6 Criminal Profiler Movies Like Silence Of The Lambs

Sunday, July 15 by Irving Oala

Criminal profiler movies became more popular after the the release of Academy Award-winning film "The Silence of the Lambs," starring Jodie Foster as an FBI agent trying to hunt down a serial killer with help from Dr. Hannibal Lector, famously played by Sir Anthony Hopkins. Since then, a slew of criminal profiling movies (not to mention TV shows) have tried to remake this cinematic success in their own way. Some have succeeded better for others, though you can go through the list below and decide for yourself.

  1. "Copycat" What's better than having one serial killer in a criminal profiler movie? A serial killer who quite literally copies all famous serial killers out there. Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter star in this serial killer movie about a murderer who does just that, overcoming their fears to get the job done before he can kill them.
  2. "Seven" This film from David Fincher follows two big city detectives as they successfully piece together the murders of a psychopath to reflect his twisted interpretation of the seven deadly sins. Fantastic performances from seasoned vet Morgan Freeman and then-rising star Brad Pitt made this stylized film an instant classic and launched Fincher to the level he now resides. 
  3. "Citizen X" One of the more shocking tales about a serial killer ever told from human history, this film chronicles the life and motives of a serial killer in the Soviet Union who claimed to have killed over 50 young women. As these murders were occurring in a communist country who was ill-equipped to deal with such a problem, the criminal profiling takes on a unique, original tone, helping it to stand out from all the other criminal profiler movies made before and since.
  4. "Man Bites Dog" Considered to be one of the more violent criminal profiler films ever made, "Man Bites Dog" takes the notion of criminal profiling to a new level by, quite literally, following a fictional psychopath as he commits murders. A faux documentary crew follows a man who is an admitted killer as he goes after victims, explaining his motives and what he is feeling so the audience may better understand him. The actual story in this film gets a bit murky in the long run.
  5. "Mindhunters" When a group of FBI criminal profiling trainees discover a killer amongst them, everything they have learned is put to the test. This "twist" on the well-worn criminal profiling plot didn't ring terribly original to anyone and the performances by Val Kilmer and LL Cool J didn't do much for the film either, making "Mindhunters" a criminal profiling movie worth watching for a good laugh.
  6. "The Bone Collector" Starring Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, "The Bone Collector" could have been one of the cooler criminal profiling films about detectives trying to track down a psychopath. However, the criminal profiling ends up taking a back seat for action and mediocre acting, placing the film in the midst of other criminal profiling movies you'll see after the truly great ones.