Detective movies about serial killers

List of the best detective movies about serial killers selected by visitors to our site: In the Shadow of the Moon, Happy Death Day 2U, Gogol. A Terrible Vengeance, Khook, Cut Off, Knife+Heart, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, The Happytime Murders, Anon, Ghostland.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CharactersPolice, Serial killers, Pianists, Babies
PlotInvestigation, Time travel, Motorcycles, Abduction
PlaceUSA, Beach

    In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas "Locke" Lockhart, hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer whose crimes defy scientific explanation. When the killer mysteriously resurfaces nine years later, Locke's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity.

    Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
    Mark8 (imdb: 6.2)
    Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy, detective
    CountryUSA, Japan
    CharactersManiacs, Students, Killers, Friends, Serial killers, Nurses
    PlotTime travel, Time machine, Weapon
    PlaceCollege, Parallel worlds
    StyleFascinating, Light, Disturbing

      Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she's stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter's roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

      Gogol. A Terrible Vengeance (2018)
      Mark8.8 (imdb: 6)
      Genrethriller, adventure, detective
      CharactersSerial killers, Witch
      PlotMagic, Supernatural
      StyleUnexpected ending, Depressive, Tense

        Soon after Gogol's death, Binh names him guilty for the deaths of the Cossacks and the young women at the hands of the Dark Horseman, since he was the one who ordered them to be hidden in the barn. Bomgart is unable to perform a post-mortem analysis on the Gogol's body, while Vakula's daughter Vasilina (who secretly has magic abilities) proclaims denial about Gogol's demise.

        Khook (2018)
        Markimdb: 6.1
        Genrecomedy, drama, crime, detective
        CharactersDirectors, Serial killers
        PlotJealousy, Tennis
        PlaceParty, Deserts, Lake

          Hasan is full of rage. He's been blacklisted and hasn't been allowed to make a film in years. His star, a woman he adores, is impatient and wants to work with other directors. His wife seems to have fallen out of love with him, and his mother has become old and is slowly losing her mind. Worst of all, film directors across the city are being murdered one after the other, but the serial killer is inexplicably ignoring him. Hasan's feelings are hurt: isn't he the most accomplished filmmaker in town? So why is he being neglected? All these frustrations come to a head when, through a series of bizarre misunderstandings, he becomes the prime suspect in the serial murder case.

          Cut Off (2018)
          Mark9 (imdb: 6.6)
          Genrehorror, action, thriller, crime, detective
          CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
          PlotMystery, Investigation, Death, Tornadoes

            Thriller set in the world of Forensic Pathology. Coroner Paul Herzfeld finds a capsule in the head of a heavily mutilated corpse, containing a phone number and single word: the name of his daughter.

            Knife+Heart (2018)
            Markimdb: 6.3
            Genrethriller, melodrama, detective
            CountryFrance, Mexico, Luxembourg
            CharactersDirectors, Serial killers, Lesbians, Gay
            PlotArt, Obsession, On real events

              In the summer of 1979, gay porn producer Anne sets out to film her most ambitious film yet, but her actors are picked off, one by one, by a mysterious killer.

              Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
              Markimdb: 6.7
              Genreaction, fantasy, cartoon, crime, detective
              CharactersKillers, Superhero, Serial killers, Cats, Orphans, Nuns
              PlotInvestigation, Betrayal, Cheating, False accusations, Funeral

                In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper.

                The Happytime Murders (2018)
                Mark6.6 (imdb: 5.4)
                Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime, detective
                CountryUSA, China
                CharactersDetectives, Partners, Revived toys, Serial killers, FBI
                PlotInvestigation, Death, Weapon, Cars

                  In a world where human beings and puppets live together, when the members of the cast of a children's television show aired during the 1990s begin to get murdered one by one, puppet Phil Philips, a former LAPD detective who fell in disgrace and turned into a private eye, takes on the case at the request of his old boss in order to assist detective Edwards, who was his partner in the past.

                  Anon (2018)
                  Mark7 (imdb: 6.1)
                  Genrefantastic, thriller, crime, detective
                  CountryGermany, USA
                  CharactersDetectives, Hackers, Serial killers, Strong women
                  PlotInvestigation, Technology, Internet
                  PlaceNight Clubs
                  StyleDystopian, Action, Exciting

                    Set in a near-future world where there is no privacy, ignorance or anonymity, our private memories are recorded and crime almost ceases to exist. In trying to solve a series of unsolved murders, Sal Frieland stumbles onto a young woman who appears to have subverted the system and disappeared. She has no identity, no history and no record. Sal realizes it may not be the end of crime but the beginning. Known only as 'The Girl', Sal must find her before he becomes the next victim.

