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Top 10 Serial Killer Movies

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These movies are based on the true-life cases of some of the most notorious serial killers and mass murderers in U.S. history.

1. The Deliberate Stranger

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Mark Harmon plays compulsive killer Ted Bundy, who was responsible for the deaths of at least 30 women from Washington state to Florida over a period of more than a decade.
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2. To Catch a Killer

To Catch a Killer
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Brian Dennehy stars as John Wayne Gacy, a homicidal monster who tortured and murdered more than two dozen young victims and buried them in the crawlspace beneath his house.
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3. Helter Skelter

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Based on Vincent Buliosi's book, this movie examines the grisly Tate-La Bianca murders carried out by followers of Charles Manson. The movie focuses on the prespective of the investigation and courtroom prosecution of the Manson gang. Steve Railsback portrays Manson.
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4. Dahmer

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Writer/director David Jacobson's movie about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 15 boys and cannibalized their remains, focuses on understanding the deranged mind of Dahmer, rather than his grisly crimes.
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5. Ed Gein

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Steve Railsback also plays Ed Gein in this movie about a 1950s Wisconsin farmer who was a deeply disturbed serial killer. The Gein case also inspired the movies, Psyco, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Silence of the Lambs.
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6. The Boston Strangler

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Tony Curtis plays Albert DeSalvo who confessed to a rape and killing spree of 13 women in the early 1960s that terrorized the citizens of Boston. Also stars Henry Fonda.
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7. Bonnie and Clyde

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway play Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who robbed small banks in Texas and Oklahoma during the Great Depression days of the 1930s. At the time it was released it was considered one of the most violent films ever produced by mainstream Hollywood.
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8. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer
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Loosely based on the case of Henry Lee Lucas, a confessed serial killer, is has been described as "a terrifyingly intimate journey into the twisted life of a murderous psychotic."
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9. Summer of Sam

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Spike Lee's portrayal of the Bronx in the summer of 1977 when the Son of Sam (David Berkowitz) terrorized the city by stalking and killing lovers parked in vehicles on the dark streets with a .44 caliber handgun.
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10. Speck

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Based on the murders of spree killer Richard Speck, this movie details the murder of eight nursing students in a Chicago dormitory on July 13, 1966.
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