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The Best Serial Killer Movies and TV Shows on HBO

Finding a good Serial Killer movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Serial Killer movies and TV shows of all time streaming on HBO.

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1. True Detective

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9.0/10
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91/100
Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Crime, Drama

What it's about: An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.

Where to Watch: 24 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 24 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Unbreakable

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7.3/10
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84/100
Released: 2000Rated: PG-13
Thriller, Drama

What it's about: An ordinary man makes an extraordinary discovery when a train accident leaves his fellow passengers dead — and him unscathed. The answer to this mystery could lie with the mysterious Elijah Price, a man who suffers from a disease that renders his bones as fragile as glass.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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3. Sharp Objects

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8.1/10
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82/100
Year: 2018-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Reporter Camille Preaker confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls.

Where to Watch: 8 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 8 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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4. The Frighteners

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7.1/10
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77/100
Released: 1996
Comedy, Cult

What it's about: Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Citizen X

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7.5/10
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76/100
Released: 1995Rated: R
Biography, Crime

What it's about: Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Hitcher

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74/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Thriller, Cult

What it's about: On a stormy night, young Jim, who transports a luxury car from Chicago to California to deliver it to its owner, feeling tired and sleepy, picks up a mysterious hitchhiker, who has appeared out of nowhere, thinking that a good conversation will help him not to fall asleep. He will have enough time to deeply regret such an unmeditated decision.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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7. The Pledge

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74/100
Released: 2001Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: A police chief about to retire pledges to help a woman find her daughter's killer.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, HBO & Kanopy) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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8. The Hills Have Eyes

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Released: 2006Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Based on Wes Craven's 1977 suspenseful cult classic, The Hills Have Eyes is the story of a family road trip that goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone. Miles from nowhere, the Carter family soon realizes the seemingly uninhabited wasteland is actually the breeding ground of a blood-thirsty mutant family...and they are the prey.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. I'll Be Gone in the Dark

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7.4/10
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73/100
Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Documentary, Crime

What it's about: An exploration of the case of the Golden State Killer who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s, committing 50 sexual assaults and 10 murders, and true crime author Michelle McNamara's obsessive quest to find justice on behalf of his victims.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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10. The Stepfather

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72/100
Released: 1987Rated: R
Horror, Cult

What it's about: A seemingly mild mannered man -- who has just murdered his entire family -- quickly adopts a new identity and leaves town. After building a new relationship with a widow and her teenage daughter, he struggles to hide his true identity and maintain a grip on reality.

Where to Watch: Available to watch free online (Tubi, PlutoTV & PopcornFlix), stream on a subscription service (HBO) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Prime Video & Vudu).

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11. Deerskin

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71/100
Released: 2019
Comedy, Crime

What it's about: A man's obsession with owning the designer deerskin jacket of his dreams leads him to turn his back on his humdrum life in the suburbs, blow his life savings, and even turn him to crime.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Ricochet

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66/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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13. Shadows and Fog

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64/100
Released: 1991Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Mystery

What it's about: With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. 10 to Midnight

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60/100
Released: 1983Rated: R
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Based on the real-life Richard Speck murders. After his bizarre behavior results in rejection from countless women, Warren Stacy begins murdering women, always while he is naked, which minimizes any physical evidence left behind. Detective Leo Kessler is convinced of Stacy’s guilt and, over the objections of his partner, plants evidence to get him behind bars. When Stacy is released on a technicality, he threatens to go after Kessler and his family, leaving Kessler to defend himself with little help from the police.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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15. Child's Play 3

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59/100
Released: 1991Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: Eight years have passed since the events of the second film. Chucky has been resurrected once again and seeks revenge on Andy, his former owner, who is now a teenager enrolled in military school.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Epitaphs

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56/100
Year: 2004-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Epitafios is a 2004 13-episode, Argentinian crime fiction TV mini-series with the tagline: El Final Está Escrito ... The End Is Written. The series, which takes place in an unnamed South American city, was shot in Buenos Aires. The series was produced by HBO Latin America and Argentinian TV/film company Pol-Ka Producciones. It was written by Marcelo Slavich and Walter Slavich and directed by Alberto Lecchi and Jorge Nisco. Although all of the actors were Argentinian, a neutral Spanish was used instead of the local Rioplatense Spanish, avoiding colloquialisms such as the local vos in favor of the more common tú.The series debuted in Australia on SBS in May 2007 under the title If The Dead Could Speak. It premiered in Poland on Cinemax on November 6, 2008. In Germany, it premiered on November 6, 2009 on pay TV channel FOX under the title Epitafios - Tod Ist Die Antwort.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Prime Video & Vudu).

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17. See No Evil

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Released: 2006Rated: R
Horror, Thriller

What it's about: A group of delinquents are sent to clean the Blackwell Hotel. Little do they know reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight has holed away in the rotting hotel. When one of the teens is captured, those who remain -- a group that includes the cop who put a bullet in Goodnight's head four years ago -- band together to survive against the brutal killer.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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18. The Goya Murders

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Released: 2019Rated: R
Action & Adventure, Crime

What it's about: Madrid, Spain. A mysterious serial killer murders art collectors and uses their bodies to reproduce scenes from “Los caprichos,” a famous series of drawings by Spanish painter Francisco de Goya…

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO).

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