Movies about serial killers

List of the best movies about serial killers selected by visitors to our site: Strangled, Unknown Origins, Offering to the Storm, The Devil All the Time, Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight, Freaky, Free Country, A Serial Killer's Guide to Life, Random Acts of Violence, Hunter Hunter
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Strangled (2020)
Markimdb: 7
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryHungary
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation
StyleDisturbing

In 1960s socialist Hungary, a serial killer targeting young women torments a small town and the determined detective on his trail. Based on true events.

Unknown Origins (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountrySpain, Argentina
CharactersSuperhero, Serial killers
StyleBy books

In Madrid, Spain, a mysterious serial killer ruthlessly murders his victims by recreating the first appearance of several comic book superheroes. Cosme, a veteran police inspector who is about to retire, works on the case along with the tormented inspector David Valentín and his own son Jorge Elías, a nerdy young man who owns a comic book store.

Offering to the Storm (2020)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, crime
CountrySpain, Germany
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
PlaceForest
StyleTense, Disturbing

Inspector Amaia Salazar confronts the origins of her nightmares as she unfolds the darkest secrets of the Baztan valley. Part 3 in the Baztan Trilogy.

The Devil All the Time (2020)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers, Sheriffs, Spiders
PlotCancer
PlaceSmall cities
StyleGothic

In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters converge around young Arvin Russell as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.

Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020)
Markimdb: 5
CharactersTeens, Maniacs, Twins, Serial killers
PlotHiking trip
PlaceForest, Summer camp
StyleFor a group of friends

The movie begins innocently enough - a group of technology addicted teenagers finds themselves in an off-line camp. However hiking in the woods with no smartphone in sight will not go as planned. They will have to fight for their lives against things they never have seen before, even in the darkest reaches of the Internet. Faced against the dangers lurking in the forest, they will find true friendship, love and sacrifice. Will they come out of it in one piece, or in bloody bits?

Freaky (2020)
Markimdb: 6.9
CharactersSerial killers
PlotBody exchange
StyleDisturbing

A mystical, ancient dagger causes a notorious serial killer to magically switch bodies with a 17-year-old girl.

Free Country (2020)
Markimdb: 6.8
CharactersJournalists, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Former East Germany, 1992. Patrick Stein and Markus Bach, two very different police officers, are commissioned to investigate the disappearance of two female teenagers in a remote area of the country. Did they run away from home or did something more terrible happen to them?

A Serial Killer's Guide to Life (2020)
Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Serial killers, Criminals, Celebrities, Writers
PlotDrug addict, Travel, Fight
PlaceBeach, Forest

Louise Farnt is obsessed with the world of self-help. And when she meets the not necessarily sane guru wannabe Val Stone, a murderous spree begins.

Random Acts of Violence (2020)
Markimdb: 5.2
CharactersSerial killers, Writers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Travel
PlaceSmall cities

A pair of comic book writers begin to notice scary similarities between the character they created and horrific real-life events.

Hunter Hunter (2020)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrethriller, drama
CountryCanada, USA
CharactersDogs, Monsters, Serial killers, Wolves, Hunters
PlotObsession
PlaceCanada, Forest
StyleTense, Disturbing, Creepy, Unexpected ending

Joseph and his family live in the remote wilderness as fur trappers but their tranquility starts to be threatened when they think are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf and Joseph leaves them behind to track it.

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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers, Judge
PlotLove, Chase, On real events
PlaceUSA, Prison
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing, For men

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil (2019)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:22
CharactersDetectives, Maniacs, Criminals, Serial killers, Gangsters, Mafia, Dogs
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Motorcycles, Funeral, Chase, On real events
PlaceKorea
StyleExciting, Tense, Fascinating

In Cheonan, a serial murder case takes place, but the case becomes more and more of a mystery. Only Tae-suk, a cop, immediately senses that all the cases are by the same killer and starts investigation. One day, Dong-soo, a gang boss, got attacked by a suspicious man, and Tae-suk realizes that this man is the serial killer, K. Now, Dong-soo becomes the only witness and a survived victim from K.

The Art of Self-Defense (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23
CharactersSerial killers
PlotMartial Arts
PlaceUSA

Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman fighting for her place in it.

The Golden Glove (2019)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrethriller
CountryGermany, France
Duration01:04
CharactersLosers, Psychopath, Serial killers
StyleDepressive, Disturbing, Creepy

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantastic, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersPolice, Serial killers, Pianists, Babies
PlotInvestigation, Time travel, Motorcycles, Abduction
PlaceUSA, Beach
StyleAction

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.

The Prodigy (2019)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 5.9)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA, Hong Kong
Duration01:28
CharactersDemons, Childrens, Serial killers, Geniuses
PlotSupernatural, Death, On real events
TimeHalloween
StyleAction, Tense

A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.

