down a serial killer known as the Tokyo Strangler.

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Paolo Andrea Di Pietro, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Toyotaka Hanazawa, Mitsuru Hirata

Votes: 1,448

39. Hangman (II) (2017)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

31 Metascore

A homicide detective brings his partner out of retirement to help catch a serial killer whose crimes are based on the children's game Hangman.

Director: Johnny Martin | Stars: Al Pacino, Karl Urban, Brittany Snow, Joe Anderson

Votes: 11,993

40. Confessions (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 33,374

41. The Hitcher (1986)

R | 97 min | Action, Thriller

32 Metascore

A young man who escapes the clutches of a murderous hitch-hiker is subsequently stalked by the hitcher and framed for his crimes.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 41,441 | Gross: $5.84M

42. The Hitcher (2007)

R | 84 min | Crime, Thriller

28 Metascore

A serial killer pins his crimes on two college students who gave him a ride.

Director: Dave Meyers | Stars: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

Votes: 39,480 | Gross: $16.47M

43. Antibodies (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

57 Metascore

Wanted for a long time, serial killer Gabriel Engel gets arrested in a spectacular police raid. Small town cop Michael Martens travels to the big city to interrogate him and finds out more then he is looking for.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, André Hennicke, Waltraud Witte

Votes: 7,310

44. Blitz (2011)

R | 97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who has been targeting police officers.

Director: Elliott Lester | Stars: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, Zawe Ashton

Votes: 78,919

45. The Deathmaker (1995)

110 min | Crime, Drama

7.6