Top Ten: Serial Killer Movies

by Christopher Misch

>> My Selections

1. Memories of Murder (Bong, 2003)

2. Se7en (Fincher, 1995)

3. Vengeance Is Mine (Imamura, 1979)

4. Zodiac (Fincher, 2007)

5. The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991)

6. M (Lang, 1931)

7. Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960)

8. The Chaser (Na, 2008)

9. The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955)

10. American Psycho (Harron, 2000)

>>Your Selections

1. Se7en (Fincher, 1995) 91%

2. The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991) 82%

3. Psycho (Hitchcock, 1960) 82%

4. Zodiac (Fincher, 2007) 64%

5. American Psycho (Harron, 2000) 55%

6. M (Lang, 1931) 55%

7. The Night of the Hunter (Laughton, 1955) 45%

8. Memories of Murder (Bong, 2003) 36%

9. Badlands (Malick, 1973) 27%

10. Manhunter (Mann, 1986) 27%

Christopher Misch

I've always loved movies, but it wasn't until under the tutelage of Professor Garry Leonard at the University of Toronto that my passion for the industry became an understanding of an art form. With a specific fascination in both the western genre and Asian cinema in general, I am of the view that good movies are either enlightening or entertaining, and if you are truly lucky they are both.
  • Willson Wong

    Interesting you didn’t have Saw 1 in your list. I personally think Silence of the lamb should rank a bit higher then Zodiac.

  • Christopher Misch

    Saw is a decent enough serial killer flick, though no where near some of the best in the genre.

  • Brett G.

    It crossed my mind to include Badlands, even though it kind of stands out from the others, which are in more of a horror/suspense mode. Perhaps a “Best Outlaw Lovers” list should be in the cards. :)

  • Christopher Misch

    I prefer Zodiac to The Silence of the Lambs, but no matter which one we all prefer, one thing is sure and that is both films are exceptional examples of the serial killer genre done right, and for different reasons.

  • Christopher Misch

    Any time I see a Malick make an appearance, I’m pleased. That’s a good idea, thanks!

  • JoseB

    Being that Fincher is my favorite director I’ve seen his films on the list. Glad to see those two films made the list. Although I think that Zodiac is better than Seven. Still need to see most of the films on the list though.

  • Christopher Misch

    For me, it’s a tough toss up between Zodiac and Se7en. Could go either way one them.

  • Willson Wong

    No offense, just out of curiosity, for your top ten, how do you rank it?? like you base on acting? story script? lighting? shooting? etc..

  • Alfredyeung3

    No country for Old men? Citizen X?! Bone collector….

  • Christopher Misch

    I thought about included No Country for Old Men, but I came to the conclusion that it’s not really a serial killer movie.

  • Christopher Misch

    Oh, and good call on Bone Collector, that was a lot of fun.

  • Anonymous

    American Psycho is probably my favourite serial killer movie. I’d also throw in Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer for consideration

  • Methulan.M

    Loves Your list on this one Chris and for the first time i agree with the order too! #nextprojection

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