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30 Movies and TV Shows to Feed Your True Crime Obsession

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a new look at Ted Bundy. It starts off showing Ted Bundy in a way the world recognized—handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate, and passionate. It shows him as a great partner in a domestic setting until Bundy is arrested, and the facts begin to unravel.

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True Detective (2014)

True Detective is a TV series on HBO that follows the police investigation of serial killers, murderers, and criminal organizations. Each season focuses on a different police department. While this can be a bit surprising, it gives us the chance to learn about new crimes and see amazing stars like Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, and Mahershala Ali.

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My Friend Dahmer (2017)

My Friend Dahmer doesn’t focus on his crimes. Instead, it begins with his teenage years. There are definite signs that something is wrong with Jeffery, even at this age. Based on an account of someone who knew the killer during his high school days, it’s a glimpse into what kind of life a killer has before their first atrocity is committed.

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Dexter (2006)

Dexter is a TV series that had a great run. Most people loved the series, although many think it has an ending so bad that it rivals Lost. Despite that, the whole series is amazing and worth watching. The best part about Dexter is that it’s surprisingly accurate on the psychology and science front.

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Hannibal (2013)

Hannibal Lector has been popular for decades, and the TV Show Hannibal has only made him even more infamous. This version of the story is about Hannibal before he became what we know today. The doctor psycho-analyzes Will Graham, who is an especially gifted FBI profiler. The chemistry between the characters is beyond amazing. 

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The Fall (2013)

The Fall is a TV Series with Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson. It follows a detective as she tries to solve murders that have occurred in Belfast. The killer is hiding in plain sight as a loving father and husband, and it’s her job to find him before he murders anyone else. 

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The Following (2013)

The Following blew up almost overnight. It’s a TV series starring Kevin Bacon, who is trying to catch a terrifying serial killer that recently escaped from prison. It’s shockingly brutal, but it’s one of the best TV shows out there. 

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Natural Born Killers (1994)

Natural Born Killers is one of Woody Harrelson’s best films. It’s about two serial killers who become incredibly famous in the media. The press is relentless as the pair begin a killing spree that totals 52 people. When it released, it was incredibly controversial as it commented on the way media portrays killers.

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Aquarius (2015)

Many people are interested in Charles Manson, which exactly why Aquarius was created. It’s about a gritty 60s cop that has to deal with the Manson Family as it begins to grow in size and notoriety. It stars David Duchovny as the cop and Gethin Anthony (from Game of Thrones) as Manson.

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Psycho (1960)

Everyone is terrified (but secretly loves) of Norman Bates. If you see one film on killers, it ought to be Psycho. It was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best film and still stands as one of the scariest films you’ll ever watch. 

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Mindhunter (2017)

Mindhunter is a TV series set in the late 70s. It follows two FBI agents whose only jobs are to solve open cases involving serial killers. Despite Mindhunter being a fictional drama series, it features serial killers as characters, like Edmund Kemper. 

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Monster (2003)

Aileen Wuornos is often considered America’s first female serial killer in the United States. If documentaries aren’t your thing (and you want to learn more about her), Monster is the movie for you. It stars a near-unrecognizable Charlize Theron, who portrays Wuornos in a chilling way we’ll never forget. 

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I Am the Night (2019)

The Black Dahlia murder was a terrifying case in the late 40s. Since then, Hollywood has been obsessed, and we don’t blame them. I Am the Night is a limited series about a detective (played by Chris Pine) and a young girl who knows about the Black Dahlia murders. Will he be able to solve the case?

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The Jeffrey Dahmer Files (2012)

Jeffrey Dahmer is one of the most memorable serial killers that has ever lived. This documentary speaks to people who knew the case the best: the discovering detective, the lead pathologist, and Dahmer’s neighbor. The Jeffrey Dahmer Files features real footage and archival footage that helps viewers get a real look at the killer and his mind. 

