Here are the 10 best movie murders that have ever been produced. If you feel like having an exciting movie night, you have a great selection to choose from.  The following films involve murders, serial killers and other deadly crimes. You will know they are the best murder movies because they will keep you on edge. 

  1. “Psycho” “Psycho” is a 1960 American psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is based on a screenplay by Joseph Stefano, who adapted the story from the novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The storyline was based on the crimes of a Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein.   

  2. “Silence of the Lambs” “Silence of the Lambs” is a 1991 American thriller directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn and Ted Levine. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Thomas Harris. The film features Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.   

  3. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” is a 1966 Italian/Spanish epic spaghetti western. It was directed by Sergio Leone and starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Clef and Eli Wallace in the title roles. The plot revolves around three gun slingers competing to find a fortune in buried confederate gold. There is a lot of violence, chaos, hangings, Civil War battles and prison camps.

  4. “The Godfather” “The Godfather” is an American mob film released 1972. It was based on the novel of the same name written by Mario Puzo. It was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Diane Keaton. The story is a ten year span from 1945 to 1955 of the fictional Italian American Corleone crime family.

  5. “12 Angry Men” “12 Angry Men” is a 1957 film of twelve jurors (all male) who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the facts of an open-and-shut murder trial case. The defendant is a frightened teenager whose life is on the line and in the hands of twelve jurors who explode like dynamite during deliberation.

  6. “Rear Window” “Rear Window” is a 1954 mystery and suspense classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by James Michael Hayes. It had an all-star cast including James Hewitt, Raymond Burr and Grace Kelly to name a few. The film was about a wheelchair bound photographer that spied on his neighbors from his apartment. He is convinced one of them has committed murder.   

  7. “Seven” “Seven" is a 1995 American thriller film directed by David Fincher and written by Andrew Kevin Walker. The stars of this film are Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, R. Lee Emery and Kevin Spacey. The film is about two policemen who are partnered when David Mills (Brad Pitt) is transferred to the department. They investigate a series of crimes and begin to chase a serial killer who takes them for a run.

  8. “Reservoir Dogs” “Reservoir Dogs” is a 1992 American crime film. This was the debut film of director and writer Quentin Tarantino. The movie is plotted around a psychopath that robs a bank and the heist goes bad. At that point, Mr. Blonde (the psychopath) gets frustrated and murders seven civilians when the alarm is triggered. It is intriguing from the beginning to end. This film has become a classic independent film and a cult hit. It was also named the Greatest Independent Film of All Time by Empire magazine.

  9. “Basic Instinct” “Basic Instinct” is a 1992 murder movie directed be Paul Verhoeven and written by Joe Eszterhas. The film stars Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone and revolves around a police detective that investigates the murder of a rockstar and the crime writer who is thought to be the murderer. This movie shows extreme graphic violence.

  10. “Dial M for Murder” “Dial M for Murder” is a 1954 American thriller that was adapted from a stage play. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is about a retired tennis player who arranges to have his wife killed. This is another classic murder mystery that will keep you in suspense.