                    Ghostland (2018)
                    Mark9 (imdb: 6.4)
                    Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
                    CountryFrance, Canada
                    CharactersWriters, Maniacs, Captives, Sisters, Serial killers
                    PlotGhosts, Supernatural, Fear, Survival
                    StyleCreepy, Tense, Disturbing, Action, Heavy, Exciting

                      A mother of two inherits a home from her aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later the daughters reunite at the house, and that is when things get strange...

                      The Snowman (2017)
                      Mark6.4 (imdb: 5.1)
                      Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
                      CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Sweden
                      CharactersDetectives, Serial killers, Sisters
                      PlotInvestigation, Snow, Weapon, Divorce, Missing people
                      StyleUnexpected ending

                        Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous looking snowman.

                        Cardinal (2017)
                        Mark10 (imdb: 7.7)
                        Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
                        CharactersDetectives, Serial killers
                        StyleAction, Tense

                          Detective John Cardinal attempts to uncover the mystery of what happened to the missing 13-year-old girl whose body is discovered in the shaft-head of an abandoned mine. At the same time, he comes under investigation by his new partner, Lise Delorme, a tough investigator in her own right.

                          Jigsaw (2017)
                          Mark6.6 (imdb: 5.8)
                          Genrehorror, thriller, detective
                          CountryUSA, Canada
                          CharactersDetectives, Snipers, Serial killers, Criminals
                          PlotSurvival, Survival, Abduction, Death, Investigation, Motorcycles, Money, Obsession, Viruses
                          StyleUnexpected ending

                            Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. All investigations begin to point the finger at deceased killer John Kramer.

                            Hangman (2017)
                            Mark7.8 (imdb: 5.3)
                            Genrethriller, crime, detective
                            CharactersManiacs, Killers, Police, Friends, Detectives, Journalists, Reporters, Serial killers, Strong women
                            PlotDeath, Investigation, Motorcycles, Weapon, Funeral, Internet
                            PlaceUSA, School, Trains

                              A homicide detective teams up with a criminal profiler to catch a serial killer whose crimes are inspired by the children's game, Hangman.

                              The Dark Tapes (2017)
                              Markimdb: 4.8
                              Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, detective
                              CharactersAliens, Demons, Serial killers, Monsters
                              PlotGhosts, Internet, Fear, Investigation, Death, Computers, Mystery, Experiments

                                A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

                                Awakening the Zodiac (2017)
                                Mark4 (imdb: 4.8)
                                Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
                                CharactersKillers, Serial killers
                                PlotDeath, Obsession
                                StyleFascinating, Exciting, For men, Action, Disturbing

                                  The story follows a down-on-their-luck couple who discovers a serial killer's film reels. They decide to take the law into their own hands, risking everything for the chance at a $100,000 reward. It isn't long until they find themselves in the killer's lethal cross-hairs.

                                  Happy Death Day (2017)
                                  Mark9.2 (imdb: 6.6)
                                  Genrehorror, thriller, comedy, detective
                                  CharactersKillers, Students, Serial killers
                                  PlotTime travel, Death, Pursuit, Survival, Chase
                                  PlaceCollege, Party
                                  StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

                                    A college student relives the day of her murder over and over again as she tries to discover her killer's identity.

                                    Slasher (2016)
                                    Mark9.4 (imdb: 6.7)
                                    Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
                                    CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada
                                    CharactersFamily, Serial killers
                                    PlotMystery, Investigation, Survival, Jealousy
                                    PlaceVillage, Small cities, Prison
                                    StyleAction, Disturbing, Heavy, Tense, For men

                                      Thirty years ago, in the sleepy community of Waterbury, a killer known as “The Executioner” murdered Sarah Bennett's parents. Now Sarah and her husband Dylan have returned to town, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying murders centered around the seven deadly sins.

                                      Marcella (2016)
                                      Mark4.6 (imdb: 7.4)
                                      Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
                                      CountryUnited Kingdom
                                      CharactersPolice, Serial killers

                                        Marcella is shocked to the core of her being when her husband Jason leaves her unexpectedly, confessing he no longer loves her. Heartbroken, Marcella returns to the Met’s Murder Squad. Ten years ago Marcella gave up her fast-tracked police career to marry and devote her life to her family. With the abrupt end to her marriage and isolated from her 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son, Marcella throws herself into work to stop herself from falling apart.

                                        Hounds of Love (2016)
                                        Markimdb: 6.5
                                        Genrehorror, thriller, drama, crime, detective
                                        CharactersSerial killers
                                        PlotLove, Fear, Divorce, Abduction
                                        TimeNew Year

                                          Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.