Tone-Deaf (2019)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror, thriller, comedy
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlaceMansions, Country houses
StyleDisturbing

A woman leaves for a quiet weekend in the country after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship. She rents a country house from an old-fashioned widower who’s struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Soon, two generations collide with terrifying results.

3 from Hell (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrethriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersPolice, Clowns, Dogs, Cats, Lesbians, Serial killers, Snake, Monsters, Criminals
PlotDeath, Revenge, Depression, Dancing, Hostage
PlaceUSA, Prison, Deserts
TimeHalloween

After barely surviving a furious shootout with the police, Baby Firefly, Otis Driftwood and Captain Spaulding are behind bars. But pure evil cannot be contained. Teaming up with Otis’ half-brother Winslow, the demented Firefly clan escape to unleash a whole new wave of murder, madness and mayhem.

Bloodline (2019)
Markimdb: 6
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Psychologists, Serial killers
PlotRevenge
PlaceSchool
TimeNight
StyleTense, Disturbing

Evan values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrehorror, fantastic, comedy, detective
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:39
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.

The Goya Murders (2019)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySpain, Belgium
CharactersSerial killers
PlaceLaboratory
StyleHeavy, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Madrid, Spain. A mysterious serial killer murders art collectors and uses their bodies to reproduce scenes from “Los caprichos,” a famous series of drawings by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya…

Twin Murders: The Silence of the White City (2019)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, action, thriller, drama, adventure, crime, detective
CountrySpain
CharactersJournalists, Serial killers, Bees, Widows
PlotInvestigation, Religious, Love triangle
PlacePrison, Country houses

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain, 2016. Two corpses appear in the crypt of the Old Cathedral. Police officer Unai López de Ayala, an expert in criminal profiling, must hunt down the ritual murderer who has been terrorizing the city for two decades…

Trick (2019)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers, Teens
TimeHalloween

A detective tries to track down a masked killer who reappears every Halloween to wreak bloody havoc.

The Legacy of the Bones (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, crime
CountrySpain, Germany
CharactersSerial killers, Judge, Babies
PlotMystery, Dreams
PlaceTomb, Forest, Caves

Inspector Amaia Salazar must return to the Baztan valley in order to solve a series of suicides that seem to follow a similar pattern.

Aquaslash (2019)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror
CountryCanada
CharactersSerial killers
PlotSurvival
PlaceParty
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

To celebrate their graduation, the teenagers from Valley Hills High School have organized an ’80s-themed party at the old Wet Valley water park. Things turn gruesome when it's revealed that a mysterious maniac has inserted giant razor blades into one of the water slides. The water park thus becomes the backdrop for a bloodbath (literally), and everyone is a suspect...

Our Evil (2019)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryBrazil
CharactersDemons, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation
StyleDisturbing

A man with spiritualist powers is told by his mentor that a demonic entity is returning to destroy his daughter's soul, and that he should take drastic measures to prevent this from happening.

Awake (2019)
Markimdb: 5
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation, False accusations
StyleTense

A man wakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of who he is, and learns that he's wanted by the police for a committing a series of murders.

A.M.I. (2019)
Markimdb: 3.9
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryCanada
CharactersSerial killers
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Technology

A seventeen year old girl forms a co-dependent relationship with an artificial intelligence on her phone and goes on a murderous rampage.

Tailgate (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryNetherlands
CharactersSerial killers, Fathers, Hunters, Cyclists
PlotChase, Pursuit, Fear, Cars, Travel, Hostage, Fight
PlaceForest

A cocksure, road-raging family man finds himself pursued and terrorized by the vengeful van driver he chooses to tailgate.

Gogol. A Terrible Vengeance (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6)
Genrethriller, adventure, detective
CountryRussia
Duration01:43
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
CountryIran
Duration01:00
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.

Halloween (2018)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration02:42
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Serial killers, Dogs, Students, Teachers
PlotDeath, Survival, Dancing, Money
PlaceSchool, Party, Prison, Psychiatric hospitals
TimeHalloween
StyleCreepy, Heavy, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

The House That Jack Built (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrehorror, drama, crime
CountryDenmark, France, Sweden, Germany, Belgium
Duration02:43
CharactersSerial killers, Killers, Tigers, Models, Psychopath
PlotDeath, Snow, Art, Cheating
StyleFancy, Not for everyone, Depressive, Disturbing, Tense

Failed architect, engineer and vicious murderer Jack narrates the details of some of his most elaborately orchestrated crimes, each of them a towering piece of art that defines his life's work as a serial killer for twelve years.

Cut Off (2018)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrehorror, action, thriller, crime, detective
CountryGermany
Duration02:06
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlotMystery, Investigation, Death, Tornadoes
PlaceIslands

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
Duration02:12
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.