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The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008)

The Capture of the Green River Killer was a two-part television film that aired on Lifetime. It was based on a book written by the sheriff that caught the Green River Killer, so it features plenty of chilling facts. Rather than focusing on the killer, this movie follows the story of the young women that were murdered. 

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Luther (2010)

Luther is a TV series that stars the amazing Idris Elba. He acts as a detective that solves some of the grizzliest cases on earth. The only issue is that Luther has a hard time keeping himself in check and control. For him, it’s all about serial killers. 

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Making a Murderer (2015)

Making a Murderer is a docu-series that took the world by storm. It follows the story of a Steve Avery, who was wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting a woman. After 18 years, he was exonerated. Two years later, he was arrested for murder—a murder he possibly didn’t commit. 

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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2004)

Aileen Wuornos is often referred to as the first female serial killer America has ever seen, and this documentary explores her life and death. It features real footage from interviews with Wuornos herself and her family.

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Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (2019)

Conversations with a Killer follows the law enforcement officers and investigators that worked on the case. It uses live footage from the court cases and interviews conducted by psychological professionals. It really delves into who Bundy was and how he became one of the most notorious serial killers that ever lived.

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Zodiac (2007)

Zodiac shows the hard work that the detectives and reporters put into trying to solve the crimes while solving the incredibly difficult ciphers the Zodiac Killer sent to the media. While the murders remain unsolved, Zodiac puts to rest the idea that the detectives didn’t work hard to try and bring the killer to justice.

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Copycat (1995)

Copycat is an older movie, but it’s still one of the best serial killer movies out there. Copycat is all about what it takes to catch a serial killer and how it affects everyone involved. It’s tough to watch due to some gruesome parts, but we believe you can make it through.

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Bates Motel (2013)

Bates Motel is a new take on Norman Bates. It’s a TV series that features Bates before he descended into madness and began killing. The show is full of suspense and leaves you on the edge of your seat as you know that Normal will break at any moment.

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The Killing Season (2016)

The Killing Season isn’t for the faint of heart. This show is about two people who decided to investigate the Long Island serial killer. After a little digging, they begin to discover why serial killers are able to kill so many people. The most horrifying part? Some killers are still out there, and there isn’t much the police force can do. 

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Deadly Women (2005)

Men aren’t the only murderers out there. Women have also killed, and those are the stories that Deadly Women want to tell. Every episode is about a new woman, why she committed murder, and how she did it. The story features dramatized re-enactments that are bolstered with police reports and forensic evidence.

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Evil Lives Here (2016)

We hear about the killers all the time, but what about those they leave behind? Evil Lives Here is about the families that lived with killers before they committed their deeds and what happens after the fact. Each episode puts the viewers in the shoes of the loved ones and whether there were signs or not. 

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Born to Kill? (2005)

One of the biggest questions with killers is: were there signs? Is it possible that they were born evil? This docu-series is about this very subject. It delves into the pasts of killers to figure out if a person can be born evil and ready to kill another human being.

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Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs is a classic. Many people don’t know it’s loosely based on real killers, one of which was Gary Michael Heidnik. If you’re a serial killer buff, or you just adore thrilling movies that leave you on the edge of your seat, this is one you have to watch – even if you’ve already seen it!

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Harper’s Island (2009)

If you love the Saw series, you should watch this show. It’s about a group of people who are invited to an island for a wedding. Everything is peachy until people begin to be murdered one by one in a gruesome manner. Will they figure out who it is before they all die?

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Slasher (2016)

Slasher is just as the name suggests: it’s a slasher TV show. When a body is found, it becomes clear that a killer is loose in the town. The most interesting thing about this show is that you won’t know who the killer is until the final episode.

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The Staircase (2004)

The Staircase is a mini-series created by Netflix that’s about the murder of Kathleen Peterson. The main suspect was Michael Peterson, and the police began to investigate him. As time goes on, more evidence is discovered and whether or not he’s innocent comes into question. Did Michael Peterson kill his wife?

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