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11 Serial Killer Movies To Watch If You've Already Seen All The True Crime Documentaries

You can only watch so many murder docs.
PHOTO: The Silence Of The Lambs/Orion Pictures

Just admit it: You watch every true-crime doc on Netflix, listen to every murder podcast, and could pretty much join the F.B.I. solely based on the amount of Dateline you've consumed over the years. We get it, and we're here to add to your watch-list. From Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron to My Friend Dahmer with Ross Lynch, here are 11 serial killer movies to watch that pack that extra Hollywood punch.

1. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile (2019)

If you haven't seen Ted Bundy courtroom thriller starring Zac Efron, you've at least read all about the heart-throb controversy, right? Time to make up your own damn mind.

2. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

If you're not looking for a whole lot of murder to go with your serial killer drama, check out Ross Lynch as a high-school era Jeffrey Dahmer. If you know the name Dahmer, but don't remember his exact crimes off the top of your head, just keep in mind that he was also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal and was responsible for the rape and murder of 17 men from 1978 to 1991.

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3. Dahmer (2002)

If you are looking to get inside the mind of Dahmer at the height of his murder spree, Jeremy Renner stars in a film that tracks the killer as he stalks a potential victim, all while flashing back to his first kill and his relationship with his father.

4. Zodiac (2007)

You may never know the identity of the Zodiac Killer (who terrorized San Francisco in the late '60s), but you can watch Jake GyllenhaalMark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr. team up to find him in this 2007 thriller.

5. The Bone Collector (1999)

Let's take a break from IRL serial killers for a sec, shall we? In this thriller from 1999, hot cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) partners up with quadriplegic criminology expert Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) to find a murderer who leaves behind small bone shards as clues. We had you at Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, didn't we?

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6. Monster (2003)

Yes, women can be serial killers too. Charlize Theron absolutely transforms into Aileen Wuornos, a real-life former prostitute who murdered six men (or seven, if you don't go by the courts) in the late '80s to early '90s. Selby Wall (Christina Ricci) falls in love with Aileen but starts to wonder if her new girlfriend is responsible for a string of johns ending up dead.

7. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

How about a serial murder flick that took home the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress? Just watch it, and all those "quid pro quo, Clarice" references your boyfriend makes will start to make a lot more sense...warning though, they will become even more creepy. 

8. Seven (1995)

At this point, we've touched on almost all your favorite A-list '90s actors EXCEPT Brad Pitt. In Seven, Brad, Morgan Freeman, and Gwenyth Paltrow star in the film about a hunt for a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as inspiration for his murders. Just one question for you: What's in the box?!

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9. Karla (2006)

Another movie based on real events, Karla stars OITNB's Laura Prepon as one half of Canada's most notorious serial killer couple Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo (Supernatural's Misha Collins). Though perhaps the disturbing premise—an inside look at how Paul convinces his wife Karla to help him rape and murder women (including her own sister)—coupled with the fact that the director reportedly acted creepy and inappropriate on set will make this one you choose to skip. For what it's worth, the actors wouldn't hold it against you.

10. All Good Things (2010)

Serial killer purists might ding us for this one, but we couldn't resist adding this movie starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Dunst. Ryan plays David Marks, heir to his father's real-estate dynasty. But his perfect exterior begins to crumble as he comes under suspicion for murder after his wife Katie (Kristin) disappears. But get this: All Good Things is based on the real-life crimes of Robert Durst. Remember HBO's The Jinx?

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11. Summer Of Sam (1999)

Spike Lee shines a spotlight on NYC during the summer of 1977, when a killer known as the Son of Sam kept the Big Apple in a constant state of fear. A group of friends in the Bronx begin to fear and suspect one another as they try to solve the murders for themselves.


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