The Soul Conductor (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 4.2)
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryRussia
Duration01:26
CharactersSisters, Serial killers, Maniacs
PlotSuperpowers, Ghosts, Investigation
PlaceRussia, Moscow
StyleTense

Katya has a powerful gift: she sees ghosts. When her twin sister disappears, Katya begins a desperate search. Police insist her sister doesn’t exist, that she is a figment of Katya’s twisted imagination. However, during her search Katya discovers that there is a serial killer loose on the streets, and her sister is one of his victims. There is still hope to save her, but in a dark and mysterious city full of secrets, you can’t trust anyone. Not even yourself...

The Plagues of Breslau (2018)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountryPoland
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Police, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation, Weapon
StyleAction, Tense, Fascinating

Every day at 6 pm a serial killer kills another person. Police officer Helena Rus thinks the killings are done by one man only and decides to reveal the killer's identity by getting back in 18th century history of the city.

El Angel (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryArgentina, Spain
Duration01:54
CharactersFriends, Teens, Difficult teens, Thieves, Serial killers, Presidential, Spy, Cyclists
PlotDancing, Money, Motorcycles, War, Political, Undercover, Love, On real events
PlaceSchool, Egypt
StyleSmart, Atmospheric, Disturbing, Unexpected ending

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1971. Carlos Robledo Puch is a 19-year-old boy with an angelic face, but a vocational thief as well, who acts ruthlessly, without remorse. When he meets Ramón, they follow together a dark path of crime and death.

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, fantasy, cartoon, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:38
CharactersKillers, Superhero, Serial killers, Cats, Orphans, Nuns
PlotInvestigation, Betrayal, Cheating, False accusations, Funeral
PlacePrison
StyleSteampunk

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.

Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer (2018)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime
CountryUSA
CharactersDoctors, Criminals, Judge, Lawyers, Serial killers, Journalists
PlotOn real events
PlaceCourt

The story of the investigation and trial of abortion provider Dr Kermit Gosnell.

Bad Samaritan (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 6.5)
Genrethriller, crime
CountryUSA
Duration02:39
CharactersSerial killers, FBI
PlotRobbery, Abduction, Investigation, Obsession
StyleDisturbing, Exciting, Action, Tense, Fascinating

A thief makes a disturbing discovery in the house where he breaks in. Later, when he returns to the same house with his partner in crime, things are no longer how he expected.

Hell Fest (2018)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 5.5)
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersManiacs, Serial killers
PlaceLabyrinths
TimeHalloween
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Tense, Disturbing

On Halloween night at a horror theme park, a costumed killer begins slaying innocent patrons who believe that it's all part of the festivities.

The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.2)
Genrehorror
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:14
CharactersPsychopath, Family, Serial killers, Maniacs
PlotSurvival, Death, Travel, Fear
TimeNight
StyleAction, Tense, Unexpected ending

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 4.3)
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersBrothers, Detectives, Maniacs, Demons, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation, Death
StyleCreepy, Heavy, Tense, Disturbing

Detectives Sean and David Carter are on the case to find a gruesome serial killer terrorizing the city. Joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton, they dig deeper into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be of this world.

The Happytime Murders (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 5.4)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime, detective
CountryUSA, China
Duration02:02
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
Duration01:16
CharactersDetectives, Hackers, Serial killers, Strong women
PlotInvestigation, Technology, Internet
PlaceNight Clubs
TimeFuture
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.

Looking Glass (2018)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 4.6)
Genrethriller
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:14
CharactersCriminals, Serial killers, Snipers
PlotMystery, Dancing
PlaceCasino
StyleAction, Tense

A psycho- sexual thriller following a couple that buys an old motel in the desert looking for a new beginning, but what seemed at first as an escape is soon a thrilling ride through a mysterious world when Ray discovers a two way mirror and witnesses a horrifying murder. In a twisted game of cat and mouse, Ray must race to save his wife and himself from a gruesome secret connected to the motel and the strange people who visit there.

Lost Girls (2020)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, drama, detective
CountryUSA
CharactersSerial killers
PlotInvestigation, Death, Depression, Missing people, On real events
PlaceUSA
StyleDepressive, Tense, Disturbing, For single girls, By books

When Mari Gilbert's daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers.

The Postcard Killings (2020)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, crime, detective
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersSerial killers, Reporters
PlaceHospitals, London
StyleTense, Disturbing

After suffering a personal tragedy, and desperate for justice, Jacob Kanon, a veteran New York City police detective, embarks on the search for a twisted killer who is leaving a bloody trail of elaborate murders across Europe.

The Bad Guys: Reign of Chaos (2019)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersHired assassins, Serial killers
PlotInvestigation
PlaceKorea
StyleAction, Heavy, Depressive, Disturbing, Fascinating

Chief of the ‘Special Crime Unit’, OH Gu-tak, looks for the former gangster, PARK Woong-chul, whom he had worked with before, and recruits a con artist, KWAK No-soon, and a convicted cop, KO Yoo-sung in the new team. With new blood, the ‘Bad Guys’ have become stronger and tougher. As they dig deeper into the case, they sense that a much bigger crime organization is behind it all and they begin the hunt for bad guys…

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