The list author says: "I have always been a great fan of thrillers that feature the crimes, psychology, and, sometimes, catching of serial killers. Mostly because I have always had an interest in abnormal psychology and once considered going to school to become a behavioral analysis, but decided I didn't have the stomach to deal with real crime scenes. So here's my opinion of the best of the movies that deal with the special crimes committed by the worst of the world's psycho-paths."
"This is an interesting look into the mind of a psychopathic killer. Watching Costner fight with his impulses, represented by his alter-ego (William Hurt) is riveting. Who knew Kevin Costner could be so creepy."
"This isn't your typical serial killer movie, in that it only showcases one victim and tells one very little about the killer. Watching Colin Farrell deal with the person threatening his life will keep you on the edge of your seat."
"Keanu Reeves as a bad guy, a what a bad guy he is. Exciting game of cat and mouse and the relationship between Reeves and the cop set to catch him (James Spader)is almost as riveting as that between Hannibal and Clarice."
"Deals with the crimes of a real serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Great performances by both the spectacular Johnny Depp (one of the best actors of our time) and Heather Graham. Also, excellent plot twist."
"Not the best Hannibal movie, but interesting. Tries to show the making of a psychopath. You feel great pain and sorrow for Hannibal. More of a tragedy than a thriller, but plenty of thrills along the way."
"The original Halloween. Not strictly a serial killer movie but Michael Myers is basically a psycho-path who kills a lot of people. This movie is packed with suspense and will definitely give one the creepy crawlies."
"Another horror movie. This one isn't as sophisticated; however, the movie does keep you guessing as to who the killer is and when he/she is revealed, the actor puts on a great performance: very intense, angry, and completely out of his/her mind."
"For serial killer bonus, I would very much recommend that one watch the TV series Criminal Minds. This show gives one a front row seat to the work that behavioral analysts do to help catch a serial killer or serial rapist. I highly recommend it. It is on CBS, Wednesdays usually at 9PM"